Columbus youth art classes & workshops

Unleash your child's creativity.

At CCAD, we provide the resources and mentorship for creatives to discover their true passions. But this isn’t just at the undergraduate and graduate level. An interest in art and design takes shape at a young age. We see the kids who crush sidewalk chalk and make their own paint. The ones who color outside the lines. The ones who build cardboard cities. We’re here to help unleash their creativity and watch their love of art grow.

Future artists, animators & fashion designers

CCAD has one of the largest and oldest youth art programs in the country. From animation and drawing to fashion design and photography, our classes connect students to hands-on projects and experienced faculty who are passionate about art education. We’re looking forward to welcoming students back for fall 2020 classes and are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Because the health and safety of our students is our top priority, classes will look different this semester, including limiting our offerings to grades 5 through 12. For a better understanding of the measures we’re taking, read our COVID-19 information.

Saturday Morning Art Classes

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Offered in fall and spring, CCAD's popular Saturday Morning Art Classes allow grades 1 through 12 to develop their love of art over 10 weeks every week from 9–11:30 a.m.

Classes in: Animation, Comics, Drawing, and more

Fall: Aug.1–Sept. 11, 2020 Because of  the evolving COVID-19 situation, classes are limited to grades 5 through 12 and registration has been pushed back to Aug. 15.
Spring: Dec. 1, 2020–Jan. 18, 2021

Class dates:
Fall: Sept. 19–Nov.21, 2020 Because of COVID-19, classes are limited to grades 5 through 12.
Spring: Jan. 23–March 26, 2021

Cost: $325 (includes tuition, registration, and all materials)


“When it became clear that my daughter had a passion for art, I began taking her to the CCAD Saturday morning art classes. Those classes set my daughter on her path as an artist and museum educator.” –Carrie Lacey Boerio, mom and artist

Future Opportunities

Film Columbus Teen Screenwriting Workshop & Competition

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In partnership with the Greater Columbus Film Commission, the 2021 Film Columbus Teen Screenwriting Competition is a free two-part screenwriting workshop at CCAD for teens ages 14–18. The first workshop covers the basics, from plot to protagonists, followed by a big homework assignment: writing a script. The second workshop gives students a chance to receive feedback on their work and hear from their peers and instructor. Industry professionals will judge the scripts and select two winners, who get to attend a three-week filmmaking workshop at CCAD in the summer and see their scripts turn into short, 3–5-minute movies.

Registration: Dec. 1, 2020–Jan. 30, 2021

Class dates: Feb. 5 & 19, 2021 from noon to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free


Creative Summer Workshops

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This weeklong program is the perfect way for kids grades 1 through 12 to explore their creativity during the summer. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunchtime and after-class childcare is available for students who sign up for both morning and afternoon classes.

Classes in: Animation, Digital Media, Drawing, Fashion Design, Illustration, Painting, Printmaking, and more

Registration: Feb. 1–May 30, 2021

Class dates:
June 7–June 25, 2021
July 5–16, 2021

Cost: $195 per week (includes tuition, registration, and all materials)

CCAD College Preview

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High school students grades 10 through 12 considering a future in art and design can get a taste of what college is like while also earning three college credits. During this three-week residential program, students will participate in classes, workshops, and activities taught by talented CCAD faculty.

Classes in: Multi-disciplinary tracks | Animation, Comics & Narrative Practice, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, and Illustration

Early bird: Oct. 1–Dec. 2, 2020
Regular: Dec. 3, 2020–June 1, 2021

Class Dates: July 12–Aug. 1, 2021

Cost: $3,450 (includes three college credits, three weeks of on-campus residence, all meals, and all required supplies)

Scholarship application deadline: May 4, 2021

CCAD Film & Video Camp

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Students ages 14–18 will explore everything from pre-production and set design to filming and post-production work during this three-week workshop held Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offered twice during the summer. Students will meet peers who have a similar passion for film and walk away with hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of the film process. Winning scripts from the Greater Columbus Film Writing Competition are produced during the camp, and winning script writers attend for free. The camp culminates with a red carpet event where family and friends get to see the final product and students’ names on the big screen.

Registration: Feb. 1–May 25, 2021

Class dates:
June 7–25, 2021
July 5-23, 2021

Cost: $595 for three weeks


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