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Meadows School of the Arts Offers Three Summer Programs for Pre-College-Aged Students

Studio art, fashion journalism and piano workshops help build skills and portfolios


SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts is offering three summer programs in June and July for pre-college-aged students. Programs include the Meadows Academy for Young Artists, targeted to high school art students; Fashion Media Summer Workshops, for high school students interested in fashion journalism; and the SMU Institute for Young Pianists, for piano students at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels who are entering grades 3-12.

Meadows Academy for Young Artists

The SMU Meadows Academy for Young Artists provides an introductory college-level experience to help student artists transition from high school to the college level. The summer program offers four different week-long sessions, each thematically different yet broad in scope, covering 2-D, 3-D and digital media. The curriculum is modeled after the SMU Division of Art’s innovative suite of courses that provide the foundation for all incoming B.F.A. and B.A. studio art majors. Classes are limited to 12 students, and include all art supplies, lunches and campus parking. Weekly sessions run Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

2012 Dates:
June 18-22: Observation: an exploration of seeing, scanning and simultaneously representing the world around us, using both traditional and digital media.

June 25-29: Spaces: an expression of forms, constructions and 2-D compositions of real and imaginative environments realized through the use of mixed media, clay and photography.

July 9-13: Narrative: the simple act of recounting a story, using moving images, installations and comic strips.

July 16-20: Systems: an introduction to serial methods of creating paintings, prints and everyday objects using traditional media and recycled materials.

For: High school art students
Where: SMU Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas 75205
Cost: $499 per session
Information: Contact Monica Lapierre-Hayslip, Director, SMU Meadows Academy for Young Artists, at 817-205-9415 or Please also visit

Fashion Media Summer Workshops

Launched in 2010, SMU’s new Fashion Media program, a part of the Division of Journalism, has been so successful that organizers decided to offer week-long workshops for high school students this summer to encourage them to pursue their passion for fashion. Many high school students are already invested in fashion as a hobby, and the Fashion Media faculty saw workshops as a way to help students learn about the industry and begin to build their portfolios. The workshop will emphasize how to write and produce content for such outlets as fashion blogs, social media, and fashion magazines. The world of fashion media is fast-paced and competitive. These workshops will put high school students ahead of the game, sharpening their skills and preparing them for the next step in a fashion media career.

2012 Dates:
Session 1: July 9-12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Session 2: July 16-19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
For: High school students
Where: SMU Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas 75205
Cost: $550 per session
Faculty: Camille Kraeplin, Associate Professor of Journalism and Director of the Fashion Media Program Information: Contact Camille Kraeplin at or 214-768-3431.

SMU Institute for Young Pianists

An intensive, performance-based experience for pre-collegiate piano students including private lessons, master classes, and a variety of group experiences exploring keyboard skills, music theory and history, and ensemble performance taught by SMU faculty, graduate pedagogy students, and guest artist/teachers. An audition is required. Class will be held Tuesday through Saturday, July 10-14. Intermediate and advanced students may participate in an optional competition on Monday, July 9. Students are placed in sections based on their age and audition recording, which is due with the application. Room and board are strongly encouraged for all students in grade 8 and above.

Dates: July 10-14
For: Students who will be entering grades 3-12 in fall 2012
Where: SMU Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas 75205
Cost: Elementary and Intermediate Levels: $375
Advanced Level: $425; Room and board is recommended for grades 8 and above: $300
Faculty: Kevin Gunter, Lecturer in the SMU Division of Music, and Cathy Lysinger, Director of the Piano Preparatory Dept. in the SMU Division of Music
Information: Contact Cathy Lysinger at

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