Scholarships are provided by the generous support of The Memorial Foundation and The Advance Financial Foundation.





Students may receive a full or partial scholarship for a camp during the 2017 Young Artist Program at Watkins College of Art. Founded in 1885, Watkins has a proud tradition as an innovative center of education and community service in the arts. The Community Education staff is dedicated to continuing that legacy by providing the finest studio art instructional experiences to all students.


The Young Artists Program provides art-making experiences that engage and inspire youth and teens, ages 5 – 13, to find their inner artist. Programs take place in the college’s studios and utilize professional equipment and materials. The fundamentals of art are taught while individual creativity and self-expression are encouraged.


The deadline for applications, including letters of recommendations and samples of student artwork is May 20, 2017.


Students, ages 5 -13, with artistic talent, whose financial situation might prohibit them from participating in the program without a scholarship.


Students should submit a completed scholarship application with the following materials:

  • Two original works of art that meet the following criteria
    • One piece should be a landscape, self-portrait, OR a still life (ages 11+ only)
    • One piece of the student’s choice.
  • A letter or statement indicating his/her interest in attending classes.
  • A letter of recommendation from art teacher (ages 11+ only)
  • Evidence of financial need (most recent tax return).

All works of art should be submitted on unlined paper and must be at least 8.5” x 11” in size. Digital images may be submitted in lieu of the original pieces. Artwork must be labeled with the student’s name, age and home address. Artwork submitted may not be a copy of any other work. Students are responsible for collecting their portfolio after the judging process is completed. Watkins reserves the right to take images of work submitted by applicants.

Student responsibilities

Watkins’ Young Artists Program is an educational experience in which the student will be expected to work and accept guidance from the instructor and Watkins staff. Students should have a spirit of openness, cooperation and adventure in order to succeed in a new learning environment.

Parent/guardian responsibilities

The student must attend every class session. This involves a commitment from the student’s parent/guardian to provide timely transportation for each day of the session.

Submission process

Applicants are welcome to fill out and mail the Young Artist Program Scholarship Application 2017  to the address listed on the bottom of the page or email to community@watkins.edu. All materials must be received in office by the application date in order to be considered.


Please contact community@watkins.edu with any questions.