Making a creative life available to all

Since the founding of Watkins in 1885, we have been committed to providing the finest studio art instructional experiences to our community—and to keeping the costs for those programs as low as possible. We realize, though, that even those fees can be a barrier to participation for some, which is why we offer full or partial Young Artist Program Scholarships.

Who is eligible to apply

You are eligible to apply for a scholarship on your child’s behalf if he or she is aged five to 13 and enrolled in one of Watkins Summer Youth Camps. We assign priority to children with artistic talent whose family financial situation may prohibit them from otherwise participating in the program.

How to apply for a scholarship

Submit your fully completed scholarship application with the following materials:

  1. Two original works of art:
    • A landscape or self-portrait. If your child is aged 11+, he or she may choose to submit a still-life.
    • A piece that your child has created that he or she especially likes.
      The artwork you submit must not be a copy of another artist’s work.
      See details on preparing artwork for submission below.
  2. A letter indicating your child’s interest in attending classes.
  3. A letter of recommendation from your child’s art teacher (ages 11+ only).
  4. Evidence of financial need (most recent tax return).
  5. Submit the scholarship application:
    • We must receive all materials by the deadline noted on the application to consider your scholarship request.

How to prepare artwork for scholarship consideration

  • Submit all works of art on unlined paper at least 8.5” x 11” in size. Feel free to email digital images of the work in lieu of original pieces when you submit your application.
  • Label the work with your child’s name, age, and home address.
  • Collect your portfolio after the judging process is complete—email us to find out when and where to retrieve it. We do not return portfolios by mail.

What we expect from all program participants

  • Watkins’s Summer Youth camps are an educational experience, not just summer fun (although we offer that in abundance, too). We expect your student to embrace the opportunity to learn.
  • Your student should have a spirit of openness, cooperation, and adventure to succeed in this learning environment and be open to guidance from the instructor and from other Watkins staff.
  • Your student must attend every session, which involves a commitment from you, as parent or guardian, to provide timely transportation to and from each class.
  • We reserve the right to photograph classroom activities and work created by applicants to promote the program.


Reach out to us.