ALH Mission

The mission of Art League Houston is to connect the community through diverse, dynamic, and creative experiences that bring people together to see, make, and talk about contemporary visual art. 

Founded in 1948, Art League Houston has radically evolved beyond the parameters of traditional art leagues. While keeping the core of the art league model – a robust membership deeply committed to the value of visual art in contemporary life – Art League Houston embraces contemporary approaches to curatorial programming, community-building, art education, and outreach to under-served communities.

About the Summer High School Studio Art Intensive

This four-week summer program is a rigorous, in-depth studio art experience for high school students, ages 14-17. Participants will receive six hours of coursework each day in a variety of mediums, beginning with drawing and painting and expanding to less traditional forms.

Led by established local and national artists and educators, projects will go beyond techniques traditionally taught in high school art classes, teaching students practical skills necessary to develop as artists. In addition to studio classes, guest speakers (practicing artists, curators, and arts administrators) will meet with participants throughout the program to share stories and provide insight into the art world. Participants will also spend time visiting various art spaces and cultural institutions around Houston, gaining insight into the local arts climate in Houston. The program will conclude with a final exhibition and celebration of the work produced for friends, family, and instructors.

This program is limited to 16 students. Participants must be able to commit for the full duration of the program.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS  

M.A. Program - In 2019, Art League Houston piloted the M.A. (Mentoring Alum) Program. Students who have successfully completed a previous Summer Intensive and participated in their cohort exhibition will be invited to apply to return to the program as a mentor. Up to four students will be selected to join the cohort. Mentoring Alums will be expected to serve as role models and guides for new students in the cohort as well as serve as studio assistants to visiting artists. Mentoring Alums will come to each session day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to assist with set up and clean up of studio spaces and will receive 20 hours of community service credit from Art League Houston. Prospective mentors should apply through the Mentoring Alum application.

Summer Intensive Mural Project - Since 2019, each Summer Intensive cohort has collaborated with a local muralist to design and paint a mural in a highly visible public space.

2023 Program Dates

Monday - Friday, June 5, 2023 - June 30, 2023

New Students - 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

M. A. Students - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  


Tuition - $500
Scholarships - ALH has provided full scholarships to all students in the cohort in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Scholarship funding for the Summer Intensive is dependent on grant funding. Art League Houston hopes to announce the availability of scholarships for the 2023 cohort by early May. No additional application is required to be considered.
For more information, please contact:    

Ceci Norman, Community Engagement Manager, ceci@artleaguehouston.org


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be submitted online through Submittable. If you require alternative accommodations, please  Art League Houston.

In addition to basic information, applicants will be asked to respond in essay for to a series of questions and will be required to submit five images of their work. Artwork examples in any medium are welcome. Images taken with a cell phone are acceptable.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of professional artists. Equal weight will be given to thoughtful essay responses and work sample images. Professional work images are not required. Cell phone images are fine, and the recommendation is to use direct natural light when capturing images.
All applicants will receive notification of the status of their application the following week.

ANNOUNCEMENT: While closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis, ALH expects to host an in person program in 2023, but will reassess the possibility of hybrid or virtual models as the program period approaches.


ADMITTED STUDENTS

Accepted applicants will receive further information and access in the form of emails. Please be patient during the processing of applications. Once admitted, participants will be required to complete a health record, and a signed release and consent form. These forms will be distributed prior to the intensive and are required in order for each participant to be admitted into the program.  
Art League Houston requires that all students regardless of age submit COVID 19 vaccine verification or weekly negative PCR test results to attend any ALH classes. More information on submitting this information will be provided to accepted students.

CONTACT

Ceci Norman, Community Engagement Manager, ceci@artleaguehouston.org

About the Summer High School Studio Art Intensive
This four-week summer program is a rigorous, in-depth studio art experience for high school students, ages 14-17. Participants will receive six hours of coursework each day in a variety of mediums, beginning with drawing and painting and expanding to less traditional forms.   
Led by established local and national artists and educators, projects will go beyond techniques traditionally taught in high school art classes, teaching students practical skills necessary to develop as artists. In addition to studio classes, guest speakers (practicing artists, curators, and arts administrators) will meet with participants throughout the program to share stories and provide insight into the art world. Participants will also spend time visiting various art spaces and cultural institutions around Houston, gaining insight into the local arts climate in Houston. The program will conclude with a final exhibition and celebration of the work produced for friends, family, and instructors.   
This program is limited to 16 students. Participants must be able to commit for the full duration of the program.  


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS   
M.A. Program - In 2019, Art League Houston piloted the M.A. (Mentoring Alum) Program. Students who have successfully completed a previous Summer Intensive and participated in their cohort exhibition will be invited to apply to return to the program as a mentor. Up to four students will be selected to join the cohort. Mentoring Alums will be expected to serve as role models and guides for new students in the cohort as well as serve as studio assistants to visiting artists. Mentoring Alums will come to each session day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to assist with set up and clean up of studio spaces and will receive 20 hours of community service credit from Art League Houston. Prospective mentors should apply through the Mentoring Alum application.  


Summer Intensive Mural Project - Since 2019, each Summer Intensive cohort has collaborated with a local muralist to design and paint a mural in a highly visible public space.    

2023 Program Dates
Monday - Friday, June 5, 2023 - June 30, 2023
New Students - 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
M. A. Students - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
Tuition - $500


Scholarships - ALH has provided full scholarships to all students in the cohort in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Scholarship funding for the Summer Intensive is dependent on grant funding. Art League Houston hopes to announce the availability of scholarships for the 2023 cohort by early May. No additional application is required to be considered.  


For more information, please contact:    
Ceci Norman, Community Engagement Manager, ceci@artleaguehouston.org    


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Applications should be submitted online through Submittable. If you require alternative accommodations, please  Art League Houston.
In addition to basic information, applicants will be asked to respond in essay for to a series of questions and will be required to submit five images of their work. Artwork examples in any medium are welcome. Images taken with a cell phone are acceptable.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of professional artists. Equal weight will be given to thoughtful essay responses and work sample images. Professional work images are not required. Cell phone images are fine, and the recommendation is to use direct natural light when capturing images.
All applicants will receive notification of the status of their application the following week.  


ANNOUNCEMENT: While closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis, ALH expects to host an in person program in 2023, but will reassess the possibility of hybrid or virtual models as the program period approaches. 


ADMITTED STUDENTS
Accepted applicants will receive further information and access in the form of emails. Please be patient during the processing of applications. Once admitted, participants will be required to complete a health record, and a signed release and consent form. These forms will be distributed prior to the intensive and are required in order for each participant to be admitted into the program.
Art League Houston requires that all students regardless of age submit COVID 19 vaccine verification or weekly negative PCR test results to attend any ALH classes. More information on submitting this information will be provided to accepted students.


CONTACT
Ceci Norman, Community Engagement Manager, ceci@artleaguehouston.org

Art League Houston