Summer Programs for Young Artists.

Foster your child’s creativity and critical thinking skills, while inspiring their spirit of collaboration and discovery. The National Academy offers engaging, challenging experiences in the creative environment of our historic Fifth Avenue home. Young Artists also take advantage of the artistic canvas that is Central Park.

During the National Academy’s weekly art programs, young artists explore a wide range of styles, tools, materials and techniques in a supportive and enjoyable environment. Structured projects support the freedom of independent expression while careful attention and guidance is given to the individual needs of each camper. Students are taught and mentored by professionals experienced in working with all ages and skill levels. Every student can submit work to the Annual Young Artists Exhibition at the end of the summer.

One week sessions will run from June 5th to August 4th. Students may register for multiple sessions.


Each session fee is $730, not including materials. Material lists can be found under each course description below.

Young Artists will eat lunch together as a group; please bring a nut-free lunch and drink which do not require refrigeration.

Health & Safety Forms must be filled out and handed in before the first day. Download the forms here. Please send the forms to the Manager of Young Artist Education, Dolores Zorreguieta:

Ages 5 – 9

  • Art and Drama
    Martha Bloom or Chris Rose
    Young artists practice drawing, painting, collage, assemblage and sculpture. The group visits Central Park for inspiration during the day. Each week the group writes, directs, narrates, and designs every aspect of their dramatic performance. A performance open to family and visitors takes place each Friday at 3:30 p.m. MATERIAL LISTS

Ages 10 – 13

  • Digital Photography
    Chris Rose
    This class is designed to inspire creativity and develop technical skills. In class, we practice shooting and composition along with discussions to explore what makes great digital photographs. We examine light, composition, and creative computer controls. This course is for beginners and more seasoned young photographers. MATERIAL LIST

  • Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media
    Hannah Frassinelli, Maria Katzman, Philip Robinson, Chris Rose, or Barbara Woods
    Young artists draw and paint from observation and imagination. Sculpture, mixed media, collage, and assemblage will also be practiced. We will work on still lifes, landscapes, the figure and other motifs. The group will have half the day in the Academy studios and the other half drawing in Central Park or local museums for additional inspiration. MATERIAL LISTS

  • Sculpture
    Philip Robinson
    Young Artists will learn about what it means to problem solve through different media. Artists will explore how to manipulate materials such as wood, paper, metal, and plastics to express their own creativity. The group will spend half of the day in the Academy studios and the other half experiencing the finest Museums, Parks, and Landscapes that New York City has to offer. MATERIAL LIST

Ages 13 – 17

  • Young Artist Intensive
    Michele Liebler or Chris Rose
    Students work both independently and with individualized guidance while exploring different media. In the studio we paint with acrylic and watercolor, draw with pencils, pastels, and markers, and also practice monotypes and collage. Students experience landscape painting in Central Park and students may also work on developing their portfolios. Open to all levels. MATERIAL LIST


Register online by following the links, or call us at (212) 996-1908.
Download the Program Brochure. 

Week 5: July 10-14
Art & Drama with Martha Bloom, ages 5-9
Painting Drawing & Mixed Media with Barbara Woods, ages 10-13
Young Artist Intensive with Michele Liebler, ages 13-17  

Week 6: July 17-21
Art & Drama with Martha Bloom, ages 5-9
Digital Photography with Chris Rose, ages 10-13
Young Artist Intensive with Michele Liebler, ages 13-17

Week 7: July 24-28
Art & Drama with Martha Bloom, ages 5-9
Young Artist Intensive with Chris Rose, ages 13-17

Week 8: July 31- Aug 4
Art & Drama with Martha Bloom, ages 5-9
Painting Drawing & Mixed Media with Hannah Frassinelli, ages 10-13
Young Artist Intensive with Michele Liebler, ages 13-17

Contact  Manager of Young Artist Education, Dolores Zorreguieta:
(212) 996-1908 x 251