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The Summer Arts Academy is a series of one week classes that will provide a creative and innovative stepping stone for artistically inclined Oklahoma middle school students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades in a variety of visual art disciplines. Students must be in grades 6-8 during the 2016-17 school year.  

Classes will be held at the Hardesty Arts Center in the middle of downtown Tulsa’s Brady Arts District.  The Hardesty Arts Center provides state-of-the-art equipment and facilities while just a few steps from the doors of surrounding galleries and museums.

Summer Arts Academy provides comprehensive instruction with the goal of visual arts immersion during each session. Small class sizes allow professional teaching artists to provide individual guidance and inspire confidence, as well as to help students explore technique and analyze artwork. Students will leave with new friends, a fun experience, and new skills to propel them forward in their own artistic pursuits.


Each session is Monday through Friday
from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Session 1: June 5-9

Session 2: June 12-16

Session 3: June 19-23

Session 4: June 26-30

Session 5: July 10-14

Session 6: July 17-21

Session 7: July 24-28

Session 8: July 31-August 4




Digital & Darkroom Photography

Film / Video



Fashion / Sewing

Glass Art*

*In partnership with Tulsa Glassblowing School. Additional fees apply to Glass Art.



$200 Early Bird Enrollment Special –  March 1 – April 30

  • Enroll for Summer Arts Academy between March 1 through April 30 for $200 per student per 1-week session.
  • Register for a second session for an additional $200.
  • Glass Art is offered in partnership with the Tulsa Glassblowing School. Additional fees apply.

$250 Regular Tuition – Begins May 1

  • $250 per student for each session.
  • $200 per student for each additional session.
  • Glass Art is offered in partnership with the Tulsa Glassblowing School. Additional fees apply.

Tuition Benefits:

  • Enroll for one week of Summer Arts Academy and receive a $50 discount per additional session purchased (per student).
  • Summer Arts Academy families receive a one-time 20% discount on one (1) Hardesty Arts Center Membership at the Dual / Family level or higher.  Click here for more information on Membership.
  • Free access to the Hardesty Arts Center’s darkroom for Open Studio Hours for teens enrolled in photography sessions.



Once you submit your application, you will be contacted by staff to complete your enrollment and payment.


All scholarships will be reviewed by a committee. Scholarship awards depend on availability of funds.
Scholarship Application Deadline: May 15
Applicants Notified: May 19

Click here to download the Scholarship Application:  

Donations are currently being accepted for the Summer Arts Academy scholarship fund. Click here for more information.

Questions? Please contact us.