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Special Opportunities


The special opportunities that are listed here have been selected by Ryman Arts staff as being advantageous for our students and alumni. Many of these contests, internships, programs and events have benefited Ryman students in the past, and students are always welcome to talk to the staff further with questions.

Internships | Scholarships | Art Contests | Art Classes | Publications & Exhibitions | Events



Ryman Arts Sklar Internship at Walt Disney Animation Studios

For information about the Ryman Arts Sklar Internships at the Walt Disney Company for Ryman Arts alumni, go to this page



WorldStudio Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: March 28, 2014
Minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying design and arts disciplines. See website for additional requirements.
Can provide :
$500 - $5000 scholarships
Required be a US Citizen to apply? Yes, or have a green card

WorldStudio Foundation provides scholarships to minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying the design/arts disciplines in U.S. colleges and universities. Among the Foundation’s primary aims are to increase diversity in the creative professions and to foster social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers, and studios of tomorrow.

To Apply: Application is available online at www.worldstudio.org. Submit personal, school, and financial information (transcripts, signed financial aid form), slide portfolio, and written statement of purpose.


CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2014
see below
Can provide :
$3000 scholarship
Required be a US Citizen to apply? Yes, or a permanent resident.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation provides ten scholarships a year to students studying Visual Arts in college.

To be eligible for a CBC Spouses Visual Arts scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be preparing to pursue an undergraduate degree full-time or be a current full-time student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university
  • Be planning to pursue a degree in a field that will lead to a career in the visual arts
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities


Call (202) 263-2800 or email scholarships@cbcfinc.org for additional information. To see all application information visit the scholarship website here: http://www.cbcfinc.org/cbcs-va




Art Contests

Congressional District Student Art Competitions

Deadline: deadlines vary by district, most are in February or March
Who is eligible : all High School students are eligible within their district
Prize : Scholarships, art supplies, exhibition of artwork and trip to Washington D.C.
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

All Congressional Districts participate in the student art competition. Click the link below to see last year's winners and to find your own congressional district. Go to your congressional district's web site to learn about the competition for your area. To find your congressional district representative's web site, use the link below:


In 2012, Ryman Arts students from Districts 31, 33, 34, 35 and 36 won first place – this is definitely worth trying out for! That means that those five Ryman Arts students all received an all expense paid trip to Washington DC, and their artwork was on display in the US capitol. Let's try for six Ryman students this year!



Art Classes


Inner-City Filmmakers Summer Program

Class dates: June - August , 2014
Location: Santa Monica
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014
Who is eligible: 12th graders graduating from high school this semester
Cost: Sliding scale tuition, depending on financial need
Must be US Citizen to apply: No

Inner-City Filmmakers provides free year-round high quality hands-on training and job placement services for diverse disadvantaged youth, ages 17-22, who are high school graduates. Youth accepted into Inner-City Filmmakers gain artistic, technical, business, and life skills, which successfully prepares them for college, real-life, and entry-level jobs behind-the-scenes in the entertainment industry, where they aspire to build careers but have little access, thus we help reshape their lives and change their futures.

Established in 1993, Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a successful track record and long-lasting partnerships in education, the private sector, and throughout the entertainment industry. They are dedicated to empowering and creating lasting positive change in the lives of diverse disadvantaged youth because we believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

Learn more at innercityfilmmakers.com or call their offices at (310) 264-3992. If you would like an application for the 2014 summer program, contact Rebecca at Ryman Arts.


Art Center College of Design's Summer Intensives

Class dates: July 8- August 2, 2014
Location: Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
Scholarship Deadline: April 3, 2014
Who is eligible: High School students
Must be US Citizen to apply: No

Saturday High introduces a four-week intensive summer program for students seeking a rigorous in-depth experience in a chosen area of concentration. In addition to studio classes, weekly guest speakers (practicing artists and designers) will share their stories and career paths. Lectures about art and design will familiarize students with design history, cultural icons and design trends. Organized field trips to local design studios will also give students a glimpse of the working lives of professional artists and designers. The program will conclude with a final exhibition and celebration of student work open to friends, family and educators.

Classes meet weekdays at the South Campus from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Areas of concentration:
Graphic Design/Advertising
Entertainment Design
Industrial Design (Product & Transportation Design)

Tuition: $1,500.00 (scholarships available, deadline April 3)

Learn more and download an application form at http://www.artcenter.edu/sat


The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar

Deadline: April 10, 2014
June - July, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Who is eligible:
High School 11th graders
Must be a US Citizen to apply? No

The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar is a scholarship program available to all artistically gifted high school juniors. The seminar is designed as an institute to offer an intensive visual art studio program for the students. This two-week program allows each student to gain a stronger foundation of skills and understanding in the visual arts through experiencing college-level drawing and painting classes in a group studio setting. Artists in residence will serve as the primary instructors. The artists will provide instruction, giving specific problems to solve and assignments to complete. Sessions concerning careers in art, the development of a portfolio, and small group discussions with artists sharing their unique insights, technical expertise, and commitment to art will be included.

Classes take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado for two weeks . Like Ryman Arts, all accepted students receive a full scholarship for all expenses except transportation to and from Colorado. This is an excellent program, very competitve but truly life-changing. Ryman Arts highly recommends this program.

More information, including the application form, can be found at http://sharpeartfdn.qwestoffice.net/summer1.htm, or by calling (719) 635-3220


CalArts CAP Summer Arts Program (CAPSA)

Class dates: June 23 - July 12, 2014
Location: Cortines High School, downtown Los Angeles
Application Deadline: April 22, 2014
Who is eligible: 10th - 12th graders residing in Los Angeles County
Cost: Tuition free (no cost)
Must be US Citizen to apply: No

Designed for high school students in grades 10, 11, 12 or graduating in June 2014, CAPSA is a tuition-free three week intensive arts program. A wide selection of classes are offered including: Animation, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Photography, Theater and the Visual Arts. Each workshop is led by the world-renowned faculty of CalArts and CalArts student instructors who introduce CAPSA participants to the studio environment and provide guidance in creating original works of art. Participants also visit some of Los Angeles' most prominent arts institutions, attend talks with visiting artists, learn about college applications and financial aid programs, and exhibit or perform their work in a culmination festival for family and friends!

CAP Summer Arts Program (CAPSA) Summer 2014 Applications are available now, please click here  to fill out the online application.


Otis Summer of Art

July 7 - August 1, 2014
Otis College of Art and Design
Who is eligible : All students age 15 and older
Must be a US Citizen to apply?: No

Immerse yourself in a dynamic, creative environment with other students who are passionate about art and design. This summer, build and develop your creative and artistic skills while exploring a specific medium or aspect of art and design.

This intensive, four-week, pre-college program is for individuals 15 and older who wish to study at one of the top art and design colleges in the country. Serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art and design skills, as well as students with limited art training, are invited to participate. To receive a brochure please fill out the Rush Me Info form. Questions? Please call 310.665.6864, email soa@otis.edu, or contact here.


UC Irvine Summer Academies in the Arts

Class dates: July & August , 2014. Individual class dates vary.
Location: UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Application Deadline: May 1 , 2014
Who is eligible: Middle School and High School students
Cost: $700-$1000 per class. Full and partial scholarships available.
Must be US Citizen to apply: No

The Summer Academies in the Arts are college and career preparatory intensives for high school and middle school students to attend focused workshops in Art, Dance, Drama and Music that enhance students’ marketable skills and support career goals, self-confidence and leadership. Talented and motivated Summer Academy students receive practical conservatory-style instruction in small classes taught by graduate instructors, professionals in the field and, in some cases, Claire Trevor School of the Arts faculty.Students experience life as undergraduate arts majors through technical and practical training in each discipline. Coursework is intended to be rigorous and as close to college level as possible. 

Click here for information on Summer Academies in the Arts Scholarships and Discounts.


UCLA Department of Art, Summer Art Institute

Deadline: April 1, 2014 for Scholarships
July 2014
UCLA campus
Who is eligible:
High School students
$1,940, scholarships available
Must be a US Citizen to apply? No


Experience campus life at UCLA this summer as an artist!

The Summer Art Institute is designed for exceptionally talented and motivated high school students, grades 9-12. Each course offers three units of college credit and the opportunity to develop artwork for a stronger portfolio through undergraduate-level fine arts curriculum. Students may commute to campus on weekdays for rigorous studio instruction or opt to stay in UCLA residential housing with meal plan and supervised evening and weekend activities.

Register Online
Submit your application online and choose one of the following studio concentrations per session:

Session A: July 7-18
Color Darkroom Photography

Session B: July 21-August 1
Digital Photography

Intensive Art Instruction
Summer Art Institute instructors encourage and challenge students to develop, explore, and expand their artistic vocabularies through critical thinking and creative problem solving. A low student-to-teacher ratio ensures individualized attention to foster the personal growth of each and every bourgeoning artist.

Faculty and Guest Artists
The Summer Art Institute curriculum is created and supervised by the internationally recognized UCLA Department of Art faculty. Participants are exposed to a range of media and contemporary art practices through hands-on studio and lab work, experimental film and video art screenings, engaging lectures on contemporary art history and culture, and field trips to prominent Los Angeles area museums, led by recent UCLA Master of Fine Arts graduates, members of UCLA faculty, or by distinguished visiting artists.

Final Critique and Exhibition
Each two week long session culminates in a final critique of student projects and an exhibition held at the UCLA New Wight Gallery in the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center. Families and friends of program participants are invited to attend the final student exhibition.

Sculpture Scholarship Opportunity
The UCLA Department of Art offers a scholarship opportunity for students interested in studying Sculpture. This scholarship covers program fees and will be awarded to one student based on artistic potential demonstrated in the application. All applications that are received by April 15 for Sculpture will be considered for scholarship.

Application Process
As part of the application process, students wishing to enroll in the Summer Art Institute must upload four examples of recent artwork in JPEG format (500 x 1024 pixels at 72 dpi). Applications are reviewed by Summer Art Institute staff. Once approved, the applicant will receive notification to complete registration. Limited spaces are available; applicants are encouraged to apply early.

View images from last year's program by clicking here.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit our website by clicking here.

Register Online

Otis Continuing Education

Cost: Classes vary in price, starting at $145 a semester
Who is eligible: Age 5 through adult
Location: Otis College of Art and Design.
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No, though there may be restrictions if you are taking the classes for college credit.

Otis College of Art and Design's Continuing Education offers a wide range of beginning, intermediate, and advanced art and design courses for all ages on weekends and evenings, as well as special summer programs. These courses enable you to pursue your artistic and professional development, as well as your personal and intellectual growth.

Classes are offered every day. If you are a current Ryman Arts student, you may be interested in taking a class on a Sunday, before or after your Ryman Arts class. If you are a parent or sibling of a current Ryman Arts student, it might be fun to take a class through Continuing Education while you're waiting for your Ryman student to finish class.

Classes can be taken for college credit for an additional fee. See all the classes, and learn more about fees and registration, at: http://otis.edu/continuing_education/index.html You can also call the Continuing Education office at (310) 665-6850 x53.

Venice Arts

Cost: Free for low income families
Who is eligible: Artists age 10 - 18
Location: Venice Arts Gallery 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
How to apply: Register in person August 24, details below

Venice Arts offers beginning to advanced youth photography, filmmaking, and
media arts workshops for children ages 10-18 from September 21, 2013.
Click this link for more information.

Monday-Friday classes from 4pm-6pm
Saturday classes range from 10am-4pm

Classes are free for low income families. Proof of Income should be brought
with you during registration. These documents can be a pay stub, 2012
taxes, or a bank account statement.

Non low income families may also participate. Please email
info@venice-arts.org or call (310) 392-0846 for prices.

Registration Details
In person registration will take place at Venice Arts Gallery 1702 Lincoln
Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Appointments are required! Email info@venice-arts.org or call (310) 392-0846 to schedule an appointment.

Armory Center for the Arts

Cost: Art High classes for ages 15-18 are free of charge. Classes for other age groups charge tuition, but some scholarships are available.
Location: 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

The Armory offers studio art classes year round to all ages.


Free Arts Workshops at Inner-City Arts

Cost: Free to Ryman Arts students, and middle school and High School students in LAUSD schools in local districts 4, 5 & 7. For all other students, workshops are $90 for the 10-week session.
Who is Eligible: Students and adults
Location:  Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler Street, Downtown Los Angeles, 90021
Required to be a US Citizen to apply? No

Inner-City Arts offers classes in Dance Choreography, Stand-Up Comedy, Film Producation, Graphic Design, Animation, Theater Arts and Visual Arts.

Call Brenda de Santiago at 213-627-9621 or visit the Inner-City Arts website at inner-cityarts.org


Publications & Exhibitions

No Publication or Exhibition opportunities at this time



The Big Draw

Date: throughout October, annually
Location: events take place all over Southern California!
Cost: Free
Who may attend: Open to everyone

The Big Draw LA creates opportunities for people of all ages to discover that drawing can help us SEE, THINK and INVENT. During October 2010, Ryman Arts spearheaded over 30 Big Draw LA events across Los Angeles!

Visit The Big Draw LA website for more details and to see last year's panorama drawing of Exposition Park: thebigdrawla.org/




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