Art-making, gallery adventures, and discussion connect teens to art, community, and each other. The Museum is always free for those 18 and under. Drop by for even a quick visit!
Join us most Fridays for a chance to explore the museum and make art. Each week offers a new gallery adventures, different materials and techniques to play with, and plenty of snacks. Stay the entire time or stop by for just a little while to connect with artists and other creative teens.
For teens age (13-18). Most Fridays, October-May from 3-5 pm
The RISD Art Circle is a group of high school artists and art enthusiasts who explore the Museum collection and activate the galleries through events, interpretative projects, community collaborations, and hands-on learning activities, inspiring all of us to see the world in a creative way. To learn more, visit our opportunities page.
This 11-day program immerses high school students in art and the creative experience. Participants spend two weeks surrounded by artists, designers, and fellow creative thinkers as they examine work from across time and cultures and respond through art-making, writing, and discussion. See what past students have produced here.
No art-making experience is necessary. The application process is competitive and space is limited.
RISD College and Continuing Ed also offer programs for children and teens.
College-access program for artistically talented teens attending Rhode Island urban public high schools.
Young Adult Certificate Programs encourage students ages 12 to 17 to broaden their horizons and develop stronger artistic skills, building confidence and maturity.
Young Artist Vacation Camps Camp sessions for children and teens ages 7 to 17, offered during winter, spring, and summer school vacations. Sessions held at RISD’s Tillinghast Farm campus in Barrington, Rhode Island, or on the RISD campus in Providence.
This program provides a strong grounding in the visual arts and encourages creative and personal growth through self-expression. Year-round courses provide opportunities for teens to be with peers who are energetic, creative, and passionate about what they’re doing.
The six-week summer program offers high school students ages 16 to 18 a comprehensive introduction to the college art-school experience. Participants are fully immersed in a studio curriculum and live in RISD residence halls.