Skip navigation
  1. Home
  2. Academics
  3. Youth Education

Young Artists Workshop

Youth and High School Grades 3–12


Young Artists Workshop students connect with and expand their creativity with others who share the same interests in a beautiful campus setting along the picturesque Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The program, founded in 1921, maintains a rich legacy of offering exceptional art and design educational experiences for youth and high school students in grades 3–12. Young Artists Workshop provides a strong grounding in the visual arts and encourages artistic and personal growth through inventive self-expression. Each course creates a dynamic environment where students build self-confidence along with a foundation of creative and technical skills.

Classes are offered year-round on Saturdays in the fall and spring and on weekdays during the summer. All classes are studio-based and utilize Moore’s BFA classrooms and labs – unique modern facilities with state of the art equipment. An impressive roster of instructors is led by Moore’s BFA faculty and certified art educators noteworthy for their experience, commitment and enthusiasm for teaching art and design to youth and high school students.

Update as of April 2020: 

Due to the evolving circumstances around the COVID-19 public health epidemic, Moore College of Art & Design staff and faculty have monitored the situation closely with regards to all summer academic programs. This includes the summer 2020 iteration of Young Artists Workshop (YAW), our almost century-old youth education program, which offers exceptional art and design educational experiences for students in grades 3–12. 

Given the uncertain and variant models around the timing of a return to daily life and to college campuses around the country, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff above all else. For the time being, this means finding alternative methods for summer programming until future guidelines dictate otherwise. 

As a result, our summer 2020 YAW program will shift to a virtual/online format, and classes for grades 9–12 will take place as scheduled, from July 13 through August 14, 2020. YAW will run concurrently, through collaborative programming and alignment, with our 2020 Summer Art & Design Institute (a.k.a. SADI, a national program for young women artists in grades 10–12), including high-level creative opportunities and portfolio development for college-bound students.  

As you may know, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Moore shifted to remote and virtual learning for the remainder of the undergraduate and graduate 2019–2020 academic year, beginning on March 23. YAW instructors, who have already received valuable training for remote instruction for grades 9–12, are well-prepared to work within this format and will bring their expertise to these summer classes. 

We encourage those still thinking about joining us for YAW in summer 2020 to contact the Continuing Education office at or 215.965.4030 in order to discuss how we can help you find your place in this special program. We know that this summer’s YAW  experience will be as engaging and exciting for young artists as always, even in the virtual realm. 

We look forward to updating you over the next few weeks with follow-up information, and to seeing you online in July!