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SMU Meadow School of the Arts Announces Summer Programs for Pre-College-Aged Students

SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts is offering three summer programs in June and July for pre-college-aged students. Programs include the Meadows Academy for Young Artists, targeted to high school art students; Fashion Media Summer Workshops, for high school students interested in fashion journalism; and the SMU Institute for Young Pianists, for piano students at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels who are entering grades 3-12.

Meadows Academy for Young Artists

The SMU Meadows Academy for Young Artists provides an introductory college-level experience to help student artists transition from high school to the college level. The summer program offers four different week-long sessions, each thematically different yet broad in scope, covering 2-D, 3-D and digital media. The curriculum is modeled after the SMU Division of Art’s innovative suite of courses that provide the foundation for all incoming B.F.A. and B.A. studio art majors. Classes are limited to 12 students, and include all art supplies, lunches and campus parking. Weekly sessions run Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


June 18-22: Observation: an exploration of seeing, scanning and simultaneously representing the world around us, using both traditional and digital media.

June 25-29: Spaces: an expression of forms, constructions and 2-D compositions of real and imaginative environments realized through the use of mixed media, clay and photography.

July 9-13: Narrative: the simple act of recounting a story, using moving images, installations and comic strips.

July 16-20: Systems: an introduction to serial methods of creating paintings, prints and everyday objects using traditional media and recycled materials.

For: High school art students

Where: SMU Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas 75205

Cost: $499 per session

Information: Contact Monica Lapierre-Hayslip, Director, SMU Meadows Academy for Young Artists, at 817.205.9415 or Please also visit

Fashion Media Summer Workshops

Launched in 2010, SMU’s new Fashion Media program, a part of the Division of Journalism, has been so successful that organizers decided to offer week-long workshops for high school students this summer to encourage them to pursue their passion for fashion. Many high school students are already invested in fashion as a hobby, and the Fashion Media faculty saw workshops as a way to help students learn about the industry and begin to build their portfolios. The workshop will emphasize how to write and produce content for such outlets as fashion blogs, social media, and fashion magazines. The world of fashion media is fast-paced and competitive. These workshops will put high school students ahead of the game, sharpening their skills and preparing them for the next step in a fashion media career.


Session 1: July 9-12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Session 2: July 16-19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

For: High school students

Where: SMU Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas 75205

Cost: $550 per session

Faculty: Camille Kraeplin, Associate Professor of Journalism and Director of the Fashion Media Program

Information: Contact Camille Kraeplin at or 214-768-3431.

SMU Institute for Young Pianists

An intensive, performance-based experience for pre-collegiate piano students including private lessons, master classes, and a variety of group experiences exploring keyboard skills, music theory and history, and ensemble performance taught by SMU faculty, graduate pedagogy students, and guest artist/teachers. An audition is required. Class will be held Tuesday through Saturday, July 10-14. Intermediate and advanced students may participate in an optional competition on Monday, July 9. Students are placed in sections based on their age and audition recording, which is due with the application. Room and board are strongly encouraged for all students in grade 8 and above.


July 10-14

For: Students who will be entering grades 3-12 in fall 2012

Where: SMU Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas 75205


Elementary and Intermediate Levels: $375

Advanced Level: $425

Room and board is recommended for grades 8 and above: $300

Faculty: Kevin Gunter, Lecturer in the SMU Division of Music, and Cathy Lysinger, Director of the Piano Preparatory Dept. in the SMU Division of Music

Information: Contact Cathy Lysinger at

About the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU

The Meadows School of the Arts, formally established in 1969 at SMU, is one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States. The Meadows School comprises 10 academic divisions: the Temerlin Advertising Institute, Art, Art History, Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, Communication Studies, Dance, Film and Media Arts, Journalism, Music, and Theatre. The goal of the Meadows School is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. It is also committed to providing an ongoing opportunity for all SMU students to grow in the understanding and appreciation of the arts. The Meadows School is a leader in developing innovative outreach and community engagement programs, challenging its students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between art entrepreneurship and change.

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