Pratt Institute’s Center K-12 is honored to offer an inspiring summer program designed for the best and brightest New York City college bound students representing schools across the city. Summer Scholars invites middle and high school students, to register for a two-week summer program of studio classes taking place on the Brooklyn campus in July. All Center K-12 programs introduce the strengths of an art and design education through a sequence of courses in art, design, and related fields. Classes are taught by faculty from the Schools of Art, Design, and Architecture.

The program is organized by grade, so participants must meet the grade requirement—no exceptions.

Architecture —  Grades 9-12 
Students explore one’s relationship to space and form through working with a wide range of materials including paper, string, foam, and cardboard. Combining drawing by hand and the computer, students will learn that space and form are understood to emerge from processes that involve systems, rules, constraints, material properties, technologies, unpredictable results and influences from other fields such as biology, physics, and geology.
Not-for-credit, 10 AM–12:30 PM, tuition fee: $375

Drawing the Figure (ADE 100P) — Grades 10-12 
The class is devoted to figure study with a clothed model present. Through working from the human form, students will acquire an understanding of the figure’s structure, vitality, character, and movement. In studio practice and through extended projects, students develop a range of abilities to visualize and communicate three-dimensional information on the two-dimensional surface. 
1 credit, 1–4 PM, tuition fee: $1,035

Drawing the Object — Grades 9-12 
Moving from the fundamentals of linear description to the integration of tone, students learn to use value in conjunction with line to achieve a synthesis of form, space, composition, and content.
Not for credit, 10 AM–12:30 PM, tuition fee: $375

Middle School Portfolio Development — Grades 7-8 
Designed for students interested in applying to portfolio audition high schools, projects will primarily focus on working from observation. Students will learn to use value in conjunction with line while using pencil, oil pastels, and collage. The class is taught by Art and Design Education students who are supervised by Pratt faculty.
Not-for-credit, 10 AM–12 PM, tuition fee: $300

Pratt Institute reserves the right to cancel or change any class when circumstances warrant.


Students are eligible to apply to the Summer Scholars program who:

  • For middle school classes, will be entering the 7th or 8th grade in the 2019-2020 school year
  • For high school classes, registrants will be entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the 2019-2020 school year or recently graduated high school and are no older than 18. Please carefully check the grade-range for each class, as they vary. 
  • Demonstrate an interest in art and design
  • Commit to attending the whole program
  • Attend a New York City middle or high school


Classes Meet: July 6 through July 17


Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes fill up quickly.

Registration accepted April 6–May 21. After this deadline we will continue to accept applications as space permits.

  1. Download the registration form.
  2. Submit completed registration forms by mail or fax only during the registration period listed above.

For students participating in both a morning and afternoon class, an optional brown bag lunch is available for purchase at an additional cost of $80 for the two-week program. Students not selecting this option should bring their own lunch.


Please note that sending in a completed application form does not guarantee that you have secured a place in a class. After registration closes, those who have secured a place in a class will receive a confirmation email. If the class(es) you selected is full, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified by email. If a place becomes available, we will contact those on the waiting list.


Full payment is due at the time of registration and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The price per class is listed in the description. A 2.5 percent fee will be applied to credit card payments for the 1 credit course and will processed separately from the other courses.


Financial aid is available to eligible students in need of assistance (as determined if they qualify for the NY State Free/Reduced Lunch Program) thanks to generous support from our funders. To apply, please inquire during registration.

Parent and Student Handbook

All students and parents attending Saturday Art School must follow the policies as listed in the Youth Programs Parent and Student Handbook. Read the program policies prior to the beginning of classes.


Summer Scholars, South Hall, Room 203
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Campus
200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Tel: 718.636.3654 | Fax: 718.230.6876

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