artWAYS – Summer Visual Arts Program

artWAYS is the UA Little Rock School of Art and Design’s residential, summer intensive visual arts program for high school students and educators. All sessions are taught in the Windgate Center of Art + Design (WCAD) on UA Little Rock’s campus.

artWAYS 2023

45 rising juniors and seniors from across the state of Arkansas and one from Texas participated in the 2nd annual weeklong, residential, intensive visual arts camp called artWAYS! @ualrart #artWAYS2023

High School Session – Summer Art Camp

The High School session of artWAYS has reached maximum capacity! THE REGISTRATION AND WAITLIST IS NOW CLOSED.

The high school session of artWAYS is for 45 rising juniors and seniors. The weeklong residential workshop is offered in June from Sunday to Saturday. Move-in day is Sunday and move-out day is Saturday.

Students rotate through four emphasis areas (3 maker sessions and 1 art history) during the day while studying with our professional faculty who are also working artists. Classes are offered during the day. Structured Open Studio is available in the evening in the WCAD for students who want to continue their instruction.

The students live on-campus in West Hall. Professional residential counselors live in the residence hall, coordinate evening activities, and are available to students 24-hours per day.

The cost of registration, art supplies, meals, and on-campus housing are provided by a Windgate Foundation grant, so the workshop is free!

Past High School Sessions

“Jewelry as Self Expression” – Metalsmithing and Jewelry
“Kinetic Sculpture” – Woodworking
“Mesoamerican Art” – Art History
“Screenprint Factory” – Printmaking

Art Educator Session

The residential art educator sessions are offered in June and July, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will be immersed in one topic per week. The costs of registration, art supplies, meals, and on-campus housing are covered by a Windgate Foundation grant, so the workshop is free!

Teachers receive up to 30 hours of professional development credit from the Arkansas Department of Education. Certificates will be distributed on the last day of the session.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Maximum capacity is 15 participants per workshop.

Art Educator Session 1: June 3 – 7, 2024*

Copper Plate Etching with Printmaking Professor David Warren
Participants will create a copper plate etching with the electro-etching process. Developed in the School of Art and Design’s Printmaking Studio, participants will learn this unique printmaking technique from Printmaking Instructor David Warren. Combine science and fine art to produce multiple handmade prints on paper.

Sketchbook Making & Simple Book Binding with Drawing Professor Jeremy Couch
Participants will learn the basics of bookmaking as we cover some simple bookbinding techniques. Using these techniques, we will make a set of personalized sketchbooks then break them in with some creative exercises.

Working with Nature: Making and Using Paints with Botanical and Mineral Pigments with Painting Professor Krista Schoening
Students will make paints and inks using naturally derived pigments and binders. Articulating connections between culture, science, and art, the instructor will discuss historical pigment sources and the processes by which pigments were harvested from the natural world and refined into art materials. Art Educators can expect lots of hands-on paint making, as well as putting those paints to use in their sketchbooks, making “nature studies” from natural and botanical forms on campus.

Art Educator Session 2: July 8 – 12, 2024*

FLUX IT UP! with Metalsmithing & Jewelry Professor Lydia Martin
Fire up your inner metalsmith and jeweler! Using basic metalsmithing techniques, participants will make work based on their own personal aesthetic and interests. Techniques include riveting, soldering, and stone setting. Upon completing the workshop, students will walk away with multiple completed pieces.

Pinching Possibilities: Thinking Sculpturally with Clay with Ceramics Professor John Shea
Participants explore different handbuilding techniques with clay geared towards making a variety of sculptures, both representational and abstract.

Contemporary Drawing and Video Art with Drawing Professor Clark Valentine
Artists will explore the intersection of Drawing and New Media practices. Participants will learn to integrate drawing with video through both traditional and experimental animation. This course explores movement, narrative, and creative expression using both traditional art methods and accessible digital tools.

*Both sessions will include a pre-lunch art history component for all Art Educators with Dr. Lynne Larsen. No registration needed.

Diversity in Art Curriculum with Art History Professor Dr. Lynne Larsen
This course provides opportunities for Art Educators to expand their knowledge of the art from around the world and apply that learning to their curriculum. Through lecture, discussion, and collaboration, we will consider how to form lesson plans around subjects like Australian Aboriginal painting, Islamic tilework, and art of the Civil Rights era.

Future artWAYS Dates:


artWAYS Art Educator Session 1
Monday – Friday, June 3 – 7
9am – 4pm

artWAYS High School Session 1
Monday – Friday, June 24 – 28
Move-in: Sunday, June 23
Move-out: Saturday, June 29

artWAYS Art Educator Session 2
Monday – Friday, July 8 – 12
9am – 4pm