Tour of the Windgate Center of Art + Design

The Windgate Center of Art + Design is the home of the UA Little Rock Department of Art and Design

artWAYS 2022

artWAYS is a weeklong immersive visual arts summer program. Participants spend all day making art in well-equipped art classrooms / studios / labs with university art professors who are also working artists.

  • All sessions are weeklong, in-person, and residential this summer.
  • There will be three separate weeklong sessions this summer, including:
    – Session 1 for Art Educators
    – Session 2 for Art Educators
    – High School Session for rising juniors and rising seniors
  • artWAYS is FREE! All art materials, meals, and housing are provided through a grant from the Windgate Foundation. Individuals must provide their own transportation to and from UA Little Rock.
  • The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) typically approves 30 hours of professional development (PD) for each week-long art educator session. Participants receive a certificate of completion on the final day.
  • Pandemic protocols: Masks, social distance, and housing occupancy guidelines will be designated by the University before the summer.
  • Spots are limited. Register by May 16.

Summer 2022 Schedule:

June 6 – 10, 2022 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Note: If inclement weather / snow days necessitate adding days to the end of the school year calendar, this week will be moved to June 13-17.

Typographic Restaurant Branding & Identity with Graphic Design Professor Kevin Cates

Oil Painting 101 with Painting Instructor Jeremy Couch

Portrait Modeling with Sculpture Professor Michael Warrick

July 11 – 15, 2022 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Basic Book Making with Woodworking Professor Peter Scheidt

Meant for Holding: Handbuilt Vessels with Ceramics Instructor John Shea

Portrait Modeling with Sculpture Professor Michael Warrick


Monday – Friday, June 20 – 24, 2022
Check-in: Sunday, June 19
Check-out: Friday, June 24

You are eligible to apply if you will be a junior or senior in high school during the 2022-2023 school year.

Classes, supervised open studio, breakfasts, and lunches will take place in the Windgate Center of Art + Design. Housing, dinners, and evening activities will take place in on-campus housing. All activities will be supervised by faculty and/or staff. Adult Residential Counselors will staff the residence hall and be available to high school participants 24-hours per day. We do not expect any aspect of artWAYS to occur off-campus this summer.

Selected participants will receive an artWAYS Handbook, Code of Conduct, Parental Permission Forms, and a list of items to bring to camp (mostly related to housing) in advance.

Maximum capacity = 60 participants – approved through an application process that includes a Letter of Consideration from the applicant and a Letter of Recommendation in support of the student from a visual arts teacher.

Participants will rotate through the following four (4) emphasis areas:

DRAWING THE DYNAMIC FIGURE with Drawing Instructor Robert Bean
Have you ever wondered how artists get their drawings of people to look natural? How do you make the figure look like it has energy and dynamic movement? Learn how to see the movements the body presents, how to capture the gesture and structure of the figure, and elevate your figure drawing to the next level. Students will work from a live, draped model.

TYPOGRAPHIC SCULPTURES with Graphic Design Professor Kevin Cates
Attendees will receive a quick primer on typography and the beauty of letterforms. We will then take that information and build a collaborative typographic cardboard sculpture based on a group concept. Each participant will contribute a letter or more to the sculpture that they can keep.

Learn how to make one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Discover the fundamental techniques of jewelry making such as sawing, soldering, and stone setting. Students will work with a variety of materials and explore a wide array of techniques. Students will walk out the door wearing their own handmade designs.

LENSLESS PHOTOGRAPHY with Photography Professor Joli Livaudais
Participants will make photographic art using chemistry in a traditional darkroom by creating photograms, historical hand-coated cyanotype prints, and using simple cardboard cameras they create themselves.


In order to participate in artWAYS, interested rising juniors and rising seniors must submit:

  1. Completed Application Form: Click Here to Apply for the artWAYS High School Session: June 20-24, 2022
  2. Letter of Consideration – explaining how artWAYS will benefit you as both a visual artist and a potential future art major (upload to registration form)
  3. Letter of Recommendation – in support of the student, from at least one (1) visual arts teacher (emailed directly from your recommending teacher to the Art Outreach Specialist at amtompkins@ualr.edu)

Deadline to apply is May 1, 2022. Accepted students will be notified as quickly as possible. More details will be shared at that time.