Hands-On Art Training (HAT) | Webster University

Hands-On Art Training (HAT)

July 8–19, 2019

Spend two weeks immersed in hands-on art training, interesting conversations, and small group workshops led by the dynamic art faculty and student mentors of the Department of Art, Design, and Art History at Webster University.


HAT is an intensive art-focused summer institute for high school students. Ideal for those who are beginning to consider options for college, the HAT institute will help you build your portfolio for college application with artwork that reflects your individuality and unique skills.

Discover your artistic potential in state-of-the-art studios for drawing, sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and graphic design.

Enjoy portfolio presentations by recent graduates from Webster University who are working in art-related fields or attending graduate school.

Discuss contemporary art and its cultural importance with an art historian as your guide.

Share your artistic achievements with family and friends as part of the 2019 Emerging Artists Exhibition, a public exhibition of your work at Webster University's Hunt Gallery.

Program Description

Each weekday from 9 am–4 pm, a different Webster University professor will work with you in their area of expertise. As professional artists, HAT instructors offer contemporary perspectives as they share advice for today's art world. State-of-
the-art equipment and spacious studios at Webster University will provide a place to improve your technique.


  • All emerging artists who successfully complete the HAT 2019 Summer Institute are automatically accepted into Webster University's Department of Art, Design, and Art History (pending university admission).
  • A public exhibition at Webster University's Hunt Gallery will showcase your artwork professionally.
  • You will produce high quality artwork suitable for inclusion in your portfolio.


  • The cost for the HAT program is $650 per student. A $50 deposit is the minimum required to reserve your spot for this camp.
  • Preference will be given to students who register and pay in full by Friday, June 21, 2019.
  • Enrollment is limited to provide the best possible experience.

The program is now full.


One merit-based scholarship may be available based on overall program enrollment. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need as well as artistic merit. A portfolio review and written statement will be required for all applicants. Interested candidates should supply their contact information to Barbara Rutledge for further information.


Email: Barbara Rutledge