Hands-On Art Training (HAT)

July 11–22, 2016

Taught by Webster University’s Department of Art, Design, and Art History, HAT is an intensive hands-on art training summer institute for high school students.* This nine-day experience offers an introduction to creative strategies, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, graphic design, and current art history.


Program Description

Each day 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. Each day, a different BFA student will share their work during “Art Chats and Eats” (buffet lunch provided).


  • Visits to local museums, galleries, and artists’ studios will validate your passion for art.
  • A public exhibition at Webster University’s Hunt Gallery will showcase your artwork professionally.
  • At the closing ceremony, you will be introduced as a HAT Young Emerging Artist and receive a free limited-edition hat!


  • Tuition is $500
  • Supplies and lunch are included
  • Scholarships are available


A limited number of scholarships are available to those who, without this funding, would not be able to participate in Hands-on Art Training. To apply, send a statement describing your financial circumstances and how you would benefit from participation in HAT to: Carol Hodson, Director of HAT at hodson@webster.edu. A portfolio review may be required for recipients.

*HAT INSTITUTE is ideal for sophomores and juniors who are beginning to consider options for college, but we will happily challenge seniors to pump-up their portfolios. Build your portfolio for college application with artwork that reflects your individuality and unique skills. Students will archive their portfolios digitally, both in CD format (for easy college applications) and online. Areas of studio include, creative strategies, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, graphic design, and current art history.

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Call: 314-968-7171
Email: Jennifer Hylton-Whited