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About the Program

The Sarratt Youth Art Institute offers opportunities for children from a variety of backgrounds to pursue their interest in art, to explore their creative abilities, to learn about the world they live in through the arts, and to gain self esteem through the process of creating original works of art.

The Sarratt Youth Art Institute offers summer sessions that allow students, ages 5-16, the opportunity to learn through the arts. These one week sessions are designed to give students time and experience with art forms that allow them to be creative and to encourage their math, reading, and science education through an arts based curriculum design.

Studio spaces for the program include a fully equipped clay facility, a photography studio with two darkrooms, a scanner and printer for digital photography, a mixed media studio for printmaking, sculpture and textile arts, as well as spaces for drawing, painting, creative movement and more.

Classes for ages 5-6 (children entering grades K and 1 in the fall) and 7-12 (children entering grades 2 – 7 in the fall) are designed to support reading, writing and basic math skills while children are having an exciting time in the art classes exploring a variety of mediums. Ages 13 – 16 (grades 8 – 10) are in the Studios exploring and focusing on more defined techniques such as darkroom photography, printmaking and pottery on the wheel. Each week offers new ideas, new themes, new mediums and a new part of the world to be explored through art and cultural activities.

Registration and Tuition Information

Tuition for summer 2018 is 280.00 per child per week. This cost includes art instruction and all supplies.   Children bring their snacks, drinks and lunches each day.

Parents: You will create a new account in our on line registrations system and add children as family members in your account. You’ll be able to register each child for the week(s) that you’d like them to attend SYAI.

Registration for summer 2018 will open on Thursday February 1, 2018 in our new registration system at https://vupace.vanderbilt.edu



Institute Hours

Institute class hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday.

Arrival time is from 8:30am to 8:55am.

Pick up time is from 4:00pm to 4:30pm.  We hope that our new hours of operation will be convenient.

Before and After Care are not available.  We hope that our new hours of operation will be convenient.

Please note that lunch and snacks are not provided in the tuition rates. Children must bring their own food and drinks.

Please see the Parking and Location Tab on the Menu Bar for more information!