Summer Teen Intensives


Teen Painting – CLOSED

Monday through Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. Open to students ages 13-18.

M-Th, June 17-20 from 1-4 p.m. Instructor Cory Sellers

This intensive will challenge student’s painting skills while experimenting with traditional and contemporary techniques and concepts in an acrylic paint medium. Students will work with a wide range of materials and surfaces while investigating paint techniques of artists from all over the world. FEE: $125

Teen Sculpture – CLOSED

M-Th, June 17-20 from 1-4 p.m.Instructor Nicole Shanks

This intensive offers students the opportunity to challenge their three-dimensional design skills, and experiment with clay hand-building techniques and concepts. Students will work with clay while investigating coils and slabs to build a form they design either from inspiration or imagination. FEE: $125

Teen Drawing

M-Th, June 24-27 from 1-4 p.m. Instructor Cory Sellers

Experimenting with traditional and contemporary techniques and concepts, students will advance their drawing skills in this one-week intensive. Students will work with a wide range of materials and surfaces while investigating drawings of artists from all over the world. FEE: $125

Teen Photography & Cyanotype

M-Th, June 24-27 from 1-4 p.m. Instructor Nicole Shanks

Students will experiment with photography using a traditional blueprint alternative process, and find contemporary techniques and concepts to create abstract ideas.  Students will work with a wide range of materials and surfaces while investigating photography in an alternative wet-process technique. Bring your own camera and/or smartphone. FEE: $125

Teen Printmaking

M-Th, July 8-11 from 1-4 p.m. Instructor Cory Sellers

Students will learn about the endless types of printmaking and get an opportunity to create their own prints through the age-old linocut technique. Students will then explore how to utilize this traditional process in a contemporary way as they create pieces with unconventional subjects. FEE: $125

Teen Pottery

M-Th, July 8-18 from 1-4 p.m., TWO-WEEK COURSE Instructor Nicole Shanks

This two-week intensive offers students the opportunity to try their hand at the pottery wheel and learn to trim and glaze their creations. Students will learn about pottery designs, techniques, and the behind the scenes of kiln firing. FEE: $250

Teen Basic Design

M-Th July 15-25 from 1-4 p.m. TWO-WEEK COURSE Instructor Cory Sellers

This intensive is an introduction to the building blocks of art – elements of art, and principles of design. Students will explore the form and function of architecture, furniture and other practical arts as they create unique design projects. FEE: $250

Teen Stop Motion

M-Th, July 22-Aug 1 from 1-4 p.m., TWO-WEEK COURSE Instructor Nicole Shanks

Using stop motion programming, students will use their choice of materials to bring a story to life. Whether it’s clay, plastic blocks, illustrations, etc. the story and the art form are limitless. FEE: $250

Teen Illustration and Storyboarding

M-Th, July 29 – August 1 from 1-4 p.m. Instructor Daniel Stumeier

Students will learn to visually tell a story through illustration and storyboarding using a variety of materials. From researching the subject to executing the idea, this class will help students get a glimpse of a growing career in the visual arts. FEE: $125

For Summer Children’s Program

To see Summer Children’s Enrichment Programs at SWIC, visit Community Education.

Adult Yoga @ The Schmidt – All Year

Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

FEE: $10/class; Payment required at the beginning of each class. Bring your own mat. No online registration.

High School Student Series – Fall and Spring Semesters

Thursdays, January 31-April 25, 2019 (12 weeks – skip Spring Break)

Students will be guided in a variety of artistic and museum practices, receive portfolio and college preparation, and participate in lectures about careers in the arts. Students also have the opportunity to work on personal projects. The program is open to any high school student in grades 9th – 12th.

FEE: $60 per semester. Attendance is limited to 20 students each semester.



Deadline to register for classes is four business days prior to the start of the class. Please note, each class and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The Schmidt Art Center will not offer make-up classes or prorated class fees, so please check your calendar closely before registering. The instructor will make every reasonable effort to assist the student with what was missed.

Refunds, Withdrawals and Low Enrollment

Tuition will be refunded, less a 10 percent processing fee, only if you withdraw from classes at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the class. No refunds or credits will be given for withdrawals after the deadline except for documented medical reasons. There are no exceptions to this policy.

If class is canceled due to low enrollment, you will be notified three business days prior to class beginning. You may choose another class if available or a refund will be issued.

Inclement Weather

If Southwestern Illinois College is closed due to inclement weather, Schmidt Art Center classes will also be canceled. That information will be on the Schmidt Art Center phone message at 618-222-5ART (5278) and on the college’s website at A refund will be issued for the canceled class.


Please dress appropriately as art can get messy. Smocks are not provided. For the safety of the student, flip-flops or open-toed shoes are not encouraged.


All supplies are included in the class fee unless noted otherwise.


All classes are located in the Schmidt Art Center unless noted otherwise. For driving directions, please visit here.

Safety and Behavior Policies

Supervision is provided in the building during class time only. If parents/guardians are responsible for transportation, please make certain to pick the student up promptly at the end of class.

The Schmidt Art Center reserves the right to have a student removed from a class if it is necessary for the safety or well-being of the student or others. Southwestern Illinois College Public Safety officers are on duty at all times and will act in an appropriate manner toward misbehavior and conduct. The Schmidt Art Center reserves the right to deny future enrollment, and if required to leave, the parent/guardian will be contacted and a refund will not be issued.