Summer 2013 Arts Opportunities for Teens!

​Looking for art-related stuff to do this summer? Boy, did you come to the right place.


We've been searching high and low for summer programs, classes, camps, and other opportunities for teens just like YOU! In this list, you'll be able to find everything under the sun happening in Seattle this summer. Stay cool and get your art on!

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET is offering Open Program Classes for Teens and Adults: Enjoy the benefits of quality dance training in the remarkable studios of Pacific Northwest Ballet School! Open classes are taught by the School’s nationally acclaimed faculty and are accompanied by professional pianists. Classes are designed to enhance each student's experience to the fullest in a stimulating and creative atmosphere. Pacific Northwest Ballet School's Open Program classes are open to the public (age 13 and older). For more information, visit this page, call PNB at 206.441.2435 or email them at To find out about pricing, visit this page.

SPECTRUM DANCE THEATER has a wide array of summer programs that run from June - August. This page will take you to a comprehensive list of the programs they offer, from ballet intensives to musical theatre dance opportunities. Also, this brochure has a calendar offering a Drama/Dance workshop on Hansel and Gretel, and a Donald Byrd workshop, as well as a pricing grid. For more info, you can call Spectrum at 206.325.4161, or contact them at

CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS is offering Summer at Cornish Dance intensives for ages 13 - 18, including Bound for Broadway and a Cunningham Summer Dance Intensive. Summer at Cornish’s Dance program has a long, reputable history, and integrates current and guest faculty in a classical ballet and modern dance curriculum. Dancers will experience demanding classes that stress technique, artistry, composition, and respect for the health of the whole dancer. Questions? Call 206.726.5148.

LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE is offering FREE drop-in dance classes for ages 13-18! Learn Breakdancing, Popping and Locking, and Street Techniques like krumping and robotic movement! Visit this page for more information, or call 206.684.4758.

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NORTHWEST FILM FORUM is offering both a Two-Week Filmmaking Camp (ages 11-14) and a workshop called Teens Make Movies (ages 14-17.) Working in small groups, you and a team will explore character, plot, storyboarding, and planning--then get to use professional video cameras in these hands-on workshops! To find out more about each program, click this link. You can also reach NW Film Forum by phone at 206.329.2629.

SIFF returns this summer with the National Young Filmmaker's Program, for ages 14 - 18. Through focus on the four stages of production-pre-production, production, post-production, and screening, the program creates a core production team that defines and develops a unique artistic voice. This program allows for unique mentorship opportunities between Seattle-based young filmmakers and youth filmmakers in other cities - thus fostering national cinematic communities among like-minded youth! To find out more, email

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA is back with the Reel Queer Youth Program! Using professional camera and editing equipment to express yourself in a safe, open, and fun environment with a team of professional filmmakers and mentors, you'll work in small groups and complete a short film. This program is for ages 13 - 20. Deadline for application is June 30th. Don't delay, sign up today! Need more info? Email, or call 206.323.4274.

EMP's Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival is now accepting entries! Make a 15 minute film with your friends that follows these guidelines/rules and you could win the grand prize! Entries are being accepted until September 15, 2013 and ANYONE can make a film. Go forth and record! Contact with inquiries.

REEL GRRLS is offering some amazing programs, including Animating Science with Britta Johnson: Work with acclaimed animator Britta Johnson to learn the basis of stop-motion animation. Create a very short animated nature documentary about a real or imaginary creature! Also, their Apprenticeship Program, which offers advanced video production and leadership training for experienced youth, is now accepting applications. Stop by this page to see all the Reel Grrls opportunities for you this summer! Learn more by calling 206.323.0693.

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LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE presents Ready, Set, Girl! a girls' writing course. Bring your creativity, zest for life, passion for art, and your pens! We’ll be merging writing and body movement in an effort to enhance self-esteem and create contemporary cross-genre writing that speaks to your generation. To do this, we will study the earlier works of women writers as well as modern-day writers and musicians. The winter session with culminate with an artist project created and inspired by YOU. Class is ongoing, and is for girls ages 13-18. Visit this page for more info, or call them at 206.684.4758.

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EMP has a wide variety of performance camps this summer! Rock out to Green Day in a hands-on day camp: students live and breathe Green Day for a week, learn band fundamentals, performance techniques, and get one-on-one instruction. Or, you could take Songwriting and Performance and be your own rock star and take the next step in your musical journey: learn the craft of songwriting, promotion, marketing and performance. They even offer a course in the Origins of Metal! From the godfathers of heavy metal Black Sabbath to the dueling guitar melodies of Iron Maiden, take a crash course in learning quintessential metal techniques. There are so many options! Visit this page to register for your favorites. All courses are produced in partnership with the School of Rock Seattle. Call them at 206.417.7625!

CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS offers Summer at Cornish once again, this time affording students ages 12 to 19 the opportunity to study with the renowned Cornish music faculty and special guest artists in a series of one week intensive workshops designed especially for the aspiring young musician. Music programs this summer include Music for Film and Classical Guitar. Questions? Call 206.726.5148.

SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (SYSO) is offering Marrowstone in the City, a music performance camp for ages 7 - 14. The program includes string and wind ensembles, chamber music, sectional and full orchestra rehearsals, a daytime chamber music performance, and a final evening concert for all students. Learn more about why you should sign up here!

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CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS's Summer at Cornish Theater program offers a rigorous pre-college program, and a number of exciting, intensive performance experiences for students ages 15 to 18 who want to explore the performing arts in a professional art school setting. You will hone your skills, learn new techniques from working artists, and meet other students passionate about theater. Take courses such as Stage Makeup, Wigs, and Facial Hair, Improvisation, and Perfecting the College Audition. Questions? Call 206.726.5148.

SEATTLE CHILDREN'S THEATRE has a TON of classes this summer for you to choose from. Learn from an outstanding team of teaching artists, interns and fellow students who share the same passion for theatre. Take anything from one day seminars on Stage Combat, Sketch Comedy, or Stage Makeup to longer workshops on Acting for the Camera or Shakespeare! Visit this page for a comprehensive list. Have questions? Call 206.443.0807, or email

SEATTLE MUSICAL THEATRE offers SummerStock, with a intensive Broadway Showcase production class that highlights four award-winning musicals: Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Spring Awakening. SMT instructors will teach audition techniques, singing, acting, dancing, improv, characterization, and much more! Open to all levels of acting and singing experience. For ages 14 - 19. Register here or call SMT at 206.363.2809.

SEATTLE PUBLIC THEATRE's youth programs this summer are rockin'! Participate in Hunger Plays and discuss and discover your hopes, dreams, and desires and the unknown that lies on the other side of the threshhold of being a young woman. Or, learn how to throw a punch, fall down, or start a brawl onstage in SPT's Fight Club! Many classes are filling up quickly, so register today! Ages 11 - 15 welcome in most classes. Check for age requirements and see the rest of the classes on this page. Want more info? Call 206.524.1300 or email

SEATTLE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY is back with Camp Bill: a great way to learn about Shakespeare and all the awesome stuff that comes with him! In the two-week intensive and in-depth Camp Bill, students ages 10 - 15 get to immerse themselves in Shakespeare, scene study, armed stage combat, audition techniques, and choreographing their own Renaissance dance. Or, you could take the Production Intensive for ages 11 - 17 and spend three weeks designing and building your own sets and costumes, learning performance skills, and rehearsing for a production of The Tempest. Learn more about Camp Bill here, or call 206.733.8228.

TAPROOT THEATRE COMPANY has a sweet lineup this summer for acting camps and classes. The short list? The Art of Comedy for Teens, Shakespeare Supercamp, Audition Classes, Advanced Musical Theatre Supercamp, Stage Combat Mini-Camp, Shakespeare Day-Camp... PHEW! There's a lot going on over there, and we suggest you visit this page to pick your faves. Need to call and ask questions? Here are their digits: 206.529.3668.

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CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS's Summer at Cornish offers several courses in Art & Design, including Figure Drawing, Comics Studio, and 3D Sculpture. Classes are for ages 15 - 18. Summer at Cornish places you in classes with professional artists to hone your creative skills, gain a depth of knowledge about a particular arts discipline, and — for high school students — earn college credit and experience college life! Housing available still. Sign up while there's room! Questions? Call 206.726.5148.

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PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER has more courses to choose from than we can count! Open up this brochure to see them all. For grades 6 - 9 jump to pages 11 & 12. These courses and camps range from subjects of art to nature and everywhere in between! For policy information, visit this page or call them at 206.443.2925.

UNEXPECTED PRODUCTIONS is waiting for YOU to sign up for their plethora of improv classes! Always wanted to try improv? Now is your chance. Sign up for beginner classes, or if you're more experienced in the ways of making things up on stage in a pinch, go for something a little more advanced. Classes begin in just a few days, so don't miss out on signing up! Contact by calling them here: 206.587.2414.

POWER OF HOPE is offering an eight-day summer camp for youth ages 14 to 18 who want to develop their leadership and take an active role in their communities. Through this camp, teens will learn to express themselves through a range of creative workshops on subjects such as: visual arts, dance, theater, writing, media literacy, nature education, social justice and much more! The 2013 summer camp will take place in a beautiful natural setting on Whidbey Island, 20 miles north of Seattle. Youth will have the opportunity to explore the natural world through outdoor education workshops, hiking, and swimming--and you'll be sleeping in tents! Come prepared to have an awesome summer. Learn more here, or call POH at 206.938.6090.

THE VERA PROJECT has so many classes, we don't know what to do with ourselves. From Sound 101 (we're talking audio engineering basics!) to DJ-ing (you'll get your own software for practice!), these classes will blow you away and make you a better, well-rounded artist. Oh, and you might have a little fun while you're at it!

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