Develop the foundational skills vital to the practice of the visual arts.

Visual Arts summer students engage in 2-D and 3-D design through hands-on courses such as printmaking and ceramics, and in projects like stone carving, painting, and photography while also strengthening their understanding and use of visual language and their artistic voice.

Arts Odyssey Program
Rising 8th & 9th-Graders
June 20 - 25 / June 27 - July 2, 2021

This one-week program consists of intensive studio sessions in several visual art areas over the duration of the program. These areas broadly include drawing and two- and three-dimensional design classes with specific studio experiences in disciplines such as sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, graphic design, photography and animation chosen yearly by faculty. These studio courses change each year. In addition, students engage in a visual language class where they learn how to talk about art.

Students apply in the 7th or 8th grade and must be legal residents of South Carolina.

Academy Program 
Rising 10th-Graders
July 11 - 24, 2021

This two-week program consists of courses across several visual arts areas. Classes and activities will provide studio experience and build individual confidence in developing, analyzing, and communicating visual ideas. The program consists of intensive studio experiences and includes final critiques prior to the end of program exhibition. The goals of the Academy Program are to give students a broad-based creative experience, and also give them the tools to begin to make objective critical analysis of their own work. 

Students apply in the 9th grade and must be legal residents of South Carolina.

Visual Arts faculty member with drawing student
Ceramics student on pottery wheel
Summer student in the animation lab

Academy Application

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First Application Deadline: $25 application fee automatically waived if application form is submitted by November 30, 2020

Final Application & Mail-In Portfolio Deadline: January 6, 2021

Components for Online Application

Inquiry & Login Credentials

Application Form

Passport-Style ID Photo

Arts Experience

Mail-In Portfolio *see details below*

Art Area Recommendation

Academic Recommendation

Current Report Card

Current Attendance Record

Mail-In Portfolio

The Mail-In Portfolio is part of the application and must be postmarked by January 6, 2021. Overnighting your artwork is not necessary; call or text Daphne, our visual arts liaison, at 864-546-0197 with any questions.

Mail the two (2) pieces of artwork to:
SCGSAH - Office of Admissions
15 University Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Academy Mail-In Portfolio Requirements

Arts Odyssey Application

Apply Now!

Final Application & Mail-In Portfolio Deadline: December 11, 2020

Components for Online Application Process

Inquiry & Login Credentials

Application Form

Passport-Style ID Photo

Arts Experience

Mail-In Portfolio *see details below*

Art Area Recommendation

Current Report Card

    Academy Audition

    The Academy Visual Arts Auditions will be held virtually this year.

    All applicants will submit images of their sketchbook pages and additional piece by January 22, 2021. See "Audition Requirements & Submission Guidelines" below for more details.

    Selected applicants will be invited to a virtual interview. The portfolios & sketchbook may be discussed during the interview. These will take place on various Saturdays during late January & early February.

    Audition Requirements & Submission Guidelines

    Academy Audition Requirements Audition Submission Guidelines

    Resources for Photographing Artwork

    Use these resources to help you photograph your artwork for the Audition Presentation.  

    How to photograph your art at home

    How to photograph your two-dimensional art with a smartphone

    How to photograph your three-dimensional art with a smartphone

    How to photograph your art with a digital camera

    Use as a last resort: How to photograph your art with a laptop

    Arts Odyssey Mail-In Portfolio

    The Mail-In Portfolio is part of the application and must be postmarked by December 11, 2020. Overnighting your artwork is not necessary; call or text Daphne, our visual arts liaison, at 864-546-0197 with any questions.

    Mail the two (2) pieces of artwork to:
    SCGSAH - Office of Admissions
    15 University Street
    Greenville, SC 29601

    Arts Odyssey Mail-In Portfolio Requirements