Art Summer Institute


Participants of the Art Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):

  • Art 70 – Summer Art Institute: Special Topics in Studio (3 units)



Working in a variety of media, students in the Drawing course learn techniques for drawing from observation as well as from imagination. Students explore form and content, material, and ideas, to develop new approaches to making art. Individual and group critiques led by artist instructors help students expand their body of work and learn to discuss the work of others. The course also addresses historical, contemporary, and experimental traditions in drawing.



The Painting course offers students opportunities to investigate contemporary and historical concerns in painting, and to develop new approaches to making work. With instruction in composition, color mixing, and technique, the course encourages students to experiment and innovate. Students also strengthen their art-making practice at the university level using class discussion and group critiques as critical tools for growth and development.



The Photography course examines contemporary and historical photography with a focus on form, content, and new approaches to making photographs. Through workshops on camera operation and printing techniques, students learn the fundamentals of digital photography, and execute a wide range of projects and experiments. Individual and group critiques led by artist instructors help students expand their body of work and learn to discuss the work of others. Students must bring their own DSLR camera with manual mode.


The Sculpture course is a unique opportunity to introduce students to sculptural techniques and interpretation rarely offered in high school curricula. Students will examine the complex relationships between form, space, materials and meaning as they relate to contemporary and historical sculpture. Students in the sculpture concentration learn about a wide array of conceptual processes, construction methods, and materials in the UCLA sculpture lab. Through this course, students strengthen their art-making practice at the university level using class discussion as a critical tool for growth and development.



Please visit the Art Summer Institute Student Gallery for sample projects.




James Iveson (b. 1983, UK) received his MFA in Painting at UCLA and BA from Goldsmiths University, London in 2006. He received the Nicholas and Andrei Tooth Award from Goldsmiths in 2006 to study the works of Fairfield Porter at the Parish Art Museum, Southampton. In 2011, he was awarded a Pollock Krasner Grant. Previous solo exhibitions include Positions, OUTPOST, Norwich Campaign (2012), BISCHOFF/WEISS, London (2012), House Dressing, Dicksmith Gallery, London (2010). Previous group exhibitions include Another Cats Show, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles (2014); Concerning the Bodyguard, Curated by Laura Morrison, The Tetley, Leeds (2014); Glaze, Curated by George Henry Longly, Chez Valentin, Paris (2012); Group Show, with Neil Rumming and Jack Vickridge, Christopher Crescent, London (2012); Mocha Non Truth, Curated by Jesse Wine, Cul de Sac, London (2012); Boom, Hotel, London (2010). 

Veronica Gelbaum is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She has recently completed an MFA in the Painting Department in the Graduate Arts Division at UCLA in 2017. Ms. Gelbaum received her undergraduate degree in painting in 2005 from the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, Rhode Island. She has also participated in artist residencies, including Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst in Salzburg, Austria, where she studied decorative painting. At UCLA she has been a teaching assistant for advanced painting classes taught by Silke Otto-Knapp, Lari Pittman; as well as other classes in drawing and printmaking. This is her second year as a painting instructor at UCLA Summer Art Institute. As a longtime resident of Los Angeles, she places great value on the unique arts community here, and the contributions made by the faculty and students of the UCLA Arts Division. She has found studying and teaching at UCLA to be a profoundly rewarding experience, and relishes the opportunity to help young artists advance their work.

Sean Sprague is a visual artist from Toronto, Canada where he studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design. His practice is keenly interested in the cusp that photography occupies between the real and the constructed. Sprague utilizes thousands of separate images as material to create large photographic tableaus. He has worked in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, and the United States of America. Sprague's work has been has been exhibited in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles and he has been published in American Photography, The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward, the PDN Annual, and TIME. He is a recipient of the Du Maurier Fine Arts Grant, the Toronto Visual Artist Grant, The Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant, and the Ontario Arts Council Visual Artist Grant.

Cameron Coffman received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014, attended Virginia Commonwealth University Summer Studio Program in 2015 and is a MFA candidate (2018) at the University of California, Los Angeles contributing as a Teaching Associate in Beginning Sculpture over the past two years. Cameron previously taught high school art before returning to pursue her MFA. Cameron uses sculptural interventions to compensate for generic imagery, and questions how the mundane may represent the feeling of loss or longing around the disorder of the day-to-day. She has participated in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Ox-Bow School of Art, Grin City Collective Residency, and the Art Students League of New York, and is a contributing member to Material Girls.

Nasim Hantehzadeh was born in Oklahoma City, OK in 1988, and grew up in Tehran, Iran where she started her art education at the Art and Architecture Tehran Center University in 2007. She moved back to the United States in 2011 and continued her art studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and received her BFA in 2013. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries such as Lefebvre & Fils in Paris, France as well as galleries in Italy, Iran, and the United States.
Hantehzadeh received Resnick Scholarship, D’Arsy Hayman scholarship in 2015, and UCLA Art council award in 2016. She is currently a graduate student in Painting and Drawing program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and will receive her MFA degree in June 2018.

Kate Stewart, born in Phoenix, AZ, holds an MFA in Painting from UCLA and a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. She lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include Redling Fine Art, Roberts and Tilton, the Raymond Gallery at Art Center College of Design and 356 Mission Road. This is her second year teaching at the Summer Art Institute.

Louis Heilbronn is a French/American photographer from New York City. He received his B.A. from Bard College in 2010. Following his undergraduate studies he worked abroad as a photography assistant in Israel and Berlin. Heilbronn had his first show in Paris with Galerie Polaris in 2013, since then he has exhibited in group shows in the U.S. and Europe. In 2014 the French publisher Filigranes Editions printed his first monograph, From Flowers and More. Heilbronn has been nominated for the Paul Huf Award, Oscar Barnack Newcomer Award, and the Prix Levallois. He is the receipt of the Lotos Foundation Prize, The Samuel Booth Art Scholarship, the Martha Matthias Denny Scholarship and the UCLA Graduate Division Award. Heilbronn’s practice questions the presentation of the ideal in photography and the boundaries that exist within them. He will receive his MFA from UCLA in 2018.


Please find the sample Monday - Friday schedule below.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Lab/Studio Demonstrations
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Studio Time and/or Artist lectures
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM – 5:30 PM Studio Time, Snack Break and Activities (e.g., museum visit, artist lecture, film screening)

Extended studio time is scheduled until 7:00 PM on Wednesday nights.

Afternoon schedules vary with regard to the time and nature of the activity blocks.



Check-in will take place outside of Sproul Hall. Students may be dropped off at Sproul Turn-Around or for longer unloading, you may us the Sunset Village Parking Structure for up to 30 minutes.



Check-in will take place outside the Broad Art Center Auditorium, Room 2160E. Directions to the Broad Art Center are available here. Students may be dropped off at MacGowan Hall Turn-Around, or parking is available in Parking in Lot 3 is $3/hour, max $12/day. .


The course syllabus will be distributed by instructors on the first day of class. You may view a sample syllabus from summer 2017 below:



Participants of the Art Summer Institute will be awarded 3 units of Pass/No Pass credit after the successful completion of the program.

As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. This program is offered on a P/NP grading basis. The following grades are used to report the quality of student work for this program:

P Passed (achievement at grade C level or better; used only for undergraduate study
NP Not Passed (used only for undergraduate study)
I Incomplete
DR Deferred Report
NR No grade was received from the instructor


Courses in which students receive a P grade may count toward satisfaction of degree requirements, but these grades, as well as DR, I, and NR, are disregarded in determining a grade-point average.

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.

For more information on grades, see the UCLA General Catalog.


Grades earned during the summer are recorded on an official University of California transcript. Students can view grades on MyUCLA no later than August 13.

The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. The transcript lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order. Note: Official transcripts are NOT automatically sent to you or your home institution.

Students are assessed a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma, and much more. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form in person at the Registrar's Office. Additional charges may be assessed. Transcript Request Forms can be also picked up at 1113 Murphy Hall between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Current or incoming UC students will have all UCLA summer activity appear automatically on the home UC campus transcript, and the grades earned at UCLA are included in the home UC campus grade-point average.


Students in drawing and painting will receive complete kits including all of the tools and materials necessary for the class.

Photography students must bring their own DSLR camera with manual mode. Students will be provided with the materials to print their work.

Students in sculpture will have access to the UCLA sculpture lab with shop tools, as well as the raw materials to create their work.

Additional art supplies are available as needed at the UCLA student store for students who are ambitious in their use of materials.

Program Dates

JULY 8 - JULY 20, 2018

JULY 23 - AUGUST 3, 2018

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Summer Institutes Registration Opens

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

MAY 1: Full Payment via MyUCLA due for Precollege Summer Institutes

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline for Precollege Summer Institutes

JULY 8-20: Art Summer Institute (Session A)

JULY 23 - AUGUST 3: Art Summer Institute (Session B)