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Youth Programs

Craft is community. Craft is connection. From young children and teens—to adults and seniors—OCAC is a dynamic place to explore your creativity. People of all ages and skill levels bring their imaginations to life on our campus every day.


Jordan Schnitzer Family Art Adventures Children's Program

The Jordan Schnitzer Family Art Adventures Program strives to guide young artists, ages 18 months to 18 years old, through classes designed to strengthen their creative skills.  

Exciting classes and workshops are coming!
Please check back in early September for new offerings for youth ages 18 months-18 years.


Questions? 971-255-4205
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Art Adventures PRE-COLLEGE Classes and Workshops

The Art Adventures PRE-COLLEGE program for students in grades 9-12 is designed to provide an in-depth study of fine art and craft. Instructors are professional artists who support students in their explorations of new art techniques. PRE-COLLEGE workshops and classes can also help teens develop a studio practice, prepare a portfolio for college admission, and broaden their understanding of art's role in contemporary culture.



Art Adventures Scholarships
Full scholarships are available for any Art Adventures camp, class or workshop. Scholarships are awarded based upon financial need and applications are reviewed on a first-come first served basis. For full information about Art Adventures scholarship criteria and policies please download the Art Adventures Scholarship Application and Medical Release Form.

Art Adventures Policies
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Thank You
We wish to thank our generous sponsors for providing scholarships to support our youth programs: The Jordan Schnitzer Family, Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, US Bancorp Foundation, the Hedinger Family Foundation, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the Phileo Foundation and M Financial Group.

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A. Susana Santos' Journeys in Creativity Program—
An Exploration in Native American Art

The Journeys in Creativity program (Journeys) was founded 2004 in partnership with Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC), The Museum at Warm Springs and Kah-Nee-Ta by Pat Courtney Gold and the late A. Susana Santos, tribal members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

Gold and Santos, an OCAC alumna, sought to further the study and perpetuation of Contemporary Native American Art and Craft for Native American teenagers who, through this program’s encouragement might pursue a secondary arts education or a future profession in the arts.  

Summer Camp
The Summer Camp offers twelve (12) teenagers the opportunity to live on the OCAC campus and participate in intensive arts workshops over the course of two full weeks. Classes and workshops are set up so that students have the opportunity to participate in a positive pre-college art experience with an emphasis on material exploration, innovation, and critical thinking, all of which grant the student insight into their own creative process. Full scholarships are available to all twelve students.

Native American artists, instructors and educators are brought on the Journeys staff from the surrounding communities as well as throughout the region, to help guide and mentor students in exploring and creating new art.  Students are required to apply for acceptance in the summer camp program. The majority of activities are held on OCAC’s beautiful 10-acre campus in Portland, OR.


“(My favorite part of camp was) meeting new people who are interested in art and understanding more about where I come from.”—Journeys in Creativity student

Pre-College Art Camp for Native American Teens
Native Art Under Pressure: An Introduction to Printmaking and Native American Art History 
August 3rd-16th, 2014

Students will be introduced to the world of Printmaking and it’s roots in contemporary Native American Art History and Culture. Over the course of two weeks students will investigate printmaking techniques on a wooded ten acre college campus renowned for over 100 years of excellence in arts education. Highlighting the Book Arts Studios the Journeys program will introduce students to basic printmaking techniques while students explore, research and perpetuate contemporary and traditional Native Art imagery. Students will have up to 60 hours of printmaking workshop instruction while also learning about the history and function of Indigenous Art. The workshops and art presentations will be led by highly regarded Native American artists, professors and instructors.

Camp is a fun, challenging and exciting time for the students who participate-and many new friendships are made and kept for years following the two weeks. Each day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 8:00 pm, with some field trip days running longer. Students will be accompanied by Native American chaperones and mentors throughout the program’s duration. The selected students will have the opportunity to explore the life of a college art student as they participate in intensive art workshops in the well equipped studios of OCAC. Daily activities include lively group meals, field trips to local art museums, history centers and galleries and visits to local book and art supply stores, plus social time to get to know each other.

Who is eligible?  
Teens ages 15-19 who can show an interest and talent in art and culture. Preference is for Native American teens.

Where it will happen?
Workshops and artist presentations will occur on the campus of Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR, located 3.5 miles from Downtown Portland. Field trips to downtown Portland as well as to other significant cultural areas in both the states of Washington and Oregon will be provided. All teens will reside on campus in student housing with Native American chaperones for the two weeks.

How do I apply? 
Applications will be available online February 1, 2014.  2014 application

How much does it cost? 
This program is free to the twelve (12) selected participants. Please note that all participants must make their own travel arrangements to and from OCAC.  Accepted students may be available for travel reimbursement depending on eligibility and availability of funds. Arrangements can be made with camp staff to pick up a participant if traveling by bus, train or plane.

Application Requirements
• A completed application form.
• One letter of recommendation from a teacher, community leader or mentor who knows you well (no family members please).
• A letter of interest (approximately 200 words) stating why you would like to attend camp.
• Optional: If you would like to express yourself visually, examples of your original artwork can be submitted via digital images on CD/DVD. Submissions of original artworks are accepted, but may not be returned.

Please contact Shirod Younker, Journeys in Creativity Program Manager at 971.255.4148 or

All materials must be received on or before April 2, 2014.
Submit all materials to: Journeys Program, c/o Oregon College of Art and Craft, 8245 SW Barnes Road Portland, OR 97225.