Attention creative writers, visual artists, and aspiring film-makers!

BLUR--the Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists--is an intensive summer program for high school students that encourages the blending and transcending of restrictive artistic categories. Over the course of three weeks, you will expand beyond the usual limits in

  • media: students will declare a medium of emphasis--creative writing, painting/ drawing/ sculpting, or film-making--and will cross-train in others;
  • technique: students will learn a variety of techniques to approach artistic media in sometimes very different ways; and
  • community: students will work in a shared space with their classmates and master teachers, blurring the lines between instructor and learner.

This into that; there into here. Blur.





  • Three intensive weeks: Sunday, 21 June to Sunday, 12 July
  • Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Artistic tracks: creative writing, painting/drawing/sculpting, and film-making
  • Co-educational
  • Two hours of college credit
  • Application Deadline: April 1
  • Location: Sweet Briar College, Virginia
  • Tuition: $2,980
  • Financial aid & scholarships available