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

The Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists (BLUR) is an intensive summer program for high school students that encourages the blending and transcending of artistic genres. Over the course of three weeks, students will test the boundaries of:

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

Our goal is to offer a welcoming, dynamic environment in which students can build on their strengths and skills by trying new things.




  • Three intensive weeks--from June 19th to July 10th.
  • Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Artistic tracks: creative writing, painting/drawing/sculpting, and filmmaking
  • Coeducational
  • Two hours of college credit
  • Application Deadline: May 1st!
  • Early Application Deadline (5% tuition discount): 1 April
  • Location: Sweet Briar College, Virginia
  • Financial aid & scholarships available