Hands-On Art Training (HAT) | Webster University

Hands-On Art Training (HAT)

HAT Summer Camp 2020 has been canceled due to campus closure for COVID-19.


Join us for two weeks of immersive hands-on art training, interesting conversations, and small group workshops led by the dynamic art faculty and student mentors of the Department of Art, Design, and Art History at Webster University.


HAT is an intensive art-focused summer institute for high school students. Ideal for those who are beginning to consider options for college, the HAT institute will help you build your portfolio for college application with artwork that reflects your individuality and unique skills.

Discover your artistic potential in state-of-the-art studios for drawing, sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and graphic design.

Enjoy portfolio presentations by recent graduates from Webster University who are working in art-related fields or attending graduate school.

Discuss contemporary art and its cultural importance with an art historian as your guide.

Share your artistic achievements with family and friends as part of the 2020 Emerging Artists Exhibition, a public exhibition of your work at Webster University's Hunt Gallery.

Program Description

Each weekday from 9 am–4 pm, a different Webster University professor will work with you in their area of expertise. As professional artists, HAT instructors offer contemporary perspectives as they share advice for today's art world. State-of-the-art equipment and spacious studios at Webster University will provide an ideal environment to explore artistic concepts and hone your art-making skills.


  • All Emerging Artists who successfully complete the HAT 2020 Summer Institute are automatically accepted into Webster University's Department of Art, Design, and Art History (pending university admission).
  • A public exhibition at Webster University's Hunt Gallery will showcase your artwork professionally.
  • You will produce high quality artwork suitable for inclusion in your portfolio.


  • The cost for the HAT program is $850 per student.
  • A $50 deposit is required at the time of application, and full payment must be made 14
    days prior to the beginning of camp.
  • Enrollment is limited to 15 students to provide the best possible experience.
  • All art supplies and catered lunches included.


One merit-based scholarship may be available based on overall program enrollment. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need as well as artistic merit. A portfolio review and written statement will be required for all applicants. Interested candidates should supply their contact information to Barbara Rutledge for further information.


Email: Barbara Rutledge