Summer Art Programs For High School Students

Program Details

Name: Art On The Farm, Summer Art Programs
Duration: 30 days (25-day program plus 5-days restricted movement)
1 session: June & July
Age: 15 to 18
Capacity: 16 – 20 students per session
Teachers: Frank Abruzzese, Rosie O’Gorman & Associate Artists
Location: Cow House Studios, Wexford, Ireland

Art On The Farm, Summer Art Programs Description

Art on the Farm is a unique arts program where high school students get the opportunity to study drawing, painting, photography and new media alongside practising visual artists in a focused and intimate studio environment. During this 25-day multidisciplinary course, you will experience Ireland’s stunning landscapes and bustling cities, engage with a new culture and work closely with experienced artists who are dedicated to fostering your creative growth.

Students of all skill levels benefit from our personal attention and guidance; you will be challenged to experiment beyond your boundaries, consider new possibilities for art-making, and use your chosen medium to relate your ideas to content. During Art on the Farm, you will complete excellent portfolio pieces for advanced placement and college applications.


Ethos: Cow House Studios’ approach to teaching art.

Cow House Studios is devoted to providing the guidance necessary for you to be in charge of your own learning, our summer art program is designed to yield a more inquisitive approach to making art and foster a deep curiosity for the world.

At Cow House Studios we value personal expression, emphasising the creative process to encourage meaningful exchange. We believe that engagement with the visual arts provides intellectual and creative enrichment and simultaneously builds confidence and trust in one’s ideas.

Our classes during Art on the Farm are project-based and require you to combine technical knowledge with innovative problem-solving. Careful consideration of practised craft is encouraged while promoting an awareness of art in a contemporary context. You will gain valuable experience working in a studio setting with like-minded peers, dedicating extended periods of time to intensive creative exploration, and forging lasting friendships.

Contact us for a brochure about our summer art programs, to arrange a time to speak with Rosie about the program or to receive the contact details of former students and their parents; they are happy to share their experiences with you.

Click here to see some of our past pupils, guest artist-educators & galleries of past pupil’s work from Art On The Farm Summer Art Program

A Typical Day at Cow House Studios
Art Student lying in grass

Breakfast at 9 am. Then into the studio at 10 am for the first workshop, typically focusing on drawing to get the creative juices flowing. Break at 11 am for a refresh and the second session begins at 11:15 am where you will work in your chosen area of concentration; painting, photography or new media. Lunch is served from 1 pm to 2 pm. After lunch, we return to the studio for our third session of the day which is typically a brief led project where the projects are designed to develop a specific skill while allowing you to choose your subject matter. Between 5 pm and 6 pm is open studio time where faculty give individual attention and tutorials. You can also explore the farm, read a book or catch up with friends and family back home. Dinner, a yummy home-cooked meal, is served at 7 pm. After dinner, you may use the studio facilities to continue developing their projects, watch a movie, play a game of pool or partake in one of our many organised evening activities.

See below for more info about our Summer Art Programs For High School Students



At the core of our curriculum is drawing; in addition, you will choose an area of concentration in either painting, photography or new media. Each day begins with a drawing lesson exploring the themes of light, space, colour and movement, which may then be applied to any creative process. Through expertly guided classes and rigorous studio practice, you will see drastic advancements in your technical knowledge and ability. We encourage a multidisciplinary approach during our summer program, which may include exploring an idea or theme through a variety of materials, processes or media.

Art program classes

In addition to our practical demonstrations and workshops, our curriculum is also centred around research, experimentation and critical thinking. Group critiques and individual tutorials form an integral part of our program, helping you to gain confidence and self-awareness in discussing your artwork. Furthermore, lectures and gallery visits will introduce you to various artists working in relevant media, giving context to your interests and further informing your own artwork.

All kinds of high school students with diverse backgrounds come to Cow House; many have a lot of experience and plan to pursue a career in the arts, while others arrive with very little experience in the art room but are dedicated to improving their artistic abilities. The most important quality in our students is a desire to make art.

Embracing this variance, you will be paired with a mentor who will work with you on an individual basis. Our mentors are accomplished visual artists, dedicated to working with young people. Through individual tutorials and assignments that are tailored to your needs and goals, they provide the one-on-one attention necessary to guide you through the technical and conceptual challenges you will face to make your ideas tangible.

Summer art program curriculum

  • Option 1: Drawing & Painting
  • Option 2: Drawing & Darkroom Photography
  • Option 3: Drawing & New Media*

*New Media includes shooting and editing audio & video, animation and digitally created art.

Sample workshops, presentations & classes:
  • making a cyanotype
  • introduction to printing in the darkroom
  • the history & processes of photography
  • introduction to oil painting
  • two-day life drawing session
  • workshop on colour theory
  • Shooting video & recording audio
  • digital manipulation in Adobe Photoshop
  • presentations by Irish artists
Weeks 1 & 2
  • Intensive workshops in drawing, painting, photography and new media
  • Brief led projects: you will develop specific skills while exploring your chosen subject matter in your area of concentration
  • Trips to Dublin and the west of Ireland provide inspiration and artistic, cultural and historical context
  • Group critique provides feedback as you refine your work
  • Collaborative projects based on contemporary artwork
Personal Projects
  • For the next 10 days choose your medium and explore personally meaningful content
  • Develop your project under the individual guidance of one of our artists