CAP Summer Workshops

Creative Writing Summer Workshops

In this six-session course, high-school-aged participants will conceptualize and produce individual creative writing projects under the guidance of CalArts Creative Writing students and alumni. topics will include fiction writing, poetry, zine-making, spoken word performance, and more! This course will be repeated four times, in collaboration with Santa Clarita Public Library as well as at the Los Angeles Central Public Library. This course will be offered online via Zoom and Google Sites.

Classes in Partnership with Santa Clarita Public Library:

session 1 is now closed. (june 22 - july 2)

sign up for session 2 here (july 7 - 17)

sign up for session 3 here (july 20 - 29

class in partnership with los angeles public library:

this class is now full, and is accepting names for the waitlist only.

sign up here  (july 13 - 24)


costume design summer workshop

in this six-session course, high-school-aged participants will conceptualize and produce individual costume design projects under the guidance of calarts costume design students and alumni. topics will include wearable art, fashion sketching, recycled materials, character design, miniatures, and more. this course is hosted by the los angeles central public library. this course will be offered online via zoom and google sites.

this class is now full, and is accepting names for the waitlist only.

sign up for costume design, hosted by lapl central library july 27 - august 5 here!




CAPSA: Creative Labs Program - Free Summer Arts 

CAP is proud to offer its first-ever virtual summer arts program for high school students in Los Angeles county. CAPSA: Creative Labs offers one-week online instruction/mentoring in each art discipline:

1. Art ( photography & media, graphic design, art & tech, painting, sculpture)

2. Creative Writing 

3. Dance 

4. Film/Animation  

5. Music 

6. Theater 

All 6 labs will run for 1 week over a 4 week period, online, using Zoom. Students can register to participate in up to 4 labs or just 1. All 6 labs take place simultaneously each week: Monday - Friday from  1pm - 3pm. Students can now “meet”  instructors by checking our CAPSA website.

Priority Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 25, 2020  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

For questions email

Self Help Graphics

In partnership with Self Help Graphics, CAP offers a free after-school visual arts class for high school youth participants in Boyle Heights. This course includes a range of artforms including painting, sculpture, printmaking, filmmaking, photography, and more. Classes are taught by CalArts alumni and current students. The 20-week course of classes culminates in a final exhibition in early May. All equipment and supplies are provided. Classes do not meet on holidays and breaks. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 4-7PM from Feb. 6 - Apr. 30, 2020.

Register Here

For more information please contact Program Manager Alma Catalan at or by calling 661-222-2726.

Sony Pictures Media Arts Program (SPMAP) 

October 2019 - June 2020

In partnership with Sony Pictures and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, CAP offers free after-school animation classes for youth participants (ages 11-18) at 5 partner sites throughout Los Angeles County.

Classes are co-taught by 3-5 CalArts Animation alumni and students, covering a range of animation & filmmaking techniques. These include stop motion & claymation, drawn animation on paper and computers, 2D, 3D, and digital puppets, character design, lip sync, storyboarding, world-building, paint on glass, collage film, sound design, voice acting, and more. Students are introduced to a range of techniques at the beginning of the class via short projects. Towards the end of the class, each student will create their own animated film using the technique of their choice, with one-on-one guidance from their instructors. All equipment and supplies are provided, including laptops, DragonFrame software, Adobe Creative Suite, drawing tablets, DSLR cameras, and a daily snack.

Classes are 30 weeks long and run from October-June. Classes do not meet on holidays and breaks. Site locations, meeting times, and registration links are below.


Watts Towers Arts Center, 1727 E 107th St, Los Angeles, CA 90002:  Thursdays 4-7pm & Saturdays 11AM-2PM

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-7pm

Pacoima Branch Library, 13605 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331, Mondays and Wednesdays 4-7PM

William Reagh Los Angeles Photography Center at Teatro Frida Kahlo, 2332 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057, Thursdays 4-7PM & Saturdays 11AM-2PM

Wilmington Branch Library, 1300 N Avalon Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744 , Saturdays 10AM-3:30PM

SPMAP classes are now filled for the 2019-2020 year. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Program Coordinator Annapurna Kumar at or 661-222-2708.

CAP Photography Lab

Registration for CAP Photography Lab 2020 is now closed. If you would like more information or to be added to the contact list for next year, please email Program Manager Alma Catalan at

The Photography Lab program runs every Spring semester at CalArts. The CAP Photography Lab is a twelve-week program for high school students who are interested in learning about photography. No prior photo knowledge is required. The program takes place on campus in the CalArts darkroom facility on Saturdays from 1 pm - 5 pm. Transportation is provided from designated pick up locations to CalArts and back.During the program, students take classes taught by faculty and students from the CalArts School of Art's Photography Department. All equipment and materials are provided. The program ends with a group exhibition of the students' work.