Wesleyan Arts Academy

Dates: June 19 – July 2, 2022

Cost: $750

If you are a high school student who is a musician, singer, dancer, actor, visual artist or creative writer, the Wesleyan Arts Academy at West Virginia Wesleyan College is a unique summer opportunity for you.

Rising high school freshmen through seniors from anywhere in the United States and abroad are welcome to attend the academy. Students in each of the five disciplines will receive intense, personalized instruction in technique, creativity, creation and artistic collaboration.

West Virginia Wesleyan College arts faculty are at the top of their fields, and they exist in a collaborative, cross disciplinary environment at the college where creativity and artistic sharing is highly valued.

Click here to download the 2022 Arts Academy brochure.

  • Art

    Students choosing to study in the visual arts will be able to select from one or both of the following options:  Studio Arts, Digital Arts.  Studio artists will develop their skills across a range of media, such as painting, drawing and printmaking. Digital artists will work with graphic design

    and motion-based graphics, such as video production, animation and game design.  The West Virginia Wesleyan College Art faculty fully embraces the idea of an artist equipped with the tools to express themselves in traditional and digital media, enabling them to utilize whatever media necessary for developing their own artistic vision.

  • Instrumental Music

    Instrumental music study at the Wesleyan Arts Academy is not a conservatory style experience, and we do not limit the types of instrumentalists who may join us or restrict the genres of music that are studied. Instead, we week to place musicians from a variety of stylistic backgrounds — such as classical, wind band, jazz, folks, rock, hip hop, Appalachian and other contemporary styles — in a collaborative environment where they learn how to become versatile musicians. Students will study improvisation, basic music theory and composition practices, arranging, recording technology and solo performance. Small and large ensembles will be formed from the students to attend the academy, and all will receive personal instruction and group collaborative education.

  • Theatre

    Theatre students will receive instruction in movement, monologues, performing short works, Improv comedy and classical styles. The focus will be on empowering future actors to be strong and comfortable in a variety of settings. Students will also learn basic and advanced set-design and creation techniques.  Our Theatre instructors have national credits and students attending the academy will be able to learn from real-world, professional actors and theatre technicians.

  • Dance

    Dance students will be immersed in multiple genres, rather than in a limited, conservatory environment. Students will study movement and choreography in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop. Our goal is to ensure that dance students have a well-rounded, broad foundation in movement of all types.

  • Vocal Music

    A traditional, choral experience will serve as the backbone of the Vocal Music program at the Wesleyan Arts Academy. Students will also be given opportunities to study and perform solo literature as part of voice classes and recitals. You don’t need to be a “classically trained” singer to attend and grow in this experience. We welcome singers from all styles and backgrounds. Our goal is to prepare vocal students to understand how their voice functions and to prepare them to succeed in any style they choose.

    Wesleyan’s instrumental and vocal music faculty are professional musicians who continue to perform nationally and internationally.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    Students at the Wesleyan Arts Academy will also work in interdisciplinary groups to create multimedia projects that will be driven by prompts from faculty. These stimulating, challenging settings will prepare student artists to collaborate with others and work effectively outside of their own artistic discipline — something that professional artists must be able to do in order to thrive in the real world. At the end of the two-week experience, students in each of the disciplines will showcase their work in public performances and exhibitions.

Daily Schedule

  • Sunday, June 19 | Opening Day

    1-3pm Check in

    3pm   Opening Ceremony

    4pm  Campus Tour

    5pm  Dinner

    6pm Major Discipline meeting (music, art, theatre, dance)

    7pm Faculty Showcase Performance

    8:30pm Hall Meeting

    11pm   Lights out

  • Tuesday, June 21

    7:45-8:30am   Breakfast

    8:30-9:15am   Morning Meeting

    9:15-11:15am   Major Discipline Instruction

    11:30-12:45pm  Lunch

    1-3pm   Major Discipline Instruction

    3:15-4:15pm   Activity/Break time

    4:30-5:45pm   Interdisciplinary Instruction 2

    6pm-7pm   Dinner

    7:30pm   Student Open Mic

    10 pm   Students in Residence Halls

    11pm   Lights out

  • Thursday, June 23

    7:45-8:30am   Breakfast

    8:30-9:15am   Morning Meeting

    9:15-11:15am   Major Discipline Instruction

    11:30-12:45pm  Lunch

    1-3pm   Major Discipline Instruction

    3:15-4:15pm   Activity/Break time

    4:30-5:45pm   Interdisciplinary Instruction 4

    6pm-7pm   Dinner

    7:00pm   Student Talent Show

    9:30   Art Reveal Downtown

    10 pm   Students in Residence Halls

    11pm   Lights out

  • Saturday, June 25

    8:15am- 9am       Breakfast

    9:15am       Morning Meeting

    9:45am-11:15am   Major Discipline Instruction

    11:30-12:45pm       Lunch

    1-3pm       Major Discipline Instruction

    3:15-5pm       Activity/Break time

    5pm-6pm       Dinner

    7:00pm        Movie Night

    10 pm       Students in Residence Halls

    11pm       Lights out

  • Monday, June 27

    7:45-8:30am   Breakfast

    8:30-9:15am   Morning Meeting

    9:15-11:15am   Major Discipline Instruction

    11:30-12:45pm  Lunch

    1-3pm   Major Discipline Instruction

    3:15-4:15pm   Activity/Break time

    5pm   Travel to CJ Maggies

    6pm-7pm   Dinner at CJ Maggies (Mentor Dinner)

    7:30pm    Firepit Hang

    10 pm   Students in Residence Halls

    11pm   Lights out

  • Wednesday, June 29

    7:45-8:30am   Breakfast

    8:30-9:15am   Morning Meeting

    9:15-11:15am   Major Discipline Instruction

    11:30-12:45pm   Lunch

    1-3pm   Major Discipline Instruction

    3:15-4:15pm   Activity/Break time

    4:30-5:45pm   Interdisciplinary Instruction 6

    6pm-7pm   Dinner

    7:30pm   Movie Night

    10 pm   Students in Residence Halls

    11pm   Lights out

  • Friday, July 1

    DRESS/TECH FOR PUBLIC ARTS SHOWCASE

    7:45-8:30am   Breakfast

    8:30-9:15am   Morning Meeting

    9:15-11:15am   ARTS SHOWCASE rehearsals/preparation

    11:30-12:45pm  Lunch

    1-4 pm   Rehearsal time (PAC)

    4:15-6pm   Activity/Break time

    6pm-7pm   Dinner

    7:30pm   DANCE PARTY in social hall

    10 pm   Students in Residence Halls

    11pm   Lights out

  • Monday, June 20

    7:45-8:30am   Breakfast

    8:30-9:15am   Morning Meeting

    9:15-11:15am   Major Discipline Instruction

    11:30-12:45pm  Lunch

    1-3pm   Major Discipline Instruction

    3:15-4:15pm   Activity/Break time

    4:30-5:45pm   Interdisciplinary Instruction 1

    6pm-7pm   Dinner

    7:30pm    Movie Night

    10 pm   Students in Residence Halls

    11pm   Lights out

  • Wednesday, June 22

    7:45-8:30am   Breakfast

    8:30-9:15am   Morning Meeting

    9:15-11:15am   Major Discipline Instruction

    11:30-12:45pm  Lunch

    1-3pm   Major Discipline Instruction

    3:15-4:15pm   Activity/Break time

    4:30-5:45pm   Interdisciplinary Instruction 3

    6pm-7pm   Dinner

    7:30pm   Outdoor Activity Night

    10 pm   Students in Residence Halls

    11pm   Lights out

  • Friday, June 24

    7:45-8:30am   Breakfast

    8:30-9:15am   Morning Meeting

    9:15-11:15am   Major Discipline Instruction

    11:30-12:45pm  Lunch

    1-3pm   Major Discipline Instruction

    3:15-4:15pm   Activity/Break time

    4:30-5:45pm   Interdisciplinary Instruction 4

    6pm-7pm   Dinner

    7:00pm   Student Performances/Exhibition

    9:30   Art Reveal Downtown

    10 pm   Students in Residence Halls

    11pm   Lights out

  • Sunday, June 26

    Project intro/activity day 

    MORNING OFF!!!

    10am-12pm     Brunch

    1pm-3pm     Interdisciplinary project introduction and planning

    3:15- 4:30pm     Activity/Break

    5pm-6pm     Dinner

    7pm     Student Performances/Exhibition

  • Tuesday, June 28

    7:45-8:30am   Breakfast

    8:30-9:15am   Morning Meeting

    9:15-11:15am   Major Discipline Instruction

    11:30-12:45pm  Lunch

    1-3pm   Major Discipline Instruction

    3:15-4:15pm   Activity/Break time

    4:30-5:45pm   Interdisciplinary Instruction 5

    6pm-7pm   Dinner

    7:30pm   Faculty Showcase

    10 pm   Students in Residence Halls

    11pm   Lights out

  • Thursday, June 30

    ARTS SHOWCASE DAY 2

    7:45-8:30am   Breakfast

    8:30-9:15am   Morning Meeting

    9:15-11:15am   Major Discipline Instruction

    11:30-12:15pm  Lunch

    12:30 -2:30pm   Major Discipline Instruction

    2:30-4:15pm   Workshops/Studio work/rehearsal time

    2:30-4:30pm   Studio Art and Digital Art gallery (in small groups)

    4:30- 6:00pm     Vocal Recital (Loar)

    6pm-7pm   Dinner

    7:30pm    Creative Writing readings and Acting scene work (PAC)

    10 pm   Students in Residence Halls

    11pm   Lights out

  • Saturday, July 2

    ARTS SHOWCASE DAY 2

    8am     Breakfast

    10am   Sharing of the Arts/Closing ceremony

    11:30am-1pm   Lunch

    1pm   Clean up/Close down all workspaces