The Art Program

The Art Program

Each student receives their own partitioned studio space with 24 hour access. They also have 24 hour access to communal studios in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. The faculty represent a wide range of viewpoints and approaches. The media in which students and faculty work are also broad. However, the common link among these varying sensibilities, which remains primary in importance, is that a genuine dialogue with both faculty and peers is established so that an intensive continuity of working experience is maintained.

This intensive studio program is designed for students with a high level of commitment. In many ways motivation is more important than what some might call ability. The School of Art presents the opportunity for the kind of sustained and focused study in studio art not available in academic settings.

The program is not designed for everyone. Those who need continual instruction or who cannot work

in a community would find the long days, the requirement for self-motivation and the demanding nature of the program difficult to adjust to. But for those hungry to engage themselves with exceptionally serious artists, those who wake up in the morning thinking about being in the studio, this is home.

Drawing plays an important role. Many view it as the link between disciplines, the vehicle through which one thinks as an artist. Our session begins with a two-day drawing marathon taught by all of the resident faculty in the school at the start of the session. This not only introduces students to the faculty in a very direct way (before students set up their schedules for the remainder of the summer), but it also emphasizes the importance of drawing in the context of the larger role that it plays as an intrinsically meaningful bridge within the school. 

Collectively the artists/faculty who participate each summer are represented in major museums and galleries throughout the world. They are also highly respected artists who, altogether, have taught in nearly every major art program in America. Most of the artists who teach at CHQ are resident faculty. Resident faculty members teach, work and live o the grounds of the Institution for extended periods of time (two to seven weeks). Visiting faculty are generally present for one to three days of critiques and/or teaching. A final biographical listing of this summer’s faculty is available on this web site in late February.





"The faculty, students, lectures, studio spaces, concerts, etc. were all wonderful. Only time went by too fast. It is a rare thing to find a place where you have no worries and just have to get into your studio in the morning."

– Sarah Miller, BA student, Sorbonne, Paris