Grades 4–8

Location: Visual Arts Bldg., Room 0005

Students learn first to select and frame subject matter from campus locations and home communities. Working in digital labs, they will convert these everyday scenes into works of art, using Adobe Photoshop software to enhance and refine images. Students learn what visually makes a good photograph and how to transform that vision onto paper.

This program is held in the college’s Visual Arts Building—160,000 square feet of art-making opportunity. This building is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Northeast, providing students with superb studio environments, as well as state-of-the-art software and hardware specifically geared to the demands of professional design and art making.

  • Students must supply their own basic digital camera. (Bring your manuals too!)
  • All other supplies are included in the program fee.
  • Students present their framed and/or matted work for family and friends in a closing exhibition


Typical Day:

9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Review/Questions of previous project/topic

We start the day as a class to discuss the previous project. We will gather thoughts about the lesson and answer any questions students might have regarding the topic at hand.

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. New lesson/project

Students will be given the next topic/project for the following day(s). Any questions regarding it will be answered. Shooting for the assignment will begin at this time.

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. LUNCH

12:45 p.m. – 1 p.m. Review images from current project

The instructors will sit with students and look over images shot thus far giving suggestions/corrections for remainder of project shooting.

1:30 pm – 2:30 p.m. Second half shooting time

The class will be taken out to continue shooting for the project.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Edit/Printing of current work 

This is the time the students will go through their images, do a rough edit and continue to work down to their ‘final’ selection of images they feel would best express their style or interpretation of the lesson.

Special Instructions

  • Buildings are air conditioned; students may want to bring a sweatshirt.
  • Lunch: Students must bring lunch, which can be refrigerated. They eat lunch with Teaching Assistants on campus grounds.

Final Showcase

Student work will be exhibited on the last day of the program for invited family and friends. 

Session I: July 1–July 12
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$990 for the first registration
$890 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 10, 2019)

For a well-rounded summer, combine this program with Young Architects, Young Actors and Performers, Young Journalists, Virtual and Augmented Reality Adventures!, Young Filmmakers, Young Writers, and/or Web App Creator and Python Programmer to maximize your creative experience.

Discount for enrolling in multiple programs.

About the Instructors