Fashion Design / InterArts

Tactile Translation of Creativity

In a cross-section of creativity, the Fashion Design & Inter-Arts program offers a worth-while experience to kids of all ages. Explore a wealth of diverse mediums and unique aesthetics to propel your eye for design forward. Courses are equally focused on developing your technical skills and artistic growth.


Ages 5-8

Multi-Arts Day Program

Ages 5–8

Week I June 25-29
Week II July 2-6
Week III July 9-13
Week IV July 16-20
Week V July 23-27
Week VI July 30-August 3

Open House/Student Culmination Each Friday at 2:45 p.m.
Classes meet Monday through Friday. Students may enroll for one or more weeks.

Multi-Arts challenges children to use their imaginations to translate creative ideas and images into visual art, music, movement and creative drama as separate disciplines as well as through integrative arts experiences. Each week the program will revolve around a new theme, so children may come for multiple weeks and gain new discoveries each session.
Students work in large and small groups throughout the day in a variety of age groupings. They will learn how to work cooperatively and collaborate in the arts. Designed for ages 5-8, parents should be certain their 5-year-old is ready for a full-day program. Parents are welcome to stay the first morning until Morning Sing is over.
Idyllwild is an ideal vacation area offering hiking, shopping, many restaurants, and quaint motels and cabins. You can book a vacation for yourself and give your child the gift of the Multi-Arts Day Program.

Day Student Tuition: $375 per week
Lab fee: $25 per week
Enrollment limited to 20 students per week.
Faculty: Donna Johnson, Michael McLean, Cat Orlando, Sessions I & II
Wendy Bystrzycki, Lauren Daniels, Michael McLean, Sessions III & IV
EdCarlo Arafiles, Wendy Bystrzycki, Cat Orlando, Sessions V & VI

Ages 11-13

Fashion Design, Art & More

Ages 11-13

July 8-21
Two-week session

Student Art Exhibit
Saturday, July 21, 9:30 a.m.

If you love color and design, jewelry making, fashion design, fabric, yarn, tactile art and up-cycling then this is the course for you! Come prepared to indulge yourself in creativity as you spend two weeks completely immersed in designing and creating projects using a variety of mediums. You will learn to use a sewing machine as you construct your designs. Take a field trip to learn how to choose fabrics that best suit your designs and to gather more supplies to use in your projects. You will design and create an original, moveable, collectable mohair animal. Your additional projects may include mosaic, jewelry making, up-cycling denim and T-shirts, knitting, tie-dyeing, and silk painting. Your culmination will include an exhibition of your work as well as a fashion show.

You should bring two pairs of old jeans (any size) and 5–10 T-shirts to be used in our up-cycling projects.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $90
Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Faculty: Cat Orlando

Ages 13-16

ESL and Art Summer Intensive

Ages 13-16

June 24 – July 7
Two-week session

Student Culmination
Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m.

Combine English, art, theatre, dance and nature in this immersive ESL/Art experience. The language program will immerse you in an English-speaking environment with a small group of students from around the world. As you explore a variety of visual and performance art experiences, you can meet fellow teenagers from other countries and cultures. You will be encouraged to speak, play, interact and make art together in a natural and enjoyable way. You will develop core language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as artistic skills that will help you pursue your artistic passions. Experienced and enthusiastic teachers will work as a team to promote progress, improve confidence, and nurture your creative, playful spirit.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Faculty: Leah Bosworth (English), Stefania Ford (Visual Arts), Billy Rugh (Theatre/Dance)

Ages 14-18

Fashion Design Intensive

Ages 14-18

July 22–August 4
Two-week session

Student Fashion Show
Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.

Immerse yourself in a thorough introduction to the exciting world of fashion design. This inspiring workshop is for all students interested in fashion, with or without previous sewing experience.

You will explore the world of fashion, experiencing the process of designing collections as you create projects reflecting your individual aesthetic. Your instructors will bring their professional experiences into the classroom, covering diverse aspects of this fascinating industry, such as fashion history, textiles, and how the clothing industry functions.

You will participate in a wide range of exercises, including creating concept boards and color palette; selecting fabrics and trim; designing mini collections within specific themes; sketching from live models; cutting and sewing original garments; and styling and staging a fashion show.

Session includes a field trip to visit places all related to the fashion industry. Previous field trips have included touring large company headquarters (Juicy Couture, BCBG), small design studios (Cerre), major designer retail stores (Opening Ceremony), fashion design schools (Woodbury University), and fashion exhibits (FIDM, BCBG).

Tuition, room and board: $3,165 per session
Lab fee: $200 (Includes fabric and trims, vintage garments, color swatches, field trip, etc.)
Enrollment limited to 12 students.
Faculty: Kathryn Hagen, Amy Williams