"At Idyllwild, I learned how to see. Seeing through drawing, and then being nurtured to taking the next steps and make things with my own hands empowered me believe I could create the world as I imagined it should be."


Elora Hardy
Creative Director, Founder, Ibuku.
Class of 1999, Visual Art

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-03T16:33:55-07:00

Elora Hardy
Creative Director, Founder, Ibuku.
Class of 1999, Visual Art

"At Idyllwild, I learned how to see. Seeing through drawing, and then being nurtured to taking the next steps and make things with my own hands empowered me believe I could create the world as I imagined it should be."

"Hilary Hahn came to Idyllwild when I was there and played the Edgar Meyer Concerto with the orchestra. She taught an informal masterclass and she said it was her first ever. She was brilliant, and so humble and nice!"


Yan Izquierdo
Violinist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Class of 2002, Music

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-04T09:09:08-07:00

Yan Izquierdo
Violinist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Class of 2002, Music

"Hilary Hahn came to Idyllwild when I was there and played the Edgar Meyer Concerto with the orchestra. She taught an informal masterclass and she said it was her first ever. She was brilliant, and so humble and nice!"

"Idyllwild is one of the most supportive, enriching, and artistically vibrant environments I have ever experienced. I was offered a wealth of creative opportunities and exposed to a unique community of artists from around the globe."


Elliot Mercer
Instructor of Visual & Performing Arts University of Colorado.
Class of 2005, Dance

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-03T16:40:48-07:00

Elliot Mercer
Instructor of Visual & Performing Arts University of Colorado.
Class of 2005, Dance

"Idyllwild is one of the most supportive, enriching, and artistically vibrant environments I have ever experienced. I was offered a wealth of creative opportunities and exposed to a unique community of artists from around the globe."

"'Home' comes to mind when I think of Idyllwild Arts. In only two years, it made a huge difference in my life. As a New Zealander, coming to Idyllwild opened up a whole world of opportunities and possibilities for myself."


Alexandra (Alex) Gandionco
Singer & Music Teacher based in New Zealand.
Class of 2013, Music

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-04T09:05:51-07:00

Alexandra (Alex) Gandionco
Singer & Music Teacher based in New Zealand.
Class of 2013, Music

"'Home' comes to mind when I think of Idyllwild Arts. In only two years, it made a huge difference in my life. As a New Zealander, coming to Idyllwild opened up a whole world of opportunities and possibilities for myself."

"I felt welcomed immediately and knew that I belonged here. No one judges you and you can be who you are without any fear. Since my first day I’ve loved IAA and I’m proud to say that it’s my new home."


Daniela Rendon
University Student in the Netherlands.
Class of 2016, Dance

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-04T09:07:46-07:00

Daniela Rendon
University Student in the Netherlands.
Class of 2016, Dance

"I felt welcomed immediately and knew that I belonged here. No one judges you and you can be who you are without any fear. Since my first day I’ve loved IAA and I’m proud to say that it’s my new home."

"As a filmmaker, I learned so much about my personal taste and my strengths from making movies at Idyllwild. That has really allowed me to make use of my time in college and start making things I’m proud of sooner."


Laura Holliday
Director & Actress.
Class of 2012, Moving Pictures

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-03T16:43:25-07:00

Laura Holliday
Director & Actress.
Class of 2012, Moving Pictures

"As a filmmaker, I learned so much about my personal taste and my strengths from making movies at Idyllwild. That has really allowed me to make use of my time in college and start making things I’m proud of sooner."

"Idyllwild Arts and music faculty, Marshall Hawkins, have made me the person I am today. Being surrounded by people who are passionate about art, made me confident as an artist and human being."


Casey Abrams
Musician, Songwriter, Performer, Actor, Composer.
Class of 2009, Music

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-03T16:16:04-07:00

Casey Abrams
Musician, Songwriter, Performer, Actor, Composer.
Class of 2009, Music

"Idyllwild Arts and music faculty, Marshall Hawkins, have made me the person I am today. Being surrounded by people who are passionate about art, made me confident as an artist and human being."

"Idyllwild’s Creative Writing program gave me the room and support I needed to expand my imagination in ways I never had thought of before, introducing me to screenwriting, which led me to major in film/video/animation at Rhode Island School of Design."


Ara Michelle Aranguri
Los Angeles based Artist & Feminist.
Class of 2005, Creative Writing

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-04T09:03:46-07:00

Ara Michelle Aranguri
Los Angeles based Artist & Feminist.
Class of 2005, Creative Writing

"Idyllwild’s Creative Writing program gave me the room and support I needed to expand my imagination in ways I never had thought of before, introducing me to screenwriting, which led me to major in film/video/animation at Rhode Island School of Design."

"Idyllwild is one of the most supportive, enriching, and artistically vibrant environments I have ever experienced. I was offered a wealth of creative opportunities and exposed to a unique community of artists from around the globe."


Elliot Mercer
Instructor of Visual & Performing Arts University of Colorado.
Class of 2005, Dance

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-03T16:40:48-07:00

Elliot Mercer
Instructor of Visual & Performing Arts University of Colorado.
Class of 2005, Dance

"Idyllwild is one of the most supportive, enriching, and artistically vibrant environments I have ever experienced. I was offered a wealth of creative opportunities and exposed to a unique community of artists from around the globe."

"At Idyllwild, I learned how to see. Seeing through drawing, and then being nurtured to taking the next steps and make things with my own hands empowered me believe I could create the world as I imagined it should be."


Elora Hardy
Creative Director, Founder, Ibuku.
Class of 1999, Visual Art

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-03T16:33:55-07:00

Elora Hardy
Creative Director, Founder, Ibuku.
Class of 1999, Visual Art

"At Idyllwild, I learned how to see. Seeing through drawing, and then being nurtured to taking the next steps and make things with my own hands empowered me believe I could create the world as I imagined it should be."

"'Home' comes to mind when I think of Idyllwild Arts. In only two years, it made a huge difference in my life. As a New Zealander, coming to Idyllwild opened up a whole world of opportunities and possibilities for myself."


Alexandra (Alex) Gandionco
Singer & Music Teacher based in New Zealand.
Class of 2013, Music

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-04T09:05:51-07:00

Alexandra (Alex) Gandionco
Singer & Music Teacher based in New Zealand.
Class of 2013, Music

"'Home' comes to mind when I think of Idyllwild Arts. In only two years, it made a huge difference in my life. As a New Zealander, coming to Idyllwild opened up a whole world of opportunities and possibilities for myself."

"Hilary Hahn came to Idyllwild when I was there and played the Edgar Meyer Concerto with the orchestra. She taught an informal masterclass and she said it was her first ever. She was brilliant, and so humble and nice!"


Yan Izquierdo
Violinist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Class of 2002, Music

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-04T09:09:08-07:00

Yan Izquierdo
Violinist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Class of 2002, Music

"Hilary Hahn came to Idyllwild when I was there and played the Edgar Meyer Concerto with the orchestra. She taught an informal masterclass and she said it was her first ever. She was brilliant, and so humble and nice!"

"Idyllwild Arts and music faculty, Marshall Hawkins, have made me the person I am today. Being surrounded by people who are passionate about art, made me confident as an artist and human being."


Casey Abrams
Musician, Songwriter, Performer, Actor, Composer.
Class of 2009, Music

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-03T16:16:04-07:00

Casey Abrams
Musician, Songwriter, Performer, Actor, Composer.
Class of 2009, Music

"Idyllwild Arts and music faculty, Marshall Hawkins, have made me the person I am today. Being surrounded by people who are passionate about art, made me confident as an artist and human being."

"Idyllwild’s Creative Writing program gave me the room and support I needed to expand my imagination in ways I never had thought of before, introducing me to screenwriting, which led me to major in film/video/animation at Rhode Island School of Design."


Ara Michelle Aranguri
Los Angeles based Artist & Feminist.
Class of 2005, Creative Writing

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-04T09:03:46-07:00

Ara Michelle Aranguri
Los Angeles based Artist & Feminist.
Class of 2005, Creative Writing

"Idyllwild’s Creative Writing program gave me the room and support I needed to expand my imagination in ways I never had thought of before, introducing me to screenwriting, which led me to major in film/video/animation at Rhode Island School of Design."

"As a filmmaker, I learned so much about my personal taste and my strengths from making movies at Idyllwild. That has really allowed me to make use of my time in college and start making things I’m proud of sooner."


Laura Holliday
Director & Actress.
Class of 2012, Moving Pictures

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-03T16:43:25-07:00

Laura Holliday
Director & Actress.
Class of 2012, Moving Pictures

"As a filmmaker, I learned so much about my personal taste and my strengths from making movies at Idyllwild. That has really allowed me to make use of my time in college and start making things I’m proud of sooner."

"I felt welcomed immediately and knew that I belonged here. No one judges you and you can be who you are without any fear. Since my first day I’ve loved IAA and I’m proud to say that it’s my new home."


Daniela Rendon
University Student in the Netherlands.
Class of 2016, Dance

Idyllwild Arts
2019-06-04T09:07:46-07:00

Daniela Rendon
University Student in the Netherlands.
Class of 2016, Dance

"I felt welcomed immediately and knew that I belonged here. No one judges you and you can be who you are without any fear. Since my first day I’ve loved IAA and I’m proud to say that it’s my new home."
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