In the Adult Arts Center, students enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a summer camp while receiving intensely detailed technical instruction and personal attention to individual artistic needs in a community of fellow artists and creatives. Instructors are experienced and interested in working with students of all levels and abilities.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Because we are a private nonprofit education institution, scholarships are awarded from funds donated specifically for that purpose. Generous donors have made scholarships available on a limited basis for these specific groups: (contact Summer Registrar for details)

  1. Native American Community Leaders, Artists, Members, and Teachers
  2. Inland Empire Teachers, Professors, and Graduate Students
  3. Writers Week Fellowships for Poets and Writers

Discounts and Credits

Idyllwild Arts offers students options to reduce the cost of attending the Summer Program. Some discounts may not be combined.

Pay in Full Today: 10% off tuition when you Pay in Full on the same day your application is submitted. (Available through March 15, 2019.)

Family Discount: Two or more members of your immediate family qualify for a reduction of $50 per person, per workshop. Family members are not required to attend at the same time. Only applicable to workshops lasting one week or longer. Available to Financial Aid applicants. Not applicable for Family Week.

Bring a Friend: Earn a $50 credit for each new student- one who has not attended the Summer Program previously- you bring to the Summer Program (limit $500). A new student can be claimed by only one returning student. Available to Financial Aid applicants. Does not apply to immediate Family Members.

Teacher and Student Discount: If there is space available in a workshop 30 days before it begins, teachers (K-12, currently employed, full time) and current college/university students (full time) may enroll at 50% off of tuition. Available on a limited basis.


No refunds are made for early withdrawals, student cancellations or no-shows (regardless of accident, illness, or change of plans) except as follows. Program Protection insurance is available for purchase at online checkout.

1) All fees, minus the $50 application fee and a 3% service fee on the total amount paid are refundable up to 90 days before a class is scheduled to begin.

2) 80% of fees minus the $50 application fee and a 3% service fee on the total amount paid are refundable if a student withdraws 89 to 30 days prior to the student’s Registration Day/start of workshop. This refund requires a written request.

3) No refunds will be made less than 30 days before a student’s Registration Day/start of workshop.

4) If Idyllwild Arts cancels a class, all fees are refundable in full.

5) You will have the option to purchase Basic and Premium Program Protection insurance at online checkout. Similar to travel insurance, Program Protection makes up the gap between payments and stated refund policy should emergencies occur. Choose the Program Protection option through online registration. You must purchase when you register.

Idyllwild Arts is not able to apply non-refundable payments to a future program.

Daily Schedule

Workshops run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with a break for lunch in the campus dining hall (included in tuition). This year we are offering a new weekly Thursday evening event called the Starry, Starry Nights at the Idyllwild Arts Observatory, a new facility space to our campus. Writing workshops have shorter in-class hours allowing time each afternoon for writing, craft talks, individual conferences, readings and other activities. Evening events take place throughout the week.

On-Campus Activities

Each evening there are activities taking place throughout campus. In addition to the program traditions that are scheduled each week, there are other lectures, readings, recitals and performances that dot the calendar. The weekly schedule includes:

Parks Exhibition Center receptions
Faculty Art Shows
Artist demonstrations/presentations

Faculty artist demonstrations, lectures, readings or concerts

Look for a new iteration of the traditional Potluck and Barbecue for all students, faculty and school community members

Starry, Starry Night: An evening at the Idyllwild Arts Observatory

Workshop culmination art shows

Additional events take place each week, including lunchtime lectures during the Native American Arts Festival.

The campus offers trails for hiking and nature walks, as well as a 25-meter swimming pool open to all registered students. Parks Exhibition Center is open daily and features the work of artists in residence as well as a selection of fine Native American art and jewelry.

Campus Facilities and Services

The campus features large dormitories, residence halls, dining hall and a snack bar. Services include the health center, bookstore and laundry facilities.

The Margaret Cargill Commons, located at the heart of campus between Lowman Concert Hall and the IAF Theatre, offers areas to relax, converse, and mingle.

Indoor and outdoor art studios and exhibition areas include the Parks Exhibition Center and the Eymann Sculpture Garden.

Performance venues include the Lowman Concert Hall, IAF Theatre, Stephens Recital Hall, Holmes Amphitheatre, and the Junior Players Theatre.

The Krone Library houses resource areas, classrooms and a museum.

Dance studios, rehearsal halls, film studio and practice rooms are located across the campus.

On-Campus Housing

Residence Halls
Modest dormitory rooms with twin or bunk beds accommodate one or two adults. Each dorm room has its own bathroom. Rates include meals from Sunday, 4 p.m. to Saturday, 10 a.m. Linens and towels, which are changed weekly, are included. Bring a small fan for your room.

Double room options, all meals included:

  • Six- or seven-day workshop – $675 per person
  • Five-day workshop – $575 per person
  • Three-day workshop – $365 per person
  • Two-day workshop – $230 per person*

Private room options**, all meals included:

  • Six- or seven-day workshop – $890 per person
  • Five-day workshop – $790 per person
  • Three-day workshop – $505 per person
  • Two-day workshop – $315 per person*

*Not available for weekend workshops

**Limited availability

Check-in time for on-campus housing is from 3-5 p.m. the day before your class begins, or from 7:30-8:30 a.m. the first day of class. 

Check-out time is 10 a.m. the morning after your workshop concludes. For workshops ending on Saturday, check-out is at noon, and for two-day housing options (new this year) check-out is at 9 a.m. on the final day of class.

On-campus accommodations are not available for weekend workshop participants. Off-Campus Housing information is included below.

Quiet hours are 10 p.m.–8 a.m. Smoking is prohibited in all campus facilities. Pets are not allowed, with the exception of service animals, such as Seeing Eye dogs. Official documentation of service status must be submitted to the registrar at least 30 days prior to arriving on campus.

Off-Campus Housing

Idyllwild offers many lodging options, from luxury to rustic, including motels, bed and breakfast inns, cabins and lodges. There are also public and private campgrounds.

Bluebird Cottage Inn • • 951-659-2696 • 26620 Saddle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Creekstone Inn • • 951-659-3342 • 54950 Pine Crest Ave, Idyllwild CA 92549

Elite Mountain Homes • • 310-398-6058 • 25319 Fern Valley Road, Idyllwild CA 92549

Fern Valley Inn • • 1-951-659-8100 • 25210 Fern Valley Road, Idyllwild CA 92549

Fireside Inn • • 951-659-2966 • 54540 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Grand Idyllwild Lodge • • 951-659-2383 • 54820 Pine Crest Ave, Idyllwild CA 92549

Idyllwild Bunkhouse • • 951-659-2201 • 25525 Highway 243, Idyllwild CA 92549

Idyllwild Inn • • 1-888-659-2552 • 54300 Village Center Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Idyllwild Mountain Rentals • • 951-659-5349 • 54240 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Idyllwild Vacation Cabins • • 951-663-0527 • 54380 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA

Idyllwild Vacation Rentals • • 951-659-5015 • 54280 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Knotty Pines Cabins • • 951-659-2933 • 54340 Pine Crest Ave, Idyllwild CA 92549

Manzanita Cabins • 951-659-3151 • 54100 Pine Crest Ave, Idyllwild CA 92549

Mile High Country Inn • • 951-659-2931 • 54605 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

New Spirit Vacation Homes • • 951-659-3100 • 54325 North Circle Drive #102, Idyllwild CA 92549

Rainbow Inn • • 951-659-0111 • 54420 South Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549

Silver Pines Lodge • • 951-659-4335 • 25955 Cedar Street, Idyllwild CA 92549

Strawberry Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast • 951-659-3202 • 26370 Highway 243, Idyllwild CA 92549

Vacasa •  • Idyllwild CA 92549

Wilder • 951-659-2926 • 54550 South Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549 •

Woodland Park • 951-659-2657 • 55350 South Circle Drive, Idyllwild CA 92549


Lunch is included for all registered students.

Meals are served cafeteria-style. There are vegetarian options at every meal including a hot entree at lunch and dinner. Our extensive salad bar features fresh fruits and vegetables at lunch and dinner. We are unable to accommodate special diets. You may purchase additional meals by the week for yourself or family members. A one-week meal pass is $100.


There is no public transportation to or within Idyllwild. However, Idyllwild Arts offers an airport shuttle transportation service, serving Palm Springs, Ontario, and Los Angeles airports. A one-way shuttle service to/from the Palm Springs and Ontario airports is $95, and a one-way shuttle service to/from Los Angeles is $150. To take advantage of this service, you must make arrangements with the Summer Program staff at least two weeks before you plan to arrive on campus.


The campus is located at 5,377-feet elevation in the Strawberry Valley on the western slope of the San Jacinto Mountains. The 205-acre campus is a naturally beautiful setting with clean air, alpine forests, mountains and meadows. This tranquil site, remote from urban distractions, affords students a unique learning environment. The Idyllwild Arts campus is situated two miles from the center of the village of Idyllwild and 2.5 hours from Los Angeles and San Diego by car.

Pet Policy

Pets are not allowed, with the exception of service animals, such as Seeing Eye dogs. Official documentation of service status must be submitted to the registrar at least 30 days prior to arriving on campus.

From the Riverside Area thru Hemet:

Route 60 Riverside, towards Beaumont. Right on route 79, 8.3 miles to traffic light. Left onto Ramona Express Way, travel 8 miles to Florida Ave. Left at traffic light onto Route 74. Fifteen miles up mountain to Highway 243 at Mtn. Center. Left onto Route 243, four miles to Idyllwild. Left on Tollgate Road, one mile to campus.

From the Los Angeles Area thru Banning:

Route 10 or 60 East to Banning. Take the 8th St. exit to Route 243 which leads up the mountain 25 miles to Idyllwild. Continue one mile through the village. Right on Tollgate Road one mile to campus.

From the San Diego Area:

  1. Highway 15 north to Temecula. Exit Highway 79 south toward Indio/Palm Desert. Highway 371 Turn (or bear) left onto (Continue towards Indio/Palm Desert). Left at Highway 74, 10 mile to Highway 243. Right four miles to Idyllwild. Left at Tollgate Road. 1 mile to campus.
  2. Route 15 north to Winchester Road. Right on Winchester Road to Route 74; Right on Route 74 to Mtn. Center. Left on Route 243, 4 miles, left on Tollgate Road, 1 mile to campus.


There is no public transportation to or within Idyllwild. Transportation is available via campus vans from Ontario International Airport or Palm Springs Regional Airport and Idyllwild. Arrangements must be made in advance.

Arrival and Check In

Students may check in from 3 to 5 p.m. on the day before their workshop begins, or between 8 and 8:30 a.m. the first day of class.

Please note: There are no provisions for those arriving before or after registration hours.

The Parks Exhibition Center

The Parks Exhibition Center is a focal point of the Idyllwild Arts campus. It is open throughout the year and serves to enrich the Academy and Summer Program by featuring the work of students, faculty and visiting artists. The 1,400 square foot space was dedicated in 2002 and is a gift of Elizabeth B. Parks.

During the Summer Exhibition Season, Parks is proud to feature a diverse breadth of Native American artwork and jewelry, as well as the creative talent of the many visiting faculty artists. Highlights of the season will include exhibits of faculty work from the Summer Program’s themed programs – Hot Clay, Metals Week, and the Native American Arts Festival. Artists’ receptions, lectures and demonstrations are scheduled each week and are free and open to the public.

September through May, the Parks Center is an integral part of the Academy’s Visual Art program. It offers students the opportunity to view art works in a professional gallery setting. Parks is an invaluable educational tool, providing a forum for critical dialogue between the students and artists. It has become a dynamic part of Idyllwild Arts, hosting readings, performances and local community events.

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