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High School Intensives and Workshops - Giving Creativity Wings (ages 13–18)

Residential High School Intensives and Workshops provide focused, practical, hands-on experiences. In this supportive and creative environment, as relaxed as any summer camp, students immerse themselves completely in their chosen creative outlet. High School programs nurture passion and talent, and help channel the creative spirit into a foundation for continued study. Instructors successfully work with students of all levels of ability and experience while emphasizing educational values, personal values, and achievement. Students will be challenged to improve and build skill and confidence.

Junior Artists - Igniting the Creative Spark (ages 9–13)

Residential Junior Artists workshops provide life-changing experiences for middle school-aged kids eager to unleash their creative spirits on 205 beautiful acres that evoke a traditional summer camp. Junior Artists learn and explore in a positive environment and develop their individual creative expressions. Students will immerse themselves in art while professional artist-instructors guide their intensive, hands-on experiences. The low student-to-teacher ratio – 9:1 or better — ensures individual attention and support. Junior Artists will find meaningful inspiration and new ways to tap their limitless creative possibilities.

Children's Center - Inspiring Art in Children (ages 5–8)

Children’s Center offerings provide a nurturing environment. In a natural setting reminiscent of a summer camp, children experience the joy of creativity and performance. Professional artist-educators spark students to discover the joy of self-expression. The Children’s Center faculty provide technical instruction balanced with strong encouragement and inspiration. Day student option only.
If you have any questions or need assistance please call 1.951.468.7265 or email summer@idyllwildarts.org

More Information


Idyllwild Arts is committed to providing need-based financial aid to talented young artists from diverse backgrounds. Because we are a private nonprofit educational institution, scholarships are awarded from funds donated specifically for that purpose. Awards are based on financial need, talent, or programmatic needs in ensembles or productions.

In addition, some funds are designated to assist specific types of students:

  • Students 8-18 years old who are identified as Gifted/Talented or who are enrolled in a Gifted/Talented program.
  • Students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for an automatic discount of at least $1,200 through February 20, 2019. After February 21, 2019 the discount will lower to $1,000 through April 9, 2019.
  • Students 9-18 years old and of Native American ancestry.
  • Female High School Students from Riverside or San Bernardino counties.

Award Amounts: In general, the maximum award that may be granted is half the cost of the tuition, room and board for one High School, Junior Artist, or Children’s Center two-week course. In rare circumstances, a larger award may be granted to students with exceptional financial need.

If your attendance at the Summer Program is dependent upon receiving a scholarship and we are unable to grant your request, we will refund your $500 deposit. (The $50 registration fee is not refundable.)

Discounts and Credits

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

Early Bird Registration: Complete application by December 31, 2018, and take $75 off each workshop.

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.)

Early Full Payment: 5% off tuition when you Pay in Full by March 15, 2019. Students choosing the Early Full Payment option are not eligible for scholarships.

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.

Four-Week Music or Theatre Discount: High school students who enroll and are accepted in two consecutive music or theatre programs (e.g., Symphony Orchestra/Chamberfest or Two-Headed Monster: Writing and Performing for the Stage (Formerly New Play Development)/Shakespeare Intensive) are eligible for a 15% discount on tuition. Music students may combine 15% discount with one $1,200 All State/Honor Ensemble discount for music intensives through February 20, 2019. Discount lowers to $1,000 after February 20 until April 9, 2019.


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

  1. All fees, minus the $50 application fee are refundable up to 90 days before a class is scheduled to begin.
  2. 80% of fees minus the $50 application fee 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. If your attendance at Idyllwild Arts is dependent on receiving financial aid, and we are unable to grant your request, all fees minus the $50 application fee will be refunded.
  6. New to the year, 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.

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

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.

Arrival Info:

Plan to arrive at Ontario, Palm Springs or Los Angeles between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Sunday your program begins.
Musicians and Choir members have audition on Sunday afternoon the day your program begins. Plan to arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to allow time to get to campus and audition.

Departure Info:

For non-musician’s plan on getting a flight out from Ontario or Palm Springs at 3 p.m. or later on Saturday the last day of your program. For flights out of Los Angeles Airport, please book for 5 p.m. or later.
For Musicians and Choir members, visit www.idyllwildarts.org/events for scheduled final performances or activity. You also may call Idyllwild Arts at 951.659.2171 x2365.

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program offers a myriad of events, workshops, lectures and performances from June until August.

Please visit our Idyllwild Arts Calendar

Mail received via the United States Postal Service should be addressed:

Student’s Name and Age Group
Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
P.O. Box 1682
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Students receiving packages via United Parcel Service or Federal Express should use

Student’s Name and Age Group
Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
52500 Temecula Rd.
Idyllwild, CA 92549

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

The numerous indoor and outdoor art studios and exhibition areas include the Parks Exhibition Center and the Eymann Sculpture Garden.

Performance halls 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.

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.

Bedding and Towels

Sheets for twin size bed or a sleeping bag
Pillow and pillow case
Towels and wash cloths
Pool towel

Personal Toiletries

Toothbrush and toothpaste
Soap and shampoo
Insect repellent


Sleeping attire, robe and slippers
Shorts, light shirts, tee shirts
Lightweight long pants
Lightweight jacket, sweater or sweatshirt
Tennis shoes, boots or other sturdy shoes


Laundry bag, detergent, quarters for washer and dryer
Coat hangers
Small electric fan (Highly recommended)
Spending money (Optional, for snack bar and bookstore.)
Cell phone (Youth Center students only)
Calling Cards

Wi-Fi is available on campus during designated times.
Please mark all items clearly.