Youth Education

To learn more about current and future opportunities for young artists, please engage with the links below or contact our director of youth arts education at If you would like to partner with UVA to offer a youth camp, class, or workshop, please reach out to us here.


Choose from over 25 creative camp opportunities & fill your summer with fun! 

UVA provides year-round arts education opportunities for youth in the community through afterschool and Summer programming that inspires youth k-12. It is our goal through arts programming that we will inspire generations of dreamers, makers, designers and leaders!

UVA’s Summer Camps are a great opportunity for your young artist to explore all corners of their imagination, learn new skills, and have fun this summer. From clay and music to mixed media opportunities, printmaking, and more, these camps provide enriching arts education experiences that your young artist will love!

Youth Workshops + Classes



UVA’s Young Artist Studio is an after-school opportunity for youth in the community to meet once a week with a professional artist to learn new artistic skills and vocabulary, practice these skills, connect with other teens, and more! This is a FREE opportunity for all Douglas County Youth. 

Beyond learning and practicing new skills, students will have opportunities to take their creative ideas to the next level! Young artists that participate in the Young Artist Studio will be offered opportunities for their work to be shown in UVA’s Student Gallery and focus on creating and submitting artwork for the Bus Shelter Design Contest.

Open to ages 12-18

Youth Art Opportunities


CLOSES: MAY 31, 2024

Douglas County’s 2024 Bus Stop Shelter Design Contest provides the surrounding community with the opportunity to see their design displayed on a Umpqua Public Transportation District bus stop shelter!

Through the continuation of Youth Artist Studio and collaborations with both the Umpqua Public Transportation District and Thrive Umpqua, Umpqua Valley Arts (UVA) is proud to announce another art contest that will highlight the talent of local artists and revitalize Umpqua Public Transportation District (UPTD) bus stop shelters. Participating artists will submit new designs for the shelter that are representative of the diverse communities served by Umpqua Valley Arts, Umpqua Thrive, and UPTD. 



Young Artists en Plein Air is an exciting opportunity for young artists 3-18 years of age to create artwork in the great outdoors while developing their skills in a variety of painting and drawing media including pastels, pencils, chalk, watercolors, and acrylics.

This is the perfect chance for kids to explore the outdoors, make art inspired by the beauty around them, and benefit from tips and tricks from local artists.

Partnerships with Douglas County Schools

Due to ongoing and generous support from the Hallie B. Ford Fund for Arts in Education, UVA is able to provide arts education experiences to schools throughout Douglas County.

Field Trips | RETURNING FALL OF 2024

Douglas County classrooms are invited to UVA for a day full of art activities. A traditional field trip includes different art experiences, a tour that tells the history of UVA’s building, and a walk through current exhibits in the galleries. If you have any questions about field trips at UVA, CLICK HERE TO EMAIL US YOUR INQUIRY.

Arts Express Returns in Fall of 2024!

Bring the arts into your classroom: grounded in art history and focused on exploring the social meanings of art, these lessons are fun and engaging! The one-hour lessons are led by trained Art Express volunteers.
Lesson Catalog COMING SOON | Lesson Schedule COMING SOON

Artists in Residence

UVA connects Douglas County schools with professional teaching artists and helps coordinate residencies that meet each school’s needs. Residencies can be designed to focus on a curricular theme, a certain medium, or on specific art skills. Typical residencies are one to two weeks (20 hours per week).

Artist Virtual Visits

Because UVA’s Artist Residencies are currently on hold, we are pleased to facilitate virtual visits (via ZOOM) from artists in our community to your classroom! Please contact Executive Director, Emily Brandt, at to schedule a virtual artist visit to your class.

Payment and Refund Policy: Full payment at time of registration is required. Up until two weeks prior to the start of the event, you will receive a full refund (minus a $10 service charge) should you need to cancel your registration. However, cancellations made after this two-week time frame are nonrefundable​. Should UVA cancel the event, all participants will receive a full refund or credit toward future classes.