EMU’s Summer Art Academy for Children and Youth

Letter from the Director

Welcome to EMU’s premier Summer Art Academy for children and youth! We’re so excited to launch an art program for your kids on our beautiful campus. I’ve been teaching art to children at summer camps and programs for 20 years, and I’m so happy to bring my experience and love for kids’ art home to EMU. The program offers small classes with lots of attention for each child and the university’s art studios and campus as our classroom! What a unique experience for students interested in exploring the techniques and language of painting and drawing. Immersive opportunities like this allow students to grow. And we have a lot of fun in the process.

If your child loves art, check out our classes below!

Hope to see you and your young artist here this summer,


Cyndi Gusler M.F.A.
Director, Visual  and Communication Arts 
Professor of Art, EMU


Week 1: Amazing Animals and Beautiful Botanicals (June 17 - 21) // Cyndi Gusler, MFA 

Ages 8-11, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Explore the world of painting and drawing in this hands-on class. Hike a trail, collect sketches on a nature walk, then use the inspiration to make paintings and drawings full of vibrant color! Improve your drawing, painting skills while delving into the natural world. We'll explore EMU’s campus, including the amazing discovery room full of once-wild animals, drawing from life and our imaginations.

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Cost: $180 per class

Week 2: Acrylic and Watercolor Painting (June 24 - 28) // Cyndi Gusler, MFA 

Ages 8-11, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Create beautiful paintings in watercolor and acrylic paint. Improve your painting technique, build your artistic imagination and learn to paint from life in our university studio and outside on EMU’s beautiful campus.

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Cost: $180 per class


  • Please dress in comfortable clothes and walking shoes that can go outside and into the painting studio without worry!   
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat for sunny-day outings.
  • Bring a snack and a water bottle to keep fueled. We’ll take a snack break about half-way through class each day.
  • Drop off and pick up will take place each day at the main entrance to EMU’s University Commons, east entrance (gym entrance). Drop off is from 8:45-9 a.m. and pick up at 11:55 a.m.-12:05 p.m. unless otherwise arranged.


cyndi guslerCyndi Gusler, MFA

Cyndi Gusler holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from JMU. She is Professor of Visual Arts at EMU.

Currently in her Chestnut Art Studio are oil paintings exploring the volatile and ever-changing coastal region of the US. Additionally, Gusler actively engages with her immediate landscape, creating paintings that begin in her garden and end her imagined reality. Daydreams is an evolving playground of imagery that grounds the artist and allows her to fly. Her paintings invite viewers to enter and explore in the color-saturated richness.

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Instagram: @cyndi.gusler

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