Apply To Ryman Arts

At Ryman Arts you will

  • Learn foundation drawing and painting skills in rigorous classes to develop your talent.
  • Work with professional teaching artists in small classes with other serious art students.
  • Build your portfolio for college applications and exhibit your work publicly.

Explore options for a life in the arts through discussions with guest artists, drawing field trips, and college and career planning workshops.

Cost: If selected, you will receive a full scholarship that covers the cost of instruction, art supplies, and field trips. We can reimburse you for the cost of taking public transportation to classes.

Eligibility: Anyone who will be enrolled in high school (grades 9 – 12) for the semester they are applying for is eligible.

Locations: Saturdays at California State University, Fullerton, or on Sundays at Otis College of Art & Design, in Los Angeles.

Class times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Acceptance: The Ryman Arts application process is competitive, with an acceptance rate around 50%. A committee reviews all applications, scoring them on multiple criteria (primarily evidence of skill and motivation). Ryman Arts strives to create a diverse class of students from schools throughout Southern California.

The deadline for the Fall 2015 semester has passed. The deadline for the Spring 2016 semester is December 4.

To apply to Ryman Arts, you must submit:

  1. A completed application form, which includes a recommendation from a teacher
  2. Two representational pencil drawings drawn from observation on paper between 8.5” x 11” and 18” x 24”. Do not submit drawings done from a photograph or imagination.
  3. A one- to two-page essay describing your reasons for applying to the program and how you intend to benefit from the experience.


You may download the application form here [PDF: 752KB, 1 page] or request that one be mailed, emailed, or faxed to you by writing to or calling (213) 629-2787.

Application Artwork Return

You can provide a $5 mailing fee if you would like your artwork mailed back to you after application decisions have been made.

You are also welcome to pick up artwork at our offices during our office hours. Please note that we are unable to store artwork past December 2015.