Apply To Ryman Arts

COVID-19 Update: The format of the Fall 2021 classes will be adjusted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to make sure all our students, faculty and staff are safe. 

Ryman Arts offers FREE advanced studio art program that is designed to help you achieve your dreams by strengthening your art skills, and preparing you for college, and for a career in the 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 the arts through guest artists and museum field trips. 
  • Engage in college and career planning workshops. 

Locations: Online, and with physical locations at Otis College of Art & Design, in Los Angeles and other locations to be determined.

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

Cost: All classes are free of charge. If selected, you will receive a full scholarship that covers the cost of instruction, art supplies, and field trips. Public transportation reimbursement and passes are available. 

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

Acceptance: The Ryman Arts application process is competitive, with an acceptance rate around 50%. Applications are reviewed based on evidence of skill and motivation. Ryman Arts strives to create a diverse class of students from schools throughout Southern California.

Fall 2021 Application Deadline Extended: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

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Ryman Arts Information Session:

Join us this Friday, May 7, 2021 at 4:00 PM for a Ryman Arts information session for students, parents, and educators interested in learning about our program and how to apply. This event is great time for Q&As about the program and application process. The presentation includes information in Spanish and a Spanish speaker is available during the session for questions. 
Register in advance for this meeting:
Únase a nosotros este viernes 7 de mayo de 2021 a las 4:00 p.m. para una sesión informativa de Ryman Arts para estudiantes, padres y educadores interesados en aprender sobre nuestro programa y cómo aplicar. Este evento es un gran momento para preguntas y respuestas sobre el programa y el proceso de solicitud. La presentación incluye información en español y un hablante de español está disponible durante la sesión para preguntas.
Regístrese con anticipación para esta reunión:

To apply to Ryman Arts, you must:

  1. Fill out an application form by clicking on the link below. 

  2. Submit two pencil drawings with the prompts below. Graphite pencil drawings on paper only. Do not submit color pencil drawings, digital art, or paintings. Paper size should be between 8” x 11” and 18” x 24”.

First Drawing: Draw from observation. You can draw what you see in real life. Examples of subjects include a landscape, portrait, or objects from daily life. Do not draw from a photograph or a screen. Do not submit cartoons or other artwork done from imagination.

Second Drawing: Drawing of your choice. It may be from your imagination or from observation, and should represent your work as an artist. Do not copy from another artist’s work.

  1. Answer the following questions individually or in essay form: 

  • Why are you applying to Ryman Arts?

  • How would you benefit from the experience?

  • Describe your future goals as an artist. 

  • Describe your previous art education challenges or obstacles you had to overcome in pursuing your work as an artist. 

  • Include anything else you would like us to know about you.

  1. Ask for a teacher recommendation. If you do not have any contact with a teacher now, you may ask another adult (not a family member). 

  2. Submit your application form online. Drawings must be uploaded using the link provided after you submit your online application.

Some resources to help you:

Presentation about the Ryman Arts program and application process (información en español/PDF)
How to set up a still life (video)
How to draw a still life (video)
How to photograph your artwork using a smartphone (PDF)


Need Help? Email us at or call (213) 629-2787.

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