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 Spring 2019 semester is Nov 30, 2018. 

To apply to Ryman Arts, you must submit:

  1. A completed application form, which includes a recommendation from a teacher
  2. Two representational graphite 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-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.

Puede descargar una aplicación en español aquí o solicitar que uno sea enviada al domicilio, enviado por correo electrónico, o por fax a usted. Envíe un correo electrónico a: o llame al (213) 629-2787.