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 to apply for the Fall 2019 semester will be May 10, 2019.

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.


Application Artwork Return

Students who applied for the Spring 2019 Semester can pick up their artwork in person at our office on weekdays from 9 am - 6 pm. If you would like your artwork mailed to you instead, you can pay a $5 mailing fee by mail or online. Please note that we are unable to store artwork past June 31, 2019.

To pay a $5 mailing fee online, please use the Paypal button below.