Apply To Ryman Arts

Ryman Arts offers FREE advanced studio art program that is designed to help you achieve your dreams by strengthening your art skills, 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: 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. or 1:00 to 4:30 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.

Application Deadline: For Spring 2020, submit applications between October 1 - December 2, 2019

(Spring 2020 semester classes begin late January or early February) 

To apply to Ryman Arts, you must:

  1. Fill out an application form by clicking on the link below or downloading a form below. 
  2. Make two pencil drawings done from observation. Paper size should be between 8” x 11” and 18” x 24”. Draw from what you see in real life. Examples of subjects include a landscape, portrait, or objects from daily life. Submit graphite pencil drawings only. Do not draw from a photograph or a screen. Do not submit cartoons or other artwork done from imagination. Do not submit color pencil drawings or paintings. 
  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.
  2. Submit your application form by mail or online. Drawings must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Ryman Arts office at 1933 S. Broadway, 11th floor, Suite 1138, Los Angeles, CA 90007.


APPLY BY MAIL: You may download the application form here (B&W version) 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. Envíeun correo electrónico a: o llame al (213) 629-2787.


Application Artwork Return

Students who applied for the Spring 2020 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, 2020.

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