Mr. Arnold-
Carter Specialist on Ryman

n all of years of teaching the Ryman Arts program has been the biggest differentiator for those students who are serious or even interested in a future in the arts.  It not only teaches you the skills and mediums that will prepare you for high school classes including AP Studio, but its teaching in life drawing, and career connections will prepare you for a future college education and career.  You will be surrounded with students from all over the area with a similar passion for the arts with many finding close friendships. Over 16 current and past Carter alumni have entered with most graduating from the program and nothing but great memories and positive things to say about their time and energy spent.  I could not speak more highly of a program that doesn't just teach the visual arts at a college level but teaches maturity and the value of hard work, and it's completely free!

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 12:30 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.

The Fall 2020 Application Period is Closed

Spring 2021 Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2020

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.

W.A Carter Art Department, Rialto CA