High School Seminar

Using the rich collections of the National Gallery as a resource, this multiple-session program introduces upper-level high school art students to the study of art history, art-making techniques, and museum careers. As part of a community of like-minded students, participants learn about art and the museum by discussing original works in the galleries, researching themes of their choice, and making personal connections through art-making. Behind-the-scenes visits with museum professionals introduce career possibilities. The program culminates with student presentations of research on works in the Gallery's collection and completion of an original work of art inspired by that research.

The High School Seminar is a partnership between schools in the metropolitan Washington area and the National Gallery of Art. Students must be sponsored by their art teachers. Only one student per school will be accepted.  Participation is based on a selective application process.

Sessions meet for 10 Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Attendance at all 10 sessions is mandatory. Lunch will be provided.

The 2013–2014 schedule:

October 19, 26
November 16, 23
December 14
January 4, 11
February 1, 15
March 1

Requirements

Please review the student requirements and sponsoring teacher responsibilities before applying.

Sponsoring Teacher Responsibilities

  • Explain the components of and obligations related to the program to the potential student.
  • Nominate a potential student using the following factors as guidelines. The nominee should:
    • Be a highly motivated upper-level art or art history student.
    • Have demonstrated a personal commitment to art.
    • Be committed to meeting the attendance requirements (see below).
    • Have parental support.
  • Coordinate submission of your student's application together with the Sponsoring Teacher form.
  • Submit an application with your student's materials.
  • Attend orientation at the National Gallery of Art on October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Work with your student on assignments and studio projects before each seminar session. 
  • Participate in an ongoing dialogue with seminar instructors and staff via e-mail.

Student Requirements

  • Secure nomination and sponsorship from an art teacher whose class you will be taking in the fall of 2013.
  • Submit an application along with your teacher’s materials.
  • Attend the first seminar with your parent or guardian.
  • Attend all ten seminar sessions.
    October 19, 26
    November 16, 23
    December 14
    January 4, 11
    February 1, 15
    March 1

The student application will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Essays are clearly written, reflecting thoughtful consideration of the content and high level of understanding.
  • Acceptance of the attendance policy.
  • Ability to attend all seminar dates.
  • Submission of a complete application on time.

Student Attendance Policy

After two absences, students will be asked to resign from the seminar.

Sponsoring teacher, parent/guardian, and the student must acknowledge this policy in the completed application.

Application Instructions and Forms

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Contact Us

For more information, contact the education assistant for the High School Seminar at (202) 842-6905.