Welcome to JumpstART 2024!

JumpstART 2024 takes place from June 23-28 on Oregon State University’s beautiful Corvallis campus in the heart of the Willamette Valley.

Students may opt to attend the program as a residential student (housing and dining included) or as a non-residential student (day camp only).

JumpstART provides students (9th through 12th grade) with a week of accelerated art instruction including classes such as drawing, painting, sequential art, graphic design and photography. Our faculty is comprised of successful, working artists, who exhibit their work throughout the U.S. and beyond.

Two, three-hour courses and one visiting artist lecture will be offered daily. Our morning session will be taught from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. There will be an hour break for lunch from 12 - 1 p.m., followed by an artist's talk at 1 p.m. Afternoon courses will be held from 2 - 5 p.m. Each day will include instruction, discussion, time to make art and time to ask questions and receive feedback.

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Registration closes Friday, June 7, 2024.

General Camp Information

Dorm Check in:
Sunday, June 23 at 4-5pm, Weatherford Hall front entrance.

For overnight students, there is an 8:1 student to RA ratio in the dorms. Each residential assistant has a cohort of eight students. RA’s have dorm rooms in close proximity to their cohort. Meals are taken as a group in the dining halls (including day camp students who may bring a bag lunch). Evening activities are led by JumpstART staff between 6-8pm. Students will always be in the company of JumpstART staff. List of evening activities coming soon!

Camp Orientation and Pizza Party:

Sunday, June 23 at 5pm, Fairbanks Hall front entrance front porch (day and overnight students welcome).

Program Cost
  • Non-residential tuition (day camp only): $550
  • Residential tuition (housing and dining included): $1,100
  • Day camp students may purchase a meal card for lunches M-F: $60
  • All application materials must be completed and full tuition paid by June 7, 2024 to ensure your place. Registration closes on June 7, 2024.
  • Information regarding the payment, cancellation and refund policy can be found here.

We have a limited amount of need and merit-based scholarships.

To apply:
    1.    Complete the camper registration for JumpstART.
    2.    In your registration, mark ‘free/reduced lunch eligible’ if appropriate.
    3.    Submit three examples of artwork in JPG format. Artwork can be any medium. Please label with your name, size and medium (Example: Smith_John_10x14”_acrylic.jpg).
    4.    Submit a one-page type-written document that answers the question: Why do you wish to attend JumpstART?
 Scholarship deadline is May 31, 2024. You will be notified June 7 via email if you have been awarded a scholarship.
If you are a returning JumpstART scholarship student, or have been awarded a Scholastic Scholarship, please identify that information in the "Scholarship" section of your registration.
High achieving participants at the 2024 program will be eligible for and may receive a full scholarship to return to JumpstART in 2025.

Anna Fidler Headshot 2021


Anna Fidler (JumpstART Director)

Anna is an artist and instructor in Corvallis, Oregon. Fidler moved from Traverse City, Michigan where she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and Western Michigan University (B.F.A. Painting) to the Pacific Northwest where she received her M.F.A. in Studio Art from Portland State University.

Fidler’s large-scale works on paper are composed of glittery mica-enriched acrylic washes and colored pencils. Her work depicts invented landscapes, mythical happenings, and unseen energy in the universe involving such diverse subject matter as Victorian feminists, vampires and rock stars. Her work has been exhibited worldwide in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Washington D.C and has been shown in The Portland Art Museum’s APEX series, The Boise Art Museum, The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art, The University of Southern California, and The Japan Society in New York. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in Art in America, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Fidler has received numerous grants and awards, including an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant, and Residencies at Painting’s Edge in Idyllwild, California. Fidler is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon and Johansson Projects in Oakland, California.


Comet Robinson (Assistant to the JumpstART Director, Instructor of Sequential Art)

Originally from Arizona, Comet Robinson came to Oregon to pursue graphic design at OSU. Set to graduate in Spring 2025, Robinson will graduate with a B.F.A in Graphic Design and minors in Spanish and Studio Art. He currently works as the graphic designer for the OSU Division of Finance and Administration IT, namely supporting OSU Transportation Services and efforts with the City of Corvallis. He specializes in brand identity and typography, seeking to generate creative system solutions. His work has also been displayed in the Praxis Gallery and this is his second year working with JumpstART.

Artist Johnny Beaver

Johnny Beaver

Johnny beaver is an artist and arts instructor living in Corvallis, Ore. He received his B.F.A. at Oregon State University with a concentration in painting and his M.F.A. at Portland State University, focusing on contemporary studio practice. His creative work is research focused, highlighting painting and sound design, but branching out into many multidisciplinary areas. Beaver is especially focused on supporting young artists and regional arts, having exhibited and curated in Oregon over fifty times throughout the last decade.



Cora Freyer

Born in Germany, Freyer lives and works out of Corvallis, OR as an artist, teacher, and consultant. Although Freyer's work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, and digital image-alterations, her material focus is largely split between oil and water-based paint media. Freyer's work is influenced by realism, expressionism, and graffiti. It is bent towards applications in abstract landscapes and plein air, still life, mural work, and other experimental projects that combine folkloric and narrative imagery with social criticism (specifically women's rights). Freyer attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and earned her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.


Rick Febre

Rick Febre is a designer, educator and Graphic Design Program Coordinator at OSU. He has previously worked in publication design, print, web, advertising and advertising photography. His works in publication design have been recognized by Graphic Design USA magazine.

Grace Johnson

Grace is a portrait photographer who specializes in editorial and fashion photography. Her work consists of a variety of different people and scenes, both in and out of the studio. Grace has spent a majority of her life as a competitive gymnast and focuses parts of her work on her athletic experience. Her work has been in Praxis Gallery and the Memorial Union at Oregon State, and Grace plans to graduate with a Photography B.F.A degree in the spring.


Brooke Cimino

Brooke is originally from Austin, Texas and will be graduating from OSU this spring 2024 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She is majoring in graphic design with a double minor in photography and studio art. Her studio art focuses solely on 3D sculptural work. She has exhibited at the Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon and the Praxis Gallery on Oregon State campus. Her sculptural work primarily explores themes of predetermined fate and self-discovery through complex 3D forms.

Monday, June 24

Petra Sairanen is a Finnish-born artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. She earned her BFA from the University of New Hampshire and MFA from Brandeis University. Numerous public and private collections house her works, including the Portable Works Collection (City of Portland, Oregon), North Shore Children’s Hospital (Salem, Massachusetts), Children’s Hospital of Boston (Massachusetts), Astra Zeneca Pharmaceutical Company, (Newton, Massachusetts), and the Boston University Fuller Collection. Sairanen teaches painting and design at PCC Rock Creek and is the director of the Helzer Gallery.




Tuesday, June 25

Visual artist, writer, and storyteller Leah Wilson makes her home in Eugene, Oregon. A 2012 artist residency at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades introduced her to ecologists working on long-term studies and field research. Attracted by the enduring focus of inquiry into a specific place, she is now an episodic lifetime artist in residence at the Andrews Forest. Elements of her relationship with the Andrews Forest and its community are evident throughout each project including Listening to the Forest, a large-scale public art installation at Oregon State University’s George W. Peavy Forest Science Center. . 





Wednesday, June 26

Bruce Conkle

declares an affinity for mysterious natural phenomenon such as snow, fire, rainbows, crystals, volcanos, tree burls, and meteorites. He examines contemporary attitudes toward the environment, including deforestation, climate change, and extinction. Conkle's work often deals with man's place within nature, and frequently examines what he calls the "misfit quotient" at the crossroads. His work has shown around the world, including Reykjavik, Ulaanbaatar, Rio De Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle, and Portland. Recent projects include public art commissions for the Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet/MAX Light Rail, and Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union Public Art + Residency. In 2011 Bruce received a Hallie Ford Fellowship in 2010 and an Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship. His 2012 show Tree Clouds and Surface Glitch, 2016 were awarded project grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.


Thursday, June 27

Akie Danilowicz is originally from Yokohama, Japan. She moved to Los Angeles in 2005. Her professional design experience started at Creative Services, Art & Advertising at Warner Bros. in 2007. Responsibilities of the position involved the conception of original ideas for advertisement, posters, and logo development for Warner Bros.
In 2015, she started working at Bond, known as one of the top entertainment creative agencies in Hollywood. She worked at the Home Entertainment department and received the Clio Gold Award for her design work for LEGOized Line Look. Since 2018, she has been working with advertising agencies and film directors focusing on movie poster design (Key Art).





Friday, June 28

Oregon State University Art Program Tour

Anna Fidler, Instructor and Felix Oliveros, Art Advisor


Previous visiting artists have included nationally recognized artists such as: Julie Green, Emily Counts, Heidi Schwegler, Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Ivan Carmona, Holly Andres, Dan Attoe, Ralph Pugay, Elizabeth Malaska, Yuji Hiratsuka, Jessie Rose Vala, Milla Oiveira, Bruce Burris, Tia Factor.

Students will select one core class and one focus class.

As of 4/2/24, the Painting and Drawing classes are full. You can still choose these during registration, but you may not get your first choice.

Morning Classes:

Sequential Art
Comet Robinson, Instructor

Focusing on image and text, this 2D course will introduce students to the fundamentals of sequential art (comic books, manga, Egyptian hieroglyphics, gothic stained-glass windows, airplane safety brochures) and will embrace traditional as well as innovative ideas of what sequential art can be. Collaboration and production will be a focus as students work together in small groups to create art/text that can be printed as a DIY zine (stapled comic book) that they can take home. This course will focus on analog creation (paper, pencils, markers, glue sticks), so there will be no need for laptops, iPads, or cell phones. All necessary art supplies will be provided, but if you have your own favorite tools, you can bring them.

Students will use image and text/language to effectively represent ideas of time, sound, smells, feelings, thoughts, human emotion, non-human emotion, dream imagery, abstraction, representation– there are no limits!

Cora Freyer, Instructor
In this course students learn about various materials, set ups, and concepts relating to both traditional and contemporary drawing. We will construct still lifes and explore line, value, and contrast with charcoal and ink, as well as create drawings from memory and work with easily obtainable tools such as ballpoint pen. Over the week students will learn to build a daily drawing practice as well as how to incorporate a number of different academic techniques into their own drawing routines.

As of 4/2/24, the Painting and Drawing classes are full. You can still choose these during registration, but you may not get your first choice.
Brooke Cimino, Instructor
This introductory course examines the spatial organization of 3D design elements, while encouraging students to experiment, problem solve, and collaborate. Throughout the course, we will work hands-on to develop technical skills in a variety of mediums. We will also improve proficiency in discussing creative processes and finished work. What are the possibilities of working with form and spa


Afternoon Classes:

Grace Johnson, Instructor

This introductory-level photography class will emphasize the basic operations of using a digital camera, and how to adapt the settings based on location, available light etc. Students will learn how to use a reflector for sunlight as well as a variety of creative techniques with indoor lighting and poses. The course will also help students understand media marketing tactics, using their own photos and edits. It will be a very fun, collaborative opportunity for all skill levels. 


Johnny Beaver, Instructor

This course invites students to explore possibilities within pictorial space, integrating elements of physical location, imagined reality, abstraction, and large scale collaboration. Instruction will focus on the preparation and basic techniques of acrylic painting, as well as the conceptualization and ideation necessary to create original, compelling artworks. Through our daily classes, students will be well supported to materialize visionary creations with confidence and enthusiasm.

As of 4/2/24, the Painting and Drawing classes are full. You can still choose these during registration, but you may not get your first choice.

Graphic Design
Rick Febre, Instructor
The Digital Graphics and Motion course will introduce students to technical skills and software utilized in three areas of practice: Graphics, print, and motion graphics. This is an ideal course for those interested in learning more about the professional fields of graphic design, advertising and motion graphics.

As of 4/23, Graphic Design is full. Photography is still available.

Sunday, June 23:

Pizza Party + Orientation (Fairbanks Hall front Porch) + Button Making

Orientation for all students (day camp and residential students welcome!) followed by a pizza party on the front lawn of Fairbanks Hall. Make some creative buttons to pin on your JumpstART t-shirts.

Monday, June 24:

Tape Mural in the Praxis Gallery + Ice Cream Social (Fairbanks Hall)

Given prompts such as ‘make a record album cover for heavy metal band’, students will make temporary large-scale murals using a variety of colorful rolls of tape in the OSU Praxis Gallery

Tuesday, June 25:

Site Specific Art Installation Project (Fairbanks Hall)

Using materials such Tyvek and acrylic paint, JumpstART students will work together to build a temporary site-specific installation on campus to be exhibited during the JumpstART exhibition reception and award ceremony.

Wednesday, June 26:

Encouragement Banners (Fairbanks Hall)

Learning to Love You More is both a web site and series of non-web presentations comprised of work made by the general public in response to assignments given by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher. In this project, you will think of something encouraging you often tell yourself. For example: Everything will be ok. Or: Don't listen to them. Or: It'll blow over. Using brightly colored felt and construction paper, you will make banners to be hung around Fairbanks Hall during JumpstART!

Thursday, June 27:

Task Party (in the Women’s Building Gymnasium)

For this evening event we will be holding a modified version of artist Oliver Herring’s TASK party. The rules are simple: everyone writes a task to be accomplished (such as “build a teleporter,” or “touch two sides of the room”) on a piece of paper, those tasks go into a pool, and then groups draw tasks at random. These tasks can be completed in creative ways, utilizing materials, props, actions, and the environment. Get creative! Once a task is complete, write a new one, toss it in the pool, and grab another.

Friday, June 28:

Exhibition Reception and Award Ceremony (Fairbanks)

Open to friends and family. Students will display their JumpstART artwork in the OSU Praxis and Fairbanks Galleries with an opening reception and awards ceremony.



What is the time and location of camp check-in for overnight students?
Dorm Check in: Sunday, June 23 at 4-5pm, Weatherford Hall front entrance (corner of SW Jefferson and 26th).
What is time and location of check-in and check-out for day camp students?
Each morning between 8:30-9am, day camp students sign in at the back entrance of Fairbanks Hall (off the parking lot located on SW Jefferson at 26th); check-out takes place at 5pm in the same location.
Can my day camp student sign themselves out at the end of the day?
Day camp students may sign themselves out only with consent from a parent/guardian. This option can be selected on the registration form. Otherwise, a parent/guardian must sign out the student at the end of classes each day.
When is orientation?
Sunday, June 23 at 5pm, Fairbanks Hall front entrance. Camp Orientation and Pizza Party (day and overnight students welcome).
How many students are there per room in the dorms?
There are two students per room; same age/grade/gender. 
Can I share a room with my friend? 
Yes, make sure to note your friend’s name in the registration in the ‘Additional Questions: Special Accommodations Explanation’ section. 
Are there Residential Assistants (RA’s) in the dorms?
Yes. For overnight students, there is an 8:1 student to RA ratio in the dorms.  Residential Assistants have cohorts of eight students. RA’s have dorm rooms in close proximity to their cohort. 
Where do students dine?
Meals are taken as a group in Marketplace West Dining Center on campus (including day camp students who may bring a bag lunch). 
I have dietary restrictions. Can you accommodate my needs? 
During registration, make sure to fill out your dietary restrictions and preferences. Marketplace West should be able to accommodate you. 
What do students do in the evening?
Evening activities are led by JumpstART staff between 6-8pm. List of evening activities coming soon! 
What is supervision like during JumpstART?
Students will always be in the company of JumpstART staff. JumpstART staff lead students to activities around campus. Students may not depart from the group. There is a 10:1 ratio of students to staff during daily activities; 8:1 ratio of students to staff in the dorms.
When is pick-up and check-out on the last day of camp, June 28?
Family and friends are invited to an exhibition opening reception and awards ceremony promptly at 5pm. The ceremony will take place at 5:30pm. Sign out takes places immediately following. Students should have belongings packed and ready in the dorms earlier in the day. Day camp students sign out on the front porch of Fairbanks Hall. Overnight students sign out at Weatherford.