Welcome to JumpstART 2023!


JumpstART 2023 takes place from June 25-30 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 (grades 9-12) with a week of accelerated art instruction including classes such as drawing, painting, digital animation, color theory, printmaking 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.


Register for JumpstART

Registration closes Friday, June 9, 2023.

Program Cost
  • Non-residential tuition (day camp only): $400
  • Residential tuition (housing and dining included): $850
  • Day camp students may purchase a meal card for lunches M-F: $55
  • All application materials must be completed and full tuition paid by June 9, 2023 to ensure your place. Registration closes on June 9, 2023.
  • Information regarding the payment, cancellation and refund policy can be found here.

Twenty scholarships will be offered on a first come, first served basis to applicants who qualify for free and reduced lunch (see criteria.) To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the online application and mark ‘free/reduced lunch eligible’.

Scholarship deadline is June 2, 2023. You will be notified June 9 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 2023 program will be eligible for and may receive a full scholarship to return to JumpstART in 2024. 

In addition, one outstanding JumpstART participant who has completed high school may be awarded a $2,000 scholarship to attend OSU to study art the following fall!

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.

Artist Katherine Spinella
Katherine Spinella

Katherine is an artist living in Portland, OR. She currently works as an Adjunct Instructor at Oregon State University, Portland State University, and Linn-Benton Community College teaching printmaking and art foundations. She received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Oregon in 2013 and served many roles at the Independent Publishing Resource Center from 2014-2018.

In her studio practice, Spinella transports the refuse of commerce into fractured, elevated, and philosophically personified artifacts through multi-media collage. Using digital manipulation, printmaking, sculpture and video installation in her process, recent projects examine the conflation between language and image in relation to our perceptions of nature. Spinella is Co-Founder of Carnation Contemporary (est. 2017), Thunderstruck Collective (est. 2018), and Well Well Projects (est. 2021). She is preparing for her first major solo exhibition at Carnation in Portland, OR (2021). Recently she has exhibited in Future Landscapes at Borders International Art Fair in Venice, Italy (2020), Thunderstruck at NARS Foundation in New York, NY (2019), and is soon to participate with WAVE Collective in What’s Different at SOIL Gallery in Seattle, WA (2021). Her work has been supported by the Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Portland State University, Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute, and Women's Studio Workshop.

Artist John Whitten
John Whitten

John is an interdisciplinary artist whose drawings and digital work employs meditative methods by which personal experience is mapped. Throughout his work, the potentially ambiguous nature of signal and noise is explored as both positive and negative, signifier and obstruction, sacred and profane. Whitten has had recent solo exhibitions at Charles Hartman Fine Art and the Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University. His work has been included in group exhibitions at NARS in New York City, NY; Outback Arthouse in Los Angeles, CA; Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum in Korea; Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center and Melanie Flood Projects in Portland, OR. He co-founded Thunderstruck Collective and Carnation Contemporary in 2018 and Well Well Projects in 2021. Recent awards include a Project Grant from the Regional Art and Culture Council, a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, a Faculty Research Award from Oregon State University, a residency with Signal Fire funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and a residency at Caldera funded by the Ford Family Foundation. Whitten earned his MFA from the University of Oregon and his BFA from Watkins College of Art. He lives in Portland, Oregon, is a Full-time Instructor of Digital Art and Drawing at Oregon State University, and is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon.

Artist Johnny Beaver
Johnny Beaver

Johnny is an artist and arts instructor living just outside of 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. While his work highlights painting, he also uses sound, digital and internet art, sculpture, poetry, video, and more to address personal and public narratives on mental health. Beaver is especially focused on supporting young artists and regional arts, having exhibited and curated in Oregon over fifty times throughout the last decade.


Alexis Morris

Alexis is best known for creating photographic works that focus on her experience as a mid-size woman through self-portraits. Her photographic works consist of a mixture of film and darkroom printing as well as digital photographs. Alexis has exhibited her work at the Joan Truckenbrod Gallery and the Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon. Alexis was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and moved to Oregon to pursue her education. She attends Oregon State University where she will receive her B.F.A in Photography and Digital Media.


Nathan Danilowicz

Nate is an artist and gallery manager at Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery. He earned his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007, and a BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2002. His most recent work has been described as conceptual strategies of painterly abstraction and sci-fi shamanism.

A MacDowell Colony Residency Fellow, he has exhibited nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include Linda’s, Latned Atsär, and RAID Projects in Los Angeles; Crisp London/Los Angeles; and the H. Lewis Gallery in Baltimore. His numerous group exhibitions include shows the Hammer Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Cal State University, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Santa Monica Museum of Art, California State University Northridge, Cirrus Gallery, Telic Arts Exchange, Raid Projects, Coachella Valley Art Center, Eighth Veil, 533 Gallery, Bonelli Contemporary, and Art LA Contemporary in Los Angeles.

Monday, June 26

Ashley Stull Meyers

(she/her/hers) is a writer, editor, and culture worker. She has curated exhibitions and public programming for a diverse set of arts institutions interested in experimental practices, craft, and championing artists of color. In 2017 Stull Meyers was named Director and Curator of The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion at Marylhurst University, and the following year was made co-curator of the 2019 Portland Biennial. Currently, she serves as the Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Horning Chief Curator of Art, Science and Technology at Oregon State University, and as a board member at Oregon Contemporary.


Tuesday, June 27

Larry Yes

is an artist, songwriter and musician who focuses on positivity, humor and heartfelt emotion. He loves using art to turn strangers into friends. His social engagement projects include Art in the Park, a public party/art therapy session, and Positive Words, a community-sourced installation of uplifting language.

His visual art has been shown at PDX Contemporary Art Window Project and the Portland Building, and he has collaborated with Portland Museum of Modern Art. In his nearly 30-year musical career, he has toured Europe, performed with Michael Hurley, Sonny and the Sunsets and Elliot Smith, He describes his current musical style as “positive cosmic folk.” A native Oregonian, he lives in Portland.


Wednesday, June 28

Ben Buswell

is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. Buswell's sculptural work spans diverse media, encompassing ceramics, metals, resins, incised photographs and more. He subjects these materials to physical processes (such as scratching, piercing, melting and tearing) wherein the of accumulation small, repetitive gestures build into complex wholes.


Buswell is a Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts (2015), a two-time recipient of the Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and Ford Family Foundation (2014 and 2011), and was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission (2018). Notable solo exhibitions have been presented by Samuel Freeman in Los Angeles; CoCA Seattle; and in Portland, Oregon at Upfor, The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, and TILT Gallery and Project Space. Buswell received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and BFA from Oregon State University.


Thursday, June 29

Mika Aono

is a multidisciplinary artist and one of the founding members of a local non-profit, Eugene Printmakers. Her recent work explores humanness in absurdity and futility through laborious processes, giving meaning to the meaningless. Her fascination for nature has driven her projects and installations utilizing found objects and various printmaking techniques. She cherishes serendipitous moments and believes art has a power to connect all living things. She wishes she were a gentle superhero.

Born in Sendai, Japan. Received BEd in Primary and Special Ed from Miyagi University of Education in Japan, BA in Art from University of Oregon, and MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. Currently, she works as an instructor and a Printmaking/Letterpress studio technician in the Department of Art at the University of Oregon.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. Some are in museums and public collections.


Friday, June 30

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.

Morning Classes:

Core Studio: Color Theory Katherine Spinella, Instructor
This course will focus on color theory and application through a variety of exploratory activities including scavenger hunts, personalized assignments, games, tutorials and reading/video discussions that introduce students to artists working with color and light. In this class you’ll have the opportunity to explore color through a variety of media including photography, painting, and found collage materials.


Core Studio: Drawing John Whitten, Instructor
This course will engage various materials and techniques to investigate a wide range of 2D and 3D drawing processes. We will focus on the elements of line, shape, texture, and value and how those elements combine to create visual experiences and how each can be utilized to further the artist’s conceptual endeavors. The work created will consist of hybridized drawings both from observation and imagined scenarios. Pieces will be documented in photo and video formats. Students can expect the course to have ever widening parameters as the week progresses to allow for creative evolution and impulses. Students can expect to spend each class, conducting individual studio practice, and sharing their work at the end of each session.

Core Studio: Sequential Art
Nathan Danilowicz, Instructor

Focusing on the unique combination of image and text, this 2D course will introduce students to the fundamentals of sequential art (graphic novels, comic books, cave paintings, airplane safety brochures, murals) and will emphasize non-traditional ideas of what sequential art can be– such as experimental and traditional narrative approaches.
Collaboration will be a focus in the classroom as students work together to create art that can be printed as a DIY zine and/or displayed on the gallery walls as contemporary art. This course will focus on analog creation, so there will be no need for laptops, iPads, or cell phones.
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!


Afternoon Classes:


Focus: Painting  Johnny Beaver, Instructor

This course invites students to explore possibilities within pictorial space, integrating elements of physical locations, imagined realities, and abstract mark making. Instruction will focus on the preparation and technique of acrylic paint, 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
Focus: Digital Animation John Whitten, Instructor

Learn how to create magic with the wonders of animation. Students in this course will be introduced to a variety of animation techniques including stop-motion claymation, 2D digital animation, cinemagraphs, rotoscope, and more. They will create their own animations as well as collaborate on animations with their classmates.

Students will gain fundamental understanding of the creative software and digital tools used to create professional animations such as Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Animate. All participants will leave JumpstArt with a reel of their animations easily shareable with family and friends!
No prior animation experience required.

This course will utilize Adobe’s free one week trial, which works great on both MAC and PC. Unfortunately, Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps cannot run on Chromebooks. There are many wonderful animation apps available for tablets if you need alternatives to working on a desktop or laptop computer. Smartphones would be helpful.
Focus: Printmaking Katherine Spinella, Instructor
Print + Pattern

This surface design course will dive into pattern-making methods through the use of relief printmaking. With an emphasis on tessellations, repeat patterning techniques, and printmaking, students will learn to hand-print relief blocks onto fabric and explore a maximalist use of repetition with care towards the use of color and surface embellishment.

Focus: Photography Alexis Morris, Instructor

Alexis is best known for creating photographic works that focus on her experience as a mid size woman through self-portraits. Her photographic works consist of a mixture of film and darkroom printing as well as digital photographs. Alexis has exhibited her work at the Joan Truckenbrod Gallery and the Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon. Alexis was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and moved to Oregon to pursue her education. She attends Oregon State University where she will receive her B.F.A in Photography and Digital Media.