Summer Immersion at the Salem Willows

Who is this for?

Children ages 8 and up. **Please see our main page for COVID-19 procedure updates**


The purpose of this class is to teach the student how to deal with the element of painting outside: the changing of the light, the changing of the weather, being in public, different materials used, and working from techniques that allow the artist to work quickly. The class runs in one week sessions. The children are picked up by the Acorn bus at 9 a.m. at the studio and brought to the Salem Willows, where they have a choice of scenery for them to work from.  They are taught how to set up their pallets and about the various materials being used.  After this, a 15-minute demonstration is performed each morning by the instructor as a sample of what is expected of them that day. There are 10 students to two teachers, and a snack is provided at 11 a.m.  The last 20 minutes of each day, the children are allowed to play in the arcade under constant supervision.  The children are then driven back to Acorn Gallery to be picked up at 1 p.m. On Fridays, there is a final critique and a pizza party. All materials, snack, and pizza party included.


  • $300.00 per week
  • Full Payment is due at time of sign up.  If your child drops out we can refund you half of the payment.  If your child drops within 7 days prior to your enrolled immersion week, no money will be refunded. 

Weeks of Willows Immersion

  • July 6th – 10th
  • July 13th – 17th
  • July 20th – 24th
  • July 27th – 31st
  • August 3rd – 7th
  • August 10th – 14th
  • August 17th – 21st