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About the Academy

The Morehead State University Summer Arts Academy exists to nurture students' development in the arts in a setting which allows interaction with expert faculty and the opportunity to work with other students who share specific interests in music, theatre, and art & design. All students will select a course of study appropriate to their individual medium , but all will receive the same opportunities.

The Academy consists of six full days of activities, including individual and group instruction  in your chosen area (music, theatre, and art & design).  Recreational activities will include an "Art Hop" night, movie night, bowling night and performances /presentations by Morehead State University Summer Art Academy faculty.




Music students will enjoy spending up to 5-6 hours a day with faculty in their respective areas.  Group lessons, private lessons, chamber ensembles and masterclasses will be given throughout the week.  Students will learn specific techniques to take with them which will improve their individual musicianship!

Music students will have the opportunity to select two (2) electives during registration/check in on Sunday, June 9.

Description of Electives

  • Music Technology:  Students will enjoy getting hands on experience with music creation & notation software such as Garage Band, Finale, and Sibelius, and will explore how to use a soundboard to produce live audio.
  • History of Rock 'n Roll: Explore the roots of popular music, and see how modern day artists are influenced by the icons of the past, from Ragtime to Motown to today!
  • Choir for the Instrumentalist: Students who are usually in instrumental ensembles (band, wind symphony, etc.) have an opportunity to explore their vocal capabilities with others in this vocal ensemble.
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics: is a process for awakening, developing and refining innate musicality through rhythmic movement of the body, ear-training and improvisation. 
  • Jazz Improvisation: This elective focuses on the foundations of jazz improvisation, exposing students to the wide world of jazz in a large-group setting. All skill levels and instruments (including voice!) are welcome.
  • Class Piano: Instrumentalists who have no prior experience playing piano will be taught the fundamentals and basics to start playing and making music on the piano in a large-group setting.
  • Conducting:  This elective will give the student an introduction into basic instrumental conducting.  The student will have the opportunity to conduct in front of the ensemble during the week.


Taught by Octavia Fleck-Biggs, this program uses a variety of art forms – writing, craft making, photography, movement and dance, and performance and language arts – to help students develop a strong sense of self-awareness and navigate the terrain of their minds, hearts and surroundings. “Ms. Octavia” accepts, encourages and then cultivates multiple forms of perception and expression in young adults. 


Ms. Octavia begins the residency with a writing project that includes: 

  • Voice, body, and imagination warm-ups and exercises
  • A journal-making craft activity
  • Studying, building and writing narratives through an array of activities: an action verb writing exercise; word scrambles; metaphorical expressions; “Question and Answer Finish-the-Thought exercises; journal writing; a “Poetry in a Box” exercise to help the girls develop detailed narratives; photograph analysis; and “Hand Discovery” and performance activities.

Theatre students then study texts from the following four Shakespeare plays – "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," and "The Tempest."  They choose a character from one of the plays and merge the language of their chosen character into their narrative, and from there, they migrate their writings into a performance piece. There are a variety of activities that complement this part of the artistic process, including:

  • A paper mache mask making craft activity
  • Body movement and dance  
  • Using and learning photography while they document their experiences. 

Using their narratives and photographs, the students design a performance emphasizing both their singularity as young artists with differing experiences and backgrounds, and the power of community, teamwork and collective expression. 

Art & Design

Marina Miller - photography

Students will create cyanotypes using a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. This process was first introduced by Sir John Herschel in 1842 as a way to produce notes and diagrams as in blueprints. The name cyanotype was derived from the Greek name cyan, meaning “dark-blue impression.” A photograph is taken, then turned into a negative that can be used to produce a cyanotype.


Juanita Dixon - Art Activism


Students will learn about the history of art activism and create artworks in a variety of media that respond to our current social, cultural and political movements.


Adam Yungbluth - ceramics

In this class, participants will learn how to construct functional pottery using slabs and adding imagery to the surface through image transfer techniques. Pots that are made during the class will be glazed, fired in the kiln, and ready to take home by the end of the week. There will also be time to experience using the potter’s wheel.


Eli Hartgrove - Digital Art

Utilizing alternative photographic subjects and methods, students will begin a series of digital works. The course will involve a basic introduction to new media artists, digital creation, and photo-manipulation. Concepts are derived from artists such as Cory Arcangel and Michael Demers.



Taught by Dr. Deanna Mascle and Sarah Webster this program will focus on journalism, specifically longform journalism, a branch of journalism focused on longer, more involved pieces, which often take the form of creative nonfiction or narrative journalism. Students will research, write, and publish an overlooked and misunderstood story about their community by the end of the program. Students will also spend time with working journalists as well as Morehead State Convergent Media faculty and students, write and record radio stories, and learn about podcasting. Thanks to a MacArthur Foundation grant as many as 12 students interested in journalism can complete a pre-camp program and earn a $250 scholarship for the Summer Arts Academy. Learn more about the journalism camp and scholarship at 

Daily Schedule Per Area

Continue to check this page for updates as we will post daily schedules for the following areas:
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Art and Design
  • Writing