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Extending the arts to the community

The School of Art is an important part of the creative community in East Texas, both through The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches and programming on campus and beyond. Children, prospective students, art educators and the broader community can participate in various events that take place throughout the year.

Summer 2024: Educators' Summer Art Studio

Educators at the high school, middle school, elementary and community college levels are invited to attend this summer program!

  • Program dates: June 28-30
  • Registration deadline: June 3

View more information and register

Additional programs available

Elementary Art Academy

The Elementary Art Academy is open to students entering first through sixth grade. Classes are arranged by approximate age and include drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and much more! An exhibition of all artworks will be held on the last day of the academy and artwork will be taken home after the exhibition.

Registration Information

Registration includes:

  • all art supplies
  • snacks
  • and exhibition expenses.

If you have additional questions, contact the School of Art at 936.468.4804 or

Secondary Art Academy

The Secondary Art Academy is open to students entering seventh through 12th grade. We are excited to work with secondary aged artists to provide in-depth artistic training in a studio setting!

Morning activities

The academy begins at 9 a.m. with student artists working alongside art teachers for a real art studio experience. After a short art lesson each morning, the students will work on specific skills and artworks they have chosen.

Afternoon activities

Post-lunch studio time allows students to work independently and with teachers to develop two to four artworks. An exhibition of all artworks will be held on the last day of the academy.

Registration Information

Registration Includes:

  • all art supplies
  • snacks
  • lunch
  • and exhibition expenses.

Students must indicate on the registration form which art mediums in which they are most interested.

If you have additional questions, contact the School of Art at 936.468.4804 or

Art Day (students entering grades 11 and 12)

We invite your high school junior and senior art students to participate in Art Day at SFA. This event consists of a full-length, college-level art studio class tailored to give your students a taste of college life as an art major at SFA.

We will offer courses in:

  • advanced figure drawing
  • ceramics
  • digital media
  • drawing
  • filmmaking
  • graphic design
  • jewelry/metals
  • painting
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • and sculpture.

Registration Information

Cost: $15

Cost includes:

  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • and all art materials.

Space is limited to five students per teacher. For more information on upcoming dates and registration details, contact

Saturday Morning Art Program (3rd-8th grade)

The Saturday Morning Art program provides an opportunity for the acquisition of art skills, art history and art criticism. 

Details and more information are available on the Saturday Morning Art program webpage.


School of Art
Faculty directory

Physical Address:
Art Building
Room 101

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13001, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962