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SMARTS Summer 2023 Classes


We are excited to announce that SMARTS will offer two SMARTOASIS Summer Workshops. One for students K-12 and one for Early SMARTS our young creatives (18 months - 5 yrs.). An Oasis is a place that provides refreshing relief. SMARTSOASIS is just that: an opportunity to be restored, refreshed, and reconnected to your ART. If you need a summer getaway, or an opportunity to laugh and smile, create in solitude with us in our summer workshops! We have a unique range of workshops to keep you fulfilled and engaged.


Theses workshops encompass a total of 19, specialized workshops and 5 surprise all group workshops. Spaces for 222 students, workshops will be in person and one online via Zoom through Virtual SMARTS. Workshops are free and open to the public.


Enrollment for these classes will open online, Wednesday, May 24 @ 1 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops will run one week at a time for a total of three weeks, beginning Tuesday, June 6. Early SMARTS week starts July 11.

Why Virtual SMARTS?

SMARTS has been growing and expanding our expertise by learning best practices and effective teaching strategies for virtual learning.  We have found that online classes are often discussed in ways that underestimate their potential. However, we have been amazed, inspired, empowered, and at times...challenged...on what our notions of what virtual learning could be.  While we believe in-person arts teaching and learning is always better, we have found that all arts disciplines and all types of students - even students with special needs - can learn and demonstrate remarkable creativity in an online class. In some ways, there are even advantages.

Virtual SMARTS classes are unlike virtual classes for school, just as all SMARTS classes are...because you pick the art you want to study and you learn directly from an artist who specializes in that art! SMARTS aims to set a new standard for learning in a traditional classroom setting by focusing on creating the next generation of artists and creative innovators. We now also aim to set a new standard for the effectiveness and wonder of learning in a virtual setting. We are excited for you to discover and create with us this year!

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All SMARTS and Virtual SMARTS classes are free, open to the public, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Instruction in a traditional classroom setting at our beautiful, historic downtown Youngstown facility.


Instruction live online via Zoom using a link provided at enrollment from a private Virtual SMARTS class page.


Any combination of in-person, Zoom, or video instruction.


Video-only instruction that students complete at home at their own pace.

About Us

SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts, is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art school.

Address: 25 East Boardman Street, First Floor, Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Phone: 330-574-2787

Email: info@smartsartschool.org

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SMARTS classes have been free and open to the public since 1997. To become a SMARTS student and receive regular communication about our class offerings, complete a new student application. Classes are filled on a first-come, first serve basis.

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