Due to COVID-19 our offices have migrated to tele-work. For questions, please email the Academy at academy@gmu.edu. All private lessons and some classes are now online. Unfortunately, some classes have been canceled. Please check your email for details and updates. We thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay well everyone!

Intro to Graphic Design

Summer 2020 registration is open!

Intro to Graphic Design

From the design process to color theory and typography, students will learn the fundamentals of graphic design, using the Adobe Creative Suite and project-based learning. Students will learn how to recreate professional media and advertisements, as well as create their own designs. During the course of the week, students will work on a variety of mini-projects to build the necessary skills to design and develop a final project piece that allows them to use their creativity and unique perspective.

You might also be interested in our JumpstART Advanced 3-D Art Summer Studio, July 6 – 10, 2020.


Ages:  13–18
Dates:  June 15–19, 2020
Times:  9 a.m.–4 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition:  $445
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building
After Care:  $90/week (pickup by 6 p.m.)Learn More

The After Care program is located in Mason’s deLaski Performing Arts Building. Before the final checkout, search for and add “After Care” to your cart.


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Justin Sutters, Art Lessons
Director: Dr. Justin Sutters
Mason School of Art Professor
Read about Mr. Sutters

Dr. Sutters was a K-12 art educator in an urban school district for seven years and also taught for two years in São Paulo, Brazil. He completed his undergraduate and masters degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, attained his doctorate degree from the Ohio State University receiving national recognition for his dissertation. Since, he has been an Assistant Professor and currently is the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Art Education at George Mason University. He has presented his research at the state, national and international level and is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He currently is the Chair of the Professional Learning through Research (PLR) working group of the National Art Education Association’s Research Commission, the NAEA Higher Education Representative for the Southeastern Division, on the review board of Art Education and Visual Arts Research (VAR) and has been a contributing member of the Data Visualization Working Group. His research focuses on pre-service practices, teacher licensure, national demography data, comparative studies/Brazilian studies, and theories pertaining to space and place. His studio practice and background is primarily in the 2-D realm including printmaking, drawing and watercolor.





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