University of Wisconsin–Madison

K-12 Resources

Campus Classes and Activities for Children and Youth

Big Screens, Little Folks
The Wisconsin Film Festival Children’s Series features specially curated full-length films and short films for young people that will inspire and delight. Grades K-2 and 3-5.

College Classes Open to High School Students
High School students with junior status may enroll in one university class per semester.

Community Music Lessons

Madison World Music Festival
Free public festival held in the fall at the Memorial Union Terrace in early fall semester.

Summer Music Clinic

Tours at the Chazen Museum of Art

Winds of Wisconsin
A premier high school wind ensemble on the UW–Madison campus.

Wisconsin High School Forensic Association through Continuing Studies. Grades 6-12.

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras
Spring and fall, Saturday morning rehearsals. Grades 5-12.

World Cinema Day
Film showing and facilitated discussion, held concurrently with the Wisconsin Film Festival in spring semester. Grades 9-12.

Arts Outreach to Schools

Chazen Museum of Art Outreach
Presentations and hands-on activities.

Engagement and Outreach at the Mead-Witter School of Music
The Pro Arte Quartet, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet and the Wingra Wind Quintet travel to communities throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest to present engaging, inspiring programs and workshops for audiences and students of all ages.

Winds of Wisconsin
A premier high school wind ensemble on the UW–Madison campus.

Professional Development and Resources for Teachers in the Arts

African Studies Outreach
Curriculum specialist, resource collection, conferences/workshops for educators, audiovisual materials.

Creative Writing classes through Continuing Studies

Continuing Studies

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC)
A noncirculating examination, study, and research library for Wisconsin school and public librarians, teachers, early childhood care providers, university students, and others interested in children’s and young adult literature.

Dance classes through Continuing Studies

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Undergraduate and graduate degrees in education.

Educator’s Materials at the Chazen Museum of Art

Education, Outreach, and Resources on Upper Midwestern Cultures
Cultural tours, curriculum guides, course materials, publications and CDs.

Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
Over 13,000 textiles and costumes.

Kohler Art Library

Language classes through Continuing Studies

Mills Music Library

Music classes through Continuing Studies

Teacher Professional Development through Continuing Studies
Courses in music, theatre & drama, and writing.

Summer Arts Camps 2017 banner

Download the flyer (PDF)!

Middle and High-School Students:

  • Build creative skills and problem-solving abilities
  • Work directly with UW–Madison faculty
  • Create and perform in state of the art facilities
  • Experience campus life
  • Earn college credit (visual art only)

DANCE: June 16 – 18
Summer Dance Pre-Collegiate Invitational

Age: grades 7-12
Schedule: Fri 7:30am-8:15pm; Sat 8:30am-6pm; Sun 8:30am-4:45pm
Focus: Choreography, repertory, master classes in contemporary dance, ballet, Pilates, African and Asian traditional dance forms. This pre-collegiate dance intensive is intended for studio groups. Individual student participation is possible, space permitting. Those interested in registering individually should contact Kelly Kwiatkowski.
Cost: $100 – 150 (no lodging or meals included)
How to Register: Studios registrations by May 15 – online
Questions? Kelly Kwiatkowski at or (608) 262-2353

MUSIC: June 18-24 and June 25-30
Summer Music Clinic

Age: grades 7-12
Schedule: 8am-4:30pm plus evening programming for residential campers
Focus: Band, orchestra, choir, musical theatre and jazz ensemble
Cost: June 18-24 (Junior Session) | Cost: Commuter $418 | Residential $648
June 25-30 (Senior Session) | Cost: Residential only $702
How to Register: Register online by April 24. Exceptions to late registrations might be made if there is room available. Contact Anne Aley below.
Questions? Anne Aley at or (608) 263-2242

THEATRE: July 16-21
Summer High School Theatre Camp

Age: grades 9-12
Schedule: Sun 12-4pm, Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-7pm
Focus: Backstage arts of sound, lighting and stage management
Cost: $350 before June 15, $375 after June 15 (no lodging or meals included)
How to Register: Register online by June 30
Questions? Sarah Marty at or (608) 263-2790

VISUAL ART: June 26-30
Summer Studio

Age: grades 11-12
Schedule: Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm
Topics: 2D and 3D studio experiences, tours of art museums and galleries
Cost: $480 (no lodging or meals included) + $65 registration/transcript fee
How to Register: Register online by May 1
Questions? Jennifer Sandridge at