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High School Programming

 Rubin Center high school programming provides high quality experiences with contemporary art and exposure to university study and careers in the arts. Through partnerships with El Paso and Ysleta Independent School Districts, the Rubin Center has hosted high school artists and their teachers for visiting artists events, gallery tours, and our spring semester Fine Arts Fridays program, in which high school students are paired up with UTEP art students to explore Rubin Center exhibitions and university level study in the UTEP Department of Art.

High school visitors can also explore the galleries under the guidance of their instructors, and are invited to use our Talking Back Gallery Guide that encourages a critical exploration of the work on display, meeting TEKS guidelines for high school arts programs. We encourage you to call and schedule a visit with your high school students, or to check out our website for special opportunities for high school artists. For more information on arranging a school visit please contact Melissa Barba at 747-7837.

Summer 2019

Summer Art Camp for High School Students                   June 24-28, 2019 | 10 am - 3 pm

A week-long summer camp was open to all high school students were it was feature a series of local, guest artists and poets focusing on contemporary art + creative writing. It was an educational, fun-filled week with scavenger hunts, artist lectures, creative writing workshops, studio demonstrations and so much more. The camp culminated in an exhibition showcasing the student work from the week.

All Rubin Center programs are free and open to the public.


Summer 2018

Create! Understanding Contemporary Art Through Art Making
Middle + High School Summer Camp
June 25 - 29, 2018


A week-long summer camp featured a series of guest artists and lecturers leading workshops in contemporary mark making, marbling, printmaking, textile art and portfolio design. Students worked in the art studios and created responses to contemporary culture at the U.S.- Mexico border. The camp culminated in an exhibition at the UTEP Glass Gallery showcasing the various artwork and media that the kids learned throughout the week. This camp was free and open to the students in the El Paso County. A special thank you to our sponsor Valenzuela Law Firm.

Summer 2017

Move Your Mind! Understanding Migration and Immigration through the Arts
Middle/High School Summer Camp with Lxs Dos/Maintain Collective
June 26 – June 29, 2017


A week-long summer camp featured a series of guest artists and lecturers responding to migration and immigration in the U.S. Mexico Border Region. It was an educational, fun-filled week with scavenger hunts, artist lectures, studio demonstrations, spray painting, and so much more. Artists Chris and Ramon Cardenas of Lxs Dos/Maintain Creative Coalition lead workshops on the contemporary practices of mural making using poly-tab cloth/nova gel painting, and create a mural with the students that were installed in an exhibition at the Rubin Center. A special thank you to our co-sponsors West Star Bank, Valenzuela Law Firm and Whole Foods.

Summer 2016

A week-long summer camp about understanding social justice issues through contemporary art. We learned about local issues that we face in our community and how artists have responded to them throughout time. Students created artwork and had an exhibition at the end of camp.

Summer 2015

Make Your Mark! Drawing + Painting
Rubin Center for the Visual Arts
High School Visual Arts Summer Camp
June 22- 26, 2015
Instructor: Claudia Castaneda

A week-long summer camp that featured studio workshops and artist talks introducing high school students to a variety of artistic materials. Students  explored various media, focusing on drawing and painting, and learned the skills needed to build a strong art portfolio. Students  learned foundational skills in art making, methods and practices in contemporary art, and dialogue about ideas and process in art. The 2015 Juried Annual UTEP Student Art Exhibition were displayed in the Rubin Center during the camp, and all of the programming complemented the show. The camp culminated in a student art show in UTEP’s Department of Art featuring the work created by the students during the camp. This program was free and open to students in grades 9-12.

Summer 2014

High School Summer Art Camps

June 23-26, 2014

We featured two separate workshops led by local artists; "Murals: Storytelling on Walls” and "Shimmer: Body Art and Jewelry Making,” both workshops took place from June 23-26, from 9:00 am- 2:00 pm.