Barnsdall Arts


It was so challenging to find good-quality art classes for teens… everyone wanted to know when the next one would happen.

-Susan Yank, Assistant Director, Academic Programs at the Hammer Museum, on Ragan Art Academy


The Ragan Art Academy was named for Anne Ragan, founding member of FOJAC, to support her dream of providing the highest quality visual arts education for youth. The program began in 1996, and is designed to create a unique opportunity for children 12 years of age and up.

The Ragan Art Academy is a two-year, sequential program Emphasis is on traditional methods of artmaking, with drawing classes centered on the figure. Students develop their visual and perceptual skills, learn the techniques of drawing, design, painting and sculpture, and develop a portfolio of their own work which is suitable for submission to more advanced art programs. Many of our graduates go on to higher education in the arts.

Course curriculum conforms to California State Visual Arts/Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards for middle school. Each graduating class has an exhibition, and each student receives a certificate of completion. Students are assisted with applications to the arts magnet schools and other high school art programs.

Please note that students are not required to participate in the full two-year certificate program, and have the option of taking one course at a time. Applications are accepted year-round.


Tuition for the program is $300 per eight-week session, or $800 for three sessions if paid in the beginning of the academic year. All art supplies are included in the tuition fee. Need-based full or partial scholarships are available.


The Ragan Academy

For more information, contact Program Director, Quan Trang:
Phone: (310) 817-9605
Fax: (310) 204-3519


Financial Aid Application

Course Curriculum

Class Schedule


Project Ragan

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The Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103