Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the objectives of the Drawing and Painting Intensive?
At the Drawing and Painting Intensive, students will:

  • Develop keen observational skills
  • Learn the basic principles of constructing three dimensional space
  • Heighten attunement to color and light
  • Gain familiarity with paint handling, how to control the medium
  • Become exposed to a variety of historic and contemporary painters
  • Learn how to prepare a portfolio for college art applications

What is the age range of Drawing and Painting Intensive participants?
Students ages 14–18 (students entering freshman year of high school–rising seniors) are welcome to attend the Drawing and Painting Intensive. The average age of camp participants will vary from year-to-year. Last year, age distribution was fairly even across the range, not overemphasizing participation of older or younger students.

How many students typically participate in this intensive?
A maximum of 30 students may participate in this intensive.

Do you keep a waitlist when/if the Drawing and Painting Intensive reaches maximum enrollment?
Yes. Students will be moved into available spots based solely upon their position in the list.

Where do most students attending the camp come from?
As this is a commuter only camp, most students come from New Jersey, though we have had participants from around the country and the world in the past. Lodging is available Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center and the East Brunswick Hilton.

Is a list of faculty available?
Yes, you may find information on our faculty on the Faculty page.

How are instructors selected?
Faculty and staff are selected based on their outstanding accomplishment as educators and/or artists, and their demonstrated ability to work effectively with pre-college students.  We do favor Mason Gross faculty, as well as teaching artists who have a strong connection to Mason Gross School of the Arts (i.e. alumni).

What events are open to parent observation?
Parents and families are invited to an end‐of‐intensive reception in the Civic Square Building’s third-floor lounge.

Can parents/family observe instruction during the Drawing and Painting Intensive?
Non-camp participants are not allowed to be present during instructional or other non-public events.  Safety considerations mandate that the Extension Division keep strict boundaries between the public and campus events involving the instruction of minors, even if the adult attending is a parent of a student.

May parents attend the opening orientation for Drawing and Painting Intensive students?
No, this orientation is for the students alone and begins a process of building community within the student body focusing on matters of student, faculty, and staff interaction.

Are materials provided?
Yes. Materials provided include oil paints, brushes, palette knives, glass palettes, charcoal, pencils, canvases, newsprint, solvents, and mediums. We encourage students to bring their own sketchbooks (8.5 x 11 minimum is preferred.)



Is a schedule of activities available?
Yes, a schedule for the Drawing and Painting Intensive will be available soon!

How do you motivate my child?
Motivation comes from students who are excited to attend the Drawing and Painting Intensive, faculty who are well prepared and fully engaged in their work, repertoire that inspires developing artists, and a learning environment that is conducive to student achievement.

How can Mason Gross summer camps help in college preparation?
Students learning from collegiate faculty and outstanding professionals engaged in successful art careers come into contact with standards of excellence found at a premier arts conservatory–the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Additionally, Mason Gross faculty from the Visual Arts department will review student portfolios at the end of the Intensive and will provide feedback.

Will students have free time for activities?
Honestly, not very much! Our intention is to build an exciting, intense, impactful week of drawing and painting training that will inspire students for the year to come. We do plan fun social events and for opportunities to pursue self-directed, media-related projects, but our primary focus is on providing excellent artistic experiences for our participants.



Where are Drawing and Painting Intensive classes held?
All camp activities are held in the Civic Square Building in New Brunswick, NJ, home to the Mason Gross School of the Arts Visual Arts Department. Click here for building location and directions.

Will my child be safe on campus?
Yes. We take great care to supervise, buildings, surrounding areas, and all activities utilizing Extension Division staff and counselors.

Are students allowed to leave the Civic Square Building during the day?
Students may leave the CSB facility only when parents have formally notified and gained the approval of the Extension Division’s Director, Christopher Kenniff. Students must then be released to the custody of their parent or approved guardian.

The Extension Division maintains a strict policy of requiring students to stay within the grounds of the Civic Square Building. Student safety is our primary obligation. We cannot be responsible for student well-being if they leave the building grounds.

Are college classes in session during the Drawing and Painting Intensive?
Yes. Intensive participants and collegiate students may pass by one another occasionally. However, our camp events are distinct from all collegiate activity. The interaction between Rutgers student population and our camp guests is minimal.

Are meals included in tuition?
No. Students should bring their own lunch and snacks. Storage area for students lunch and belongings is available.

Are directions or campus maps available?
You may view building location and find directions here.



Do I need to submit a portfolio for evaluation to be able to register for the Drawing and Painting Intensive?
No.  However, we are eager to get to know you and your work before you arrive. If you have on online gallery you wish to share with us, please do so by emailing Christopher Kenniff with the URL of your online gallery/portfolio.

How do I register?
All registration is online. Please visit the Registration page for more information.

Can I register over the phone? 
No. We only accept registrations online.

How do I pay for camp?
Payment is made online via our secure registration system.

  • You will set up a username and password to access your registration account.
  • Please complete online forms as prompted.
  • Pay a portion of your balance due, or pay for the entire camp at once.  Payment plans are available and may be set up at the time of registration.
  • Please note:  Auto billing is required of all camp participants utilizing payment plans.  You may pay off your balance due at once or in stages at any time prior to the final payment plan due date.
  • Billing questions? Please contact the Mason Gross Extension Division office at or 848-932-8618.

How can I pay my balance due?
You can either return to your online registration account and complete payment via credit card, in person via check or cash, or by mail via check.

Please make all checks payable to “Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey”

Please be certain to identify your child’s name and the camp/institute your child will attend. A $25 fee will be assessed for any returned check. Our mailing address is:

Mason Gross Extension Division
Rutgers Summer Drawing & Painting Intensive
Rehearsal Hall, room 101
85 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Are payment plans available?
For information regarding payment procedures and payment plans for summer programs, please visit the “Payment Procedures” section of our summer program policies page, which can be found here.

Is financial aid available?
No.  However, The Rutgers Federal Credit Union has financing options available for continuing education and summer programs! If financing or cost is an issue, we urge you to fill out the Rutgers Federal Credit Union Continuing Education Loan application.

Are there any discounts for Rutgers faculty or staff?
Yes, Rutgers Faculty & Staff are eligible for a 10% discount.  This discount may not be combined with other offers.



Are airfare and other travel costs included in the tuition?
No, participants are responsible for their own transport costs.

Are recommendations for transport from area airports to campus available?
Yes. Please click here for an excellent summary of available area transportation.

Can you recommend area housing options?
Yes. There is the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center & the East Brunswick Hilton.



Where is the Drawing and Painting Intensive located?
The Civic Square Building address is:

33 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

What time and where is drop off Monday–Friday?
Students should be dropped off in the Civic Square Building lobby between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

What time and where is pick up Monday–Friday?
Students should be picked up between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

Where is parking located?

No Rutgers permit parking is available in the New Brunswick Parking Authority deck located under the Civic Square Parking building in downtown New Brunswick.


What are your policies regarding social media?
Students may use social media during recreational times only. Faculty and staff are prohibited from interacting with students using social media during camp. Social media used to bully or denigrate other participants will be dealt with under our bullying policy.

What are your policies regarding cell phone use?
Students may use cell phones in-between instructional sessions and during instructional sessions in the event of emergency only. Cell phones must be silenced during instructional sessions.

Student Behavior
The Extension Division reserves the right to dismiss any student for inappropriate behavior. Students are provided with clear guidelines for behavior during an orientation session at the start of each camp session. Refunds will not be provided to any students dismissed from camp for inappropriate behavior. Examples of inappropriate behavior that may result in dismissal:

  • Bullying
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol or being in possession of alcohol
  • Use of illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs or unapproved use of prescribed medication
  • Failure to obey Extension Division policies and procedures
  • Abusive behavior towards camp faculty and staff
  • Theft
  • Vandalism of university facilities or property

In most cases, students are informed of behavioral issues detected by camp faculty and/or staff and given the opportunity to modify their behavior while continuing in the camp. The Extension Division reserves the right to dismiss students without warning in cases of egregious breach of policies and/or procedures, or in cases where the safety or well-being of other campers is threatened. Parents of minors will be informed of any pending disciplinary action.

Participant waiver & photo release form
A participant waiver that includes a photo release form and a waiver of liability is included in the registration process.

Will my child be able to bring a laptop or other electronic device to camp?
Personal computers may be used during free time. Students will be supplied with a password to connect to RU Wireless.

Is it possible for my child to leave campus during the week?
Yes, but only by special arrangement with the Extension Division Director, Christopher Kenniff. Students whose parents have not formally notified Christopher Kenniff of the need to dismiss will not be permitted to leave the building early.



I have specific questions not addressed in this FAQ document.  Can I speak with someone?
Yes! Please e-mail us your name, phone number, the best time to reach you, and your question(s). In the subject line of your email, please indicate the following your name, the name of the camp, and your question.

We will contact you with the answer to your question at the next available opportunity.

Call us at 848-932-8618.  Please note that the best way for us to put you in touch with someone who can answer your question is to email us first and let us then contact you via phone.