Emerging Artist Program


The Emerging Artists Program is a studio art course for teens focused on painting and drawing, open during Fall and Spring semesters. Each semester is conducted in eight total in-person classes, organized around four individual projects, and several smaller supporting assignments. This program also includes an online portion using Canvas Infrastructure, a web-based learning system for online teaching. Classes include group critiques with peers and visiting professionals, presentations with lectures introducing numerous concepts, guidance for applying to schools, and help with professional practices.

All experience levels are encouraged to apply! Students enrolled in previous semesters are welcome to reapply and will have newer projects for continuing their development. 



Each session includes 8 classes and meets on Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. 

COST PER SEMESTER MOCA Members* $200 l Non-members $240

Scholarship opportunities are available based on need.



1st & 3rd SATURDAYS
September 2 – December 16, 2023 // 12-3 p.m.
Applications have closed and acceptance details have been sent!



1st & 3rd SATURDAYS
January 6 – April 20, 2023 // 12-3 p.m.




  • Applicants must be enrolled as 7th - 12th-grade students during the 2023-2024 school year at any area high school or be a homeschool student age 13-19. 
  • Submit a completed application by the application deadline. Spring Semester applications open November 1, 2023 and are due by December 9, 2023. Acceptance details will be emailed by December 11, 2023. Applying does not guarantee admission.
  • Applicants should be teens with an interest in creating art and enthusiasm for learning new skills. Beginning artists with little experience in painting are welcome to apply!
  • Applicants should have availability in the afternoon on the first and third Saturdays of the month.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include a portfolio of 2-4 images of 2-d artwork, any medium, at the end of the application. This portion is not required..
  • MOCA Emerging Artists are expected to follow the rules and guidelines of the program, participate in bi-weekly meetings, and complete individual responsibilities and art assignments. 
Details for next steps after applying, including paying tuition, orientation, and scholarship details, will be made available in acceptance letters.


Contact the Education team at or 904-620-4204 with any questions.


* This discount applies to MOCA Members at the Family Level and above. The MOCA Member price does not include NARM and SEMC reciprocal members. Reciprocal members receive free general admission at MOCA Jacksonville. If you would like to claim the MOCA Member discount, and additional perks such as complimentary parking and invites to exclusive events, become a MOCA Member today!

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