Interlochen Arts Camp offers elective classes that provide opportunities for enrichment and exploration in a variety of art forms. The number of elective options available to each student is dependent on the respective program schedule; some programs do not include elective opportunities.
Students will have an opportunity to indicate their preferred electives via Aspen after they have paid their deposit and submitted their enrollment agreement.
Creative Writing Electives
This elective course will offer intermediate students an opportunity to explore and hone their creative writing skills. Throughout the session, students can expect a combination of imaginative writing exercises, short reading activities, informal discussion and free writing time. Class activities will focus primarily on poetry and fiction. Previous experience with creative writing is not necessary. Laptop computers will not be used.
Creative Writing Major Advanced Track
The Advanced Intermediate Workshop is intended for students who show a high level of skill and initiative in their writing as evidenced by a portfolio of their work. Portfolios should contain 10-20 pages of writing in at least two of the following genres: fiction, poetry, playwriting, or personal essay/memoir.
Prerequisite: Creative Writing Majors only. Please submit portfolios online prior to March 1.
Students explore writing for theatre including character creation, developing an understanding of dramatic structure, and exploring theatrical potential in their writing. In-class exercises include writing monologues and dialogue, and short readings of dramatic texts.
This class will explore dance as an art form through ballet vocabulary and technique, and is open to both experienced and inexperienced students.
Dance electives will explore dance as an art form, and is open to both experienced and inexperienced students. This class will explore the fundamentals of dance vocabulary, movement, and exploration.
This course considers all aspects of the Interlochen environment and promotes a hands-on understanding of the elements of the northwoods campus. Students will learn by doing single-concept investigations, short research projects, or playing games that simulate some aspect of the environment; all while having fun.
Motion Picture Arts Elective
Animation (Session 1 Only)
This course provides students with a hands-on opportunity to explore the magic of animation, as well as the skills to build an animated short.
This class encourages stimulation and development of original musical ideas, leading to possible performance of works on Composers' Forums and in class. Music supplies may cost up to $30.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of music theory and notation; three or more years of private study of a major instrument. Music program students only.
The Intermediate Beginning Harp class is for students interested in learning rudimentary technique and musicality at the harp. Students will study technique, solo pieces, and perform in an ensemble. At the end of the term the class will present a program for family and friends.
A beginning class in the fundamentals of organ playing.
Prerequisite: Students must have studied piano for at least three years and have the ability to play Bach Two-Part Inventions and a Clementi Sonatina. Students must also be physically able to reach the pedal board. Piano majors only.
Beginning Jazz Piano
This class is an introduction to the jazz style of piano playing. Students will learn jazz chords, voicing, and improvisation.
Prerequisite: Piano and organ majors only.
The choral student will study and perform selected vocal repertoire, chosen specifically for the Intermediate age voices. Emphasis is placed on articulation, tone quality, timbre, and music reading. The choir will performs at the end of each 3-week session.
This course is an introduction to synthesizers and computer music. Students will use Digital Performer and Native Instruments software running on Macintosh computers to explore the fundamentals of composition and synthesis with emphasis on creative projects and sound design.
Prerequisite: Basic music reading skills. Keyboard skills are helpful, but not necessary. Students should bring their own headphones or earbuds.
This class acquaints the student with band and orchestra instruments through hands-on experience, and reveals a student's natural adaptability and preference. Students who are enrolling for multiple sessions may repeat this class to explore more than one instrument of their choice.
Participation in this ensemble will develop stylistic and technical competence in jazz band performance. Emphasis is placed on jazz phrasing and articulation as well as developing improvisation and reading skills.
Prerequisite: Placement audition is required at the opening of camp. Music program students only.
This class provides the student with an opportunity to develop elementary improvisational skills in both a classroom and small group setting. A thorough appreciation of the improvisational process is stressed through listening and performance.
Prerequisite: One to two years performance experience in jazz. Music program students only.
This course will include both the written and aural aspects of basic notation, note-reading (in both treble and bass clefs), rhythm, meter and scales.
Prerequisite: Ability to read music and at least one year of private lessons. Music program students only.
Piano Ensemble provides opportunities for pianists to engage in collaborative playing with other pianists, 4-hands/1 piano, 4-hands/2 pianos, 8-hands/2 pianos, and more.
Prerequisite: Piano and Organ majors only.
The study and analysis of keyboard music with a focus on prominent composer techniques, forms, and their idiomatic styles.
Prerequisite: Piano and organ majors only
Individual instruction is available for all band and orchestral instruments and classical piano. Each student will receive one 50-minute lesson each week. On the days when lessons are not scheduled, students will have a dedicated practice hour.
Additional Cost: $110 per week.
Prerequisite: Three years previous study on instrument.
Introduction to Acting
This course helps students explore the fundamentals of preparation for theatrical performance. Students will engage in voice and movement exercises, improvisation, theatre games and limited work with scripted material.
These classes will encompass a variety of potential subjects, such as improvisation, stage combat, viewpoints, or other areas or study within theatre. Specifics topics will be determined by the individual specialties of the theatre arts faculty and staff.
Prerequisite: Theatre major students only
Visual Arts Electives
2D Mixed Media
This mixed-media course explores the two-Dimensional possibilities of working with collage. Course content examines the formal narrative and conceptual issues of the collage process and form. Students will investigate a wide variety of materials and approaches, both traditional and non-traditional, which may include drawing, painting, image transfers, collage, printed textiles, sewing and papermaking.
This course is open to all students who have an interest in book arts or sequential imagery. Students will learn the history, form and physical construction of traditional and nontraditional book arts. This class is a cross-disciplinary experience that brings the images and the written word together into a visual form.
This class is designed for students to explore clay as a medium of expression. Ceramics is designed to teach basic skills and will emphasize the creative aspects of working with clay in a variety of hand-building techniques. Projects involve both individual and group work. The wheel is not a component of this course.
This drawing class is for all students who wish to learn about techniques and materials used in drawing. This course is designed to develop hand-eye coordination and the ability to draw from observation. An investigation of traditional media through simple exercises starting with gestures, blind contours and contour drawings will develop the foundation for learning to draw. Students will study linear perspective, the development of pictorial space, and basic composition.
This course incorporates software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and the use of equipment in the digital lab including tablets, digital cameras, photo printers and scanners to create two-dimensional, printed works. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of problem solving, research, composition, typography and the organization of information. A key goal for all students is learning to develop meaningful concepts. No previous experience is required but familiarity with Mac computers is recommended. Students must provide a portable storage device such as a thumb drive.
Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge.
Introduces a variety of techniques used in the creation of jewelry. Students will explore innovative approaches to traditional forms such as rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
This course provides an introduction to working in three dimensions. Sculpture is an in-depth exploration of techniques such as casting, carving, modeling and construction while using a wide range of materials (clay, wax, metals, etc.) to encourage personal expression. Students also learn about creative problem solving through traditional and contemporary ways of working three-dimensionally.
Olympians: Heroes in Training
Upon discovering he had some special abilities, a literary character named Percy Jackson was shipped off to camp to learn how to harness these abilities and put them to good use. (Interlochen is very much like that, wouldn’t you agree?) His abilities and yours may be different, but we can turn them fun in the meantime! Join this recreation class to find an hour of your day transformed from arts camp to Camp Half-Blood! Weapons, physical training, strategy, and lessons on gods and monsters will fill the weeks!
Paper and Scissors Rock!
The art of paper crafting is vast and various, and one of its most appealing qualities is its accessibility. From decoupage to papier mache to quilling, paper is a staple in the arts and crafts world. Great verbs that go with paper: fold, bind, shape, reshape, glue, stamp, place, cover, dye, and make. And that’s just the beginning.
Sailing and Paddling
Students will spend time in the afternoon on the waters of Green Lake, learning basic paddling skills for a variety of watercraft, including canoes, sit-on-top kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards. They will also be introduced to beginning sailing skills and principles, with the goal of sailing Sunfish sailboats independently before the end of the session.
Prerequisite: In order to participate in any boating activities students must pass the 20-minute swim test, the details of which are in the Camp Student Handbook. If a student cannot pass the swim test, they will not be allowed to participate in the class.
Surviving the Hunger Games
Would you be able to survive the Hunger Games? What would it take to triumph in Suzanne Collins’s fictional world? This class is inspired by the wildly popular Hunger Games trilogy, and will be comprised of one week of learning and practicing traditional archery skills, one week climbing at our high-ropes challenge course, and one week learning outdoor survival skills. May the odds be ever in your favor...
Prerequisite: In order to participate in this class, the challenge course liability form must be authorized by a parent/guardian.
This recreation class embraces new spins on the traditional Hogwarts electives: Astronomy, Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Flying, Herbology, History of Magic, Muggle Studies, and several others. We’re bringing them off the page and into the Interlochen realm! Among our activities: Muggle Quidditch, Tri-Wizard Tournament training, wand making, care of magical (and non-magical) creatures, and a battle for the House Cup. It’s camp fun with a wizarding twist… or wizarding fun with a camp twist. You decide!