The advanced drawing intensive is an outstanding summer opportunity for serious student artists to focus exclusively on drawing materials and techniques. During your three weeks here, you will explore composition, proportion, perspective, and value, and work to build your observational skills.
This program is designed for students in grades 9-12 who have established drawing skills. You'll have six hours a day of intensive coursework, complemented by a daily studio seminar. You will be introduced to contemporary art practices, and have the opportunity to create self-directed work. This program also includes:
- Drawing foundations and techniques, including graphite, ink, charcoal, and conté
- Visiting artist lectures, college presentations, and workshops
- Figure-drawing and the human form
- Participation in the weekly evening figure drawing studio is encouraged
- Evening open studio tutorials twice a week
At the end of the three-week session, you will exhibit the work you have created throughout the Dow Center for Visual Arts.
While students in the advanced drawing intensive program do not take elective classes, they are encouraged to take advantage of the creative vitality of Interlochen and enjoy student, faculty, and guest artist presentations in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, film, and creative writing.
Resources and Facilities
The visual arts department is housed in the state-of-the-art Dow Center for Visual Arts. The most impressive facility of its kind at any secondary school in the country, it also includes a professional gallery space for exhibitions of work by students, faculty, and visiting artists.
Prepare five images in any drawing medium that represent your highest quality of work. Three pieces must be made from direct observation, drawn or painted from life, not copied from a photograph.
Note: applicants who wish to continue in the three-week advanced painting intensive program that follows the advanced drawing intensive should follow the advanced painting portfolio guidelines. Students do not need to submit two separate portfolios.
Students who intend to apply to visual arts programs at college/university level may also be interested in our one-week institutes:
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a visual arts major for students in grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.