The advanced drawing intensive is for students with previous drawing experience and established skills. The program focuses exclusively on drawing materials and techniques. Students will explore composition, proportion, perspective and value while building their observational skills. They will also be introduced to contemporary art practices and ideas, and have the opportunity to create self-directed creative work.
Students in this three-week session participate in intensive course work for five hours each day. This is complimented by a daily visual arts studio seminar. This program includes:
- Drawing foundations and techniques, including graphite, ink, charcoal and conté
- Approaches to drawing from observation through still lifes, perspective and portraiture
- Visual arts studio seminar, which includes 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
Students study and work in the state-of-the-art Dow Center for Visual Arts. At the end of this three-week session, visual arts students exhibit the work they have created throughout the Dow Center for Visual Arts building.
Due to the focused nature of this curriculum, students do not participate in any elective classes outside the Advanced Drawing Intensive program.
A portfolio that shows established skill in drawing, particularly from observation.
How to Apply
Applicants who submit a portfolio to the Advanced Drawing Intensive may be considered for the High School Visual Arts program.
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 submit a portfolio for the Advanced Drawing Intensive program and wish to continue into the three-week Advanced Painting Intensive program 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.