Watch a time-lapse of a painting done by a summer 2011 Visual Arts major.
The advanced painting intensive is for students with previous painting or drawing experience and established skills. This program focuses exclusively on painting materials and techniques. Students will also explore composition, color theory, processes, materials and the elements of painting and contemporary design. 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 class day. This is complimented by a daily visual arts student seminar. This program includes:
- Painting techniques
- Color theory
- Use of water and oil-based media
- Visual arts studio seminar, which includes visiting artist lectures, college presentations and workshops.
- Participation in the weekly evening figure-painting 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, centrally located on Interlochen's scenic campus. 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 Painting Intensive program.
How to Apply
Applicants who submit a portfolio to the Advanced Painting Intensive may be considered for the High School Visual Arts program.
Prepare a minimum of five images that represent your highest quality of work. Three pieces must be made from direct observation (drawn or painting from life, not copied from a photograph). The portfolio may be in any medium, but evidence of some color experience is preferred (paint, colored pencil, pastel, etc.).
Note: applicants who submit a portfolio for the Advanced Painting Intensive program who wish to also apply for the Advanced Drawing Intensive program should follow the Advanced Painting portfolio guidelines above. 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 portfolio 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.