Focusing exclusively on painting materials and techniques, the three-week advanced painting intensive is an excellent summer opportunity for serious high school artists. During your time here, you will explore composition, color theory, processes, materials, and the elements of painting and contemporary design.
This program is designed for students in grades 9-12 who have previous drawing or painting experience and established skills. You will have six hours of intensive coursework each day, complemented by a daily studio seminar. You will be introduced to contemporary art practices and ideas, and have the opportunity to create self-directed work. The program curriculum includes:
- Painting techniques
- Color theory
- Use of water- and oil-based media
- Visiting artist lectures, college presentations, and workshops
- Participation in the weekly evening figure-painting studio is encouraged
- Evening open studio tutorials twice a week.
At the end of this three-week session, you will exhibit the work you have created throughout the Dow Center for Visual Arts.
While students in the advanced painting intensive 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, visual art, dance, 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 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 wish to also apply for the advanced drawing intensive 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.