This course is designed for high school students with intermediate to advanced skills in drawing and painting who wish to sharpen their skills and strengthen their work. This course takes a holistic approach to the idea of building a portfolio and covers observational skills, personal expression and historical and contemporary context.
During your time here, your assignments will include work from observation and guided individual projects. You'll learn and practice techniques for graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. Through lectures and presentations, you'll learn about art history and issues in contemporary art, alongside short readings and seminar discussions.
Group and individual critiques will help you refine your ideas and inspirations, and focus on personal expression. You are encouraged to finish projects beyond regular class times, during open studio tutorials, and continuing when you return home from this intensive one-week experience.
You will study and work 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.
How to Apply
This program does not require a portfolio for admission. It enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis, so your early application is advised. Start your online application
Students must have prior experience in drawing and painting and must bring documentation of finished works. Documentation can be in the form of original work, photos or digital images of work. Please exercise care in transporting original works. It is also recommended that students bring their sketchbooks to show the instructor along with their portfolios.
We offer the following additional summer programs that may be of interest:
These programs begin right after the one-week Drawing and Painting Institute ends. Multiple session discounts are available.
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a visual arts major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.