High School Visual Arts Drawing and Painting Summer Institute

This course is designed for 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.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 14, 2014 to June 20, 2014
Tuition: $1,155
Age range: Grades 9-12

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Assignments will be composed of a mixture of work from observation and guided individual projects. Materials will include graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. Short lectures and presentations will cover art history and issues in contemporary art, alongside short readings and seminar discussions. Group and individual critiques will help students refine their own ideas and inspirations, creating a focus on personal expression. Students will be encouraged to finish projects beyond regular class time during open studio tutorials and to continue their practice once they return home after this intensive one week experience.

Students study and work in the state-of-the-art Dow Center for Visual Arts, centrally located on Interlochen's scenic campus.

This program does not require a portfolio for admission. It enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is advised.


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.

Additional Opportunities

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.