Advanced Drawing and Painting Summer Program for Grades 6-9

The advanced drawing and painting program is designed for students with previous drawing experience and established skills. At the heart of the program is the advanced drawing and painting studio class, where you'll focus exclusively on drawing and painting materials and techniques.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 22, 2019 to July 13, 2019
July 14, 2019 to August 5, 2019
Tuition: $6,030
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9

During your three weeks here, you will explore composition, proportion, perspective, and value, while building your observational skills. You will also be introduced to contemporary art practice and ideas, and have the opportunity to create self-directed work. In the advanced drawing and painting studio, you'll work with graphite, ink, charcoal, and conté. The studio emphasizes various approaches to drawing and painting, from observation through still lifes, perspective, and portraiture.

You will also have three additional hours of instruction, by combining two or three of the following classes:

Two-hour studios:

  • Sculptural Forms
  • Black and White Film Photography
  • Printmaking Techniques
  • Experimental Fashion

One-hour electives:

  • Drawing Techniques
  • Drawing Nature
  • 2D Mixed Media
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Arts
  • Fibers: 3D Soft Construction
  • Artists' Books
  • Jewelry Design

Or, select a one-hour elective from another arts area (view list).

Students choose their courses after the enrollment process.

All visual art students participate in the studio seminar, which allows students to choose from a wide range of workshops that they sign up for during the first week of classes. You are also encouraged to participate in the weekly evening figure drawing studio, and there are open studio tutorials offered two evenings 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.

Returning visual arts students are highly encouraged to apply for this program, as it will build on the foundational skills they developed in a previous summer.


Portfolio Requirements

Prepare a minimum of five images 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). The portfolio may be in any medium but evidence of some color experience is preferred (paint, colored pencil, pastel, etc.)

Applicants who submit a portfolio to the Advanced Drawing and Painting program may be considered for the Intermediate Visual Arts program.