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 27, 2020 to July 18, 2020
July 19, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Tuition: $6,100
Age range: Students currently in grades 3-6
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis.

Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 is pivoting this summer to Interlochen Online. Learn more about our interactive online summer arts series.

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 studio instruction in one of the following areas:

  • Sculptural Forms
  • Digital Media
  • Experimental Fashion

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.)


Hartmut Austen

Instructor of Visual Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Joseph Hans

Instructor of Drawing and Painting, Interlochen Arts Camp