Visual Arts Summer Program for Grades 3-6

The junior visual arts program is a great opportunity for younger artists to develop creativity and fundamental art skills. You will live and learn with other students from all over the world, as you study different techniques and media.

Program length: 2 weeks
Program dates:
June 28, 2020 to July 11, 2020
July 12, 2020 to July 25, 2020
July 26, 2020 to August 8, 2020
Tuition: $4,000
Age range: Students currently in grades 2-6
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.

Students in the Junior Visual Arts Program participate in a minimum of four hours of visual arts studio instruction per day. They may choose from a combination of one and two hour courses, with the opportunity to take one elective, which is a great opportunity to explore another arts area.  If students would like to continue studying the same medium through multiple sessions, they will participate in a progressive curriculum.

After enrollment, you will choose two of the following two-hour studios:

Morning Studios
Drawing and Painting
This class will introduce a variety of two-dimensional media and techniques, such as graphite, charcoal, ink, watercolor and acrylic paints. You will have the opportunity to work from observation, and explore your own personal expression.

Explorations in Ceramics
This course is about exploring materials and learning the process of handbuilt ceramic forms. Using their imaginations, students will create work that pushes the boundaries of form and function. We will learn from each other’s process and experimentation.

Students will learn clay handbuilding techniques such as: Slab, Coil and Pinch Pots. They will also learn how to apply slip, sgraffito, create stamps, and use a variety of clay carved and pressed textures. Students will explore surface decorations such as: stamping, brushing on underglaze, wax resist and stencils.

Afternoon Studios
Material Explorations
This mixed-media course explores both two and three-dimensional materials. Students will investigate a wide variety of materials and approaches, both traditional and non-traditional, which may include drawing, painting, collage, fibers, sculpture, and collaborative installation.

Drawing for Printmaking
In Drawing for Printmaking, you will focus on developing your drawing skills and learn how to translate those skills into a variety of printmaking processes, such as etching, linocut printing, rubber stamping, and monoprinting.

The two-week session culminates with a public exhibition of student work.

How to Apply

This program does not require a portfolio for admission. It enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis, so early application is advised. Start your online application


Tamara Kaplan

Instructor of Visual Arts, Junior Ceramics, Interlochen Arts Camp