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 27, 2021 to July 10, 2021
July 11, 2021 to July 24, 2021
July 25, 2021 to August 7, 2021
Tuition: $4,000
Age range: Students currently in grades 3-6. Must be 8 years old by start of program.
Priority deadline: 
January 14, 2021

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.

Studio availability may vary by session. A finalized list will be available in February after enrollment. Past studios have included:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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