Visual Arts Programs for Adults

At Interlochen College of Creative Arts, artists of all skill levels can experience a variety of inspiring workshops and programs. We are located in beautiful northern Michigan, just south of Traverse City.

3-Hour Watercolor Workshop

Adult Arts Program

Through the exploration of small studies, participants in this workshop will learn how to access their creative side and develop two finished watercolor pieces. This is a perfect class for absolute beginners, or those looking to brush up on their approach to watercolor. This workshop will be offered twice this summer. Participants may sign up for either the May or August workshop.

Program dates: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Intermediate Acrylic Painting Workshop

Adult Arts Program

In this studio-based workshop, participants will learn to explore imagery expressionistically (with emotion) using acrylic paint on paper and canvas. Subject matter will focus on still life, from floral to varied subject matter. This class is intended for intermediate students, however all skill levels are welcome.

Program dates:
Thursday, August 20, 2015 to Saturday, August 22, 2015

3-Hour Additional Techniques in Coil Basketry

Adult Arts Program

This course is a continuation of the concepts and techniques covered in the 3-Hour Introduction to Coil Basketry workshop and/or is a course for those students who are looking to enhance their previously developed coil basketry skills. Further guidance and additional concepts will be provided by the instructor. All supplies will be provided.

Program dates: Monday, August 24, 2015 Sunday, October 18, 2015

Beginning Spinning on the Wheel

Adult Arts Program

Instructor Amy Tyler will introduce students to the parts of the spinning wheel and will provide the basics on how it works. Then, students will study the process of spinning "singles" from wool roving, will practice how to draft fibers, and will learn how twisting turns fiber into yarn.

Program dates: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

3-Hour Watercolor Workshop

Adult Arts Program

Through the exploration of small studies, participants in this workshop will learn how to access their creative side and develop two finished watercolor pieces. This is a perfect class for absolute beginners, or those looking to brush up on their approach to watercolor. This workshop will be offered twice this summer. Participants may sign up for either the May or August workshop.

Program dates: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Surface and Texture in Encaustic Painting

Adult Arts Program

By its nature, encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, lends itself to creating beautiful surfaces and textural work. In this workshop for all skill levels, you will quickly review basic encaustic techniques, tools and safety tips and then jump into how to control the medium by creating dynamic surfaces that bring your work to life. 

Program dates: Friday, September 18, 2015

Journal and Sketchbook Workshop

Adult Arts Program

Co-taught by a visual artist and a writer, this workshop is geared toward writers and artists of all levels.This pairing and interplay of text and image is a time-honored artistic tradition, practiced by writers and artists from Mark Twain to Henri Matisse to Sylvia Plath to Jean-Michel Basquiat, and is useful for all manners of creative expression.

Program dates:
Saturday, September 19, 2015 to Sunday, September 20, 2015

Watercolor and Mixed Media Painting

Adult Arts Program

There is no need to be a purist if you can have the best of all watermedia--watercolor, gouache, watercolor pencils and more--in a single painting! This workshop is perfect for any painter looking to learn more about watermedia or those looking to learn new techniques. Learn what type of media to use and when and how to approach layering, washes, line work and texture like a pro. 

Program dates:
Saturday, September 19, 2015 to Sunday, September 20, 2015

Interlochen Fiber Arts Weekend

Adult Arts Program

Playing off the popularity of the “farm to table” concept, Interlochen’s 2015 Fiber Arts Weekend will feature an upcycled, recycled, and locally-sourced theme as we further explore Michigan’s growing fibershed--or “fleece to fabric”--movement. 

Program dates:
Friday, September 25, 2015 to Sunday, September 27, 2015

Jewelry Bead Weaving: Beginning Peyote Stitch

Adult Arts Program

From the Egyptians to the Native Americans, many cultures from around the world have used peyote stitch to create beautiful woven beadwork designs. Participants will learn about this beautiful off-loom weaving technique from award-winning fiber artist and professional beadweaver, Jenny Schu. This class is intended for beginners, however, all skill levels are welcome.
Program dates: Sunday, October 4, 2015

3-Hour Additional Techniques in Coil Basketry

Adult Arts Program

This course is a continuation of the concepts and techniques covered in the 3-Hour Introduction to Coil Basketry workshop and/or is a course for those students who are looking to enhance their previously developed coil basketry skills. Further guidance and additional concepts will be provided by the instructor. All supplies will be provided.

Program dates: Monday, August 24, 2015 Sunday, October 18, 2015

Monoprinting Boot Camp

Adult Arts Program

Whether you are an experienced artist looking to experiment with new techniques, or an absolute beginner, this course will provide you with a crash course in producing unique imagery.

Program dates: Sunday, November 8, 2015

Watercolor Printmaking: Japanese Woodblock

Adult Arts Program

With the end result resembling a refined watercolor painting on paper, this workshop will offer participants a rare insight into the ancient Japanese printmaking process known as moku hanga, as taught by an award-winning artist in the field. All supplies and media will be provided and all skill levels are welcome.
Program dates:
Friday, November 13, 2015 to Sunday, November 15, 2015

Introduction to Calligraphy

Adult Arts Program

From wedding invitations to hand-written thank you notes, calligraphy is a long honored art form used to commemorate some of life’s most precious and heart-warming moments. This class is perfect for the beginner or someone who just wants to brush up on technique.

Program dates: Saturday, November 14, 2015

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