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.

Live Your Art: Two-Day Creativity Incubator for Artists, Writers and Creative Entrepreneurs

Adult Arts Program

A creativity retreat for writers, thinkers, artists, makers and creative entrepreneurs. Live Your Art is a think-space, laboratory and meeting point for creatives in all disciplines, including anyone troubled by unexpressed creative impulses.

Program dates:
Saturday, January 31, 2015 to Sunday, February 1, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015 to Tuesday, June 23, 2015

3-Hour Introduction to Needle Felting (Dry Felting)

Adult Arts Program

In this three-hour workshop, participants will learn how to make small, three-dimensional forms with this wonderfully simple and accessible technique. The methods learned in this workshop will allow students to make anything from sculptures, ornaments, decor, toys, or wearable components to embellishments for other projects.

Program dates: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beginning Weaving: Rigid Heddle Loom

Adult Arts Program

New to weaving but always wanted to try? Learn how to weave on a rigid heddle loom in this full day workshop. Inexpensive and portable, the rigid heddle loom is the equivalent of a 2-harness loom and provides a great introduction to weaving simple, light fabric pieces such as placemats, table runners, scarves and shawls. All skill levels are welcome.

Program dates: Saturday, April 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

Beginning Drawing

Adult Arts Program

Experience the magic of learning how to draw from nationally-renowned artist and illustrator Glenn Wolff! In this course, first-time art students will learn the basic concepts and techniques needed to begin to draw. Class exercises exploring line, shape, form, and value combined with still life studies will comprise the course content. This class is intended for beginners, or those who are looking to refresh their skills.

Program dates:
Monday, June 1, 2015 to Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Intermediate Drawing

Adult Arts Program

This course is a continuation of the concepts and techniques covered in Beginning Drawing and/or is a course for those students who are looking to enhance their previously developed drawing skills. Concepts such as value, form and composition will be reviewed as students explore drawing from a live model, live performing musicians, and live birds as provided by Wings of Wonder Raptor Sanctuary (wingsofwonder.org). This class is intended for those who have some drawing background and are looking for a more challenging experience.

Program dates:
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 to Friday, June 5, 2015

Children’s Book Illustration

Adult Arts Program

Discover the unique skills involved with illustrating books for children. Participants will walk through the steps from thumbnail sketches to a least one finished spread or cover image and will learn some basics about working with publishers.
Program dates:
Monday, June 8, 2015 to Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Building Your Brand: A Guide to Shameless Self-Promotion

Adult Arts Program

There are myriad affordable ways for individuals to promote their products and services but before you start, you need to be clear about what you are selling, to whom, and with what desired outcome. Join professional illustrator Barb Hranilovich in this one-day workshop to learn tips and tricks to help you identify and hone your personal brand.
Program dates: Thursday, June 11, 2015

Painterly Printmaking: Beginning Monoprinting

Adult Arts Program

Monoprints are one-of-a-kind prints that are the most flexible and least intimidating of all the printmaking processes. Discover how you can create unique, painterly images in a matter of hours using many of the same techniques of watercolor and oil painting. Whether you are an experienced artist looking to experiment with new techniques, or an absolute beginner, this course will help you develop at your own pace. All supplies and media will be provided and all skill levels are welcome.
Program dates:
Monday, June 15, 2015 to Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Advanced Techniques in Monoprinting

Adult Arts Program

Building on the basic techniques of monoprinting, this two-day course explores more complex processes to develop even richer one-of-a-kind prints. Topics covered include adding layers to your piece using stencils, chine colle (a collage technique), overprinting, printing images using hand-pressure, "ghost" prints, and large-scale monoprints.

Program dates:
Thursday, June 18, 2015 to Friday, June 19, 2015

Digital Camera Basics

Adult Arts Program

This workshop is for beginners who would like to learn the basics of their digital camera and how to apply traditional photography principles to a digital medium. Basics will include a visual vocabulary, manual camera controls, and output options for consistent results. Topics covered include: aperture/f-stop, shutter speed, proper exposure, focus versus auto focus, focal length, depth of field and white balance. No experience necessary.
Program dates: Monday, June 22, 2015

Live Your Art: Two-Day Creativity Incubator for Artists, Writers and Creative Entrepreneurs

Adult Arts Program

A creativity retreat for writers, thinkers, artists, makers and creative entrepreneurs. Live Your Art is a think-space, laboratory and meeting point for creatives in all disciplines, including anyone troubled by unexpressed creative impulses.

Program dates:
Saturday, January 31, 2015 to Sunday, February 1, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015 to Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Digital Landscape/Travel Photography

Adult Arts Program

Class time will consist of presentations on successful landscape photography techniques, manual camera operation, excursions to photograph on the grounds of Interlochen's campus and at Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, and demonstrations on techniques for digitally editing photographs. No experience necessary; please bring your digital SLR camera and your camera manual.

Program dates:
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 to Thursday, June 25, 2015

Plein Air Painting and In-Studio Boot Camp with Mark Mehaffey

Adult Arts Program

Join nationally recognized, award-winning artist Mark Mehaffey for a two-day intensive in-studio boot camp and “open air” painting journey on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. This workshop will begin with demonstrations in watercolor and acrylic paint and a crash course in the studio to review the fundamentals of color mixing, composition and basic concepts. All skill levels are welcome.
Program dates:
Thursday, July 9, 2015 to Saturday, July 11, 2015

Yarn Dyeing for Beginners and Beyond

Adult Arts Program

Have you ever admired the beautiful multi-colored yarns available at your local yarn shop? Have you ever wondered how to produce the rich and deep tonal color in the kettle dye yarns? In this class, fiber artist Nancy McRay will share some of her trade secrets. Demonstrations will include kettle-dyeing, hand painting on yarn and bold variegation. You will have the chance to choose a dye method and dye a 100 gram skein, enough for a pair of socks or a small shawl. All skill levels are welcome.
Program dates: Monday, July 13, 2015

Soft Pastel Workshop

Adult Arts Program

Participants will work with design elements and learn to divide the format to create balance and visual excitement to lead the viewer into the composition. Pastel techniques, color theory and color mixing will be discussed and demonstrated. Participants will learn to see simple shapes and values to create stunning results.

Program dates:
Thursday, July 16, 2015 to Saturday, July 18, 2015

Advanced Techniques in Watercolor Printmaking

Adult Arts Program

Building on the basic techniques learned in the Watercolor Printmaking: Japanese Woodblock workshop, students will further exploration of this art form with a focus on overcoming common mistakes to produce an acceptable quality print. Japanese washi (paper), the use of various brushes, gradation printing (bokashi), embossing, and multiple kento and kento-ban (floating kento) registration will be covered.

Program dates:
Monday, July 20, 2015 to Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Beginning Knitting

Adult Arts Program

Learn how to knit and purl while working on a hat and scarf in this 6-hour introductory-level class taught by nationally known knitting instructor, Sarah Peasley. Discussions regarding knitting needles, yarns, notions, and gauge will introduce students to the world of knitting.

Program dates: Monday, July 20, 2015

Foundations of Tapestry Weaving

Adult Arts Program

Learn the basic skills necessary to create your own beautiful, woven tapestries! Weaving instructor, Nancy McRay, will discuss with students how to design and finish a tapestry and will then work with students on the practice of slits, joins, diagonals and vertical curves.

Program dates:
Monday, July 20, 2015 to Wednesday, July 22, 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

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

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