Intermediate Electives

Interlochen Arts Camp offers elective classes that provide opportunities for enrichment and exploration in a variety of art forms. The number of elective options available to each student is dependent on program schedule. Electives are not available for some programs.

Students will have an opportunity to indicate their preferred electives after they have applied and been accepted. Elective classes may include:

Creative Writing Electives

CREATIVE WRITING
This elective course will offer intermediate students an opportunity to explore and hone their creative writing skills. Throughout the session, students can expect a combination of imaginative writing exercises, short reading activities, informal discussion and free writing time. Class activities will focus primarily on poetry and fiction. Previous experience with creative writing is not necessary. Laptop computers will not be used. 
Prerequisite: None

PLAYWRITING
Students explore writing for theatre including character creation, developing an understanding of dramatic structure, and exploring theatrical potential in their writing. In-class exercises include writing monologues and dialogue, and short readings of dramatic texts.
Prerequisite: none

Dance Elective

GENERAL DANCE
Classes are open to experienced and inexperienced students and explore dance as an art form. This class will explore the fundamentals of dance vocabulary, movement, and exploration and movement of today. A complete listing of required dance attire and supplies will be included in the student handbook and posted online. All dance students are expected to be well groomed; long hair must be worn up and off the neck. Pointe work is not a component of this course.
Prerequisite: None

Environment Elective

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
This course considers all aspects of the Interlochen environment and promotes a hands-on understanding of the all the elements of the northwoods campus. Students will learn by doing single-concept investigations, short research projects, or playing games that simulate some aspect of the environment; all while having fun.
Prerequisite: None

Motion Picture Arts Electives

ANIMATION (Session 1 Only) - FULL
This course provides students with a hands-on opportunity to explore the magic of animation. With the beginning skills in animation, students will build creative short animations.
Prerequisite: None

Music Electives

ADDITIONAL PRACTICE HOUR
Provides additional time for the dedicated music student to practice their solo or ensemble repertoire. Note that this is in addition to the time that will be used as practice hour on days when a student is not attending their private lesson.
Prerequisite: Music program students only.

BEGINNING COMPOSITION
Stimulation and development of original musical ideas leading to possible performance of works on Composers' Forums and in class. Music supplies may cost up to $30. 
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of music theory and notation; three or more years of private study of a major instrument. Music program students only.

BEGINNING ORGAN
A beginning class in the fundamentals of organ playing.
Prerequisite: Students must have studied piano for at least three years and have the ability to play Bach Two-Part Inventions and a Clementi Sonatina. Students must also be physically able to reach the pedal board.
Prerequisite: Piano majors only

BEGINNING JAZZ PIANO - FULL
This class is an introduction to the jazz style of piano playing. Students will learn jazz chords, voicing, and improvisation. 
Prerequisite: Piano and organ majors only

CHOIR
Study and performance of selected vocal repertoire, chosen specifically for the Intermediate age voices. Emphasis is placed on articulation, tone quality, timbre, and music reading. Performs at the end of each 3-week session.
Prerequisite: None

ELECTRONIC/COMPUTER MUSIC
This course is an introduction to synthesizers and computer music. Students will use Digital Performer and Native Instruments software running on Macintosh computers to explore the fundamentals of composition and synthesis with emphasis on creative projects and sound design.
Prerequisite: Basic music reading skills. Keyboard skills are helpful, but not necessary. Students should bring their own headphones or earbuds.

INSTRUMENT EXPLORATION
Acquaints the student with band and orchestra instruments through hands-on experience, and reveals a student's natural adaptability and preference. Students who are enrolling for multiple sessions may repeat this class to explore more than one instrument of their choice.
Prerequisite: None

JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Participation in this ensemble will develop stylistic and technical competence in jazz band performance. Emphasis is placed on jazz phrasing and articulation as well as developing improvisation and reading skills.
Prerequisite: Placement audition is required at the opening of camp. Music program students only.

JAZZ IMPROVISATION
This class provides the student with an opportunity to develop elementary improvisational skills in both a classroom and small group setting. A thorough appreciation of the improvisational process is stressed through listening and performance.
Prerequisite: One to two years performance experience in jazz. Music program students only.

MUSIC THEORY
This course will include both the written and aural aspects of basic notation, note-reading (in both treble and bass clefs) rhythm, meter and scales. 
Prerequisite: Ability to read music and at least one year of private lessons. Music program students only.

PIANO ENSEMBLE
Piano Ensemble provides opportunities for pianists to engage in collaborative playing with other pianists, 4-hands/1 piano, 4-hands/2 pianos, 8-hands/2 pianos, and more. 
Prerequisite: Piano and organ majors only.

PIANO SEMINAR
The study and analysis of keyboard music with a focus on prominent composer techniques, forms, and their idiomatic styles.
Prerequisite: Piano and organ majors only

PRIVATE LESSON
Individual instruction is available for all band and orchestral instruments and classical piano. Each student will receive one 50-minute lesson each week. On the days when lessons are not scheduled, students will have a dedicated practice hour. Additional Cost: $105 per week
Prerequisite: Three years previous study on instrument.

Theatre Electives

INTRODUCTION TO ACTING
This course helps students explore the fundamentals of preparation for theatrical performance. Students will engage in voice and movement exercises, improvisation, theatre games and limited work with scripted material.
Prerequisite: None

THEATRE TOPICS
These classes will encompass a variety of potential subjects, such as improvisation, stage combat, viewpoints, or other areas or study within theatre. Specifics topics will be determined by the individual specialties of the theatre arts faculty and staff.
Prerequisite: Theatre major students only.

Visual Arts Electives

2D MIXED MEDIA
This mixed-media course explores the Two-Dimensional possibilities of working with collage. Course content examines the formal narrative and conceptual issues of the collage process and form. Students will investigate a wide variety of materials and approaches, both traditional and non-traditional, which may include drawing, painting, image transfers, collage, printed textiles, sewing and papermaking.
Prerequisite: None

ARTISTS' BOOKS
This course is open to all students who have an interest in book arts or sequential imagery. Students will learn the history, form and physical construction of traditional and nontraditional book arts. This class is a cross-disciplinary experience that brings the images and the written word together into a visual form.
Prerequisite: None

CERAMICS - FULL
This class is designed for students to explore clay as a medium of expression. Ceramics is designed to teach basic skills and will emphasize the creative aspects of working with clay in a variety of hand-building techniques. Projects involve both individual and group work. (No wheel)
Prerequisite: None

DRAWING TECHNIQUES - FULL
This drawing class is for all students who wish to learn about techniques and materials used in drawing. This course is designed to develop hand-eye coordination and the ability to draw from observation. An investigation of traditional media through simple exercises starting with gestures, blind contours and contour drawings will develop the foundation for learning to draw. Students will study linear perspective, the development of pictorial space, and basic composition.
Prerequisite: None

DIGITAL ARTS - FULL
This course incorporates software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and the use of equipment in the digital lab including tablets, digital cameras, photo printers and scanners to create two-dimensional, printed works. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of problem solving, research, composition, typography and the organization of information. A key goal for all students is learning to develop meaningful concepts. No previous experience is required but familiarity with Mac computers is recommended. Students must provide a portable storage device such as a thumb drive.
Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge

FIBERS: 3D SOFT CONSTRUCTION
This course is designed to introduce students to surface design materials and basic fibers techniques. Assignments cover such areas as basic embroidery, printing on fabric, resist dying and piecework techniques. Students will develop repeat patterns for cotton, stitch samples together, and dye silk scarves.
Prerequisite: None

JEWELRY DESIGN - FULL
Introduces a variety of techniques used in the creation of jewelry. Students will explore innovative approaches to traditional forms such as rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
Prerequisite: None

SCULPTURE
This course provides an introduction to working in three dimensions. Sculpture is an in-depth exploration of techniques such as casting, carving, modeling and construction while using a wide range of materials (clay, wax, metals, etc.) to encourage personal expression. Students also learn about creative problem solving through traditional and contemporary ways of working three-dimensionally.
Prerequisite: None

Recreation Electives

ARTS & CRAFTS FOR THE MODERN CAMPER
An arts and crafts class for our young millennium! In addition to traditional camp crafts and skills, students will learn to work with supplies and objects found in nature (eco-crafts). Students will also explore the use of recycled, upcycled, repurposed, and found objects in the variety of their class projects. Students should expect to spend significant time out of doors: hiking, exploring, and discovering how to integrate their surroundings into their projects.
Note: The focus of this class is on learning ways to enjoy leisure time. The direction and intensity are not equal to classes that are part of the Visual Arts department.
Prerequisite: None

CAMP CLASSICS
Students will have the opportunity to learn and experience some of the best activities that summer camp has to offer! These activities are considered classics for a reason. Students will spend one week learning and practicing archery skills, and another week creating traditional camp crafts like lanyards, candles, bracelets, and more. The third experience in this class is on the water, where students will have the opportunity to learn paddling and canoeing skills out on both of Interlochen’s beautiful lakes.
Prerequisite: In order to participate in any boating activities students must pass the 20-minute swim test, the details of which are in the Camp Student Handbook.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Students looking to challenge themselves in a new way are invited to take Outdoor Adventures! This class will be comprised of one week of learning and practicing traditional archery skills, one week climbing at our high-ropes challenge course, and one week learning geo-caching and orienteering skills. The goal is to spend every class having fun and learning outside in the sunshine and fresh air!
Prerequisite: In order to participate in this class, the challenge course liability form must be authorized by a parent/guardian.
 
PADDLE, RACQUET, AND NET SPORTS
Hitting a ball can make you feel better; hence the popularity of paddle sports! In this class, students will work on agility, hand-eye coordination, cardiovascular fitness, and sportsmanship as they learn and practice the rules and strategies for a variety of racquet and paddle sports. Games will include tennis, badminton, ping pong, pickle ball, volleyball and more; but, expect the unexpected with some non-traditional variations on these traditional games!
Prerequisite: None

SAILING AND PADDLING 
Students will spend time in the afternoon on the waters of Green Lake, learning basic paddling skills for a variety of watercraft, including canoes, sit-on-top kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards. They will also be introduced to beginning sailing skills and principles, with the goal of sailing Sunfish sailboats independently before the end of the session.
Prerequisite: In order to participate in any boating activities students must pass the 20-minute swim test, the details of which are in the Camp Student Handbook.

WILD OUTDOORS
We are going to explore all that nature has to offer in this course! Students will learn camping skills, outdoor cooking methods, survival techniques, orienteering, and beginning first aid. Students will also have an opportunity to climb at our high-ropes challenge course, learn some basic canoeing skills, and experience the emerging world of eco-crafts. 
Prerequisite: In order to participate in any boating activities students must pass the 20-minute swim test, the details of which are in the Camp Student Handbook. The challenge course liability form must also be authorized by a parent/guardian.

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