For students in grades 6-9, the three-week general arts summer program is an opportunity to explore a range of arts areas. Students are assigned courses in creative writing and acting, while choosing their classes in visual arts and music. Students also explore the great outdoors and learn about the natural environment that surrounds Interlochen's beautiful north woods campus.
Students in the general arts program take creative writing, introduction to acting and environmental studies:
- Creative writing provides an opportunity for students 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.
- Introduction to acting 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.
- Environmental studies considers many aspects of Interlochen's natural environment and promotes a hands-on understanding of the elements of the northwoods campus. Students will learn by doing single-concept investigations, short research projects, or playing games that simulate various aspects of the environment; all while having fun.
Students also choose one visual arts elective, one music elective and one additional elective. View the complete list of elective options.
- One visual arts elective. Options include digital arts, ceramics, drawing, metals, painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, fibers, book arts
- One music elective. Options include choir, electronic/computer music, instrument exploration, music theory, and more.
- One additional elective (see elective options)
Students will choose their courses after the enrollment process. Elective choices are not guaranteed and are based on schedule availability.
How to Apply
Students can apply online. This program enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis, so early application is advised.
This program does not require an audition or portfolio.