Visual Arts Summer Program for Grades 3-6

Why Take Visual Arts

Are you always drawing? Are your sidewalk chalk skills the talk of the neighborhood? Do you love colors? If so, this is the camp for you! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, we'll help you hone your natural talents, discover new artistic media, and most importantly, create lots of art. 

What You'll Learn

In this program, you'll learn how to take your artistic skills to the next level. You'll spend four hours per day doing what you love most: making art. Our instructors will teach you techniques to make your art even better and help you hone your creative vision in an encouraging, hands-on environment. Studio classes include:

  • Drawing and Painting
  • Explorations in Ceramics
  • Material Explorations

Your session will culminate in an exhibition of your work. If you decide to stay longer, you can choose new studios or continue exploring your chosen media.

How to Apply

This program does not require a portfolio for admission. It enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to apply early.


Program Snapshot
Program Length
2 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 23, 2024 to July 6, 2024
  • SESSION 2: July 7, 2024 to July 20, 2024
  • SESSION 3: July 21, 2024 to August 3, 2024
Age Range
Junior (Grades 3-6)
  • SESSION 1: Applications CLOSED
  • SESSION 2: Applications CLOSED
  • SESSION 3: Applications CLOSED

Meet the Faculty

During your program, you will study with an exceptional faculty who are dedicated to nurturing young artists. Our faculty are experts at teaching technical and conceptual skills in a way that is accessible and engaging to even the youngest art students. Together, they bring decades of experience to their roles as your instructors.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Tamara Kaplan

Tamara Kaplan

Instructor of Visual Arts

A.F. Oehmke

A.F. Oehmke

Instructor of Visual Arts

Program Highlights

Exhibition Opportunities

At the end of your session, you'll share your work in an exhibition—the perfect way to celebrate the end of a successful summer at Interlochen.

Dow Center for Visual Arts

Visual Arts students work and learn in the Dow Center for Visual Arts, a light-filled 36,000 square-foot facility. The complex features individual studios for drawing, painting, metals, ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, digital arts, and fibers as well as a professional gallery space for student, faculty, and staff exhibitions. On either side of the main building is the Herlitz Visual Arts Studio and the Ceramic Annex, two buildings dedicated to our Junior classes. Take the 360-degree tour.

A camper’s perspective: Eloise, junior visual arts

For junior visual arts student Eloise, Interlochen Arts Camp is the perfect combination of learning and fun. Listen in as she shares what she loves most about Camp—from working with passionate and friendly instructors to swimming and getting ice cream with her fellow campers.

A girl etches a print

I love camp! My counselors are great and I've made lots of friends! My favorite class is ceramics. I love throwing on the wheel and I've made lots of cool creations. I also like my printmaking class: I'm making a print of an octopus!

Eve, Visual Arts

A taste of the arts in every direction

Listen in as junior students and Camp Life staff share what they love most about the junior experience at Interlochen Arts Camp—and what sets Interlochen apart from other summer programs.