Visual Arts Summer Program for Grades 6-8

Why Take Visual Arts

Whether you've taken formal art lessons or learned your craft on your own, this enriching camp will help you take your artistic skills from good to great. Under the guidance of expert instructors, you'll master foundational skills, discover new media, and prepare for future artistic study.

What You'll Learn

Each day, you'll work in our state-of-the-art studios developing your technique and honing your artistic voice. You'll split your time between drawing and painting and one other studio of your choice:

  • Digital Media
  • Black and White Film Photography
  • Printmaking Techniques
  • Metals
  • Ceramics [FULL]

Students submit their studio preference in the Education Community after enrollment and are encouraged to do so early as space is competitive. Want to explore more artistic media? Enroll in both sessions.

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
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 23, 2024 to July 13, 2024
  • SESSION 2: July 14, 2024 to August 4, 2024
Age Range
Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
  • SESSION 1: Applications CLOSED
  • SESSION 2: Applications CLOSED

Meet the Faculty

Our acclaimed faculty are some of the finest artists and educators in the nation. Each of our instructors are passionate about helping young artists achieve their potential and bring years of professional and classroom experience to their roles as your instructors.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Colleen Higgins

Colleen Higgins

Instructor of Visual Arts, Darkroom (Black and White) Photography

Elijah Van Benschoten

Elijah Van Benschoten

Instructor of Visual Arts

Program Highlights

Exhibition Opportunities

At the end of your session, you'll share your work in an exhibition. The exciting opening reception features music and snacks—the perfect way to celebrate the end of a successful summer at Interlochen.

Additional Opportunities

If you've studied visual arts before and want a more focused program, apply to the Advanced Drawing & Painting program. We also offer a Fashion program for aspiring designers in grades 6-8.

Dow Center for Visual Arts 

During your session, you will learn and create in the Dow Center for Visual Arts, one of the finest facilities dedicated to the study of the visual arts at the high school level. The 36,000 square-foot complex includes separate studios for drawing, painting, metalworking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, digital arts, and fibers, as well as a gallery for student, staff, and faculty exhibitions.

A girl drawing

Interlochen aided me in learning about myself as a visual artist and gave me a wonderful chance to meet other young artists just like me.

Michelle, Visual Arts