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Advanced Drawing Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take Advanced Drawing

Focused and intricate, drawing is an ideal medium for practicing mark-making. In this program, you will study advanced aesthetic concepts, explore drawing materials, and learn new techniques under the guidance of acclaimed educators. You'll also hone your observational skills through regular still life, figure, and nature drawing sessions. 

What You'll Learn

During this drawing summer camp, you will spend up to six hours per day focused exclusively on drawing materials and techniques. Under the guidance of expert instructors, you will explore composition, proportion, perspective, value, and contemporary art practices. Daily studio time allows you the opportunity to create self-directed work. Other features of this program include:

  • Drawing foundations and techniques classes
  • In-depth study of drawing materials, including graphite, ink, charcoal, and conté
  • Virtual artist lectures, workshops, college presentations, and portfolio reviews
  • In-class figure drawing sessions
  • Open studio tutorials

At the end of the session, you will exhibit your work in the Dow Center for Visual Arts' gallery.

Portfolio Requirements


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
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • SESSION 1: Applications CLOSED
  • SESSION 2: Applications CLOSED

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 

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.

Additional Opportunities

If you're interested in applying to visual arts programs at the college/university level, you may also be interested in our one-week Drawing & Painting Intensive and Preparing a Portfolio for College. We are also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a visual arts major for students in grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

A girl paints

The visual arts faculty and program are amazing. They push me forward and challenge me in a way I have never been before. For example, I learned the art of figure drawing. My teachers also taught me how to draw realistically with charcoal, and now it is my favorite means of drawing.

Maria, Visual Arts

A way to get new and different ideas

Hear from other Interlochen Arts Camp students and faculty to learn more about the Visual Arts Division.