Advanced Painting Summer Program for High School Students

Every artist needs a mentor. Leonardo da Vinci had Andrea del Verrocchio. Pablo Picasso studied with his father. In this program, you will find your own mentors as you explore advanced painting techniques. Study the nuances of composition, color theory, and contemporary design and receive one-on-one guidance from our acclaimed instructors.

What You'll Learn

In this program, you will focus exclusively on painting materials and techniques. Each day, you will spend six hours engaged in advanced, hands-on coursework. Classes will be complemented by a daily studio seminar and time to create self-directed work. The curriculum includes:

  • Painting techniques
  • Color theory
  • Composition
  • Use of water- and oil-based media
  • Virtual artist lectures, college presentations, and workshops
  • Participation in live figure-painting sessions
  • Open studio tutorials

At the end of your session, you will showcase the work you have created in an exhibition.

This program is designed for artists who want to focus on and have experience in painting. If you would like to explore painting at a more fundamental level or would like to discover other arts areas, we recommend the Visual Arts program.

Portfolio Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 24, 2023 to July 15, 2023
  • SESSION 2: July 16, 2023 to August 6, 2023
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • SESSION 1: Applications CLOSED
  • SESSION 2: Applications CLOSED

Meet the Faculty

Our instructors are some of the finest artists in the nation and have a deep passion for working with emerging young artists. In addition to their work as educators, our faculty maintain active artistic practices and have exhibited works at galleries around the world. 

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Emily Mayo

Emily Mayo

Instructor of Visual Arts

Program Highlights

Exhibition Opportunities

At the end of your session, you'll share your work with friends and family in an exhibition. The exciting opening reception features live music and snacks—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 programs. We are also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a visual arts program for students in grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

A girl works on a painting

There are so many opportunities to come from my experience at Interlochen. My teachers have pushed me to become a better artist. Through the projects we've done and the specific one-on-one discussions about my works, I've learned how to get out of my comfort zone.

Leela, 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.