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Visual Arts Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take Visual Arts

Build your foundational skills as you develop your own artistic vision on our inspiring campus—nestled deep in the woods of northern Michigan. You'll join a community of fellow artists and devote a summer to creativity, exploration, and your craft.

What You'll Learn

In this summer art camp for high school students, you'll join young artists from all over the world to study under the mentorship of our talented faculty. 

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 

Students submit their studio preference in the Education Community after enrollment and are encouraged to do so early as space is competitive. To experience a wider variety of courses and further expand your skills, we encourage you to attend both sessions.



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: Accepting applications
  • SESSION 2: Accepting applications

Meet the Faculty

Our summer program faculty members are professional artists as well as devoted educators. They bring their first-hand experience to class and give you the individual attention to help you grow in your medium.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

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.

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 and Painting Intensive and Preparing a Portfolio for College Intensive. 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.

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