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 program, you will join student artists from all over the world to study under the mentorship of our talented faculty. 

Your days will be divided into morning and afternoon studios, for a total of six hours of studio instruction per day. During this time, you will work to develop your technique and artistic expression in your two chosen concentrations.

Studio class options may include:

  • Digital Media
  • Figure Drawing
  • Metalsmithing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking Techniques
  • Black and White Film Photography
  • Interdisciplinary Sculpture
  • Explorations in Ceramics

 To experience our wide variety of courses and further expand your skills, we encourage you to attend both sessions.

Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • June 26, 2021 to July 17, 2021
Tuition
$6,250
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
Deadline
  • Applications CLOSED

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.

All Faculty

Daniel Donovan

Instructor of Visual Arts

Emily Mayo

Emily Mayo

Instructor of Visual Arts

Guadalupe Navarro

Guadalupe Navarro

Instructor of Visual Arts

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 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 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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