Visual Arts Camp


July 16 - 21, 2017

Grades 8 - 12, grade completion.

Early Bird Registration (Postmarked June 1 or earlier) - $555
Regular Registration (Postmarked June 2 or later) - $615
Art Supply Fee - $50 (mandatory) 

Challenge yourself in a variety of art media!

Serious high school artists are invited to participate in exciting, diverse, and creative art experiences at the Visual Arts Camp. Working with faculty, students, and alumni from the NIU School of Art, campers are encouraged to be innovative as they experiment with new materials, techniques, and ideas while producing portfolio-quality work in a university environment.

Group art activities, performance art presentations, and recreational activities complete the schedule for this fun-filled and diverse week. Presentations by nationally known artists, art historians, and talented studio artists enrich and enhance the hands-on studio experiences. The week concludes with a gala art show in the Olson Gallery for families and friends.

Prismacolor Logo The Visual Arts Camp thanks Prismacolor for its generous sponsorship of the Visual Arts Camp. We look forward to Prismacolor's continuing support of the camp in 2016 and to a seminar on tips and techniques for using Prismacolor products during the camp by Diana Garrett, consumer specialist for Sanford Corporation.

Learn more about fees, need scholarships, discounts, housing, meals and refunds. To register, print, complete and mail or fax the registration form

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Studio Sessions

Studio work forms the core of the Visual Arts Camp and campers will be fully engaged in two intensive studio classes that meet each day for the week. On the registration form, campers make a first, second, and third choice of classes from each studio session and are assigned to one class for each session. There is limited space in each class. Classes with insufficient enrollment may be cancelled.
NOTE: The content of classes changes from year to year, providing new challenges for first-time and returning campers alike.

Morning Studio Sessions

  • Drawing Realism - Becki Miller and Shauna Ubersox
    Using traditional drawing materials, campers create realistic drawings that address both composition and concept. Techniques are explored that allow artists to render images expressively, using mark making, visual texture, and subtle gradations.
  • Mixed Media - Lisa Doll
    Experiment with mixed media in collage form or in the development of a personal journal combining found object materials with traditional painting and drawing techniques.
  • Abstraction with Oil Pastel - Elizabeth Woodyatt
    Work with color using colored pencil and/or oil pastel to create dynamic drawings that emphasize contrast and depth.
  • Acrylic Painting - Janell Matas
    Learn traditional and expressive acrylic painting techniques to create dynamic and dramatic imagery. 
  • Sculpture/3-D Experience - April Macatangay
    Using elements and principles of design, students create sculptures from a myriad of three-dimensional materials (both additive and subtractive methods) to convey meaning.

Afternoon Studio Sessions

  • Printmaking - Ana Cortes and Joshua Johnson
    Students explore a variety of printmaking experiences and develop a series of prints in the NIU printmaking studio. 
  • Acrylic Painting - Abigail La Franca and Courtney Haugdahl 
    Learn traditional and expressive acrylic painting techniques to create dynamic and dramatic imagery. 
  • Self Portrait and Drawing Studies - Bjana Lunde
    Draw portraits and/or self-portraits while being introduced to the essential concepts and techniques of proportion, form, and dramatic value use.
  • Life Drawing - Frank Matas 
    Draw the human figure while being introduced to college-level life drawing concepts and techniques.
  • Experimental Portraiture - Brandon Barber
    Experiment with various techniques of creating portraits in this varied and exciting class.  

Enrichment Sessions

Guest speakers present visual overviews of their life and works as they share their career paths in visual arts.

Evening Art Activities

Students participate in evening art-making activities, often experimenting with new materials while interacting and socializing with other young artists from a variety of backgrounds. Activities may include portfolio embellishment, campus art scavenger hunt, group sculpture building, and performance art. Campers have the opportunity to devote extra time to art projects during open studio sessions scheduled every evening.

Check-In and Closing Ceremony/Art Show

Sunday: Check-in is on Sunday between 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. First, campers and parents check-in to the dorms with luggage at Gilbert Hall. Then, go to the Music Building Concert Hall Lobby to pick up camp materials. 

Friday: The closing ceremony and art show are on Friday and begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Art Building (Jack Arends Hall). Parents and campers will go to the residence hall after the art show to pick up campers' belongings.

Note: All times are subject to change. Please check the camper letter that you will receive about one month before the start of camp to confirm the information.

About the Camp Staff

Learn more about camp director Lynn Stockton and her staff.