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.
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 2014 and to a seminar on tips and techniques for using Prismacolor products during the camp by Diana Garrett, consumer specialist for Sanford Corporation.
For more information about fees, need scholarships, discounts, housing, meals, refunds, etc., see the general information section. Click here for the registration form.
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
Guest speakers present visual overviews of their life and works as they share their career paths in visual arts.
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.
Learn more about camp director Lynn Stockton and her staff.
SUNDAY: Check-in is on Sunday between 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. First, campers and parents check-in at the Music Building to pick up packets. Then, they check into their rooms in nearby Gilbert Hall, the camp residence hall.
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.