Distance Learning


June 14-19, 2015, Grades 4-6

June 21-26, 2015, Grades 6-8








 Western Illinois University's summer art program is specifically designed to stimulate and challenge gifted and talented students, grades 4-8, in an intensive week of art study. Under the guidance of Western’s Department of Art faculty, local artists, and their assistants, students have daily opportunities to expand their skills and explore new ideas.During their stay at Western, students also enjoy extracurricular activities such as swimming, indoor/outdoor games, movies, and bowling. Students are supervised by faculty and carefully selected resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the Western campus.


Drawing and Painting:

Students learn to develop their ideas through drawing and painting. Using various media, students review the basics of two-dimensional design and explore such concepts as proportion, perspective, measuring, spontaneity, and the character of a line. Students improve their skills and sense of design, and are encouraged to involve their minds as well as their hands in the process.


This portion of the program will introduce basic-level airbrush techniques used to create a variety of effects for illustration.

Computer Art:

Using interactive software, students examine the many capabilities of the computer and learn how to create through this medium. Students use this software in conjunction with the Internet and their own images to develop a series of illustrations intended to serve as a personal statement by each individual.

Three-Dimensional Expression:

In this portion of the program, students explore many forms of three-dimensional expression. Choosing from a variety of materials, students create work to be presented collaboratively, in one unique piece, and individually.

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Students must be in, or qualified for, the gifted program in their school system and/or must demonstrate marked ability in art. The coordinator of the gifted program, the art teacher, or primary teacher must recommend the student for the program by means of signing the statement on the registration form. We take these recommendations seriously and may call for further information regarding the student's background. A recommendation to the program does not guarantee acceptance; recommended students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For admission into the June 14-19 session, students must be in the fourth, fifth, or sixth grade, and have not yet entered the seventh grade. For admission into the June 21-26 session, students must be in the sixth, seventh, or eighth grade and have not yet entered the ninth grade. Parents and teachers should work together to determine in which session a sixth grader would be most suitably placed.

Special Circumstances: These programs are intended for as many serious students as we can possibly accommodate. Students who are not in their school's gifted program, who are in a school without an art or a gifted program, or who for some other reason cannot submit the above recommendation from a teacher must submit three samples of their work to the Office of Non-Credit Programs for review by our faculty before they can be admitted.


Western’s summer art program has a long record of success; this summer's program offers study in drawing and painting, airbrush, computer art, and many varied forms of three-dimensional expression. The program offers students an exciting introduction to the University environment. All art faculty and their assistants share a particular interest in teaching young artists and are dedicated to helping to further each student’s potential.

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Enrollment is limited. Please register early; students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The full residential fee includes instruction, art and computer supplies, all extra-curricular activities, lodging, and all meals. Commuter students (those participants who live within 30 miles of Western and commute daily to the program) have all of the privileges of residential students except for lodging, breakfast, and supper. For commuter students who wish to participate in activities during and after the dinner hour, meals may be purchased separately at the main desk of Corbin/Olson Residence Hall. Please mail the registration form with a check or credit card information to Outreach Programs, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Illinois 61455-1390, or fax your registration with credit card information to (309) 298-2226. Please duplicate the registration form for additional registrations.


The full residential fee is $445. The commuter rate is $395.Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan , may send a $100 deposit at the time of registration, up to 60 days before the program start date. Fifty percent of the registration fee is due at 60 days prior to the program and full payment is due 30 days before the start of the program.


Students stay in Corbin/Olson Residence Hall, a student residence hall on Macomb (main) campus of Western Illinois University. Classes are held at Garwood Hall, the University’s Department of Art facility. Because Garwood is within easy walking distance of Corbin/Olson, students walk with counselors or instructors to and from class.

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For more information about Art for Gifted and Talented Students, check us out on the web at www.wiu.edu/noncredit!

FURTHER INFORMATION AND SUBMISSION OF SAMPLES: For further information, contact Outreach Programs toll free at 866/933-8964 or at 309/298-1911. For students seeking admission under the special circumstances described in the “Participation Criteria” section, please submit three samples of artwork to Outreach Programs- HH 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Illinois 61455-1390.

MEDICAL/ADA Compliance:

Students do not qualify for university health care, so parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage.Western is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Outreach Programs know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to program start date. Our toll free number is 866/933-8964. Our office phone number is 309/298-1911.



Western Illinois University reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstance or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn, participants are notified and fees are refunded. A $50 fee is charged to participants who cancel after Friday, May 29, 2015, for Session One and June 5, 2015, for Session Two. No refunds are made on or after Wednesday, June 10, 2015, for Session One or Wednesday, June 17, 2015, for Session Two.




Western Illinois University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, orders, and regulations. The university is an affirmative action and equal opportunity institution and affirms its commitment in all programs and activities to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, national origin, and status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam Era veteran.

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