Art: Colorful Minds & Creative Hands

SESSION ONE: JUNE 10-15, 2018 (Grades 6-8)

SESSION TWO: JUNE 18-22, 2018 (Grades 4-6)


Registration: Session 1 (Closed for 2018)

Registration:Session 2 (Closed for 2018)



Western Illinois University’s summer art program is specifically designed to stimulate and challenge gifted and talented students, fourth-eighth grades, in an intensive week of art study. Under the guidance of WIU faculty, and local artists, students will have the opportunity to expand their skills and explore new ideas. During their stay at Western, students will also enjoy extracurricular activities, such as swimming, indoor/outdoor games and movies. Students will be supervised by faculty and carefully selected resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on campus. Western’s summer art program has a long record of success and introduces students to the university environment.


Drawing: Using various media, students will review the basics of two-dimensional design and explore such concepts as proportion, perspective, measuring, spontaneity and the character of a line.

Painting: Explore new techniques in watercolor as we create individualized functional artwork. Join us this summer as we paint through the year.

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

Computer Art: Using interactive software, students will examine the many capabilities of the computer and learn how to create through this medium. Students will use 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: Participants will use various approaches, such as carving, molding or assembling, to create their own unique 3D sculptures. An array of materials and artistic tools will be introduced to the students while discussing the artistic concepts of repetition, movement, negative space, texture and refining of a finished piece.


Registration: Enrollment is limited to 50 students per session who are admitted on a
first-come, first-served basis. The $465 residential registration fee includes tuition, supplies,
all scheduled extra-curricular activities, over-night lodging and meals. The $395 commuter
registration fee includes tuition, supplies and lunches. Commuter students (those participants who 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. Registration forms, with payment can be mailed to Study Abroad & Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks should be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Payment: Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan may send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due 30 days before the start of the program. A limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded. To inquire about the partial scholarships, need-based assistance, or payment plan options, please contact the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach at (309) 298-1911.

Accommodations: Residential participants stay in Corbin/Olson Residence Hall on the Macomb campus of Western Illinois University. Classes are held at Garwood Hall, the University’s Department of Art facility. All activities are supervised by faculty and resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the University campus.

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 Study Abroad & Outreach know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to program start date.

Further Information: For further information, call the Study Abroad and Outreach Office at (309) 298-1911 or toll free at (866) 933-8964.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color,
sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.


Western Illinois University reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn, participants will be notified and fees are refunded. A $50 fee is charged to participants who cancel after Monday, May 22, 2017. No refunds will be made on or after Monday, June 5, 2017.

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