Summer Camp

Art: Colorful Minds and Creative Hands (Grade 4-8 and 9-12)

creative_hands Western Illinois University’s summer art program is specifically designed to stimulate and challenge students, in grades fourth-eighth or ninth - twelfth, in an intensive week of art study. Under the guidance of WIU faculty, and/or 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. 

Program Details
Location(s)  The program takes place on the WIU Macomb campus with a commuter or residential options. Classes are held both on and off campus and meet Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Residential Camper Check-In takes place Sunday, June 16th (9th-12th Grade Program) or Sunday, July 14th (4th-8th Grade Program) from 3-5 pm. Commuter Camper Drop-Off takes place Monday, June 17 (9th-12th Grade Program) or July 13 (4th-8th Grade Program) beginning at 7:45 am. Students are to be dropped off at the east entrance of Garwood Hall and are to be picked up at 3 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up locations will vary by day.
Dates   June 16-21, 2019 (Grades 9-12)
July 14-19, 2019 (Grades 4-8)
Included in the program (Grades 4-8)

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.

Included in the program (Grades 9-12)

Metals: Students will be introduced to the basics of working with fine metals. A variety of small jewelry/metals pieces will be created working with processes such as sawing, filing, soldering, texturing, and wirework.   

Printmaking:In this workshop students will learn how to prepare a screen, register the image, and screen print using multiple colors. Students will also learn how to clean up and reclaim the screens properly. Students are encouraged to bring fabric such as t-shirts or other materials for printing using one color of their chosen design as well.

Painting: Using acrylic paints and other water-based media, students will explore various traditional and mixed-media painting approaches. The projects are designed to teach young artists how to paint recognizable imagery, and to develop new ways of seeing the world around them.

Ceramics: This ceramics workshop will give students the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques that explore shape, color, texture and scale and to create thought-provoking and dynamic ceramic objects. No clay experience required.

Participation Criteria Program is open to students in grades 4th-8th or 9th-12th, who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited to 50 students per session, so please register early.

About Program


Enrollment is limited to 50 students per session who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The full $350 commuter and $495 residential registration fees includes all program costs. Registration forms, with payment information, can be completed online at www.wiu.edu/summeryouth, mailed to Study Abroad and Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks are to be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Refund Policy:

WIU 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 will be refunded. A $50 fee will be charged to participants who cancel two weeks prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be made to participants who cancel one week prior to the start of the program.


Participants are housed at WIU's Corbin Olson Residence Hall. They will participate in both outdoor and indoor extracurricular activities. Students are supervised by faculty and carefully-selected resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the Western campus.

Medical/ADA Compliance:

Students do not qualify for University health care. Parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage. Western Illinois University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Study Abroad and Outreach staff know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to the program start date.

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.

Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* Commuter Cost: $350
Residential Cost: $495
Register before March 15, 2019 and receive a 10% Early Bird Discount off the commuter or residential registration cost. Registration includes all program costs. Payment Plan and Scholarship information is available by contacting our office. Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan must pay a $100 deposit at the time of registration in order to hold a program spot. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.
Payment Plan & Scholarship

To take part in the payment plan, please send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.

Further Information: 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.

Deadline* June 7 or July 5, 2019

Instructor Bios

Tim Waldrop

  • Timothy Waldrop,Jr. 
  • Professor,Drawing and Foundations
  • Western Illinois University

Ian Shelly

  • Ian Shelly. 
  • Assistant Professor, Ceramics
  • Western Illinois University

Kat Myers

  • Kat Myers. 
  • Department Chair/Professor, Metals and Jewelry
  • Western Illinois University

Ian Shelly

  • Susan Czechowski. 
  • Professor, Silkscreen Printmaking
  • Western Illinois University

Art 4-8 graders

Natalie Shelly

  • Natalie Shelly ;
  • Artist and Educator
  • Western Illinois University

Leigh Erlandson

  • Leigh Erlandson;
  • Department of Arts
  • Western Illinois University

Robert Johnson

  • Robert Johnson ;
  • Department of Geology
  • Western Illinois University

Steve Larimer

  • Steve Larimer;
  • Department of Arts
  • Western Illinois University

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(309) 298-1911