Art: Colorful Minds & Creative Hands

(Grades 9-12)

June 23-28, 2024


Western Illinois University’s Summer Art Program is designed for students in grades 9 through 12. This is a 1- week program of art workshops led by local artists and faculty from WIU's Department of Art & Design. A great learning experience for those excited about art and/or what it might be like to be an art student at WIU!







June 23-28, 2024 

Commuters are welcome to join the residential campers for evening activities on the Sunday of check-in. They are to be picked up by 8 pm and should plan to report back to camp Monday morning. 

2024 Costs 

Residential: $500     Commuter: $350 

Participation Criteria

Program is intended for students in grades 9- 12, who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Example Schedule


2024 Instructors & Mediums

Ian Shelly - Ceramics/3-D
WIU Assistant Professor of Art - Ceramics , teaching all levels of ceramics and 3D design. Shelly is a n artist and educator utilizing all media and heritage in the canon of western art and craft. His background in ceramic vessel making and his interests in weapons manufacturing and childhood touchstones drives his subject matter toward humorous and sometimes haunting permutations and outcomes. Ian’s work has been featured in numerous venues around the country as well as publications within the field of ceramics.
MFA - University of Missouri - 2010          
BFA - Texas Tech University - 2007        
AA - Western Texas College - 2004
Tyler Hennings - Painting
Damon McArthur - Multimedia
WIU Professor of Art - Drawing &  Painting -     serves as Professor in the Department of Art. He came to WIU in 2003, after serving as Visiting Professor of Art at Hobart and William Smith Colleges from 2001-2003. He currently teaches Art Appreciation, Drawing, and Painting courses. Damon is currently working on a series of single panel cartoons for print, and preparing for a one-person exhibition of his painting.

Tim Waldrop  - Sculpture 

Professor of Art, Drawing & Painting (Master of Fine Arts, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville) Born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Waldrop has lived and worked in the Midwest since 1998. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from William Carey College in Gulfport, MS, in 1998, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2001. He is currently a professor in the WIU Department of Art and Design, and has been on campus for just over 20 years, having initially joined the WIU Department of Art in 2002. He teaches a number of courses including drawing, painting, 2D design and art appreciation.



Enrollment is limited to 10 students who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residential Cost (2023): $450     2024 Cost TBD

Commuter Cost (2023): $300     2024 Cost TBD

Refund Policy:

Full refunds will be made for cancellations made two weeks prior to the program start date. 


Registrants who select the residential option when registering, will be housed on campus in a WIU's Residence Hall. Housing and all meals are included in the program registration cost. 

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.

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Sally Adams
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(309) 298-1911