Art Institute Summer Sessions

The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft’s summer pre-college portfolio development program at the Dutchess Community College campus in Poughkeepsie..

This art immersion program is designed for motivated, artistically and career-minded teens ages 14 – 19 to help develop their ideas and build skills in the visual arts. The courses in the Art Institute Summer Sessions give students a strong foundation for their visual art education. We explore the depth of shape, color, line, texture, space and movement as well as the importance of conceptualism to help students develop scholarship-level portfolios.

New in 2017, The Art Institute Summer Sessions will be located in the Fine Arts Studios and Photo Lab at Dutchess Community College, in Poughkeepsie on  Creek Road. The beautifully landscaped campus, and large outdoor art collection serve as inspiration. We utilize many studios, including sculpture, a fully equipped darkroom, professional exhibit areas, dorms, and the expansive grounds and facilities.

Instructors are professional visual and media artists who teach from a mentor position, encouraging students to build their skills while becoming well-rounded and diversified in the visual arts. They include illustrators, photographers, and exhibiting visual artists. Many of the instructors appear in national publications and are affiliated with professional organizations that focus on arts and education.

June 26 – Aug 4, 2017
Two week sessions. Each session (9:00am-4:30pm) offers 4 areas of concentration: Advanced Drawing & Painting, Drawing & Painting, Photography and Character Design.

A limited number of scholarships are available based on need and talent.


Session 1 June 26-July 7 (10 days) (concentration in Photography, Advanced Drawing & Painting, Drawing & Painting, or Character Design*) REGISTER

Session 2 July 10-July 21 (10 days)(concentration in Drawing & Painting, Photography or Advanced Drawing & Painting) REGISTER


Session 2 RESIDENTIAL** July 9-July 21 (11 days + weekend and evening courses, room & board) (concentration in Drawing & Painting, Photography or Advanced Drawing & Painting) REGISTER


Session 3 July 24-Aug 4 (10 days)(concentration in Drawing & Painting, Photography or Advanced Drawing & Painting) REGISTER


*Character Design Program (June 26-July 7)
Students in this three-week intensive will take inspiration from literary sources to develop a unique character of their own design. Each day will involve dynamic figure drawing, story board creation, prop and costuming, and sculpting from a live model. Students will have a one page story board introducing their original character and a 1/5 scale model of their character to take home.
9:00 – 12:30 3-D Modeling • lunch • 1:00 – 2:45 Story Boarding
2:45 – 4:30 Animation and Video

**Residential Program (Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 21)
Enjoy the same great Art Institute summer program but with added bonuses. Each participant will enjoy special activities and weekend art excursions while living in the dorms on the Dutchess Community College campus. In addition, Artist Resident Advisors will work in a mentor position with students. Meals and accommodations included.


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