Art Institute Summer Sessions


For teens ages 14-19, two-week sessions
June 26 – July 21, 2017
in the fine arts studios at Dutchess Community College.

Session 1 June 26-July 7 (nm $990 • m $950)
Session 2 July 10-July 21 (nm $990 • m $950)
Session 2 RESIDENTIAL July 9-July 21 ($2300)

The Summer session of the Art Institute is for motivated, artistically and career-minded teens to help develop their creativity and build skills in the visual arts. Located in the Fine Arts Studios, and Photo Lab at Dutchess Community College. Students choose from 4 areas of concentration: Photography, Drawing & Painting, Character Design and Advanced Drawing & Painting.


Product Description

Advanced Drawing & Painting Concentration (Session 1 & 2 are SOLD OUT)
Students explore representational, abstract, and conceptual sensibilities. This CONCENTRATION uses a range of media from charcoal and pastel on paper; water-color and ink painting, mixed media, and acrylic paint on canvas. Students learn to hone their skills of self-expression into personal statements and powerful works of art while developing their portfolios and entering into critiques and dialogues. Students wishing to concentrate in Advanced Drawing & Painting are required to schedule an appointment with our director, Todd Poteet, prior to enrollment. To set an appointment, call 845.471.7477.
9:00 – 12:30 Adv. Drawing & Painting • lunch • 1 – 2:45 Photo • 2:50 – 4:30 Drawing II

Drawing & Painting Concentration (sessions 1 & 2 are SOLD OUT)
An advanced foundation course which explores the principles of art & 2D design. Students will explore observational based representational and abstract forms as they develop higher level skills. In addition students will discover new drawing techniques and painting methods through the Mixed Media course. This CONCENTRATION begins to prepare students for advanced study as they pursue portfolio development for college admission.
9:00 – 12:30 Drawing & Painting • lunch • 1 – 2:45 Dynamic Spatial Drawing • 2:50 – 4:30 Photo

Character Design (session 1 only)
Students in this course will take inspiration from assigned sources to develop a unique character. Each day will involve dynamic figure sculpture, story board creation, and animation production. Students will create a 1/16 scale model of their original character, story boards, and a short animation starring their creation.
9:00 – 12:30 Character Modeling • lunch • 1:00 – 2:45 Story Boarding • 2:50 – 4:30 Character Animation

Photography Concentration (Session 1 only)
Students explore photo in our fully equipped darkroom, in our Digital Studio and on our landscaped grounds. The emphasis will be on seeing–what is visually significant – and craftsmanship – mastering particular photographic techniques in order to create dynamic photographs. Students learn how a camera works, film processing, innovative techniques, and black-and-white printing. This CONCENTRATION gives students practical experience while gaining an understanding of photography.
9:00 – 12:30 Photo • lunch • 1 – 2:45 Drawing • 2:50 – 4:30 Digital Photo

Summer Intensive Residential Program (SOLD OUT)
Enjoy the same great Art Institute summer program but with added bonuses. Each participant will be enjoy special activities, and weekend art excursions while living in the dorms on campus at Dutchess Community College. In addition, Artist Resident Advisors will work in a mentor position with students. $2300. (No member price available for this program.) Meals and accommodations included. Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 21

Mill Street Loft Members receive member pricing on all summer courses except residential. To receive reduced member pricing, click the “Become a Member” button below to purchase your annual membership at a minimum Orange Level, or above. Your membership is valid through the end of the calendar year.

To register multiple students, please complete a full registration for each student separately.

Deposit or balance payments may be made by check or calling the office to pay with Visa or Mastercard. 845.471.7477.

Partial scholarships are available to those in economic need. Please email for an application or call Mill Street Loft ARTS at 845.471.7477.