Artist in Training

Program Information

Rising 8th-12th graders can participate in the Artist in Training program.  In addition to receiving training and serving as counselors for Highwood's Art Squared summer camp, Artists in Training get to choose one or two specific areas (see class listings below) and serve as apprentices to the Artists teaching those specific classes.


This is not only a fantastic opportunity for older students to work with kids and gain experience with teaching, but students also get to join a professional artist in planning and teaching a class. 


The rewards are endless, from new skills and leadership experience, to the admiration of the campers around you!  Once registered, Artists in Training are contacted about scheduling an interview with Highwood Summer Camp Staff.  All students who sign up are accepted in the program, interviews simply inform camp staff about the best placement for each student.  Artists in Training then attend an orientation/training session on Saturday, June 22 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM OR Saturday, July 13 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM (training day must be before your chosen Session(s).  If you are unavailable for either session, please contact us.


The Classes:

  • TheatreFIT - mash-up dance/fitness/movement class designed to promote an active and healthy life
  • Improv - fun exercises and games with real-life applications, from problem solving, to public speaking and just having fun
  • 3D Printing - use easy-to-learn computer software to design, create AND print your own 3D art, new gadgets, or figures  
  • Digital Music - use modern technology to create your own music - from composing on a keyboard, to exploring percussion tracks, audio effects  
  • Upcycling Art - use found or recycled objects in new ways, whether through fashion, engineering, sculpture, or design  
  • Photography - explore the world of photography from staging, shooting, and editing your artistic or realistic photos  

Note: We cap the number of teens who can work in the program, so register early!

Dates and Details

Artists in Training must attend one orientation and training workshop before their chosen Session(s) begins.  The training workshop is held from 1:00 - 2:30 PM on Saturday, June 22 or Saturday, July 13 (you only need to attend one session).


Session 1: June 24 - 28

Session 2: July 1 - July 5 (no camp July 4)

Session 3: July 8 - July 12

Session 4: July 15 - 19

Session 5: July 22 - 26

Session 6: July 29 - August 2

Session 7: August 5 - 9

Session 8: August 12 - 16

Session 9: August 19 - 23


Cost: $175 per session ($140 for Session 2)


Artists and Training are needed onsite from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM on camp days.


Artists in Training may elect to work Extended AM (8:00 - 8:30 AM), Extended PM (4:00 - 6:00 PM), or both for no charge.