Cranbrook Summer Art Institute

CSAI 2015

Cranbrook Summer Art Institute

Offering intensive summer art programs for artists, ages 14–18 years.

Spend your summer as part of a community of talented students and teachers from around the world. Our summer programs are taught by graduates of Cranbrook Academy of Art and are designed to both bolster creativity and develop fundamental skills. Our teaching artists excel in providing individual attention and innovative instruction – accommodating students of all levels.

CSAI utilizes the rich resources available at Cranbrook Academy of Art – one of the most respected graduate schools in the world for fine art, design, and architecture.

  • Each session meets Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for studio time and instruction, with additional instruction and opportunities available to Boarding Students after hours.
  • Classes take place in the Art Academy’s studios and alternate studio practice with instruction, observation, and guidance by practicing Art Academy graduate students, alumni, working artists, and designers.
  • At the end of each session we host a public exhibition of student work at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Students have the option of attending as a day student or staying with us as a boarding student.  The Boarding Program offers extra studio time, evening workshops, and field trips throughout Metro Detroit. This comprehensive summer experience allows students to experience local cuisine and culture, while forming lasting friendships with other campers from across the globe.

The 2015 Program Schedule is now available.
Program registration is open until filled – limited availability! Enrollment is guaranteed only when a deposit or full payment is received.


Location. We are located at Cranbrook Academy of Art, in the heart of the 319-acre Cranbrook Educational Community. The grounds are home to picturesque trails, inspiring art, and world-renowned architecture.

Instructors. All programs are led by graduate students and alumni of the Cranbrook Academy of Art . Academy-trained artists have attended the country’s only independent two-year MFA graduate program in fine art, architecture and design. The Academy is consistently ranked as one of the top graduate art schools in the world by the US News and World Report.

Individual attention. Classes are limited to 16 students, so instructors have time  every day to connect one-on-one with each young artist.

Intensive study. CSAI students enroll in a single, intensive area of study for their two- to  three-week term, for a total of 60 – 90 hours of focused development. 90 hours is equivalent to a full semester-long high school class.

Exhibition. Each session culminates in an exhibition of student work in Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Forum Gallery. Family members and the general public are invited to the opening reception, celebrating the accomplishments of each student.

On-Campus Boarding. Students who board enjoy the complete college experience by living in supervised campus dorms. Find out more about the NEW Boarding Experience at Cranbrook Summer Art Institute.

Lifelong Friendships. Students from all over the world and across the United States attend the Summer Art Institute. China, Korea, France, England, Canada, Mexico, and Columbia are countries typically represented.


For more information contact: Kelly Lyons, Curator of Education, Cranbrook Art Museum, by email at or call 248-645-3314.

Too young to take a class at CSAI? Art, Architecture, and Design Summer Camps are available to students in grades 1-9.