Cranbrook Summer Art Institute
Offering intensive summer art classes to young artists 14-18 years old.

The 2015 summer schedule will be available in early 2015.

Cranbrook, which combines some of the country’s greatest artistic and architectural treasures on a campus of remarkable beauty, is the ideal place for your summer studies. Now in our eleventh year, the Summer Art Institute simulates the college experience by utilizing the rich resources available at Cranbrook Academy of Art-- one of the most innovative graduate schools in the United States for fine art, design and architecture. A broad selection of courses taught by Academy artists and alumni offers the perfect opportunity to explore the studio arts for serious college-bound students as well as those who want to explore their creative sides.

We specialize in providing individual attention and innovative instruction, accommodating students of all levels from beginning to very advanced. Each two- or three-week course meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Classes take place in the Academy’s art studios, featuring demonstrations and instruction by practicing artists and designers. Students may enroll anywhere from one to nine weeks.  At the end of each session we offer a public exhibition of student work in the Forum Gallery at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Dates for 2014

Session 1: June 23 to July 11 - Boarding available

Session 2: July 14 to August 1 - Boarding available

Session 3: August 4 to August 15 - Boarding available

Registration is open until classes are full. Enrollment is guaranteed only when payment is received


Highlights of the Cranbrook Summer Art Institute Experience

Location: We are located at the heart of the landmark Cranbrook Educational Community on the beautiful campus of Cranbrook Academy of Art. The grounds are resplendent with inspiring art and architecture created by some of the world’s most famous artists and architects of the modern era including Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Carl Milles, Rafael Moneo, Mark di Suvero and many others.

Instructors: Graduate students and alumni of Cranbrook Academy of Art lead all classes. Academy-trained artists have attended the country's only independent two-year MFA graduate program in fine art, architecture and design. The Academy is ranked as one of the top graduate art schools in the nation by the US News and World Report.

Individual attention: Classes are limited to a maximum of 12 to 16 students, so instructors have time in each six-hour day to connect one-on-one with each young artist.

Intensive study: Summer Art Institute participants are enrolled in one intensive three-week class per session representing 90 hours of focused study. Classes meet six hours a day, Monday through Friday, for two to three weeks. One-week options are also available.

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 a reception to celebrate the accomplishments of each student.

Boarding on campus: Students who board enjoy the complete Cranbrook experience by living full time on campus. Benefits include extended studio hours, additional use of campus facilities, and extra field trips. Click here for more information.

Diverse 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.

General fun: Although this is an intensive art experience, we have lots of fun.  Every Friday is Pizza Friday, where all classes get together for food and games.  Students are invited to put on their own talent show as well.  Gatherings before and after class, plus a common lunch area, encourage lots of interaction and good times.


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

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Too young to take a class at CSAI? For information about summer camps available to students in grades 1-9, click here.