Visual Arts Institute

Draw. Collage. Paint. Sculpt. Explore your boundless creativity.

Visual acuity and technical skills will be strengthened to determine creative preference and how to turn interest into an artistic line of inquiry. Drawing, collage, painting, and sculpture may be considered as potential media. Field trips, working sessions, and critiques will all be part of the process.

At a Glance

Dates: Summer 2020 dates coming soon!

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen

Program Length: 1-week sessions

Program Tuition: $2,350

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus

Residential or Non Residential: Residential

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Visual Arts Institute participants.


What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Drawing
  • Drawing: Alternative Materials
  • Collage and Assemblage
  • Water-based Painting
  • Methods as Metaphor
  • Critique 

Hands-On Experience:

  • Practice visual measuring and proportion techniques
  • Select appropriate techniques and materials
  • Work with conceptual and collage artists
  • Visit local museums and speak with a curator
  • Visit a professional artist’s studio
  • Participate in critique

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Visual Arts Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,350

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Arrive and breakfast
  • 9:00- 9:30 am- Welcome and program introduction
  • 9:30-10:30 am- Visiting artist presentation: “Collage as an Approach” concepts of adjacency and continuity
  • 10:30 am- 12:00 pm- Material collection and collage work
  • 12:00- 1:00 pm- Lunch
  • 1:00- 2:00 pm- Interim critique with visiting artist
  • 2:00- 5:00 pm- Collage work
  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm- Debrief for next day
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30- 7:30 pm – Evening activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00 – 10:00 pm – Prepare for bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights out

*This “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is based upon the 2018 curriculum and is subject to change. 


Wake Forest art professor Leigh Ann Hallberg poses for a portrait in the Hanes Gallery in the Scales Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Leigh Ann Hallberg

Academic Leader, Visual Arts

Leigh Ann Hallberg was born in New Haven, CT in 1956. She received her BA in Art, Magna Cum Laude, from Mount Union College in 1978 and her MFA from University of Colorado Boulder in 1989. Hallberg has exhibited at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Verge Art Fair NY, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale – Ferrara, Italy, Museo Civico Archeologico, Stellata, Italy, Plymouth Rock Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland and Unterhammer im Karistal, Germany among other venues. Hallberg has taught at UNC Charlotte, Salem College where she was the Visual Artist in Residence, and is currently a Teaching Professor at Wake Forest University where she has been a Hoak Family Fellow and awarded numerous grants. Hallberg lives and works in Winston Salem, NC.