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Summer Art Camp in Ann Arbor 2019

Looking for a Summer Camp in Ann Arbor?

Fill your children’s summer with ART, creativity, exciting out-of-the-box projects, experimentation, learning, and FUN! Sign them up for one (or many) of our Summer Art Camp weeks!

Sign them up soon as spots fill very, very quickly.

Meet Jean, our awesome Camp Director, and hear more about our summer camps!

Summer Art Camps at the Ann Arbor Art Center:

– 10 individual weeks, from June 24 to August 30, 2019

– Two options to choose from: Creativity camp for children ages 5-12, or Clay camp for children ages 9-12

– Full day program from 9 am-4 pm

– Pre & Post Camp Care options for working parents

Please read our updated refund & transfer policy


CREATIVITY CAMPS: AGES 5-12

Each day, our Creativity Camps are packed with fun and challenging activities that balance learning and play. Campers may experiment with a variety of mediums such as graphite, paint, pastels, charcoal, watercolor, sculptural materials, and more. We encourage campers to take what they’ve learned and apply it to outside-the-box projects. Past projects have included: painting cars, making giant animal balloon sculptures, creating anamorphic sidewalk chalk drawings, casting pewter keychains, and much more!

Week 1: Amazing Architects | June 24 - June 28

Week 1: Amazing Architects | June 24 - June 28

Do you love to draw and build? The sky is the limit this week as we put our creativity to the test and learn how to draw, design, and fabricate architectural forms.

Week 2: Mission Impossible | July 1 - July 3

Week 2: Mission Impossible | July 1 - July 3

Do you have what it takes to complete a series of exciting and challenging Secret Art Missions? In this 3-day mini-camp, there’s no limit to what we can achieve with a little ingenuity, creativity, and teamwork.

Week 3: Monsters & Magical Beasts | July 8 - July 12

Week 3: Monsters & Magical Beasts | July 8 - July 12

Let loose your imagination and master the art of monster-making and fantastical creature design! Learn how to create exciting and believable creatures using a variety of different mediums.

Week 4: Art in Action | July 15 - July 19

Week 4: Art in Action | July 15 - July 19

Join us for an action-packed week as we experiment with different types of kinetic art, stop-motion animation, and other types of artwork and art-making that involves movement!

Week 5: Go Wild | July 22 - July 26

Week 5: Go Wild | July 22 - July 26

Are you an animal lover? Take a walk on the wild side as we explore how to incorporate animals, bugs, reptiles, birds, and aquatic life into our artwork.

Week 6: Color-Palooza | July 29 - August 2

Week 6: Color-Palooza | July 29 - August 2

Prepare for an explosion of color! Learn new ways to use color in the form of paint, printmaking, and more to create spectacular works of art.

Week 7: Comics & Characters | August 5 - August 9

Week 7: Comics & Characters | August 5 - August 9

Heroes and villains, action and adventure! Learn the secrets to designing visually compelling characters and effectively communicating a story through pictures.

Week 8: Art Innovators | August 12 – August 16

Week 8: Art Innovators | August 12 – August 16

Get ready to use a little innovation and ingenuinity to take your art to the next level.

Week 9: Design Pros | August 19 - August 23

Week 9: Design Pros | August 19 - August 23

If you love to draw, sculpt, and think outside-the-box, then you may be a designer at heart! Get ready to explore a variety of different design fields as we tackle a number of challenging 2-D and 3-D projects.

Week 10: Think BIG | August 26 - August 30

Week 10: Think BIG | August 26 - August 30

This week will truly be “larger than life” as we experiment with scale, proportion, and perspective.

CLAY CAMPS: AGES 9-12

Our Clay Camp curriculum is designed to teach the skills of pottery and to encourage the exploration of clay as a material for design, sculpture, and expression. Each week, campers learn to throw on the wheel in the mornings. In the afternoons, campers learn a variety of handbuilding techniques to create stunning sculptures, tiles, or functional items.

Week 1: Throwing on the Wheel & Amazing Architects | June 24 – June 28

Week 1: Throwing on the Wheel & Amazing Architects | June 24 – June 28

Do you love to build things? Our excitement is rising for what’s in store this week as we brainstorm designs, practice our construction skills, and sculpt architectural forms. CAMP FULL - JOIN THE WAITLIST!

Week 2: 3-Day Handbuilding-Only Camp: Sculpt-O-Rama | July 1 – July 3

Week 2: 3-Day Handbuilding-Only Camp: Sculpt-O-Rama | July 1 – July 3

Welcome to a fantastically fun 3-day camp focused solely on sculpture. Learn and practice the fundamentals of sculpting to make cool projects using a variety of handbuilding techniques.

Week 3: Throwing on the Wheel & Magical Beasts | July 8 – July 12

Week 3: Throwing on the Wheel & Magical Beasts | July 8 – July 12

Let your imagination run away with you as we create wild and crazy creatures! Learn how to give your monsters and magical beasts personality and make them look friendly or fierce. CAMP FULL - JOIN THE WAITLIST!

Week 4: Throwing on the Wheel & Clay in Action | July 15 – July 19

Week 4: Throwing on the Wheel & Clay in Action | July 15 – July 19

This week we’ll really get things moving! Bring your artistic visions to life and explore making clay objects with parts that move. CAMP FULL - JOIN THE WAITLIST!

Week 5: Throwing on the Wheel & Go Wild | July 22 – July 26

Week 5: Throwing on the Wheel & Go Wild | July 22 – July 26

Take a walk on the wild side and join us as we find inspiration in the vibrant colors, exotic patterns, and unusual shapes found in a myriad of stunning creatures around the world. CAMP FULL - JOIN THE WAITLIST!

Week 6: Throwing on the Wheel & Color-Palooza | July 29 – August 2

Week 6: Throwing on the Wheel & Color-Palooza | July 29 – August 2

Turn your blank clay projects into masterpieces as you learn a variety of clever tricks and techniques to create colorful, captivating designs. CAMP FULL - JOIN THE WAITLIST!

Week 7: Throwing on the Wheel & Character Design | August 5 – August 9

Week 7: Throwing on the Wheel & Character Design | August 5 – August 9

Give your sculptures plenty of personality this week as we explore the art of character design. CAMP FULL - JOIN THE WAITLIST!

Week 8: Throwing on the Wheel & Clay Innovators | August 12 – August 16

Week 8: Throwing on the Wheel & Clay Innovators | August 12 – August 16

Let's discover and experiment with modern tricks or tools that can be used to aid in the process of creating clay masterpieces! CAMP FULL - JOIN THE WAITLIST!

Week 9: Throwing on the Wheel & Design Pros | August 19 – August 23

Week 9: Throwing on the Wheel & Design Pros | August 19 – August 23

One of the greatest challenges designers of all sorts face is how to balance form with function. What do we need to consider as we create objects that are both visually appealing and useful? CAMP FULL - JOIN THE WAITLIST!

Week 10: Throwing on the Wheel & Think BIG | August 26 – August 30

Week 10: Throwing on the Wheel & Think BIG | August 26 – August 30

Making large sculptures is harder than it looks! This week, we will challenge ourselves to GO BIG! Learn how to plan ahead, balance forms, and refine construction techniques as we scale up our projects. CAMP FULL - JOIN THE WAITLIST!

Learn more about our Art Camps HERE

Please read our updated refund & transfer policy

View information on camp scholarships

If you have any questions please give us a call at 734-926-4128 or contact Jean at jspindler@annarborartcenter.org