Summer Art Camps for Philly Area Kids

Camps and Summer Programs at Art Museums and Art Centers for Kids in the Philadelphia Area

Summer will be here before we know it, and many parents are starting to think about camps. If you have a budding young artist in your family, there is no shortage of camp options available for you in the Philadelphia area. From museums and neighborhood art leagues to paint-your-own ceramic studios, we have assembled a list to fit all levels of artistic ability. So, if your children have created enough crafts at home this winter and are ready for a new learning experience, read on for our ideas.

Be sure to browse our Camp Directory for even more ideas!

ACPPANorristown
This year, camp is inspired by the magical world created by J.K. Rowling, with a HogwARTS Creative Camp theme. This camp offers several weeks of "pre-camp" and "post-camp" with an intensive Summer ARTS program that runs for 4 consecutive weeks July 3–28, 2017. Students are exposed to many different art media, and take field trips and go swimming each week. Weekly sessions are available June and August. Full and half day options are available.
 
Abington Art CenterJenkintown
Various creative arts camps are held for children ages 4–12 from June 19–August 25, 2017. Campers learn about painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and other art forms as well as spend time outdoors exploring AAC's 27-acre sculpture park. Morning sessions are available for children aged 4-6. Older kids have morning and afternoon session options. 
 
Art Dept StudiosNorth Wales, Newtown, and Doylestown 
A wide variety of programs are available for students entering second grade and older, June 16–August 25, 2017 at locations in North Wales, Newtown, and Doylestown. Morning sessions expose campers to the pottery wheel and clay projects, while afternoons are about exploring various mediums such as glass, mosaics, sketching, watercolor, jewelry-making, and sculpture. Young Artists Camps, for kids 5-7, take place July 11-15, 2017 and August 8-12, 2017 at all locations.
 
Busy Bees PotteryVarious
Kids Camp takes place at various locations for kids ages 6–12 to explore clay, pottery, and glass art. Campers can sign up for a full week or on a daily basis at studios in AudubonBensalemFrazerConshohockenSpringfield, or Wyomissing. Dates, times, and themes vary by location.
 
Center on Central's Creative Arts Camp is for kids entering Kindergarten though the sixth grade, with weekly themes running June 12–September 1, 2017. Morning and afternoon sessions available. In addition, Camp 24 offers up to five weeks of music, art, dance/movement, yoga, pottery, and team games designed to promote meaningful social interactions.

Chester County Art AssociationWest Chester
Weekly summer camp sessions are available for children from preschool to late teens at CCAA, June 12–August 18, 2017. Morning, afternoon, and after camp care options are available. Camp is offered in weekly sessions, and weekly themes include: science and art, upcycle/recycle fashion, magical beasts, art in motion, and more.

Community Arts CenterWallingford
During Summer Spree, campers take a deep dive into "Metamorphosis," exploring the magical transformations occurring in nature. Weekly sessions run from June 26–August 18, 2017. Ages 4-11 have the option of full- or half-day camp and ages 12+ can attend afternoon studios. 

Darlington Arts CenterGarnet Valley
Full and half day camps are offered for young artists ages 3–12, and Art Intensive camps are offered for ages 5–14. Weekly sessions from June 19– August 31, 2017 expose students to a variety of visual and performing arts with different themes each week.  

Week-long camp sessions run from June 19–August 25, 2017. Children learn basic art techniques in the morning and work on hands-on projects in the afternoon. This camp is open to ages 6–14, and runs weekdays from 10 AM–2 PM.
 

Handwork StudiosNarbeth and Philadelphia

At the Narberth location, sessions revolve around learning handcrafts such as knitting, crochet, and sewing. Handwork Day Camp is for ages 5–12, and will challenge your child's creativity June 12–September 1, 2017. In Philadelphia, a limited camp is offered June 19-July 14, 2017.
 
Lavner CampVarious
Lavner Camps, for children ages 6-12, specialize in full-, half-day, and extended care offerings at various locations in the Philadelphia Metro region. In addition to sport and technology-themed programs, they offer several art-enrichment camps including Fashion Design Camp, Digital Fashion Design Camp, Hand Sewing Camp, Filmmaking Camp, Jewelry Design Camp, Graphic Design Camp, Photography Camp, Theater Camp, Acting Camp, and Creative Writing Camp. Camp dates range from June 12-August 25, 2017, and vary by location. Area locations include Germantown Academy, Gwynedd Mercy University, and Malvern Preparatory School (see full listings on the map).
 
Main Line Art CenterHaverford
Campers learn alongside professional artists in week-long sessions, running June 12–August 25, 2017. Each session offers a different theme, and engages children ages 4–12 in areas such as ceramics, drawing, painting, jewelry-making, and digital photography. A Teen Studio for ages 13–18 is also offered. The Art Center camps offer full days, half days, extended care, and even a lunch program.
 
Michener MuseumDoylestown
Morning and afternoon camp sessions are offered for children grades 1–8 weekly from June 19–August 18, 2017. Programs include sculpture, drawing, painting, stained glass, fabric design, sewing, and more. Museum members receive discounts on weekly sessions. 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsPhiladelphia
Summer Art Camp at PAFA is offered in weekly sessions from June 26–August 11, 2017. Children learn various art mediums and are influenced by the many artists on display right in the museum. Weekly sessions are offered in age-appropriate groups for children ages 5–13.

Philly Art CenterPhiladelphia
Weekly camp sessions are available for ages 4–14 from June 12–September 1, 2017, with full-day, half-day, and extra care options. Themes vary by week and each day includes some outside play time. Camp locations include Queen Village, Fairmount, and Cherry Hill, NJ. Pre-registering for multiple weeks may have benefits, including discounts.

Wayne Art CenterWayne
This camp runs for 12 weeks from June 5–August 25, 2017 in weekly sessions. The theme "Lost Worlds" is explored in each program, including drawing and painting, cartooning, pottery, jewelry, preschool art, and more.

Photo courtesy of Abington Art Center.

Originally published on 2/24/15. Updated 3/6/2017.

Area/Neighborhood: 
location: 
Michener Museum
138 S. Pine Street
18901 Doylestown , PA 40° 18' 29.9016" N, 75° 7' 35.8176" W
Pennsylvania
Greater Norristown Art League
800 West Germantown Pike
19403 East Norriton , PA 40° 9' 10.7208" N, 75° 21' 10.998" W
Pennsylvania
Philly Art Center
2501 Olive Street
19130 Philadelphia , PA 39° 58' 5.2428" N, 75° 10' 43.068" W
Pennsylvania
Philly Art Center
514 Bainbridge Street
19147 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 26.9628" N, 75° 9' 5.7672" W
Pennsylvania
Chester County Art Association
100 W Bradford Avenue
19382 West Chester , PA 39° 57' 21.6" N, 75° 36' 59.1912" W
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 N. Broad Street
19102 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 18.6372" N, 75° 9' 48.0672" W
Pennsylvania
Main Line Art Center
746 Panmure Road
19041 Haverford , PA 40° 0' 57.6" N, 75° 18' 34.1892" W
Pennsylvania
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave.
19087 Wayne , PA 40° 2' 20.0292" N, 75° 23' 30.0372" W
Pennsylvania
Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Rd
19060 Garnet Valley , PA 39° 51' 0.3528" N, 75° 31' 30.5004" W
Pennsylvania
ACPPA
506 Haws Avenue
19401 Norristown , PA 40° 7' 12.4644" N, 75° 21' 8.8704" W
Pennsylvania
Abington Art Center
515 Meetinghouse Road
19046 Jenkintown , PA 40° 5' 32.1324" N, 75° 7' 1.0272" W
Pennsylvania
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
19086 Wallingford , PA 39° 54' 31.3884" N, 75° 21' 48.528" W
Pennsylvania
Handwork Studios-Narberth Studio
35 N. Narberth Ave.
19072 Narberth , PA 40° 0' 19.2708" N, 75° 15' 35.0604" W
Pennsylvania
Handwork Studios - Philadelphia
2501 Lombard St.
19146 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 48.7968" N, 75° 10' 56.244" W
Pennsylvania
Lavner-Gwynedd Township
816 Norristown Road Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary
19002 Gwnedd Township , PA 40° 11' 2.7744" N, 75° 13' 32.4876" W
Pennsylvania
Lavner- Newtown
1450 Newtown-Langhorne Road Newtown Friends School
18940 Newtown , PA 40° 12' 59.886" N, 74° 55' 54.3756" W
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Lavner - Malvern
418 South Warren Avenue Malvern Preparatory School
19355 Malvern , PA 40° 1' 29.0604" N, 75° 30' 44.4924" W
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Lavner - Plymouth Meeting
2150 Butler Pike Plymouth Meeting Friends School
19462 Plymouth Meeting , PA 40° 6' 8.64" N, 75° 16' 44.8248" W
Pennsylvania
Lavner - Rosemont
1400 Montgomery Avenue Rosemont College
19010 Rosemont , PA 40° 1' 56.1108" N, 75° 19' 36.3576" W
Pennsylvania
Lavner - Philadelphia
3417 Spruce Street University of Pennsylvania – Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium
19104 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 3.2832" N, 75° 11' 38.634" W
Pennsylvania
Lavner - Main Line
513 Montgomery Avenue Waldron Mercy Academy
19066 Merion Station , PA 40° 0' 30.1464" N, 75° 14' 56.5008" W
Pennsylvania
Center on Central
24 W Central Ave
19301 Paoli , PA 40° 2' 39.5268" N, 75° 29' 9.834" W
Pennsylvania
Busy Bees Art Camp-Audobon
1125 Pawlings Rd Audubon Village Shopping Center
19403 Audobon , PA 40° 7' 19.0668" N, 75° 26' 24.2052" W
Pennsylvania
Busy Bees Art Camp - Bensalem
2846 Street Rd Showcase Plaza
19020 Bensalem , PA 40° 6' 43.794" N, 74° 57' 16.2252" W
Pennsylvania
Busy Bees- Conshohocken
1950 Main Ave off Ridge Pk, behind Franzone’s Pizza
19428 Conshohocken , PA 40° 5' 47.2632" N, 75° 17' 35.8296" W
Pennsylvania
Busy Bees - Frazer
215 Lancaster Ave Lincoln Court
19355 Frazer , PA 40° 2' 29.526" N, 75° 32' 27.726" W
Pennsylvania
Busy Bees - Wyomissing
840 N Park Rd
19610 Wyomissing , PA 40° 20' 47.8608" N, 75° 57' 34.4412" W
Pennsylvania
Art Dept - North Wales
1241 Knapp Rd.
19454 North Wales , PA 40° 13' 41.8512" N, 75° 14' 17.934" W
Pennsylvania
Art Dept - Newtown
28 Richboro Newtown Road
18940 Newtown , PA 40° 13' 39.0144" N, 74° 56' 52.6344" W
Pennsylvania
Art Dept - Doylestown
15 West Oakland Avenue
Doylestown , PA 40° 18' 32.7024" N, 75° 7' 50.52" W
Pennsylvania