Summer Art Camps for Philly Area Kids

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 and are ready for a new learning experience, read on for our ideas.

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


1. Abington Art Center—Jenkintown

Various creative arts camps are held for children ages 4–12 with options most weeks in the summer of 2020. 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. 

2. Art Dept StudiosNorth Wales, Newtown, and Doylestown 

Programs are available across a range of mediums and projects for students ages 6-12 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.

3. Busy Bees Pottery—Audubon, Conshohocken, Frazer, Springfield, Wyomissing

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 across their studio locations. Check the dates, times, and themes for the location nearest you.


4. Center on CentralPaoli

Center on Central's Creative Arts Camp is for kids entering K-6 grades, with weekly themes running June– August 2020. Morning and afternoon sessions are 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.

5. Chester County Art AssociationWest Chester

Weekly summer camp sessions are available for children from preschool to late teens at CCAA, June 10–August 23, 2019. Morning, afternoon, and after camp care options are available. Camp is offered in weekly sessions, and weekly themes include superheroes, modern art, acrylic painting, tie-dye techniques, and abstract art.

6. 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 through August, 2020. Ages 4-11 have the option of full- or half-day camp and ages 12 and up can attend afternoon studios. 

7. 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 through August, 2020 and are designed to expose students to a variety of visual and performing arts with different themes each week.  

8. Greater Norristown Art League—East Norriton

Week-long camp sessions run from June –August 2020. Children learn basic art techniques in the morning and work on hands-on projects in the afternoon. This camp is open to ages 7–12 and runs weekdays from 10 AM–3 PM. On Fridays, the week-long camp concludes with an art show and reception for parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

9. Handwork StudiosNarbeth and Philadelphia

Summer sessions revolve around learning handcrafts such as knitting, crochet, and sewing for ages 5–15 and are designed to challenge your child's creativity. Dates, pricing, and full details vary by location.


10.Lavner CampVarious locations

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 (but not limited to!) Fashion Design Camp, Hand Sewing Camp, Filmmaking Camp, Jewelry Design Camp, Theater Camp, and Creative Writing Camp. Camp dates and activities vary by location. Area locations include Germantown Academy, Gwynedd Mercy University, and Malvern Preparatory School.

11. Main Line Art CenterHaverford

Campers learn alongside professional artists in week-long sessions. Each session offers a different theme, and engages children ages 5–16 in areas such as ceramics, drawing, painting, jewelry-making, and digital photography. The Art Center camps offer full days, half days, and extended care.

12. Michener MuseumDoylestown

Morning and afternoon camp sessions are offered for children ages 5 through Grade 12 weekly from June –August 14, 2020. Programs include comic book design, drawing, painting, stained glass, and mosaics. Museum members receive discounts on weekly sessions. 

13. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsPhiladelphia

Summer Art Camp at PAFA is offered in weekly sessions all summer long. 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 4–15.

14. Philly Art CenterPhiladelphia

Weekly camp sessions are available for ages 4–14 and vary by date and location. You can register for either full-day or half-day sessions, and extra care is available. Each day includes some outside playtime. Camp locations include Queen Village, Fairmount, and Cherry Hill, NJ. Pre-registering for multiple weeks may have benefits, including discounts.

Photo courtesy of Abington Art Center.

Updated for 2020.

Michener Museum
138 S. Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Greater Norristown Art League
800 West Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA 19403

Philly Art Center
2501 Olive Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Philly Art Center
514 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Chester County Art Association
100 W Bradford Avenue
West Chester, PA 19382

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Main Line Art Center
746 Panmure Road
Haverford, PA 19041

Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087

Darlington Arts Center
977 Shavertown Rd
Garnet Valley, PA 19060

Abington Art Center
515 Meetinghouse Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA 19086

Handwork Studios-Narberth Studio
35 N. Narberth Ave.
Narberth, PA 19072

Handwork Studios - Philadelphia
2501 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Lavner-Gwynedd Township
816 Norristown Road Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary
Gwnedd Township, PA 19002

Lavner- Newtown
1450 Newtown-Langhorne Road Newtown Friends School
Newtown, PA 18940

Lavner - Malvern
418 South Warren Avenue Malvern Preparatory School
Malvern, PA 19355

Lavner - Plymouth Meeting
2150 Butler Pike Plymouth Meeting Friends School
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Lavner - Rosemont
1400 Montgomery Avenue Rosemont College
Rosemont, PA 19010

Lavner - Philadelphia
3417 Spruce Street University of Pennsylvania – Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Lavner - Main Line
513 Montgomery Avenue Waldron Mercy Academy
Merion Station , PA 19066

Center on Central
24 W Central Ave
Paoli, PA 19301

Busy Bees Art Camp-Audobon
1125 Pawlings Rd Audubon Village Shopping Center
Audobon, PA 19403

Busy Bees Art Camp - Bensalem
2846 Street Rd Showcase Plaza
Bensalem, PA 19020

Busy Bees- Conshohocken
1950 Main Ave off Ridge Pk, behind Franzone’s Pizza
Conshohocken, PA 19428

Busy Bees - Frazer
215 Lancaster Ave Lincoln Court
Frazer, PA 19355

Busy Bees - Wyomissing
840 N Park Rd
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Art Dept - North Wales
1241 Knapp Rd.
North Wales, PA 19454

Art Dept - Newtown
28 Richboro Newtown Road
Newtown, PA 18940

Art Dept - Doylestown
15 West Oakland Avenue
Doylestown, PA
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