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!
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 Center
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 Studios
—North 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.
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 Association—West 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 Center—Wallingford
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 Center—Garnet 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 Studios—Narbeth 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.
, 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 Center
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.
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 Arts—Philadelphia
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 Center—Philadelphia
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 Center—Wayne
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.