Summer Camps

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Summer Camps 2023 

Check back soon for our 2023 Summer Camps!

Van Gogh Self Portrait
"If you hear a voice within you saying 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
-Vincent Van Gogh

In this summer camp section we advertise workshops for teens and young adults by local artists we dearly admire. They stand with dedication to pass on traditional methods in practical ways to the next generation of Minnesota painters. Many of the students who join these camps find that their skills progress very quickly because of the steady routine a daily workshop offers.

Attendees will receive individual instruction and work at their own pace in a non-competitive environment. Student to teacher ratio is always low to ensure a successful learning experience.

All camps are open to both new and continuing students. The course description, date, time. and cost for each workshop is listed below.

Dates and costs are also listed on our registration page.

Basic Elements of Drawing and Design

Basic Elements of Drawing and Design for Ages 7-8


We are excited to announce that we are now welcoming back our youngest students!

Choose one of these times when registering:

Mon 5:00pm-6:30pm
Sat 10:30am-12:00pm

All participants will be asked to follow safety guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus following the CDC, Minnesota, and St. Paul guidelines. Guidelines have eased, but we still recommend wearing a mask within our building. 

If you have any questions, please call us (651) 699-1573.

Thank you for your interest.

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"I have had a joy from which no one can rob me. Can you offer anything to that joy of an artist?"
-Mary Cassatt 1844-1926

In our Introductory Program, we concentrate on color, composition, and basic drawing. After students have gained an elementary understanding of design and color theory, we further develop their drawing skills and introduce them to painting.

First time students learn by illustrating a children’s book.  Students sketch ideas, improve their drawings, and color their illustrations to create a wonderful keepsake of their artistic beginnings.  Returning  7- to 8-year-olds advance into acrylic painting, refining their picture-making skills and exploring painting techniques.  All 7-8-year old students sign up for our Basic Elements of Drawing and Design, we place them in the appropriate classroom, Books or Painting.

Through our innovative method of teaching drawing, painting, and design to our youngest students we are best able to prepare them for the advanced drawing, watercolor and oil paintings that they will create when they are older. With faithful attendance, it is not unusual for our 7- to 8-year-old students to advance into drawing and painting exercises reserved for our 9 to 13 year old students as early as age seven.

Children showing their work

Ages 7-8 Artwork

Dinosaur by Sage Kelner, Age 7
State Fair Winner!
Sage Kelner, Age 7
Owl by Alyssa Wilhelm, Age 8
Alyssa Wilhelm, Age 8
State Fair Winner! Maggie Enestvedt, Age 7
State Fair Winner!
Maggie Enestvedt, Age 7

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