Summer Camps

Summer Camps 2019

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

Our summer camp program offers week-long classes for children and young adults. Sessions meet once a day for five consecutive mornings, Monday through Friday.

You can find the dates that each camp is offered below or on the registration page. You may also download our brochure.

In our camps, students 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. Many students find their skills progress very quickly in camps because of the steady practice a daily class can offer.

All of our camps are open to both new and continuing students; the descriptions for specific camps are listed below.

Introduction to Drawing & Design, Ages 5-8 – LEVEL 1

Cute Pig
Chloe Laroque, Age 6
Book Illustration

Monday June 10 – Friday June 14
Monday June 24 – Friday June 28

Children learn the fundamental principles of picture-making explored in our regular Basic Elements program by illustrating a children's book. The end result is a wonderful keepsake of color, composition, drawing and design.
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Introduction to Painting & Design, Ages 5-8 – LEVEL 2

Maureen Hartogh, Age 8

Monday July 15 – Friday July 19

Prerequisite: LEVEL 1 Class or Camp. Children expand on what they have learned in LEVEL 1 by applying their knowledge to learn the fundamental principles of painting. Students are introduced to color mixing and develop brush control as they work through a series of painting exercises, culminating in a well-crafted, finished painting by the end of the week.
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Drawing, Painting & Design, Ages 9-12

Dancing Lion Comic
Josh Wilzyk, Age 12

Monday July 8 – Friday July 12
Monday July 29 – Friday August 2

Children are taught the basic principles of composition and design, including an exploration of the importance of color choices that relate to the creation of space and depth on a two-dimensional surface. Sketchbook drawing and the use of reference material help inspire creativity and aid students in producing well-crafted pictures. By the conclusion of this camp everyone will complete a painting utilizing these concepts.
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Drawing & Painting Fundamentals, Ages 13-18

State Fair Winner!
Caroline Anderson, Age 14

Monday June 17 – Friday June 21
Monday July 22 – Friday July 26

Students will improve their drawing abilities and increase their value and color perception while completing a picture of quality and finish within this camp. Traditional methods and materials will play an important role in the understanding of drawing and painting concepts. All technical information is taught in a systematic way to ensure increased skill development in each individual student.
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Drawing Manga, Super Heroes & Fantasy Figures, Ages 13-18

Jack Ratts
Bill Hauser, Instructor
Jack Ratts

Monday June 10 – Friday June 14*
Monday August 5 – Friday August 9
*This section meets in the afternoon.

All levels of study. The camp begins with an intensive overview of character design, including figure construction, basic anatomy, and costuming.  Students then create characters of their own and explore the visual storytelling techniques of page layout, camera angles, lettering and inking methods.  Finally, students incorporate their designs into their own comic or graphic novel pages.
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Summer Outdoor Landscape Painting, Ages 13-18

Jack Dant, Instructor
Plein Air Oil Painting

Wednesday July 24 – Sunday July 28*
*This camp meets 6:00-9:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, then 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday to Sunday. 

We're taking kid's art education to a whole new level! Minnesota landscape Artist and friend Jack Dant will lead a small group of teens out into the sunshine to paint nature en plein air in oils. DON'T miss this unique opportunity to study with this dedicated painter! Click here for more information about this special camp.


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