Summer Art Camps

Stimulate the imagination and creativity of your child with our week-long Summer Art Camps. Camps focus on different art forms and include fun games and outdoor activities to help students meet friends over the summer months. All art materials provided for all camps. A Program Participation Packet (PPP) must be completed for each student by the start of class. Please see Class Policies & Registration in the LEARN section on our website for the PPP and other necessary information.

Extended Day (Ages 6+)

Before- & after-care available for Jr. Studio Camps & select Specialty Camps for an additional fee (whole week only). Students must be sent with two snacks in addition to lunch.

Before-care, 8:15am – 9am: Members $50 / Public $55
After-care, 4 – 5:30 pm: Members $110 / Public $120
Before- & After-care: Members $155 / Public $170

*Deadline to register for before- & after-care: two weeks prior to camp start. If registering after this deadline, please ask for availability.

Lunch option is also available for select weeks of specialty camps, from 12pm – 1pm for an additional fee (whole week only, lunch not provided): Members $70 / Public $80. Please ask for availability.

Junior Studio Camps

Young artists explore art through fun, educational projects that vary daily in drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Camps include outside activities, games, and independent and group projects. A camp t-shirt is included in registration fees. Lunch and snacks not provided.

Half day: 9am – 12pm  Members $165 / Public $195
Full day:  9am – 4pm  Members $325 / Public $380

Ages 3.5 – 5  *Half-day only
July 17 – 21
August 7 – 11

Ages 6 – 9
June 19 – 23
July 3 – 7
August 14 – 18
August 21 – 25

Ages 9 – 12
June 26 – 30
July 3 – 7
August 14 – 18
August 21 – 25


Specialty Camps

These half- and full-day camps are focused thematically for that child with an interest in the topic.

Ages 4 – 7

Mary Addison
Children spend the week creating a magical kingdom complete with fairies, unicorns, woodland creatures, mermaids, elves, and a friendly pirate or two. These characters are brought to life during camp through role-playing, costumes, secret scrolls and potions, treasure chests, games, stories and more.
July 10 – 14, 9 am – 12pm
Members $165 / Public $195


Mad Science
Gretchen Lally
Campers mix science and art to create messy masterpieces like bubble and milk paintings, pendulum splatter painting and exploding soda bottle canisters (don’t worry, it’s safe.)
July 31 – August 4, 9am – 12pm
Members $165 / Public $195


Ages 7 – 10

Puppet Mania
Gretchen Lally

Young performers learn about the magic of puppetry while creating finger puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets and more out of paper, wood, Styrofoam, clay and recycled materials. Family members are invited to the last class, which will end in a performance of the puppets made throughout the week.
July 17 – 21, 1pm – 4pm
Members $185 / Public $215


Comics & Cartooning
Amelia Onorato
Young artists learn the art of caricature while developing essential skills for drawing people and animals, structuring plots and writing dialogue. Creations will be transformed into comic strips, posters or short books.
Monday: Character Design & Development
Wednesday: Mini Comics
Friday: Japanese Manga
July 24, 26, 28, 9am – 4pm   *3 days only
$65 Members / $85 Public per day


Ages 8 – 12

Nature Kingdoms
Mary Addison & DPNC Instructor
Join us for a shared camp experience between The Mystic Museum of Art and The Denison Pequotsepos/Coogan Farm Nature and Heritage Center. Campers will spend two days along the bank of the Mystic River and in the MMOA studios, and three days on the trails and in the meadows and woods of DPNC, sketching, painting, collecting, playing and building unique natural kingdoms. From animal habitats to mythical woodland figures and miniature furniture, the outcome will only be limited by individual imaginations. Camp will culminate in a collaborative site-specific installation, to be determined by the group. No aftercare available.
July 24 – 28, 9am – 4pm
Ages 8 – 12
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at DPNC. Tuesday, Thursday at MMoA
Members $330 / Public $385
Call the Nature Center to register, 860.536.1216.


Fine Art FUNdamentals
Lisa Lyman Adams
Using MMoA’s studios, galleries, and scenic outdoors, campers explore different fine art techniques, including pencil, charcoal, watercolor, pastel and paint application. Sketchbook exercises and site-specific installation projects build confidence and hone individual artistic style.
June 19 – 23, 1pm – 4pm
Members $165 / Public $195
July 31 – August 4, 1pm – 4pm
Members $165 / Public $195


Ages 10 – 15

Conam Lee
Children spend the week in a world of fantasy, working on character design and development and placing those characters into stories. Our instructor shares the skills necessary for creating a one-page comic, graphic novel, or manga, including page layout, lettering and storyboarding.
July 31 – August 4, 9am – 12pm
Members $165 / Public $195


Fashion Illustration & Fabrication
Kristen Thornton
Students practice clothing design and fashion illustration and learn techniques for altering existing clothing and creating accessories. Various textile processes are explored, including knitting, weaving, dyeing and fabric printing.
August 7 – 11, 9am – 12pm
Members $185 / Public $215


Jamie Jackson
Young artists learn about graffiti art and create their own (legal) graffiti. Various stencil-making techniques are explored in order for students to design and spraypaint their own posters, boards and canvases. Our instructor shares examples of contemporary graffiti from around the world to help students come up with their own provoking visuals.
June 26 – 30, 1pm – 4pm
Members $185 / Public $215


Fun with Photography
Brenda De Los Santos
Young photographers learn about the history of photography and explore the camera’s potential, shooting pictures of animals, people, landscapes, food and more. Campers will make their own pinhole cameras and use their photos for creative hands-on projects like transferring them onto a t-shirt or bag. Photo sharing websites and blogs will also be discussed. The last day will be spent making a group photo collage and personalized photo album to take home. Students must bring a digital camera or camera phone to class.
July 10 – 14, 1pm – 4pm
Members $165 / Public $195