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Summer 2019 Art Camps

Unleash your child’s imagination and creativity with our weeklong Summer Art Camps. Camps provide a wonderful introduction to a variety of visual art forms, from drawing and painting, to photography, cartooning, fashion, 3D sculpture and more. Meet new friends, develop your artistic style, gain confidence, learn new skills and HAVE FUN! Select from our general Summer Studio camps or try out a themed Specialty camp in your area of interest. Register for multiple weeks for a fully immersive art experience.

Art materials are provided for all camp programs.


Summer Studio Camps
Young artists explore art through fun, educational projects, varying daily in drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Camps include outside activities, games, independent and group projects, and a camp t-shirt. Children must be sent to MMoA with lunch and snacks.

Half day          9am – 12pm    Members $165 / Public $195
Half day          1pm – 4pm      Members $165 / Public $195
Full day           9am – 4pm      Members $325 / Public $380

Ages 3.5 – 6, (9am – 12pm only)

June 24 – 28
July 15 – 19
August 12 – 16

Ages 6 – 9

June 24 – 28
July 8 – 12
July 29 – August 1
August 12 – 16

Ages 9 – 12

July 1 – 5
July 22 – July 26
August 5 – 9
August 19 – 23


Specialty Camps
These half- and full-day camps are thematically focused for the young artist with an interest in that specific topic.

Ages 4 – 6

Messy Masterpieces 

Get messy with us! Join us for a week of exploring and discovering new textures and new ways to make art. This camp is all about using our senses to discover the world around us!
June 17 – 21, 9am – 12pm
Members $165 / Public $195

Fantastical Beasts

Children spend the week creating magical kingdoms complete with fairies, unicorns, woodland creatures, mermaids, elves, dragons and more! These characters are brought to life through role-playing, storytelling, illustrations, and 3D sculptures.
July 1 – 5, 9am – 12pm
Members $165 / Public $195

Oh the Places We’ll Go!      

Join us on an art exploration around the world. Each day will take you to a new place as we explore exciting cultures through arts and crafts, stories, music and more. Create African jewelry, Tibetan mandalas, Chinese brush painting, Mexican folk crafts, and much more.
August 5 – 9, 1pm – 4pm
Members $165 / Public $195


Ages 7 – 10

Mad Science             

Campers mix science and art to create messy masterpieces that include bubble paintings, slime recipes, pendulum splatter art, rocket building, 3D engineering and more!
June 24 – 28, 1pm – 4pm
Members $165 / Public $195


Campers experience the freedom and whimsy of abstract art. Using a variety of mediums, artists explore various styles such as cubism, and expressionism. Students will understand the connection between art and emotion and will create works inspired by music, movement, dreams and more. There’s nothing more liberating than creating art that doesn’t need to look a certain way!
July 29 – August 1, 9am – 12pm
Members $165 / Public $195

Ancient Art

Experience how art began and explore how art has changed from the Stone Age through the Middle Ages. Using the mediums and techniques of ancient artists, we will look at how the environment and culture influenced art around the world. From cave paintings and pyramids to building arches and making mosaics, we’ll explore the world through the eyes of artists who came before us.
August 5 – 9, 9am – 12pm
Members $165 / Public $195


Ages 9 – 12

3D Modeling             

Students explore model making and sculpting using a variety of non-ceramic clays- such as Polymer, Air Dry and Sculpey. Campers will study the basics of form, texture and color to turn their illustrations into compelling designs. Recreate characters and animals from popular books, comics and movies and develop the skills to design your very own!
July 8 – 12, 1 – 4pm
Members $185 / Public $215

Art Gone Wild

Explore and create in this cooperative camp opportunity that will bring out the nature-loving artist in your child. This shared camp between the Mystic Museum of Art (MMOA) and DPNC will use the natural landscape of the grounds and its animal residents as inspiration for constructing sculptures, textiles, sketches, paintings and more! Discover the wonderful sounds, patterns, colors and rhythms of animals and how that can be translated into art. Get ready to go wild for animals and art!

July 15 – 19, 9am – 4pm
Members $330 / Public $385
Call the Nature Center to Register 860-536-1216

Fine Art FUNdamentals      

Using MMoA’s studios, galleries, and our scenic outdoor space, campers explore different fine art techniques, including pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and pastel and paint application. Sketchbook exercises and site-specific installation projects build confidence and hone individual artistic style.
July 29 – August 1, 1pm – 4pm
Members $165 / Public $195


Ages 12 – 15

Wonderful Watercolor

Take your painting talents to a new level! Practice painting from observation to better your understanding of form, color and composition. Learn basic watercolor techniques for washes, controlled edges, and expressive brush strokes on a variety of subjects including still lifes, reference images and plein air landscapes.
July 1 – 5, 1pm – 4pm
Members $165 / Public $195


Spend the week immersed in a world of fantasy while working on character design and story creation. Develop drawing skills while also learning techniques for lettering, storyboarding, and page layout. Learn the skills for creating a one-page comic, graphic novel, or manga.
July 15 – 19, 1pm – 4pm
Members $165 / Public $195

Fun with Fashion     

Students practice clothing design and fashion illustration and learn techniques for altering existing clothing and creating accessories such as jewelry, hats and bags. Various textile processes will be explored, including knitting, weaving, fabric dying and silkscreen printing.
July 22 – July 26, 9am  – 12pm
Members $185 / Public $215


Before- & after-care available for Jr. Studio Camps & select Specialty Camps.
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-care option is also available for select weeks of specialty camps, from 12pm – 1pm (lunch not provided): Members $70 / Public $80. Please ask for availability.

A Program Participation Packet (PPP) must be completed for each student by the start of camp season. Please see our web site for the PPP and important class policies.


Ways to Save 

Register by May 10th and receive $15 off registration.

Register with a friend, and you each get $15 off. (Registrations must be for the same camp program).

Register for 2 or more camps and receive $15 off your 2nd registration.


A Sample Day at MMoA Art Camp (Full Day)

9:00 – 9:15      Arrival, welcome, and daily ice-breaker.

9:15-10:00      Introduction to the theme and project of the day. Artists look at and discuss art in the galleries, engage in collaborative art experiments, work in their sketchbooks, and more.

10:00 – 10:30  Snack break

10:30-12:00    Main art activity. Artists explore materials and processes, build art skills, and problem solve in groups and individually.

12:00 -1:00     Lunch, play and downtime. Campers may work on projects independently.

1:00 – 2:15      Continue the main project of the day, and/or free art time. A selection of materials and projects are rotated throughout the week for artists to explore on their own.

2:15-3:00        Clean up, sharing and reflection.

3:00                 Pick-up and goodbye!