Summer 2022 Art Camps
We are back for the Summer, 2022 season! Come 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 3D sculpture, crafting, and more. Meet new friends, develop your artistic style, learn new skills and HAVE FUN! Select from our Junior Studio camps or try out a themed Specialty camp in your area of interest. Register for multiple weeks for a fully immersive art experience.
*Please know that the health and safety of our campers and instructors is of utmost importance. We will continue to adhere to the guidance of the CDC and will remain vigilant in abiding by all state COVID-19 guidelines.
Junior 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 plenty of take-home art!
Half day 9am – 12pm Members $200 / Non-Members $225
Full day 9am – 4pm Members $325 / Non-Members $375
These half-day camps are thematically focused for the young artist with an interest in that specific topic. Each week, choose a morning specialty camp, or afternoon specialty camp or sign up for both.
Morning Specialty Camp 9am – 12pm Members $215/ Non-Members $240
Afternoon Specialty Camp 1pm – 4pm Members $215/ Non-Members $240
Ages 3.5-5 (Half Day a.m. only)
|Week||AM 9 – 12|
|June 20–24||Junior Studios|
|June 27 – 1||Messy Masterpieces|
|July 11 – 15||Under the Sea|
|July 25 – 29||Animal Planet|
|Aug 15 – 19||Junior Studios|
|Aug 22 – 26||Intergalactic Adventures|
Specialty Camps for Ages 3.5 – 5
Come 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!
Under the Sea
Wales, sharks, and jellyfish, oh my! In this camp, the place to be is under the deep blue sea. Art projects will use a wide variety of art materials and techniques, and will focus on the ocean environment and the creatures that inhabit it. Each day will be an artistic exploration of life beneath the surface and will foster a love and appreciation of all things aquatic.
This is the perfect camp for a young, animal loving artist! Each day we’ll be exploring a different region of our world and the species that live there. From the ocean to the African Savannah, to tropical Rainforests, to the Arctic tundra, art projects will give honor to some of our favorite animals and the environments in which they live.
This week we will truly be out of this world! Get ready to go to infinity and beyond with projects that explore outer space. From spaceship construction, alien puppets, 3D planets, and more, get ready to explore the cosmos through art. Would you rather be an astronaut or an artist… this week you’re going to be both!
Ages 6 – 9 (Half Day and Full Day Programs)
|Week||AM 9 – 12||PM 1 – 4|
|June 20–24||Poses & Paint||Mad Science|
|July 5 – 8 (4 days only)||Junior Studios||Junior Studios|
|July 11 – 15||Nature & Art|
|July 18 – 22||Color my World|
|July 25 – 29||Junior Studios||Junior Studios|
|Aug 1 – 5||Junior Studios/Fantastical Beasts||Junior Studios|
Specialty Camps for Ages 6 – 9
Poses & Paint
Incorporate age-appropriate yoga poses, breathing, movement, mindful games, concentration techniques, and relaxation into your lineup of summer fun. Utilizing our galleries, studio space, and the beautiful outdoors, students will blend art and yoga in a relaxing and supportive environment. Projects will include mandala making, nature focused art, peace flags, mindful jars, zen stones, and so much more.
Get ready to turn our art studios into a chemistry lab and mix and brew concoctions that include bubble paintings, slime recipes, bath fizzers, pendulum splatter art, rocket building, 3D engineering and more! It’s a week packed with non-stop science fun!
Nature & Art
Give your child the chance to experience the transformative power of art and nature. Projects in assorted media, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more will inspire creativity, promote well-being, and enhance your child’s connection to nature. This week we will utilize both the studio space and our beautiful grounds on the Mystic River to inspire our sense of natural wonder.
Color my World
Where would art be without color? Get ready to be an expert on all things to do with colors. Projects will focus on the basics of the color wheel – from understanding colors and how they work together in art, to mixing and blending, to how colors affect our emotions,… campers will create art that celebrates the wonderful world of color that we live in.
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.
Ages 8 – 12 (Half and Full Day Programs)
|Week||AM 9 – 12||PM 1 – 4|
|June 27 – 1||Art Gone Wild||Art Gone Wild|
|July 5 – 8 (4 days only)||Abstractions|
|July 11 – 15||Junior Studios||Junior Studios|
|July 18 – 22||Art Gone Wild||Art Gone Wild|
|Aug 1 -5||3 D Modeling|
|Aug 8 – 12||S.T.E.A.M Art||Storytelling and Art|
|Aug 15 – 19||Art Gone Wild||Art Gone Wild|
|Aug 22 – 26||Junior Studios||Junior Studios|
Specialty Camps for Ages 8 – 12
Art Gone Wild(full Day Program 9am – 4pm)
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! Call the Nature Center to Register 860-536-1216
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, and dreams.
Campers will explore a variety of artistic experiences through the use of mixed media. Each day will be filled with creative experiments and new approaches to art making. Painting, drawing, clay sculpture, printmaking and crafting will all be explored. Combine materials, tools, and techniques to see how they interact with each other to make fun and impressive art projects.
3 D 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!
Science and Art require a very similar skill set. This camp will blend science, technology, engineering, art, and math in projects that promote creative problem solving and new ways of thinking. Each day will be packed with inventions, experiments, and hands on learning experiences that will fuel their learning potential.
Storytelling and Art
We’ve all heard of the phrase “a picture tells a story.” It’s true- people throughout history have told stories through art making. From cave painting to graphic novels, we can use art to communicate our fantasies and experiences. This camp will use myths, legends, fairytales, and other genres of storytelling to inspire imagination and wonder.
Ages 12 – 15 (Afternoon Programs)
|Week||PM 1 – 4|
|June 27 – 1||Fine Art Fundamentals|
|July 25 – 29||Fashion Illustration|
|Aug 8 – 12||Design Camp|
|Aug 15 – 19||Watercolor wonders|
Specialty Camps for Ages 12 – 15
Fine Art Fundamentals
Using MMoA’s studios, galleries, and our scenic outdoor space, 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 styles.
Do you love clothing, accessories, and styling? This camp will teach you ways to visually communicate your ideas and will give you the skills to develop those thoughts into 2-D renderings. Working in mixed media, including paints, collage and drawing tools, this program focuses on creating unique and original designs to call your own.
This camp will introduce the basic skills that designers use to create innovative products and environments by taking ideas to workable solutions. Each day will include demonstrations and fun design challenges to go with the concept presented that day. Through observation, problem seeking, visualization, storyboarding, prototyping, and communication of ideas, this camp will challenge and develop your creative thought process and give you the skills to turn your ideas into reality.
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.
*All camps are subject to combining or cancellation due to low enrollment.
*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 form and other important class policies.
*All supplies are provided by MMoA.
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 – 3:15 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.
3:15-4:00 Clean up, sharing and reflection.
4:00 Pick-up and goodbye!