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Summer Creative Arts Camp for Kids and Teenagers

Art Camp Overview:

Art camp focuses on fine or performing arts. Many general camps touch on fine and performing arts, but a bona fide summer creative arts camp centers all of its activities around your child's artistic interests.

Some art camps offer services that also overlap with technology camps. For example, an art camp may offer animation, digital storytelling and film production experiences.

Get more help on finding the right kids' summer camps. Read the free Summer Camp Guide.

Ages Best Suited for Art Camp:

Children as young as 4 can participate in art camp. Residential art camp is usually open to kids 8 years old and up.

Length of Art Camp Session:

Most art camps hold one-week sessions for day campers or residential campers. Some art camps run the entire length of summer.

Cost of Art Camp:

A one-week art day camp typically costs between $200 and $400. Residential camp for one week can be as low as $500 or over $1,000. Most residential camps will cost between $1,000 and $2,000.

Examples of Art Camps:

  • Acting
  • Animation
  • Dance
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Film
  • Music
  • Theater
  • TV
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing


Typical Day at Art Camp:

  1. Eat breakfast
  2. Morning meeting and announcements
  3. Studio or stage time with instruction
  4. Lunch break
  5. Outdoor activity, such as swimming or recreational games
  6. Quiet time for resting or working on projects alone
  7. Studio or stage time to work on projects
  8. Dinner break
  9. Nighttime fun with campfires, movies and games
  10. Lights out


What to Look for in an Art Camp:

An art camp's success falls heavily on the instructor teaching your kids.

Be sure you ask specific questions about how the instructors teach and how the curriculum was developed. Other topics to ask about include:
  • Instructor credentials
  • Instructor to camper ratio
  • Types of art materials provided
  • Additional costs of materials not included in camp tuition

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