Fine Art Summer Camps in Marin & the Bay Area
While many summer camps in Marin offer arts and crafts activities in their programs, you'll find a few that specialize specifically in art. Here's a list of specialized fine art camps in Marin and San Francisco for your budding Claude Monet or Georgia O'Keeffe. Some of the camps are actually held by museums! To find more fantastic camps, visit our 2017 Marin Summer Camp Guide. Popular camps can sell out early, so reserve your spot as soon as possible!
Locations: Mill Valley, Novato & Fairfax
Dates: June 11–August 17
Cost: $275–$480 per week
Studio 4 Art's camps take place at their studios in downtown Novato and Mill Valley, where professional artists introduce campers to new and contemporary art techniques, procedures and processes. Some of the topics taught will be wheel throwing, cartooning, mosaics, sewing, fashion design, sculpture, pottery, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, oil painting, printmaking, photography, and pastels. Camps take place from 9:30 am until 12:30 or 3:30 pm; drop-ins available depending on space. For more info visit www.studio4art.net or (415) 596-5546.
Location: Corte Madera
Dates: June 19–August 3
Masterworks in Corte Madera offers half-day themed fine art camps for children ages 6 to 14. Camps run from 9:30 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5:30 pm, with younger children in morning sessions and older children in the afternoons. Themes include Anime Camp, Contemporary Art Camp, Mosaics Camp, Impressionists Camp, Portrait Camp, and Fashion Illustration Camp. For more info, visit masterworkskidsart.com or call (415) 495-7945.
Locations: San Anselmo
Dates: June 18–August 20
Cost: $169–$246 per week
Camp themes include: Art Explorations, Clay On the Wheel and Hand Sculpture and Mosaics. Camp size is limited to 12 participants each week and the focus is on building creative confidence through experimentation, use of new techniques and/or tools and an emphasis on fostering imagination rather than constraining participants through a strict, often intimidating, results-oriented learning system. We love to see even the youngest artists bloom over the course of a week. For more info visit San Anselmo Recreation or call (415) 847-2726.
Location: San Francisco
Dates: June 18–August 10
The de Young's Summer Art Camps are for children entering kindergarten to 5th grade, and are taught by professional artist-teachers. Camps include explorations of works in the museum's galleries as well as visual art activities, and take place in the museum's galleries, classrooms, and around Golden Gate Park. Camps take place from 9 am to 3 pm. An optional Open Studio from 3 to 5:30 pm allows for less structured time in the classrooms. For more info, visit www.deyoungmuseum.org or call (415) 750-3658. Summer Art Camp is currently sold out, but wait list spots are available.
Location: San Francisco
Dates: June 4–August 11
Cost: $725 members, $920 non-members
Discover the exciting worlds of art and animation by working in art mediums—drawing, painting, and sculpting—alongside experimenting with animation techniques—pixilation, stop motion, and claymation. Be prepared to rethink and reimagine ideas and designs as you learn what it takes to be an animator. Classes culminates in a gallery-style showcase of artworks with a screening of all final projects for family and friends. Scholarships available. More info: www.waltdisney.org
Dates: July 2–August 24
Sticky Art Lab's summer camps are for kids ages 6 to 12 (campers should be finished with kindergarten upon registering). Camps are taught by artist instructors and include a daily walk to Ohlone Greenway Park after lunch and a presentation and celebration at the end of the week. After care and scholarships available. Camp hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm. More info: www.stickyartlab.com
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