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Art Camp

There's still time to register for July & August Summer Art Camp sessions - upcoming themes and dates are posted below! Online registration is open for all Art Camps! Scroll down for art camp pricing and more information.


Please contact Susan Martis with any questions at 937-223-4278, ext. 333 or

Summer Art Camp

Introduce your children to the world of art through our Summer Art Camps. These week-long camps are tailored to a variety of age groups and feature many different art activities. Check back often for updates and sign up for our eNewsletter to get the latest information about Summer Art Camps!

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General Camp Information

Explore the range of your creativity with The Dayton Art Institute’s Summer Art Camps! Learn and get inspired by the museum’s permanent collection and create your own masterpieces using 2D and 3D art-making techniques in our studios and nationally acclaimed Lange Family Experiencenter! Kids entering 1st through 12th grade will have fun all summer long in weekly, mixed-media art camps.

Camp Costs

Full-Day Camps: $165/week members; $180/week non-members
High School Half-Day Camps: $95/week members; $115/week non-members; sign up for both the morning and afternoon sessions, and the discounted cost is $165/week members, $180/week non-members.
Additional $20 materials fee applies to 7th-9th and High School classes.

Save with a Family Membership!

Become a Museum Member today and save on the cost of Art Camp! A Family Membership is a great way to enjoy the museum with your children. The cost of a Family/Senior Family membership is $80 per year. Membership benefits (for two named adults and children/grandchildren, age 18 and under) include:

  • FREE Admission to the museum & special exhibitions
  • FREE subscription to the Member Magazine
  • 10% discount at The Museum Store and Leo Bistro
  • Discounts on art classes, Art Camp, lectures, educational programs and more!

Become a Member Now

Questions about Art Camp? Check out our FAQ! You may also email or call 937-223-4278, ext. 333 if you have additional questions or need assistance.

Camp Themes

KIDS CAMP: 1st - 3rd Grade

Campers entering grades 1, 2, and 3 in the Fall
Monday - Friday , 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Young artists will learn about their weekly theme through story time, explore related artwork in the museum galleries, learn new and exciting things about art-making processes, and create masterpieces of their own during a week of camp. Campers will create 2D and 3D art with paint, clay, sculpture and much more.

July 11-15
Throughout the week, we will search the museum for animals of all kinds, from realistic to abstract, from ancient sculpture to modern painting. We will then return to the classroom to create our own versions of these in a range of media and styles.

Art Around the World
July 18-22
Would you like to travel across the seas? In this camp you will journey around the world and create art inspired by artwork from Africa, Asia, South America and more. See artifacts from these cultures in the museum, and then go back to the studio to create your own.  Explore 2D and 3D works with collage, mask-making and painting, as well as nontraditional materials.

Sculpt It
July 25-29
Interested in art that literally pops off the page? Then this camp is for you! Campers will be inspired by the many types of sculpture and relief artwork in The DAI and create their own. They will get to create sculptures with wood, clay, found objects, and much, much more.

Art History Jr. with Heather
August 1-5
Get inspired by looking at works in the museum and listening to stories about art and artists such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gough, Louise Nevelson and more! Make your own mixed-media art using painting, printing, sculpture and drawing both in 2D and 3D.

KIDS CAMP: 4th - 6th Grade

Campers entering grades 4, 5, and 6 in the Fall
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Young artists will learn art-making skills pertaining to their camp theme from local artists and art educators. They will visit museum galleries to gain inspiration and create incredible works of art in fully stocked artist studios, all while having tons of fun with their fellow young artists along the way!

July 11-15
Campers will learn a variety of printmaking processes and make many fun prints to take home!
Students will also combine photography, drawing, and painting to make some amazing works of art.

July 18-22
Campers will learn all about clay molding, glazing and ceramics from a professional ceramics instructor. They will create beautiful, functional fired ceramic objects such as pots, plates, sculptures and more!

Drawing & Painting
July 25-29
Are you a budding artist? Practice your skills and become a better illustrator and/or painter during this week long camp. Learn the basics of color, line, perspective, shadow and more! Sketch in the museum galleries and paint en plein aire on the museum grounds.

Museum Superstars
August 1-5
Campers will become mini-curators of The Dayton Art Institute! They will learn about the artwork and history of the museum and create mixed media artwork inspired by works in The Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection. Campers, will sketch, paint, work with clay and more!

TEEN CAMP: 7th - 9th Grade

Campers entering grades 7, 8, and 9 in the Fall
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

July 11-15
Spend a week as a painter! Explore the creative process, from developing ideas to learning new techniques. Create works of art in acrylic, watercolor and oil pastel while getting inspiration from master works in the museum. (additional $20 material fee applies)

July 18-22
Learn a variety of jewelry-making techniques and create examples to take home.  Make jewelry with glass, tooled metal, Steampunk items, glass slides, collage, beads and paper. By the end of camp you will have plenty of handmade jewelry to wear and share. (additional $20 material fee applies)

July 25-29
Explore the wonderful world of ceramics with your professional instructor. Learn the techniques of hand building, glazing and firing, as well as other more non-traditional clay methods. Create beautiful, functional plates, pots, pendants and more. (additional $20 material fee applies)


Campers entering grades 8 - 12 in the Fall
Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. and/or 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Ceramics I and II
August 1-5
Learn the techniques of hand building, glazing and firing, as well as other more non-traditional clay methods. Create beautiful, functional plates, pots, pendants and more. Sign up for half a day or the whole day! (additional $20 material fee applies) 

WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SATURDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m
SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.
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