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Art Camp

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. Summer Art Camps are just around the corner - registration is now open! Check back often for updates and sign up for our eNewsletter to get the latest information and updates!


Art Camp Fact Sheet: Mini Art Camps

Art Camp Fact Sheet: Full-Day Camps

For more information about Art Camps, contact Alex Otte, at 937-512-0167 or

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Become a Museum Member and save today 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 $70 per year. Membership benefits (for two named adults and children/grandchildren, age 18 and under) include:

  • Early Bird registration for Art Camps
  • 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!

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General Information

Explore the range of your creativity this summer 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 Experiencenter. Kids entering pre-K through 12th grade will have fun all summer long in weekly, mixed-media art camps.

Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
$5/day members; $7/day non-members

Campers can come early to play games, make art and watch a weekly movie in Extended Care! Pay per day or in advance. Families are welcome to drop off and pick up their camper anytime within the Extended Care hours.

Mini Art Camp: $80 members; $100 non-members
Kids Camp: $150 members; $165 non-members
Teen Classes*: $150 members; $165 non-members
High School Half-Day Camps*: $100 members; $165 non-members
Includes admission the museum/special exhibits

*Additional material fee applies

2014 Scholarship Application

Limited scholarship funds are available for summer art camp. Contact Alex Otte at 937-512-0167 or for more information.

Camp Themes & Schedules


Campers entering Pre-K and Kindergarten in the fall of 2014 (campers must be at least 4 years old)
Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
July 7 - 11
July 14 - 18
August 4 - 8

Explore, learn and create! Young artists will explore museum galleries, learn new and exciting things about art and create masterpieces of their own during a week of half-day camps. Mini Art Explorers will create art with paint, clay, paper mache and much more. Campers will also read stories and visit the Experiencenter, a space devoted to young learners.

KIDS CAMP: 1st - 3rd Grades

Campers entering grades 1, 2 & 3 in the fall of 2014
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Art History Jr.
June 9 - June 13
Get inspired by looking at works in the museum and listening to stories about art and artists. Make your own mixed-media art using painting, printing, sculpture and drawing.

Fairy Tales
June 16 - 20
You are the knight, slaying a dragon to save a beautiful princess. Or, perhaps you are the princess slaying a scary dragon to save the knight. Either way, you will be using paint, pencils, clay and more to create your own fairytale adventures during this week of camp. 

Art Around the World
June 23 - 27
Would you like to travel across the seas? In this camp you will journey around the world and create art inspired by different cultures.  Explore collage, mask-making and painting, as well as using nontraditional materials. 

An Epic Forest Adventure
July 7 - 11
Explore the natural world around you through art.  Campers will learn about nature and related folk art and mythology through viewing and creating a variety of artwork dealing with these themes.

Decked Out!   
July 14 - 18
Campers will create adornments from around the world while exploring the Experiencenter and the museum for inspiration. We will make masks, textiles, jewelry and costumes while learning useful techniques and creative skills.

Animal Adventures
July 21 - 25
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.

Weird Art!
July 28 - August 1
We will explore the fantastical side of art including mythology, fantasy and the just plain weird! We will then create our own curious works of art that turn reality on its head, using a variety of media, including found and repurposed objects.

Puppets 101
August 4 - 8
Use your imagination to bring make-believe characters to life. Make puppets and explore a new world of your own creation. You will create a story, script, backdrops and puppet characters. At the end of the week, you will get to perform your play for your parents at the Art Party.

KIDS CAMP: 4th - 6th Grades

Campers entering grades 4, 5 & 6 in the fall of 2014
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Be the Designer
June 9 - 13
Are you a mini fashionista/fashionisto? In this camp you will learn how to design and create different types of clothing, fabric and accessories through fabric, felt, duct tape and more.

Mad Science 
June 23 - 27
A scientific approach to creativity! Campers will explore ways to create masterpieces using nature and science as their tools. We will make our own paint, slime, paint bombs, paint brushes, marbled paper, and drawing machines, using nature and everyday items.

Meet Your Museum
July 7 - 11
In this camp, students will get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into running an art museum. They will create works inspired by the permanent collection and curate their own mini-exhibition.

July 14 - 18
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.

Collector Camp
July 21 - 25
Campers will learn all about the art of collecting … and the collecting of art! They will learn how to start a collection of their own, and make art inspired by and/or using items from their own collections.

Glass Act
July 28 - August 1
Learn all about the many art forms glass can take. Be inspired by the special exhibition and create works of art related to stained glass, fused glass, blown glass and much more.

Back to the Drawing Board
August 4 - 8
Students will study famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and Edgar Degas to learn about mark-making styles, methods and drawing materials.

TEEN CAMP: 7th - 9th Grades

Campers entering grades 7, 8 & 9 in the fall of 2014
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

June 9 - 13
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 $30 material fee applies)

Glass Fusing
June 23 - 27
Explore the wonderful world of fused glass with your professional instructor. Learn the techniques of dichroic glass, frits, images in glass, stacked glass and etching. Create beautiful, functional plates, dishes, pendants and more. (additional $30 material fee applies)

Drawing and Illustration
July 21 - 25
Experience a variety of drawing techniques that will improve your skills, and explore the art of storytelling through illustration. Look around the museum to find stories in art, and create works telling your own story in a creative way. (additional $20 material fee applies)

July 28 - August 1
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)


Campers entering grades 8  - 12 in the fall of 2014
Monday - Friday, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Intro to Clothing & Design
July 7 - 11
Learn all about the art of designing, constructing and altering clothing. Work with a Dayton costume designer to learn the basics of sewing, dyeing and more. (additional $20 material fee applies)

Intro to Graphic Design & Typography
July 14 - 18
In this class you will learn the basics of old school graphic design and typography. Invent your own font, design a zine and learn about hand lettering. (additional $20 material fee applies)

Intro to Linocut Printmaking
August 4 - 8
Using the museum’s extensive collection of woodblock prints, learn about the history and technique of carving and printing. Learn how to design and create your own prints using linoleum stamp carving techniques. (additional $20 material fee applies)


Second Fridays in July and August
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Hale Cloister
$60 members; $75 non-members (additional $20 material fee applies to each class)

Metal Working (Class Postponed - Date TBA)
July 18: Fused Glass
August 15: Needle Felting

Adults need some summer fun, too! Take a Friday off, and enjoy a day of art-making in the beautiful outdoor Hale Cloister. Learn metal working, glass fusing and felting techniques from area artists, enjoy a boxed lunch from Leo Bistro, and be finished in time to attend your child’s Art Party. Discounts of $5 per Getaway for parents of campers, or $18 off the entire series – all adults (parents and nonparents) are welcome. Registrations close one week prior; class minimums/maximums will be observed. 

TUESDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
SATURDAY 10 a.m. - 5 p.m
SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.