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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!

2015 Summer Art Camp information

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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 $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!

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General Camp 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 Lange Family Experiencenter! Kids entering pre-K through 12th grade will have fun all summer long in weekly, mixed media art camps.

Questions? Please email artcamp@daytonart.org or call 937-512-0167.

CAMP FEES:

Mini Masters Art Camp
$95 members; $115 non-members

Kids Camp
$165 members; $180 non-members

Teen Camp*
$165 members; $180 non-members

High School Half-Day Classes*
$95 members; $115 non-members
Sign up for AM & PM session and pay:
$200 members; $240 non-members (material fees included in this price) 

Register online for Summer Art Camps

Cost includes admission the museum/special exhibitions
*$20 additional material fee applies

Camp Themes

MINI MASTERS ART CAMP

Campers entering Pre-K and Kindergarten in the Fall of 2015 (campers must be at least 4 years old) 
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
June 15-19
Explore, learn and create! Young artists will learn about famous artists through story time and play, explore museum galleries, learn new and exciting things about art and create masterpieces of their own during a week of half-day camps. Mini Masters will create 2D and 3D art with paint, clay, sculpture and much more. Campers will also read stories and visit The Lange Family Experiencenter, a space devoted to young learners.

KIDS CAMP: 1st - 3rd Grade

Campers entering grades 1, 2, and 3 in the Fall of 2015
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.

Optical Illusions
June 22-26
Campers will learn all about optical illusions in art through Eye Teasers, the special exhibition featured in our award-winning Experiencenter. They will learn about color relationships, pattern, shadow and more all while creating 2D and 3D artwork of their own!

Animal Adventure
July 6-10
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 13-17
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.

Puppet Party
July 20-24
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.

Fairytale Fun
July 27-31
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 History Jr.
August 3-7
Get inspired by looking at works in the museum and listening to stories about art and artists such as Claude Monet, Louise Nevelson, Vincent Van Gough 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 of 2015
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!

Drawing & Painting
June 22-26
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 with a local college art professor.

3D Artmaking
July 6-10
Interested in art that literally pops off the page? Then this camp is for you! You will be inspired by the many types of sculpture and relief artwork in The DAI and create your own. You will get your hands dirty working with metal, ceramics, found objects, and much, much more.

Mimic the Masters
July 13-17
Learn to create artwork how it was meant to be taught in a museum setting. Learn about different artists featured at The DAI, such as Monet, Cassatt, Degas, Hopper and more and sketch from their original artworks! Then create your own work and curate an art show inspired by the museum.

Fiber Arts
July 20-24
Interested in creating wearable, usable art? Then this class is for you! You will learn basic sewing techniques, felting, fabric dying, screen printing, knitting basics, t-shirt alteration and more.

Printmania
July 27-31
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.

Puppet Lab
August 3-7
Not your elementary school sock puppet! Learn how to create moveable, kinetic puppets from a puppet making professional. You’ll even work together to create a giant, parade sized puppet that will tower over everyone.

TEEN CAMP: 7th - 9th Grade

Campers entering grades 7, 8, and 9 in the Fall of 2015
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Drawing and Illustration
July 6-10
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)

Painting
July 13-17
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)

Jewelry
July 20-24
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)

Ceramics
July 27-31
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)

HIGH SCHOOL HALF-DAY CLASSES

Campers entering grades 8 - 12 in the Fall of 2015
Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. and/or 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Ceramics I and II
June 22-26
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)

Drawing & Illustration and Painting
August 3-7
In the morning, experience a variety of drawing techniques that will improve your skills, and explore the art of storytelling through illustration. In the afternoon, create works of art in acrylic, watercolor and oil pastel, while getting inspiration from master works in the museum. Sign up for half a day, or the whole day! (additional $20 material fee applies)




REGULAR MUSEUM HOURS:
MONDAY Closed
TUESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.