Summer Art Camp

Program Update: Due to COVID-19, all 2020 Art Camps have been canceled. Visit our Digital Resources page for at-home art resources and activities.

General Camp Information

Introduce your children to the world of art through Summer Art Camps at the DAI. Campers will explore the museum with fun gallery games, new interdisciplinary art lessons, creative art projects and more. These week-long camps take place throughout the summer, and they are tailored to a variety of age groups and feature many different art activities. Children will learn and get inspired by the museum’s collection and create their own masterpieces using 2D and 3D art-making techniques in our studios and nationally acclaimed Lange Family Experiencenter! Kids entering 1st grade through 9th grade will have fun all summer long in weekly, mixed-media art camps.

Art Camp Pricing:
Full-Day Camps: $165 members; $180 non-members per week 

Save with a Family Membership!
Receive discounts on Summer Art Camp tuition by becoming a member today! Family membership is a great way to enjoy the museum with your children; benefits (for two named adults and children/grandchildren, age 18 and under) include free admission to Special Exhibitions, the collection galleries and much more!

Questions about Art Camp? Check out our FAQ! You may also email artcamp@daytonart.org or call 937-223-5277, ext. 335, if you have additional questions or need assistance.

Art Camp is generously sponsored by Marion’s Piazza

KIDS CAMP:
1st-3rd Grade

Campers entering grades 1, 2 and 3 in the fall

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Young artists 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 create 2D and 3D art with paint, clay, sculpture and much more.

YOUTH CAMP:
4th-6th Grade

Campers entering grades 4, 5 and 6 in the fall

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Intermediate artists learn art-making skills pertaining to their camp theme from local artists and art educators. They visit museum galleries to gain inspiration and create incredible works of art in fully stocked artist studios, all while having tons of fun with other young artists.

TEEN CAMP:
7th-9th Grade

Campers entering grades 7, 8 and 9 in the fall

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Teen artists receive art-making instructions from local art educators to deepen technical skill development and arts awareness centered around camp themes. Artists incorporate visits to the museum galleries for inspiration and explore familiar as well as new materials and techniques.

Frequently Asked Camp Questions

How soon should I register?

Early registration is encouraged to ensure space in the camp of your choice.  Once camp sessions are full your child’s name can be placed on a waiting list. Online registration typically begins in mid-April. Watch our website for details.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, there are a limited number of need-based scholarships available. You may call 937-223-5277, ext. 335 or email artcamp@daytonart.org with questions or for more information. 

    How old does my child need to be to attend camp?

    Campers must be entering the grade level listed in the fall of that year to enroll in each camp.

    Who teaches the classes?

    Classes are taught by professional art teachers.

    What is the class size?

    Each class is limited to 15 students.

    What is the Art Party?

    Families are invited to join their child for cookies and punch on Friday at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the artwork their child made during the week!

    What should my camper wear?

    Dress for a mess!

    Should I pack my child a lunch?

    Yes. Children enrolled in a full-day camp should bring a sack lunch and drink.

    Where does camp take place?

    All classes take place in the museum studios, classrooms and/or galleries.

    Where will my child eat lunch?

    Campers will eat lunch in the classrooms or outside in the sculpture garden, weather permitting. Sunscreen is recommended!

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