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Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

Your brood can delve into ceramics, 3-D printing and manga at these summer art camps for kids in New York City.

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    Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    Bird River Studios Art and Theater Camp

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    Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    Brooklyn Arts for Kids

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    Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    Brooklyn Design Lab

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    Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    City Sculpting Summer Arts Program

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    Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    CMA Summer Art Colony

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    Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    The Craft Studio Camp

  • Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    Creative Arts Program (CAP)

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    Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    Culture Bugs Mini-Camp

  • Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    Kids at Art Summer Workshops

  • Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    The Painted Pot Camps

  • Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    Play On! Studios Camps

  • Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    The QMA Big Time Summer Art Thing for Kids

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    Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    Summerscapes Art Camp

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    Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    Summer Camp at the Painted Cloud

  • Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    Taro's Origami Summer Camp

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    Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

    Textile Arts Summer Day Camp

Photograph: Randi L. Klein

Art camps: The best summer camps for kids in New York City

Bird River Studios Art and Theater Camp

At museum programs througout the year little New Yorkers are exposed to artistic genius, from Van Gogh and Picasso to the relics of modern-day blockbusters. Once school's out, aspiring artists can take steps towards developing their own artistic temperament in hands-on art camps around the city. Some art camps, like the CMA Summer Art Colony and the Creative Arts Program (CAP) at the Berkeley Carroll School, offer a whopping number of classes to choose from, including dollhouse creation, claymation and TV production. At other artsy summer camps for kids, participants focus on honing a particular skill, whether it's manga drawing at HiArt or ceramics at the Painted Pot.


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Bird River Studios Art and Theater Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Art-loving campers work in small studio classes on creative projects that range from ceramic sculpture, comics illustration and fiber arts to video production and improv acting. Chess lessons, and robotics and mechanics with Engineering for Kids, round round out the week. On hot days, kids can lounge on the backyard patio or run through sprinklers. Camp runs July 14–18, July 21–25, July 28–Aug 1, Mon–Fri 9am–3pm. Five-day session $750. Ages 5 to 11.

  1. 343 Grand St, (between Havemeyer St and Marcy Ave), 11211
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Brooklyn Arts for Kids Camp

  • Price band: 1/4

With the help of working artists, kids explore performing arts and a variety of visual arts—including painting, sculpting and drawing—at the studio, in Prospect Park and at spots like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. On the Saturday following the final week of camp the young artists showcase their skills with a final performance and exhibition of their work at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Camp runs July 7–190, Mon–Fri (except for July 4) 9am–3:30pm. Eleven-day session $900. 10 percent sibling discount. Ages 7 to 12.

  1. 13th St, (at Third Ave), 11215
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Brooklyn Design Lab

  • Price band: 2/4

These innovative classes introduce school kids entering kindergarten, first or second grade to clay work, bookmaking, 3-D creation and more, depending on the week. Kids entering third through sixth grades can sign up for a class in Lego architecture. All campers present their work in gallery shows in the Brooklyn Design Lab windows, and get to leave the program with a portfolio of their work. Camp runs July 14–Aug 22, Mon–Fri 9–11am or 1–3pm. One-week session $220 (ages 4 to 6); see website for discounts on multiple weeks. Lego camp runs Aug 4–8, Mon–Fri 9am–noon. One-week session $275 (ages 7 to 12). Ages 4 to 12.

  1. 413A Seventh Ave, (between 13th and 14th Sts), 11215
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Culture Bugs Mini-Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Participants choose from two mini-camps that vary in their artistic focus. Magical Mega Manga Camp teaches anime fans to draw their own manga and even join Zoe, one of Kyoto’s art university students at the end of August for a weeklong manga intensive. Wowza Arts Intensive Mini-Camp offers a mix of disciplines along with frequent museum visits and gallery hops. Magical Mega Manga Camp (ages 6 to 16) runs June 17–28, July 7–18 and July 21-Aug 1. Two-week session $2,400. Magical Mega Manga Immersion with Zoe runs Aug 24-30, Mon–Fri 9:30am–3:30pm. One-week session $1,500. Wowza Arts Intensive Mini-Camp runs June 16–27 and July 7–Aug 1, Mon–Fri 9:30am–noon (ages 3 to 5 with adult companion) or 9:30am–3:30pm (ages 5 to 15). Two-week session $2,500 (half day), $4,950 (full day). Three days/week session $750 (ages 3-5 with adult companion), $1,500 (ages 5-15.)

  1. HiArt, 227 W 29th St, (Between 7th and 8th Aves), 10001
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City Sculpting Summer Arts Program

  • Price band: 2/4

Children tackle a new lesson in the elements of design daily, learning project-based sculpting, life casting, mosaics, and papier mâché. Younger children work on simpler creations, while older kids are encouraged to take on more detailed pieces. After lunch in a nearby park, kids enjoy an hour of outdoor play. •Sixth Street Community Center, 638 E 6th St between Ave B and C. Camp runs June 30–Aug 8, Mon–Fri 9am–3pm. Extended hours available for an additional price. One-week session $450 before May 1, thereafter $525. •Dobbin Mews, 50-52 Dobbin St between Nassau and Norman Aves, Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Camp runs July 14–Aug 8, Mon–Fri 9am–3pm. Extended hours available for an additional price. One-week session $450 before May 1, thereafter $525. Ages 5 to 14.

  1. Various locations,
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BAM Youth Summer Programs

  • Price band: 2/4

The much-loved Brooklyn arts institution will host one- and two-week summer camps in video design or animation (ages 8 to 12); drama (ages 6 to 8), where kids study Greek mythology through theater games; the Bard (ages 11 to 14), which focuses on Shakespearean clowning and stage combat; musical drama and dance (ages 8 to 18), in which kids produce a musical on the BAM Fisher stage; and finally, creative writing (ages 12 to 14), where scribes from the Usdan Center help kids pen their own plays which, on the last day, will be read by professional actors. Camps run July 7–Aug 1, Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; creative writing 9am–2pm. One-week session $375, two-week session $675–$700. Ages 6 to 18.

  1. BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl, (between Hanson Pl and Lafayette Ave), 11217
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Barking Cat Studio Art in the City Summer Day Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Each camper makes their own hand-sewn sketchbook to take on morning adventures to local landmarks, parks and museums. On the trips, kids will look for inspiration to use later in themed studio art projects like Color Riot! Painting & Printmaking and Modern-Schmodern: Humor in Modern Art. When they’re not harnessing creativity, they’ll break a sweat with yoga and movement games. Camp runs July 7–Aug 22, Mon–Fri 8:30am–3pm. One-week session $465, plus $30 registration fee. Ages 5 to 10.

  1. 219 Greenwood Ave , (between E 2nd and E 3rd Sts), 11218
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The Craft Studio Camp

  • Price band: 1/4

This Upper East Side arts-and-crafts emporium invites creative kids to its studio for a minicamp, which teaches painting, sculpting, design and other crafting skills, followed by an included lunch. Camp runs June 9–12, June 16–19 and Aug 18–22, Aug 25–29, Mon–Thu 10am–noon. Four-day session $250, $62.50 per day. Ages 4 to 10.

  1. 1657 Third Ave, (between 92nd and 93rd Sts), 10128
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Inventgenuity Summer Day Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

If your kid can’t wait for the annual Inventgenuity Festival, bring ’em to the Beam Center this summer, where they’ll help staffers—along with professional artists, designers, musicians, engineers and makers—create cool projects centered around a different theme each week. Past campers have written plays, performed by life-size puppets and built sensory installations and motion-controlled electric dioramas, so chances are your little tinkerer will find something to geek out about. Camp runs July 11–Aug 29, Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm. One-week session $600. Ages 7 to 11.

  1. 47 Bergen St, (between Boerum Pl and Smith St), 11233
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Kids at Art Summer Workshops

  • Price band: 1/4

Creative children will delve into painting, drawing and collage, in addition to getting their hands dirty working on special art projects like mask- and puppet-making, mosaics and plaster work. Camp runs June 9–Aug 29, Mon–Fri 9am–noon. One-week session $425, one-day session $95. Ages 4.5 to 18.

  1. 1412 Second Ave, (between 73rd and 74th Sts), 10021
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The Painted Pot Camps

  • Price band: 2/4

Has your little one graduated from Play-Doh? If so, send her to this workshop, where she will paint pottery, pick up clay-sculpting basics and even learn the art of glass fusion to make glass sun catchers, pendants and plates. Tweens (ages 8 to 15) can challenge themselves with a Potterywheel/Handbuilding workshop (available in Carroll Gardens only), where they will create pottery using slab, coil and pinching techniques, and also cover the basics in trimming and glazing their work. • 8009 Third Ave at 80th St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-491-6411, paintedpot.com). *339 Smith St between Carroll and President Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-222-0334). • 72 Seventh Ave at Berkeley Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-768-8379). Camp runs July 7–Aug 22, Mon–Thu 9am–4pm (Clay and Art Mini Camp), 1–4pm (Pottery Wheel/Handbuilding Mini Camp). Clay and Art Mini Camp: One-week session $540, one-day session $135. Pottery Wheel/Handbuilding Mini Camp: One-week session $475. Ages 6 to 15.

  1. Various locations,
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Play On! Studios Camps

  • Price band: 3/4

At this Upper West Side studio, tots can hone their performance art skills at Creative Drama Camp (ages 5 to 10) or Musical Theater Camp (ages 8 to 13), where they’ll rehearse and perform in a full production, play drama games, and work with professional actors and teaching artists. Creative Drama Camp runs June 23–27, Aug 4–8, Aug 11–15, Aug 18–22 or Aug 25–29, Mon–Fri 9am–3pm. Five-day session $425. Musical Theater Camp runs June 30–Aug 1, Mon–Fri 9am–3pm. Five-week session $2,400. Ages 5 to 13.

  1. 263 W 86 St, (between Broadway and West End Ave), 10024
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Summer Camp at the Painted Cloud

  • Price band: 2/4

Young creative types build sculptures from recycled materials, dye fabric, try their hand at Surrealism, and take on other artistic ventures. Each day includes a drawing session, playtime and outdoor activities. Camp runs June 30–Aug 29, Mon–Fri 9am–3pm. One-week session $600. E-mail thepaintedcloud@gmail.com to register. Ages 4 to 10.

  1. 168 Marcy Ave, (between Broadway and S 5th St), 11211
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Taro's Origami Summer Camp

  • Price band: 1/4

Don’t worry if your child doesn’t even know the meaning of the word origami—after five days at this camp she’ll be well-versed in it, thanks to the step-by-step lessons provided by Taro’s instructors. Participants start the week by learning the history of origami and fold a few simple paper sculptures. In the next two days they build on these skills and create their own models to decorate and take home. On the fourth day, the class works together to craft a complex piece of art. Camp runs July 8–Aug 29, Tue–Fri 1–3pm. One-week session $200. Ages 5 and up.

  1. 95 Seventh Ave, (at Union St), 11215
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Textile Arts Summer Day Camp

  • Price band: 1/4

Students choose between two concentrations: weaving, in which kids learn to use a loom and read patterns; and surface design, which allows them to experiment with a variety of fiber and textile arts like printing, dyeing, sewing, drawing, and felting. Most days are spent at the studio working on projects; Wednesdays are devoted to a textile-related field trip, and Friday afternoons feature an Open House where campers can display their projects for family and friends. Completed projects may include bags, toys, fabrics, and more. •505 Carroll St between Third and Fourth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Camp runs July 7–Aug 15, Mon–Fri 9am–5pm. Supervised playtime 8–9am and 5–6pm available for $15 per day. One-week session $475. 10% discount available for additional siblings. Ages 5 to 12. •26 W 8th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves. Camp runs July 7–Aug 15, Mon–Fri 9am–5pm. Supervised playtime 8–9am and 5–6pm available for $15 per day. One-week session $475 with 10% discount for each additional sibling. Ages 5 to 11.

  1. Various locations,
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