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Art camps for kids in New York

Kids ready to pen the next award-winning novel or create an epic collage? These camps are your answer to the perfect summer

These amazing art camps will bring out all kinds of creative in your city kids. From origami to curating their own art openings at the Brooklyn Design Lab, little ones will get a taste of what it's like to be a true artist. Who knows-they could be New York's next biggest visual artist or stop-motion animator! Be sure to check out our list of art classes for kids, too.

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Brooklyn Design Lab Camps

Budding artistes get creative in these weekly art workshops, using a variety of materials and techniques to create masterpieces they show off in a mini art opening. With 10 different types of art making, the Summer Lab program offerings range from painting, printmaking and collage to clay, fabric and wood. Kids of all capabilities can even design and construct 3-D worlds using LEGOs. Each weekly workshop is limited to eight students, so campers get plenty of attention. Not only do children build a portfolio of their work that they can keep, but their finished projects are displayed in the Brooklyn Design Lab window for all to see. Ages 8–11.

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Midtown West

CMA Summer Art Colony

Mini Monets and Mizrahis take their inspiration from the kid-friendly collections at the Children’s Museum of the Arts to create their own masterpieces across different disciplines. With professional teaching artists at the helm of this immersive summer program, campers can make a stop-motion animated film with clay characters, experiment with printmaking techniques like silkscreen and block printing, weave an original textile, create imitation Egyptian sculptures, mold and glaze a ceramic vase, illustrate a supernatural tale, design a Project Runway–worthy outfit or create a mixed-media portrait. Ages 6–15.

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Long Island City Summer Arts Camp

Members of the Long Island City School of Ballet teach dance, representatives from the Long Island City Academy of Music provide music instruction and the Secret Theater stops by for drama lessons. The youngest campers (ages 3 to 6) engage in arts and crafts sessions in between performance lessons, while older kids (ages 7 to 13) devote part of their day to rehearsing a piece they'll perform at the end of the session. Ages 3 to 12.

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Long Island City

NYC Kids Camp

During NYC Kids' Lower Camp, children spend the day exploring nature and science through hands-on art projects, romping around a playroom stocked with soft mats and gym equipment and frolicking in the outdoor courtyard. Campers are split up by age, with a toddler group (18 months–2 years), a 2's group (ages 2–3), a 3's group (age 3) and a 4's & 5's group (ages 4–5) providing appropriate activities for each. While the youngest ones supplement their mornings with snacktime, dress-up, storytelling, puppets and freeplay, kids ages 3 and up can go on nature walks, join in weekly soccer and swim programs or even take field trips to places like The High Line or Jefferson Market Garden. Older kids in the Upper Camp (ages 5–12) spend the mornings investigating art and science in and out of the classroom, practicing strokes during swim lessons at the YMCA and playing soccer and other field sports. In the afternoon, they pick from activities like musical theater, fashion design, cooking and filmmaking for their choice time. Other daily adventures may take youngsters to the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Aquarium or to the Hudson River for fishing. Ages 2 to 12.

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NYC Kids Fairy Tale Camp

Little ones can let their imaginations run away with them during this summer arts camp, encouraging city kids to weave their own original fairytale. After getting inspired by the week's featured tale through storytelling, music and movement—themes include Frozen, Beauty & The Beast, The Princess & the Frog and Sofia the First—they'll have time to craft props, costumes and sets. Mom and Dad will love taking in the whimsical production at week's end. Ages 3–6.

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West Village

Summer@Avenues Camps

Take advantage of Avenues' superior academic programs while spending the summer overlooking the High Line. In this immersive program, kids will pick up and improve on both Spanish and Chinese through themed language learning units and onsite activities like craft projects, puppetry, music and dance. Field trips to various educational locations are also on offerall day long. Ages 6 to 16.

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Taro's Origami Summer Camp

Little ones transform bright paper squares into stunning origami figures while learning about the mathematical and scientific principles behind the awesome ancient art form. Weeklong sessions begin with the history of the Japanese art of paper folding, followed by lessons in basic folds (like the book, petal and triangle folds) and plenty of practice in patience and accuracy. At the end of the week, campers work together, applying their new skills to make a complex origami model, such as a bird or dragon. Small class sizes guarantee plenty of personal attention, and everyone leaves camp with beautiful works of art they’ve crafted themselves. Ages 5 and up.

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Park Slope

Writopia Camp

Delve deep into plot and character development in this awesome camp for writers. The Fiction & Fun program pairs them with a published author to bring stories to life, while the Playwriting & Performance sessions spur young playwrights to pen a piece and dabble in acting, singing and dance. Past summer trips have included visits to Penguin Random House and Peter and the Starcatcher. Ages 9–18.

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Upper West Side