The best art camps for kids in New York City

These art camps for kids lead 'em on fantastic creative adventures all summer long! Don't miss out.
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There's no shortage of fun in NYC, especially over the summer! Scope out these art camps and see which one suits your little Picasso best. What better place to paint, draw and design than NYC? Art camps in NYC promise to be a hit for all ages and will certainly spark your kids' creativity.

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Need more camp inspiration? Try taking a look at our list of day camps in NYC, sleepaway camps (for those looking for a little adventure), academic camps or science camps

 

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Writopia Camp

The WriCampia program in the Poconos is perfect for those craving to pen the next great American novel. Buses transport campers from Manhattan and Westchester for a 12-day escape filled with intimate writing workshops and creative electives. Published authors and playwrights help kids learn the secrets to memoir writing, poetry and what makes a great novel, while campers also enjoy arts activities like photography, ceramics, theater, zine-making and filmmaking. In the evening, everyone gathers around the campfire to swap stories or test their team-building skills in a scavenger hunt or “escape the room” challenge. Ages 7–18. 

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Barking Cat Studio Art in the City Summer Day Camp

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There are so many incredible art museums and public works to explore around NYC, but who has the time to hit them all? This camp makes it possible, getting kids’ creative juices flowing with daily Art & Play adventures in the city—each week explores a special theme, such as LEGO Sculpture or Art & Robots, with outings to match. The groups head back to the studio for lunch after the field trip, then put their fresh ideas into an art project before a full afternoon of games, yoga and dance. All art supplies, museum admission and daily snacks are provided, and the helpful staff is around to assist little ones in bringing their ideas to life through drawing, coloring, painting and sculpting. Early drop-off and extended day options are available for an additional fee. Ages 5–11.

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Art Summer Camps at the Painted Cloud

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Children who consider art their favorite subject will love this bright, colorful Brooklyn studio’s offerings. Campers spend their summer days creating masterpieces worthy of special display in their homes that go beyond basic projects. Each week has a different theme, including printmaking, collage, textile and sculptures. After working hard in the studio, they’ll cut loose at the nearby park to run through the sprinklers and put that creativity to use in the form of free-time games. Ages 4–10.

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Cooper Hewitt Design Camp

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The amazing, interactive exhibitions at Cooper Hewitt provide a base for the exploration of many art forms during these week-long camps. Kids can partake in sessions of all kinds, including typography, virtual reality and more. Ages 6–12.

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Center for Architecture

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At this camp, children can learn the design skills needed to create anything—from a soaring tower to a magical shop befitting the Potterverse. Middle and high school campers can take a stab at using digital 3-D renderings and other tools used by professionals to envision small projects. Teenagers who are serious about their ambition can also work on preparing a portfolio. Ages 8–18.

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Children's Museum of the Arts Summer Art Colony

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Sign your kids up for an amazing week-long art summer program led by Children's Museum of the Arts' talented Teaching Artists! Choose from one of two locations (SoHo and Governors Island) and let your kids dive into cool concentrations like photograpy, painting, film, illustration, printmaking, fashion design and more. Classes also include supervised play from the start and end of the day. Ages 6–15.

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NYC Kids 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, providing appropriate activities for each from dress-up and storytelling for the little ones to science classes and swim lessons for the older children.Other daily adventures may take youngsters to famous NYC attractions. Ages 2–12.

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Brooklyn Design Lab Camps

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Budding artists get creative in these weekly art workshops by using a variety of materials and techniques to create masterpieces they show off in a mini opening. With different types of art making, the Summer Lab program offerings range from woodwork and claywork to drawing and building with LEGOs. Ages 5–12. 

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Yonkers Peace Pottery Clay Camp

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For kids who love the kind of functional art that allows them to create a piece they can use, this morning camp is a must. During
the three-hour sessions, campers learn various techniques for making the visions in their imagination a reality. Though the experienced teachers are there to help guide projects, children who know the basics can choose their own journey with clay or individualize the day’s suggested creation. Ages 4 and up.

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