art classes at aac

Calling all artists! Roll up your sleeves and put on a smock because we have summer camps for all those interested in becoming an artist! Thematic and technique-focused camps return this summer, redesigned and better than ever.

We’re also bringing you a series of camps based on our summer exhibition: PLAY! Campers explore the fundamentals of visual arts through creative projects in various two- and three-dimensional media.

  • Camps for ages 4 - 18
  • Price per camp only $155 - $195!
  • Easy online registration
  • 9:45 a.m. drop-off
  • Supervised lunch breaks
  • Complimentary aftercare until 5 pm
  • All of your favorite camps have been redesigned for 2015!

Members receive 10-15% off of class tuition.


2015 Children Summer Camps: Ages 4 - 6


WEEK ONE
Mon – Fri., June 22 – 26
Hilarious Animals | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Treasure Trove | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK TWO
Mon – Fri., July 6 – 10
Look, Learn, Draw | 10 am – 12:30 pm
The Birthday pARTy! | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK SIX
Mon – Fri., August 3 – 7
Dinosaur Discoveries | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Fantasy Forests | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK THREE
Mon – Fri., July 13 – 17
In the Round | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Jungle Journeys | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK SEVEN
Mon – Fri., August 10 –14
Creative Inspirations | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Deep Sea/Space Discoveries | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK FOUR
Mon – Fri., July 20 – 24
PLAY | 10 am – 12:30 pm
The World Around Us | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK EIGHT
Mon – Fri., August 17 – 21
Color Capers | 10 am – 12:30 pm
PLAY | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK FIVE
Mon – Fri., July 27 – 31
5 Adventures in 5 Days | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Flight of Imagination | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK NINE
Mon – Fri., August 24 – 28
Brushes & Palettes | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Bug Out | 1:30 – 4 pm

2015 Children Summer Camps: Ages 7 - 10


WEEK ONE
Mon – Fri., June 22 – 26
Mystical Creatures | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Painting from Pictures | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK TWO
Mon – Fri., July 6 – 10
Painting at the Easel | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Visual Illusions & Game Arts | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK SIX
Mon – Fri., August 3 – 7
Comic Book Comp. | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Drawing 101 | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK THREE
Mon – Fri., July 13 – 17
Art Trekkers | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Magnificent Murals | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK SEVEN
Mon – Fri., August 10 –14
Book Illustration | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Celebrating Contemporary Artists | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK FOUR
Mon – Fri., July 20 – 24
Into the 3rd Dimension | 10 am – 12:30 pm
PLAY | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK EIGHT
Mon – Fri., August 17 – 21
PLAY | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Scaled-Up & Monster-Sized | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK FIVE
Mon – Fri., July 27 – 31
Drawing Perspectives | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Finding Art in Nature | 1:30 – 4 pm
WEEK NINE
Mon – Fri., August 24 – 28
Amazing Architects | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Book Illustration | 1:30 - 4 pm
Take the Plunge | 1:30 – 4 pm

2015 Pre-Teen Summer Camps: Ages 11 - 14


WEEK ONE
Mon – Fri., June 22 – 26
Becoming an Artist | 1:30 – 4 pm
In this course, students will build on their understanding of drawing, painting, and sculpture by exploring traditional and experimental techniques. Students will use observational skills to begin developing an artistic voice. Subject matter will be varied, including still-life, perspective, mark making, construction techniques, and more.
WEEK TWO
Mon – Fri., July 6 – 10
Intro to Printmaking | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Printmaking is an artform that can be simple and direct, but also highly complex. In this course, a variety of printmaking techniques will be covered such as: gelatin plate printing, painted monotypes, textured collatype printing, block-carving for relief printing, printing with found objects, and mixed media (collage and printing together).
WEEK THREE
Mon – Fri., July 13 – 17
Fund. of Drawing | 10 am–12:30 pm
Students will learn to use line, value, perspective, gesture, and mark making to create representational works. As the course continues, the students’ work will evolve into the realm of abstraction. Students work in both traditional and experimental techniques.
WEEK SIX
Mon – Fri., August 3 – 7
Fundamentals of Painting | 2 – 5 pm
After learning the fundamentals of painting, students will be encouraged to experiment as they develop their artistic voice. Studio visits will play a major role in this course where students will get the chance to meet several AAC resident artists for conversation, a behind-the-scenes look into their studio practice, and to see works in progress!
WEEK NINE
Mon – Fri., August 24 – 28
Book Illustration | 10 am – 12:30 pm
This course is focused on everything narrative and artistic. Using a favorite, or invented, story students will be guided through the process of book illustration and design. They'll create thumbnails, storyboards, illustrations, and cover art. Lessons are centered on drawing, painting, and construction. Students come away with a truly unique keepsake.

2015 Teen Summer Camps: Ages 15 - 18


WEEK ONE
Mon – Fri., June 22 – 26
Becoming an Artist | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Students will build on their understanding of drawing, painting, and sculpture as they develop an artistic voice. Methods include perspective, mark making, construction techniques, and more.
WEEK THREE
Mon – Fri., July 13 – 17
Fund. of Drawing | 1:30 - 4 pm
Students will learn to use line, value, perspective, gesture, and mark making to create representational works. As the course continues, the students’ work will evolve into the realm of abstraction. Students work in both traditional and experimental techniques.
WEEK SIX
Mon – Fri., August 3 – 7
Fundamentals of Painting | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Color, composition, space, and texture will be emphasized throughout this course as projects move from representational to abstract. After learning the fundamentals of painting, students will be encouraged to experiment as they develop their artistic voice. Studio visits will play a major role in this course where students will get the chance to meet several AAC resident artists for conversation, a behind-the-scenes look into their studio practice, and to see works in progress!
WEEKS 7 & 8
Mon – Fri., August 10 – 21
Photography Institute - Perspectives in Two Cities | 10 am – 4 pm
For photography lovers and aspiring professionals alike, this intensive program provides a soup to nuts exploration of the creative, curatorial, and marketing aspects of creating images and mounting a group photography exhibition. Working with professional photographers, guest artists, and arts professionals, students gain valuable perspective and technical expertise while developing a unique photographic voice. Exhibition themes, concepts, and shooting schedule will be student driven. Historic and contemporary practices of photography from shooting film and darkroom processing to digital cameras and iPhones will be explored.