Summer doesn’t have to be a bummer. Here’s a few online art camps that can help.
To the chagrin of many kids and parents this summer, many in-person summer camp programs have been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus. However, life goes on and so should the fun!
Many camps are offering fun and creative virtual summer art camps for kids. Classes are offered in a wide range of artistic disciplines, but they all have one thing in common — they are a great way to stimulate kids’ creativity.
Check out a few intriguing options here.
ActivityHero is an excellent resource for connecting parents with exceptional online art camps and more. This search engine for summer camps allows parents to browse and book activities with more than 6,000 providers.
Art classes include “Drawing Animals,” “Creative Clay,” and unusual offerings like “LEGO Masters + Martial Arts + Origami” or “Art in Korean.” With so many options, there is something for everyone here.
Learn more at activityhero.com.
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Interlochen Arts Camp is a traditional summer camp in northwest Michigan that offers art camps for kids grades 3-12. This year, the program has opted to offer online art camps with virtual interactive instruction.
For kids grades 2-6 they offer a three-week course. Students can choose either Classical Music instruction with their chosen instrument or General Arts classes, featuring dancing, acting, creative writing, and more.
For kids in grades 6-9, instruction is more one-on-one — each student gets a 50-minute weekly private coaching session. Classes go a little more in-depth and students learn to hone their technical skills. High-schoolers can enjoy sophisticated instruction as well as “real-life” sessions with professionals in their chosen discipline.
Connect with peers the world over after class by hanging out in your virtual cabin for some much-needed social time.
Learn more at interlochen.org/category/summer-arts-camp.
The Center for Contemporary Art
The Center for Contemporary Art is celebrating it’s 50th year this year and it’s taking all of its offerings online. Each week there will be new projects and activities whose aim is to stimulate creativity and expression. Projects include drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpting, mold-making, carving, and more.
Kids will learn important artistic principles and techniques, as well as the history of art and snapshots from famous artists. Classes are offered to three different age groups to offer age-appropriate lessons. Classes for children with special needs are also available.
Learn more at ccabedminster.org.
Dragonfly Fun offers some fantastic, hands-on crafty-type week-long summer camps. Kids can participate in everything from sewing to cartooning to jewelry-making.
Check out camps like “Art from Down Under,” “Flower Child Fashions,” “Celestial Painting and Dyeing,” and “Bodacious Beachy Beads.” The best part is that after each of these classes, kids will have a fun memento they made themselves to enjoy!
Learn more at dragonflyfun.com.
Online art camps are just the start
There’s no doubt about it, this summer is going to be different for everyone. However, parents can still keep their kids having fun and staying creative at home. These online art camps are a great place to start to spark creativity, learn, and grow.
And while you’re waiting for that first virtual camp to get rolling, check out these resources for quick and fun at-home art projects:
- Good Housekeeping’s list of craft and DIY ideas
- Left Brain Craft Brain’s 40 art projects to do at home
- Kathy Barbro’s Art Projects for Kids’ site is a thorough resource with a slew of ideas for all ages
- 5-Minute Crafts PLAY‘s ideas for kids’ art projects