Summer Camp Guide 2021

For the aspiring artists out there, Phoenix has a plethora of summer camps available. Campers can hone their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and more while also making friends and learning new skills – all while having fun. Here, we’ve showcased a few local camps to choose from. 

Carrie Curran Fine Arts Camp

8300 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale

Date/Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 24-August 2

Age: 6-8, 9-13

Price: $335 per 4-day session

Young Vincent art camp encourages kids to explore their creativity using multiple mediums, including watercolor, drawing, mixed media, sculpture and acrylic painting. There will be a community art show for friends and family on the last day of every session. Campers’ completed projects will be on display and ready to take home the day of the show. Carrie Curran Studios also offers a virtual camp from June-August where kids can learn drawing and painting techniques from home.

Crayola Imagine Arts Academy

Mad Science of Northeast Phoenix, 2701 E. Thomas Road

Date/Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., June 28-July 2

Age: Kindergarten through grade 7

Price: $150 for five classes 

The Crayola Imagine Arts Academy presents a half-day camp for creative minds. Each day will have a different theme, including Mars Habitat, Comic Book Heroes and Picture Perfect. Campers will experiment with various art techniques, such as sculpting, collage and mixed media.

“At Crayola Imagine Arts Academy, our motto is ‘art with a purpose.’ We inspire children to dream big with unique art experiences that broaden their horizons,” Owner Jennifer Mollett said. Not only will kids be able to create, but they’ll also learn about artistic careers in graphic design, fashion, board game design and architectural and urban design.

Scottsdale Artists’ School

3720 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale

Date/Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 1-July 30

Age: 6-17

Price: $260 + fees

The Summer Breeze art sessions at the SAS will combine 2D art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor and mixed media with 3D art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay.

“Our programs take art and incorporate STEAM, as well,” said Director Skye Fallon. “Art is everywhere around us; it doesn’t matter where you look.” Students will learn what each of these mediums does and the techniques used to build upon an art piece. Students will work at their own “art stations” and will share their creations in a youth art show and reception at the end of the week.

Shemer Art Center Art classes

5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

Date/Time: Ongoing

Age: 6-13

Price: Varies

Shemer Art Center’s four-day summer camp sessions have already sold out, but students will find plenty of youth classes and workshops throughout the year that are still available. Examples include silk screen printing and watercolor painting. “Art classes are so important for children, not only to build their creative and cognitive skills but also to give them social interactions that create lifelong memories,” Executive Director Shonna James said.

Sunshine Sunflower Studio Art Camp

700 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix

Date/Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., June 1-July 9

Age: 5-12

Price: $225 per week

Children can explore a variety of art mediums, including clay, pottery, painting or drawing – each related to weekly themes. On Fridays, families are invited to an “Arty Party” where kids will show off their works of art and enjoy refreshments. Class size will be limited to 10 children to observe social distancing.