Camps for Kids

This year, the Creative Workshop will be celebrating the 25th year of offering camps for kids! During some school break weeks and every summer, the Creative Workshop offers camps for kids. These immersive all-day art camps welcome campers ages 6 to 15. Offering both Art Day Camps and Clay Camps, these programs have fun themes that introduce art techniques, creative problem-solving and are a fantastic way to strengthen your child’s art education and confidence in their own creativity. Depending on the theme of the camp week, campers explore drawing, painting, mixed media, working with clay and more to have the chance to make artworks they didn’t know they could!

Campers enjoy high quality (and very fun) art projects, visits to the museum to see original works of art, lunch breaks and daily recreation breaks. Two age groupings—Juniors and Seniors—allow kids to learn about art techniques, strategies, and materials as they make art, they can be proud of.

How to Register

You can register online by clicking the links listed for each class below, or by downloading and completing the PDF registration form.

All registrants must read, complete, and sign the Camp Permissions Form and return it to the Creative Workshop at least ONE WEEK prior to the start of camp.

When registering online, MAG Members must be SIGNED IN in order for discount to automatically apply!

Camp FAQs

How are camps divided?

Camps are split up into two groups based on age and class dynamics.

  • For Art Day Camps the Junior group is for ages 6-8 and the Senior group 9-13 and both age groups (JUNIORS & SENIORS) in Art Day Camp will learn each subject listed. (Teachers make age-appropriate adjustments to projects. For example juniors work more with imaginative drawing while seniors draw more from observation.)
  • For Clay Camps, the Junior group is for ages 7-9 and the Senior group is for ages 10-15. Only campers ages 10 and up can work safely on a potter’s wheel during the Clay Camp.
Can I sign up my child for just the morning or afternoon?

No. All camps in the Creative Workshop are full day camps. During Break Weeks, registration for Art Day Camps can be either by the day or for the Full Week. All Clay Camp registrations are for the full week due to the time clay projects need to be created, dried, fired to bisque, glazed or painted, and if glazed, fired again!  All summer camps are for the full week.

When does the day begin and end?

Instruction begins at 9am and ends at 4:30pm, but you may drop off your child as early as 8:30 am and pick up as late as 5 pm. There is no extra charge for this supervised before-care and after-care.

What do campers do during the day?

Our curriculum emphasizes artistic skill-building (especially drawing, painting, and sculpture) through creative projects. Instructors plan flexible lessons, give thorough demonstrations, and work individually with students to help them realize their own artistic strengths. Children make confident, exciting and increasingly ambitious art projects. Check out this 2021 article in 585 Kids magazine for a sense of how and why our Camps encourage building drawing and painting skills while encouraging creativity.

Do you provide lunch or snacks

No. Campers must bring a lunch, two snacks (to eat during breaks if they want) and a drink (in a non-glass container, please) from home. We recommend that snacks be packed separately from lunches so your child is not tempted to eat lunch at snack time. No refrigeration or silverware is provided.

Labeling your camper’s lunch and leak-proof beverage container helps us avoid confusion and helps your camper locate their meal. NOTE ON FOOD:  In an attempt to accommodate kids with allergies, we ask that you avoid sending foods containing nuts or nut products.

Do campers get breaks?

Yes! Twice a day (morning and afternoon), campers get breaks to walk, stretch, relax and enjoy a snack brought from home. During the supervised hour-long recreation break, children may choose to relax and read or draw or be actively involved in games or other physical activities (indoor or outdoor, depending on the weather).

How do your Camps use the Museum?

We bring campers into the museum or onto the MAG grounds to explore the Sculpture Park at least once a week, often more. Using strategies designed to teach kids to look more carefully, our instructors help them learn to make creative decisions based on other artists’ work and realize some of the many things we all have in common.

What should my camper bring or wear?

We are an active art-studio, so NO OPEN-TOE SHOES are allowed (no flip flops or jelly shoes, please). During the mid-day recreation break you camper may be outside (weather dependent) and during that time campers are permitted to read books, use tablets or phones to play games. (The CW is not responsible for lost or broken items brought in from home).  It is recommended that campers in Clay Camps wear clothing that can get messy—the clay we use is red earthenware which can stain clothing. Closed toe shoes are required in the clay studio.

Will I receive a registration confirmation?

Online registrations automatically generate an email acknowledgment. If you did not receive this confirmation or need another copy, a confirmation/receipt with tax ID# can be requested by emailing creativeworkshop@mag.rochester.edu.

Who do I contact for more information?

Rachael Baldanza
Curriculum Director/Camp Coordinator
(585) 276- 8956
rbaldanza@mag.rochester.edu

When Camps are in session, the Creative Workshop can be reached at: (585) 276-8959 or at creativeworkshop@mag.rochester.edu


Winter Break Camps

Monday, February 20-Friday, February 24, 2023

Art Day Camps

Juniors (Age 6-8)

FULL WEEK PACKAGE: Monday, February 20- Friday, February 24
AROUND THE WORLD IN 5 DAYS (1CW23): Explore our current place in time and space through a lens of curiosity, creativity and amazing artwork from around the world and right here in our community. Projects each day will be inspired by a different time and style in the history of world art. We’ll use art making and the MAG collection as our guide as we travel around the world and back through history in just 5 days! 

Monday, February 20
PACK YOUR BAGS (3CW23): Explore the art, architecture and uniquely classical style of Ancient Greece and Rome. Quests and journeys are common in ancient myths. We will use our imaginations to visit Rome, Athens and beyond in search of marble sculptures (that used to be painted) and mosaics and more.

Tuesday, February 21
POSTCARDS FROM PARIS AND ITEMS FROM ITALY (5CW23): We’ll plan and paint an itinerary that includes buildings, animals and portraits inspired by art in France and Italy especially. We’ll use watercolors, collage, and ink to create postcards worthy of framing.

Wednesday, February 22
AFRICA & EGYPT (7CW23): How do craftsmen and artists create colorful jewelry and outfits in some countries in Africa? Why are all the people drawn sideways in most ancient Egyptian art? And how can we make our own versions of these super cool creations? We’ll learn from the museum and from your creative CW teachers.

Thursday, February 23
SIMPLE WAY AROUND THE U.S.A (9CW23): Maps, vehicles, and museums around the country will inspire our story-based art. Great for kids who like cartooning and are ready to plan their own adventures in creative form.

Friday, February 24
CURATING THE COOL NEW STUFF (11CW23): The museum has lots of new artwork on view inside and outside. We will be inspired by both to create artwork trading cards and other projects. If you could add your artwork to the museum what would that be?

Seniors (Age 9-13)

FULL WEEK PACKAGE: Monday, February 20-Friday, February 24
Historical Hysterical Road Trip (2CW23):  All week we’ll look at the humor (and awesome-ness) of artwork from different locations and time periods in and around the museum. At the same time, we’ll improve drawing, painting, and sculpture skills. Learn to keep a cool sketchbook. Some projects are made together (collaboratively), most are your own observation and imagination.

Monday, February 20
ALL THINGS CLASSICAL (4CW23): What’s a hybrid? A creative combination of classical myths and characters and current art styles. We’ll make unique artworks in the style of Ancient Greece and Rome but in our favorite ways. Think Odysseus’s travels in the form of Anime. Great for kids who like the Percy Jackson books.

Tuesday, February 21
EUROPEAN SOUVENIRS (6CW23):  American museums like ours are full of art and objects from around the world. We’ll take a virtual tour of France and Italy through the museum and our imaginations. Find artwork from a country you’ve never visited. Imagine and paint the things you will carry and those you’d bring back.

Wednesday, February 22
EGYPT & AFRICA (8CW23):  We will draw in the museum and take those drawings back to our classrooms to use as the spark for our own creative paintings and prints. Egyptian artists used symbols and simplification to make personalized cartoon characters and their adventures.

Thursday, February 23
ILLUSTRATION NATION (10CW23): We will illustrate stories from a few states, map a wild (imaginary) road trip, and invent our own states (like the State of Confusion, whose flag is made of question marks). We will draw and paint artwork like those made by Stuart Davis and Thomas Hart Benton.

Friday, February 24
DRAWN ON THE WALL (12CW23): Inspired by new murals at the museum, we will create a mini mural garden with wall art that expresses our ideas and beliefs. We’ll also look at pictures of—and draw inspiration from—some famous Rochester walls (like Wall/Therapy, etc.). Other projects will explore self- expression and different styles of wall and poster art.

Clay Camps

Please note: that registration for Clay Camps is by the WEEK and cannot be taken by the day due to the time needed to create, dry, glaze, and fire works of art.

Juniors (Age 6-9)

FULL WEEK: Clay Camp JR.: Monday, February 20-Friday, February 24
ANCIENT CLAY (13CW23): We’ll use artists’ clay to create hand-built projects inspired by clay artworks in the museum, especially those made thousands of years ago. When not working with clay, we’ll draw, paint and create other awesome pieces.

Seniors (Age 10-15)

FULL WEEK: Clay Camp SR.: Monday, February 20-Friday, February 24
CERAMIC STUDIO (14CW23): Students will experience age-old techniques working in clay. From throwing on the wheel to hand building, we’ll learn how and why clay is used in different cultures around the world. When not working with clay, we will explore a variety of drawing and painting materials.

Spring Break Camps

Monday, April 3-Friday, April 7, 2023

Art Day Camps

Juniors (Age 6-8)

FULL WEEK PACKAGE: Monday, April 3 – Friday, April 7
INSPIRATION NATURE (1CSP23): Nature, science and art combine as we create animal, tree and flower projects this week! Drawing inspiration from the changing seasons, the great outdoors and colorful artwork from the 1900s to now we’ll explore art and color both inside and out (including the newest additions to MAGS’s Sculpture Park)!

Monday, April 3
COLOR IN NATURE (3CSP23): Tropical plants, insects, birds and fish are often wildly colored. Today we will explore colors and make bright paintings and collages inspired by what grows, crawls, and makes our world more vibrant.

Tuesday, April 4
FRESH AIR & CREATE IN 3D (5CSP23): In the gardens around the museum we’ll have fun with drawing and watercolor exercises. We’ll both draw what we see and paint what we imagine. Rain? No problem, we’ll enjoy the inside gardens and be inspired by artwork in the museum. 

Wednesday, April 5
CARTOONS & COMICS (7CSP23): All of the best of animation, graphic novels, and cartoon characters will inspire our own original characters. We’ll enjoy giving these characters adventures and stories as we learn how comic books work. 

Thursday, April 6
COLORFUL IMAGINATIONS (9CSP23): From our craziest ideas to fantastically colored dreams, these lessons explore how color can help us make meaningful magical mini masterpieces.

Friday, April 7
MUSEUM BUILDER (11CSP23): Using art materials, found objects, we will create miniature museums and fill them with small paintings and sculptures. Curate and decorate a collection of your very own.

Seniors (Age 9-13)

FULL WEEK PACKAGE: Monday, April 3 – Friday, April 7
DRAWING, PAINTING & PORTFOLIO PREP (2CSP23): Sharpen those pencils and get ready to strengthen your skills in drawing and painting this week! Find inspiration in the MAG’s diverse collection and explore your creative side as you learn how to make work that is uniquely yours!

Monday, April 3
WHAT’S ON YOUR PALETTE? (4CSP23): How do artists plan what colors to mix, shade, tint and use? We will explore different palettes and make original and inspired painted sketches.

Tuesday, April 4
FORMS AND SCULPTURES (6CSP23): We’ll build sculptures and forms using recycled and natural materials in this very fun one day lesson. Inspiration comes from the buildings and sculptures around and inside the museum.

Wednesday, April 5
COLLAGES & PRINTS (8CSP23): Collage is the art of mixing and matching found images (magazine pictures, etc.) and homemade elements to create a unique mixed media artwork. Half the day we’ll collage and then we’ll print. Printmaking is an artistic way to make multiples of your original

Thursday, April 6
DRAWING WHAT WE SEE (10CSP23): We teach the core skills of observational sketching and careful contour. Using these techniques and others we will focus on making artwork of animals and people.

Friday, April 7
MAKING IT YOURS (12CSP23): Design your own gallery, curate your own collection and make a (mini) museum that’s all your own; learn how to put the finishing touches on your signature pieces to showcase them in a mini museum or a your own portfolio. 

Clay Camps

Please note: that registration for Clay Camps is by the WEEK and cannot be taken by the day due to the time needed to create, dry, glaze, and fire works of art.

Juniors (Age 6-9)

FULL WEEK: Clay Camp JR.: Monday, April 3- Friday, April 7
CLAY & CREATIVITY, JR (13CSP23): Learn the fundamentals of handbuilding techniques including slab, pinching and coil building to sculpt and bring curious clay critters to life! Transform pinch pots into cute, and functional, creature themed pieces.

Seniors (Age 10-15)

FULL WEEK: Clay Camp SR.: Monday, April 3- Friday, April 7
CLAY & MORE: INSPIRED BY THE ELEMENTS (14CSP23): Earth, Water, Air & Fire! Ceramics uses all of the four elements–and our works of art this week will all be inspired by the natural world! Campers will learn the basic skills needed to center clay and throw on the wheel all while building confidence and creative expression of nature inspired pieces.