Summer Art Camps 2021 - In Person & Virtual Offerings!

Summer Art Camps 2021

The School of Art at ASU is offering in-person and virtual art camps throughout the summer! The 4-day camps will be offered in a wide variety of studio art practices including digital photography, portrait and landscape painting, comic illustration, tie dye, clay and so much more! Both in-person and virtual camps give students an art immersion experience, the opportunity to meet others interested in the same hobbies, and valuable one-on-one feedback from our specialized instructors. Sign up today to join us at school or transform your house into your own creative studio in our virtual camps! Camps are open to students ages 13-18 and welcome beginners to advanced levels of experience.

All studio materials will be provided for both in-person and virtual camps. Those participating in virtual camps will need access to a phone, tablet or computer and the internet. Please consider the strength of your provider's internet connection when registering for an online camp as we are unable to provide assistance to a better connection. We will not be able to offer refunds for poor internet connections. 

Registration will open in February 2021. To reserve a spot, send your name, email, number and camp choice to rebauer2@asu.edu to get immediate notification of opened registration. 

Program fees  

In-person camp fees are $350 and virtual camps are $300. There is a $315 early bird discount for the in-person camps only. Early bird registration ends 4 weeks before the start date of each camp. There is no early bird pricing for the online camps. Payment in full is due when you register. Please see Refund/Cancellation Policy for more information. 

In-Person Art Camps 2021

All in-person camps are held at the School of Art Building located on the Tempe Campus, 900 S. Forrest Ave., Tempe, Arizona, 85287.

Clay Camp

June 7–10 | M–TH | 9a–4p | IN-PERSON 

Do you enjoy getting your hands dirty? Let’s play with clay! In this camp students will create functional ceramic pieces that you can actually use for food and drink! Students will be exposed to several techniques including wheel throwing and hand building to construct a functional vessel. Students will also have the opportunity to decorate and fire pieces as well.

Painting Portraits

June 21-24| M–TH | 9a–4p | IN-PERSON 

Love drawing people? Take it a step further and learn how to paint a portrait! Portrait painting has deep roots in history and still has a strong presence in the art world today. In this camp you will learn how to work with oil paints, mix skin tones, tackle proportion and create the illusion of light and form.

Comics & Storyboards

July 5–8 | M–TH | 9a–4p | IN-PERSON

Why sit in front of the TV and watch comics when you can draw your own?! Get inspired by the world of graphic illustrations and invent your own unique stories and universes. In this camp you will learn how to storyboard and develop unique illustrations.

Hand Embroidery

July 12-15| M–TH | 9a–4p | IN-PERSON 

Learn how to paint with thread and add a unique touch to any piece of fabric with hand embroidery! In this camp you will learn about the traditional and modern art of embroidery as well as experiment with a range of embellishments and fabrics including manipulating your own garments.

Drawing: Focusing on Animals

July 19-22 | M–TH | 9a–4p | IN-PERSON

Fascinated by the animal world or maybe a favorite pet? Learn how to capture the unique characteristic of animals! In this camp students will learn how to break down the basic shapes, movement and various textures of animals using fundamental drawing techniques.

Tie Dye Chemistry 

July 19–22 | M–TH | 9a–4p | IN-PERSON

The goal of this camp is to have fun dyeing fabric while learning about color. Each student will practice dyeing t-shirts as well as a number of sample pieces. They will learn about mixing colors, experimenting with additive and subtractive techniques, and thinking about color and emotional representation. Students will use manufactured dyes and also learn about the natural dyes around us too with the fascinating process of Eco Prints!

Landscape Painting

July 26-29| M–TH | 9a–4p | IN-PERSON

Learn drawing and watercolor techniques to capture the enchanting landscapes around you! This camp will focus on how to closely observe, examine color, temperature, light, and texture. Students will experiment with a variety of different techniques such as wet on wet, washes, and color mixing to get comfortable with the fluid and textural qualities of watercolor.

Virtual Art Camps 2021

Digital Photography I : Smartphone Your Way to Photography

May 31–June 3 | M–TH | 10a–3p | VIRTUAL CAMP

Explore your neighborhood and home with a photographer’s eye! In this online camp you will practice composition and explore the different styles of photography all from the comfort of your own phone! Each student will receive valuable 1 on 1 feedback to help their individual needs. At the end of camp, every participant will then pick their favorite shots of the week to create their own photobook! These will be purchased by the School of Art and delivered after the camp’s conclusion. Production and delivery time may vary. Students will need access to a phone, tablet or computer and the internet to participate in this camp.

Digital Photography II 

June 7–10 | M–TH | 10a–3p | VIRTUAL CAMP 

This camp is perfect for students who want to continue developing their digital photography skills! After exploring the different styles of photography from the previous week, students will choose a specific theme to develop, focusing on purposeful execution, editing, and sequencing. Students will curate a thoughtful portfolio of images that will then be printed in their very own photobook. These will be purchased by the School of Art and delivered after the camp’s conclusion. Production and delivery time may vary. Ideally you would take Digital Photography I offered the previous week. We will also allow more advanced students to enroll who have taken several photo classes. This prior knowledge is necessary and will allow the instructor to focus more on creative growing and individual exploration. If the participant is a beginner, they will have a hard time in this class as the Instructor will not be reteaching the content from the previous week. If you are unsure that you have the foundational knowledge send us an email! Students will need access to a phone, tablet or computer and the internet to participate in this camp.

Stop Motion Animation

June 14–17 | M–TH | 10a–3p | VIRTUAL CAMP

Turn your backyard into a mini-series about the wilderness or make an animated short about space from your own dining room table! This highly detailed process focuses on taking up to 40 photos per second to create seamless animations. Participants will work individually to create storyboards, produce, construct, shoot, and edit a short video using various materials such as clay and construction paper, and found objects from home. With help of a phone or tablet, this virtual session will meld together the process of creating tangible items to capture and edit them through digital processes using a stop motion application. Students will need access to a phone or tablet, computer and the internet to participate in this camp.

Drawing/Illustration: Character Development 

July 12–15 | M–TH | 10a–3p | VIRTUAL CAMP

Explore how anything can be a character, even inanimate objects! In this camp students will be given a series of prompts, guides, and tutorials to help them design, draw and develop their own original characters. Each student will receive valuable 1 on 1 feedback to help their individual needs as well as peer support and guidance though group sharing. Students will need access to a tablet or computer and the internet to participate in this camp.

Q+A for Virtual Camps

What do I need to provide to 'attend' the virtual camps?

Participants will need access to a computer or tablet with video capabilites and strong Wi-Fi access. We will be using Zoom, Canvas and other applications throughout the camp. If a special program is required we will provide you access however the majority of all activities will be studio based.

If my internet connection is spotty can I get a refund?

Please consider the strength of your provider's internet connenction when registering for an online camp as we are unable to provide assistance to a better connection. We will not be able to offer refunds for poor internet connections. 

Do I need to provide the art materials for the camp?

No, the School of Art will be purchasing and preparing all needed art materials for each participant to pickup curbside at ASU Tempe. Any unique or extra art materials that the participant may have and would like to use are welcomed.

Do I need an art studio to attend camps?

No but we do ask that participants have a quiet space to listen to all faculty pre-recorded videos and for the live portions of camp. A desk or kitchen table is ok, as long as you can focus, hear and talk without too much background noise. We know this is tough so just do your best. You will also need a space you can work on your art. We recommend that you cover your table with old newspapers or cardboard so you can make your art without the worry of spills and it cleans up easy. 

What do I wear to a virtual camp?

We ask that all campers dress as if they were going to class on a university campus. Our faculty take your education seriously so we ask you do the same. A lot of studio activities can be very messy. Consider wearing comfortable clothing you do not mind getting dirty or possibly staining depending on the camp. No articles of clothing, hats or tattoos displaying inappropriate symbols, pictures or language. 

Do you offer scholarships for online camps?

No we are not offering scholarships for the online camps at this time.

I live out of state, can I still participate in the online camp?

Absolutely! All classes and curriculum is accessible through Zoom and Canvas. We will provide you with a detailed art material list with active links so there is no confusion on what supplies are needed for camp. 

I live out of state, can you send my art supplies in the mail?

Unfortunately, we are not able to mail art supplies. However, we will provide you with a detailed art material list with active links so there is no confusion on what supplies are needed for camp. 

Is there a discount available for out of state participants who are providing their own supplies?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide material discounts but we do try to make the supplies affordable and easy to find.  

Cancellation Policy

  • Campers who withdraw more than two weeks before their selected camp start date will have 75% of their camp fee refunded.
  • No refund will be issued for campers who withdraw within two weeks of their selected camp start date. 
  • If a workshop is cancelled by the School of Art due to low registration, parents and campers will be notified one week prior to the start date. A full refund will be given if we, School of Art, cancel the class one week prior to start date of workshop. 
  • School of Art is not responsible for any travel related expenses due to cancellation.  Exceptions, for up to a 75% refund, will only be made if:
    • the camper is hospitalized during the duration of the program
    • the camper requires follow-up care from a recent hospitalization during the duration of the program
    • there is a death in the camper’s immediate family (i.e., parent, guardian, or sibling)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age requirement for the summer program?

The School of Art camps are open to students in middle school and high school. Ages 13-18, 7th grade to 12th grade. We also allow students who just graduated in Spring 2020. 

My child does not meet the listed age and or grade level requirements, but they are very mature and advanced. May I still enroll my child in the School of Art summer camp? 

No. The age limit set is a significant gap and we have no flexibility to open it up even more.  

I have enrolled my child in a summer art camp but their younger sibling, who does not meet the age and or grade level requirements, wants to attend as well. Can I enroll my younger child too? 

No. 

What is the deadline to get into the summer art camps?

Enrollment stops the Sunday night before camps start. Each camp also has a limited space and once enrollment is reached registration will close for that camp. Campers should try to sign up as soon as possible in order to secure a slot in their chosen art camps.

Can I pay a down payment or installments to secure a camp?

No, the camps must be paid in full at the time of registration.

What is the cancellation process?

  • Campers who withdraw more than two weeks before their selected camp start date will have 75% of their camp fee refunded.
  • No refund will be issued for campers who withdraw within two weeks of their selected camp start date. 
  • If a workshop is cancelled by the School of Art due to low registration, parents and campers will be notified one week prior to the start date. A full refund will be given if we, School of Art, cancel the class one week prior to start date of workshop. 
  • School of Art is not responsible for any travel related expenses due to cancellation.  Exceptions, for up to a 75% refund, will only be made if:
    • the camper is hospitalized during the duration of the program
    • the camper requires follow-up care from a recent hospitalization during the duration of the program
    • there is a death in the camper’s immediate family (i.e., parent, guardian, or sibling)

This ensures we have adequate time to open a slot up for those on our waiting list.

Does your program include an overnight option?

No. The camp hours are from 9 AM to 4 PM. With a lunch break from 12:00 PM to 1 PM. 

Does your program include lunch?

No. Each camper is responsible to bring their own lunch or money to purchase a lunch from Memorial Union, the student pavilion located on campus. 

Can I shadow the program with my child?

Parents will be allowed to shadow their child if needed. However, they are only there for support and will not be able to engage in the art making activities as their will not be enough supplies or space. We encourage campers to attend on their own so they can fully engage in the activities and make new friends with similar interests. 

Can I pay the summer program in payments?

No.

Do you offer scholarships? 

For students with financial need, the School of Art awards a limited amount of scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on need and application answers, with first time campers receiving priority. There is a limited amount of scholarships available. Scholarships given are for a reduced tuition not full coverage. Scholarships can only be applied to one camp per camper. If you accept a scholarship you are making a commitment to arrive on time for all of the sessions and to participate fully in the class.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

We do have a very limited amount of scholarships available for each camp. The camp must meet a minimum number of registrations before scholarships will be awarded.

To apply for a scholarship please reach out to Jessica Palomo at jessica.palomo@asu.edu. Please submit as early as possible. 

You will be contacted regarding the School of Art’s ability to provide the requested scholarship. All decisions are at the discretion of the School of Art.

Is there a dress code during camp?

The dress code during camp is casual. However, we encourage clothes you do not mind getting VERY messy in and possibly ruining. Some of our studios will require campers to wear closed toe shoes for safety reasons. Each camper will receive an informational packet specific to their camp outlining details.