Summer Art Camps 2023


Summer Art Camps 2023

The School of Art at ASU offers art camps for students ages 13-18 throughout the summer. These 4-day camps-- which are open to students with all levels of experience-- reflect a wide variety of studio art practices and provide students with an art immersion experience. Each camp gives participants the opportunity to meet others with similar interests and to receive valuable one-on-one feedback from our specialized instructors. All materials are provided for campers.

In 2022, we dove into all mediums —  photography, woodworking, fashion design, laser engraving, stop motion animation, watercolor studies with the Natural History Collections' animal and insect specimens... and more! Scroll down to see a full overview of the camps we offered last year. We look forward to offering similar camps this year! 

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Check out our camp offerings from 2022!

Graphic Design Through the Art of Screenprinting

Make prints, book covers, and stickers with screenprinting! Students will practice the printing and layering process with self-made transparencies and stencils as they incorporate techniques of drawing, tracing, detailed cutting, and found object exposure. Water-based inks in a variety of colors will be mixed for printing. In addition, students will learn a non-traditional watercolor method used for monoprints. Students will take home their creations, as well as their own School of Art tote bag.

Stop Motion Animation

Make a mini-series about animals or an animated short about the galaxy– all while using materials that you create yourself! Stop Motion Animation is a highly-detailed animation process that uses up to 40 photos per second to create seamless videos. Participants will work individually or collaboratively as they create storyboards and construct, shoot, and edit a short video using various materials such as clay, construction paper, and small objects. With the help of a phone or tablet, students will use the Stop Motion Studio app (provided at no cost) to meld and edit photos into a video. Students will need access to a smartphone or tablet in order to participate in this camp.

Comics and Storyboards

Launch yourself into new universes while exploring favorite animations and graphic illustrations! Invent your own stories, characters, and worlds as you create and illustrate your own comics, anime, and manga. Collaborate with peers or develop unique drawings as you learn to storyboard, practice figures and poses, explore color palettes, and more.

Lasers & Carving & Prints, Oh My

Go beyond pencil and ink to create with lasers! Mixing the traditional techniques of relief and intaglio printmaking with modern day technology, you will bring both worlds together and learn how to laser engrave wood blocks and plexiglass to create your own series of prints.

The Art of Woodworking

Work with wood as you create tools, toys, puzzles, and games! In this introductory woodworking camp, you will learn the fundamentals of carving and joinery. Each participant will learn to use the bandsaw and various hand tools to design and create sculptural objects. 

Painting Portraits

Portrait painting has deep roots in history and still has a strong presence in the art world today. In this camp, you’ll learn how to work with oil paints, mix skin tones, tackle proportion, and create the illusion of light and form. In addition, you’ll practice mastering 3-D volume, structure, and anatomy — all leading up to painting from real life!

Fashion Design 

Concept, design, pattern, and construct your own tote bag, complete with an interior zipper pocket and personalized leather charm! In this camp, you will learn the fundamentals of fashion design– including ideation, research, moodboard creation, sketching, patterning, and construction using industrial sewing machines in the brand new Fusion on First fashion studios. Add functionality through a zipper workshop, and learn to work with other materials in our leathercraft workshop! Students will take home their creation, a one-of-a-kind, personalized tote that can be carried with them throughout their career! Please note that this camp will be held at ASU’s Downtown Campus. Students will meet in the Fusion on First building, located at 380 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

Clay Camp

Bring your vision to life through the exploration of ceramic hand building and surface design! In this camp, you’ll create imaginative ceramic forms and apply various surface design methods using underglaze, painting, and carving techniques. Students will learn about the full pottery process, and will be able to pick up and take home their fired pieces after the camp's conclusion.

Digital Photography

Explore your neighborhood and home with a photographer’s eye! In this online camp, you will practice composition and explore different styles of photography all from the comfort of your own home– and your own phone. Each student will receive valuable 1-on-1 feedback based on their individual needs. At the end of camp, every participant will select 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. Students will need access to a smartphone to take photographs (or they may use their own digital cameras). In addition, virtual participation requires access to a computer or tablet with reliable internet access.

Art Under the Microscope

Interested in art, nature, and science? Grab your watercolors and lab coat as we examine specimens at the Life Sciences Collections at ASU. Learn about and take a closer look at animals, botanicals, shells, insects, and more under the microscope! As we explore, you’ll create watercolor paintings and drawings based on your visual research. Make it abstract or paint exactly what you see! This is your time to be creative and investigate a magical microscopic world you never knew existed. Please note that Art Under the Microscope will be held at ASU’s Natural History Collections, located at 734 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe AZ 85282; this is a short five-minute drive from ASU’s Tempe Campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age requirement for the summer program?

The School of Art camps are open to students ages 13-18. (This usually comprises 7th grade to 12th grade. We also allow students who are set to graduate this Spring, 2022.) The age limit is firm.

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 set age limit represents a significant gap between students, and we have no flexibility to open it up 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? 

Unfortunately, that is not permitted.

What is the deadline to enroll in a camp?

Enrollment closes the Thursday before each camp begins, which allows adequate preparation time for campers and the School of Art. Please note that there is limited space in each camp. 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 cover the fee in partial installments to secure a spot?

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

What is the cancellation policy?

Please see our full cancellation policy listed below the FAQ. This policy ensures that we have adequate time to open a slot up for those on our waiting list.

Does your program include an overnight option?

No. In-person camps are held from 9AM to 4PM. Online camps are held from 10AM to 3PM. Each camp has an hour-long lunch break from 12PM to 1PM. 

Does your program fee include lunch?

No. During each day of camp, campers must arrive with a pre-made lunch OR lunch money to purchase food from surrounding establishments or the Memorial Union, the student pavilion located on campus. Parents / guardians should discuss plans with their campers ahead of time, including personal guidelines and safety measures. 

Can I shadow the program with my child?

Though not recommended, parents will be allowed to shadow their child if needed. Parents are there for support purposes only, and will not be permitted to engage in art-making projects. We encourage campers to attend on their own so they can fully engage in the activities and make new friends with similar interests. 

Do you offer scholarships? 

May 2022 UPDATE: Please note that the final scholarship deadline has passed.

For students with financial need, the School of Art awards a very small number of scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on need and application answers, with first-time campers receiving priority. Earlier applications are more likely to receive scholarships than later ones, and the final scholarship deadline is May 1.

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.

There is a 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 the School of Art Camp Coordinator at Please submit your application as early as possible. Applications do not guarantee scholarship awards.

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

Is there a dress code during camp?

The dress code during camp is casual. Campers should wear clothes that they do not mind getting dirty or stained. Art-making is a messy process! 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. Articles of clothing, hats, or tattoos that display inappropriate symbols, pictures, or language will not be permitted.

Do I need to supply the art materials for any camp?

No. All participants in the in-person camps will have access to School of Art materials during camp. 

Students participating in the online Digital Photography camp will be provided with photobooks after the conclusion of the camp. No art materials are necessary during the camp. Please see the following question/answer for more information about the online Digital Photography camp. 

What do I need to provide my child to 'attend' the online Digital Photography camp? 

Online camp participants will need access to a computer or tablet with camera and video capabilities, as well as strong Wi-Fi access. We will be using Zoom, as well as an online learning management platform. Students should be prepared to take photos on smartphones. They may also use digital cameras if they have them available.

In addition, we ask that online camp participants prepare a quiet space to listen to all faculty and staff for the pre-recorded and live portions of camp. A desk or kitchen table is okay, as long as you can focus, hear and talk without too much background noise. Make sure your work space and table are well-lit and have a flat, smooth surface. 

If I enrolled in the online Digital Photography camp but my internet connection is spotty, can I get a refund?

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

I live out of state. Can I still participate in the online Digital Photography camp?

Absolutely! All classes and curriculum is accessible through Zoom and our online learning management system.

Cancellation Policy

  • If a workshop is cancelled by the School of Art due to low registration, parents and students will be notified one week prior to the start date and all payees will receive a full refund. 

  • Should the status of our camps change due to updates to the ASU COVID response strategy, you will be notified immediately and will have the opportunity to discuss alternative camp options.

  • Students who withdraw more than two weeks before their camp starts will have 75% percent of their program fees refunded.

  • No refund will be issued for students who withdraw within two weeks of the program's start date.

  • The School of Art is not responsible for any travel related expenses due to cancellation.

  • Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from campus (for in-person camps), as well as any necessary housing. 

  • Exceptions to this policy, 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 policy allows us to ensure that we have adequate time to open up slots for those on our waiting list. Thank you for your understanding.

Code of Conduct

Student Conduct:

ASU adheres to a university-wide Student Code of Conduct that applies to our camp programs as well. The philosophy behind this policystates: The aim of education is the intellectual, personal, social, and ethical development of the individual. The educational process is ideally conducted in an environment that encourages reasoned discourse, intellectual honesty, openness to constructive change and respect for the rights of all individuals. Self-discipline and a respect for the rights of others in the university community are necessary for the fulfillment of such goals. The Student Code of Conduct is designed to promote this environment at each of the state universities.

Campers are expected to treat the instructor and their fellow classmates with respect and kindness. Students should show respect for the viewpoints of others, including those who offer a differing opinion or see things from a different perspective. Criticizing, ridiculing, insulting, or belittling others will not be accepted. Using profanity or inappropriate language or displaying clothing or other personal items with offensive content is prohibited.

Instructors will redirect the camper to more appropriate behavior and remind them of guidelines. If the behavior persists, ASU staff will discuss the problem with a parent/guardian. If the problem persists or a camper’s behavior at any time threatens the immediate safety of him/her, other campers, or staff, the parent/guardian will be notified. Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct may result in the removal from the program. There will be no refunds for campers who cannot abide by the program’s code of conduct. 

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with federal and state law, and ACD 401: Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, Arizona State University is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation for the entire university community, including all students, faculty members, staff employees, and guests. ASU expressly prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by employees, students, contractors, or agents of the university based on any protected status: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and genetic information.