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Art-Themed Summer Camps in Baltimore 2013

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All children need creative outlets, and some would even enjoy spending the summer working on art and design projects. These art-themed summer camps in Baltimore will not only inspire young artists, but also teach them a thing or two about art history. Many of the camps are even taught by practicing, professional artists who can help put creative kids on the right paths to success.

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Hwy.; 410-244-1900
Grade Levels: 3-12
Price: $200-250 (need-based scholarships available)
Young artists can practice their craft at the American Visionary Art Museum's summer studios. Four one-week sessions are tailored to various grade levels, and each is packaged with hands-on activities inspired by the museum's visionary artists. Kids can spend time exploring the museum, collaborate with visiting artists, and create their very own visionary art projects. Registration details.
  • Grades 9-12: Tuesday, July 9-Friday, July 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Grades 3-5: Tuesday, July 16-Friday, 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Grades 6-8: Tuesday, July 23-Friday, 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Grades 6-8: Tuesday, July 20-Friday, Aug 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Walters Art Museum
600 N Charles St.; 410-547-9000
Grade Levels: 1-12
Price: $110-360
The Walters Art Museum offers several summer camp options in five weekly session. The Summer Art Camp, for children in 1st through 5th grade, has kids creating art projects, playing games, and learning about the museum's collection. Full day or morning classes are available. Older kids, from 6 through 12th grade, have the opportunity to work with local artists from specialized fields of fine art through the Artist's Studio Experience. Participants will learn art techniques and artist vocabulary terms, see examples of the teaching artist's portfolio, create their own works of art, and have the opportunity to converse about art careers and portfolio development. Magnet school students are allowed to work toward completing summer art requirements. Registration details.
  • Monday, July 1-Friday, August 16, half day and full day sessions available
Summer Art Camp at the Community Art Center
Towson University, 410-704-2351
Grade Levels: Kindergarten-8th grade (ages 4-14)
Price: $220-480
At this art-centered day camp, children create and learn about art. Students are grouped according to age and then take part in workshops on drawing, sculpture, painting, clay, and mixed media. The camp is held from Monday, June 24 through Friday, August 9, with three two-week sessions and a one-week session. Daily sessions last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended day options available. More details.
  • Session 1: Monday, June 24-Friday, July 5 (no camp July 4th)
  • Session 2: Monday, July 8-Friday, July 19
  • Session 3: Monday, July 22-Friday, August 2
  • Session 4: Monday, August 5-Friday, August 9
School of Rock Baltimore
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 115; 443-529-8200
Grade Levels: 4th-12th grade (ages 9-18)
Price: $495-$795
School of Rock Baltimore offers one-week camps that accommodate musicians of all skill levels. Most camps are perfect for students ages nine through 18 who are interested in learning guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. The camp emphasizes live performance through workshops, clinics, and private instruction. Students in all camps learn to play together in a band and develop stage presence, while some camps cover songwriting and recording. The end result is a live performance for friends and families of School of Rock Baltimore participants. More information.
  • Dates to be announced.
Baltimore Ballet Summer Camp
10534 York Rd., Cokeysville; 410-667-7974
Grade Levels: Preschool through college (Ages 4-21)
Price: $152+
This dance-themed camp has several options for youth interested in ballet, including a Sleeping Beauty-themed camp for children ages 4 through 7, pre-professional intensives for dancers ages nine through 21 that last two to four weeks, and other weekly classes based on skill level. More information.
  • Classes offered Monday, June 17-Saturday, August 10
Performing Arts Adventure Camp at the Community College of Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Blvd.; 443-840-2222
Grade Levels: 2nd through 8th grade (ages 8-13)
Price: $629
Students at this full-day three-week camp will experience theater from all aspects, including acting, dancing, singing, costuming, makeup, staging, and critiquing. A final performance showcases the camp experience. Camp meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended hours and lunch care are required for full-day classes. Registration information.
  • Monday, July 8-Friday, July 26
Circus Camp at the Community College of Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Blvd.; 443-840-2222
Grade Levels: 1st through 6th grade (ages 7-11)
Price: $264
Explore the world of a circus performer at this non-competitive yet challenging camp that combines cultural arts with physical activity. Camp activities include acrobatics, juggling, improvisation, clowning, stilt walking, tight wire, and more. Students conclude the camp with a circus performance. Sneakers and comfortable clothing or leotards are recommended. The week-long class meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Registration information.
  • Monday, July 15-Friday, July 19
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Please note: The camp fees listed above may not include additional costs. This could include registration or application fees, deposits, transportation, extended care, lunch, or other fees. Before getting your heart set on a camp, check for a full list of fees. Be sure to also look for any discounts that might be available, whether it be for enrolling in camps for multiple weeks or for signing up more than one child.
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