Summer (Fun at the CMA) Camp

Summer Fun at the Art School

Camps that inspire, educate and enrich children

This summer the Art School is offering a variety of unique camps to capture the interest of any young artist. Having your child participate in our summer camps is a great way for them to think creatively, practice their problem solving skills, and have fun!

Camp Pricing

  • Ages 4-7: $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members & above
  • Ages 8-12: $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members & above
  • Ages 13-18: $190 / $152 for Dual/Family Members & above
  • Dual/Family Members & above receive a 20 percent discount on all summer camps.
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Scholarships!

CMA Scholarships are awarded based on financial need. This scholarship is available to students ages 4 to 18. This scholarship will allow a student to attend a summer camp of their choice at the Columbia Museum of Art. Applicants must reside in the state of South Carolina.
Click here to download the scholarship application.

For morning camps, drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up is at noon. For afternoon camps, drop-off begins at 12:45 p.m. and pick-up is at 4:00 p.m. All camps include a snack. Please note that pre-registration is required for all programs and fees are non-refundable. Parents must complete the following forms at least a week prior to the start date of each camp: Safety Waiver, Emergency Contact Form and Authorization to Pick-up Form.

  • All Ages
  • Ages 4 - 7
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Ages 13 - 18
June 8 - 12Week #1

Wild Wild West
Ages 4-7 (Ages 4 - 7)

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Wild Wild WestAges 4-7

Head ‘em up, move ‘em out! Blaze trails through the museum while experiencing the thrills of the Wild West and create pieces based on the western frontier. Ages 4-7.

Art in Focus
Ages 8-12 (Ages 8 - 12)

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Art in FocusAges 8-12

Bring your digital camera, phone, or tablet and join us
for a week full of image-making. Learn the basics of photography with a fun, experimental approach. Cameras not provided.

June 15 - 19Week #2

Gladys Goes Pop
Ages 4-7 (Ages 4 - 7)

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Gladys Goes PopAges 4-7

That’s Pop Art of course! Travel through From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces with Gladys the grasshopper for inspiration. In the studio, create your own fabulously popular artwork.

Camp Half-Blood
Ages 8-12 (Ages 8 - 12)

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Lunch Buddies CampCamp Half-BloodAges 8-12

Get ready for an exploration of myths and legends in the spirit of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Investigate art inspired by Ancient Greece and Rome, and get creative as you make mythology-inspired projects of your own.

Creative Clay
Ages 8-12 (Ages 8 - 12)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampCreative ClayAges 8-12

Learn one of the oldest forms of making art as you create three-dimensional works in the studio. Be inspired by the wonderful clay pieces in the CMA’s collection.

Drawing 101
Ages 13-18 (Ages 13 - 18)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Drawing 101Ages 13-18

Explore mark-making in a variety of mediums and techniques. Topics include traditional human proportions, perspective, and still-life.

June 22 - 26Week #3

Gladys Around the World
Ages 4-7 (Ages 4 - 7)

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Gladys Around the WorldAges 4-7

Grab your passport and create artwork inspired by trips to the CMA galleries, from ancient Greek pottery to French impressionism and back around to America with Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces.

Caves to Canvas
Ages 8-12 (Ages 8 - 12)

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Lunch Buddies CampCaves to CanvasAges 8-12

From cave paintings in France to street art in Columbia- people have always found ways to express themselves. Find your favorite kind of canvas as you explore everything from mud-stenciling to watercolor.

Heroes and Villains
Ages 8-12 (Ages 8 - 12)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampHeroes and VillainsAges 8-12

Learn the basics of comic book creation as you sketch, develop storylines, and ink your own comics. Gain basic understanding of design concepts and skills in figure drawing and perspective.

July 13 - 17Week #4

Project Runway: MOD Edition

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Lunch Buddies CampProject Runway: MOD Edition

Design and create your own look inspired by Andy Warhol’s Famous MOD style. The final day of camp features a fashion show with the CMA galleries as your runway!

I Spy Gladys!
Ages 4-7 (Ages 4 - 7)

9:00 a.m. - Noon
I Spy Gladys!Ages 4-7

I spy Green! I spy orange! I spy blue! Hop around the galleries with Gladys the grasshopper and meet some of her crawly friends. In the studio, make artwork based on her bug buddies.

Warhol's Workshop (Ages 8 - 12)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampWarhol's Workshop

Join us in exploring the exhibition From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces and learn to create screen prints just as the artist did. Learn the process of silkscreen from start to finish.

July 20 - 24Week #5

Mythological Monsters (Ages 4 - 7)

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Mythological Monsters

Join us for an exploration of art inspired by ancient myths and legends in Asia, Greece, Rome and Egypt. Then create mythology-based artworks of your own.

Creative Clay
Ages 8-12 (Ages 8 - 12)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampCreative ClayAges 8-12

Learn one of the oldest forms of making art as you create three-dimensional works in the studio. Be inspired by the wonderful clay pieces in the CMA’s collection.

Cartooning Creatures
Ages 8-12 (Ages 8 - 12)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampCartooning CreaturesAges 8-12

Let your imagination run wild as you make fun and creative cartoon creatures. Spend the week learning the ins and outs of generating one-of-a-kind creations.

July 27 - July 31Week #6

Project Runway: MOD Edition
Ages 8-12

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Project Runway: MOD Edition Ages 8-12

Design and create your own look inspired by Andy Warhol’s Famous MOD style. The final day of camp features a fashion show with the CMA galleries as your runway!

Fairytales and Fables
Ages 4-7 (Ages 4 - 7)

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Fairytales and FablesAges 4-7

Hear ye! Hear ye! Come and discover art and stories from classic and modern tales. In the studio, tell your own stories through drawing, painting, and more.

Printmaking 101: Warhol Edition (Ages 13 - 18)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Printmaking 101: Warhol Edition

Experiment with traditional and alternative printmaking techniques including silkscreen. View original prints in the CMA's exhibition From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous Faces and then take that inspiration straight to the studios.

August 3 - 7Week #7

Insta-Art
Ages 8-12 (Ages 8 - 12)

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Lunch Buddies CampInsta-ArtAges 8-12

Come learn how to use your tablet as your own personal canvas. Experiment with photo editing and stop-action filming through fun and innovative apps. Tablet required.

Painting 101
Ages 13-18 (Ages 13 - 18)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Painting 101Ages 13-18

Spend your summer making art! Experience a variety of painting mediums, surfaces, and techniques. Acrylic, gouache, and watercolor- you will be sure to find inspiration in the galleries at the CMA.

Cartooning Creatures
Ages 8-12 (Ages 8 - 12)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampCartooning CreaturesAges 8-12

Let your imagination run wild as you make fun and creative cartoon creatures. Spend the week learning the ins and outs of generating one-of-a-kind creations.

August 10 - 14Week #8

Red, Yellow, Blue and YOU!
Ages 4-7 (Ages 4 - 7)

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Red, Yellow, Blue and YOU!Ages 4-7

Learn the basics of what it takes to create great art. Focus on shapes, colors, and other elements of art to prepare for the school year ahead.

Form vs. Function
Ages 8-12 (Ages 8 - 12)

9:00 a.m.- Noon
Form vs. FunctionAges 8-12

Discover a variety of objects in the CMA collection that were made to be both beautiful and useful. Then make three-dimensional and mixed media works of your own.