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CMA Summer Camps inspire and connect children ages 4 – 18 to their creativity

COLUMBIA, S.C. – This summer, the Art School at Columbia Museum of Art offers hands-on, five-day camps to capture the interest of any creative kid ages 4 - 18. Participating in summer camps is a great way for children to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun! The Teen Academy is a new opportunity for teens (ages 13-18) to gain new skills, work with different mediums and expand their portfolios.

Lunch Buddies Camp is back this year! Campers can stay from morning camp until afternoon camp. Lunch Buddies bring their own brown bag lunch and must be registered for morning and afternoon camp and pay a $25 fee. Visit columbiamuseum.org for details on available camps.

Registration opens on March 16. CMA Kids Plus! Members have priority registration March 1 – 15 receive a 20 percent discount. Register early, as enrollment is limited to allow for personalized instruction. Please note that pre-registration is required for all programs and fees are non-refundable. Details and registration at columbiamuseum.org.


June 3 – 7

Art Express: Picture Me (ages 4 - 7)
Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 7 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Make works of art that are all about you in this summer camp adventure. Paint a picture of your life using portraiture, landscapes and more. $135 / $108 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

The Art Avengers (ages 8 - 12)
Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 7 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
A crime occurred at the CMA! Use your skills of deduction and your love of art to explore all areas of the building and help solve this mystery. Follow the clues each day to solve the case and learn techniques while recreating a “missing” artwork. $160 / $128 for for Kids Plus! Members and above.


June 10 – 14

Wired (ages 8-12)
Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Be inspired by metal wire and construct sculptures, assemblages, drawings and mobiles. $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Teen Academy: Manipulating Photography (ages 13-18)
Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Explore the art of photography by manipulating both digital and Polaroid images to achieve unique and dramatic effects. Work with Photoshop to achieve desired effects. You must bring you own digital camera. $190 / $152 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

June 17 – 21

Art Express: Silly Shapes and Laughing Lines (ages 4-7)
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Discover fun patterns and focus on color, shape and line while touring the exhibition Found in Translation and the CMA’s collection. In the studio, paint, stencil and create geometric art. $135 / $108 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Geometric Gardens (ages 8-12)
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Explore the elements of art — shape, color, line, texture, space, value and form — in the exhibition Found in Translation and the CMA’s collection. Use a variety of materials like concrete, wire and glass tile to create garden sculptures. $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Project Funway – Accessory Edition (ages 8-12)
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Design and make all kinds of fashion accessories, such as necklaces, bracelets, clutches, hair pins, and more while learning a variety of simple and fun techniques. The final day of camp features a fashion show! $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

June 24 – 28

Art Express: I Spy Picasso! (ages 4-7)
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
I spy color! I spy shapes! I spy lines! I spy Picasso! Learn about Picasso, create unique works of art and explore the exhibition Picasso: Master Prints. $135 / $108 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Ceramic Explorations (ages 8-12)
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Get an introduction to clay and learn a variety of techniques, such as throwing on the pottery wheel, hand building and slab building, as you create beautiful ceramic pieces. $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Sketch This (ages 8-12)
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
From pencils to pastels, create compelling works on a variety of surfaces and discover, along the way, that drawings can be more than just sketches. $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

July 8 – 12

Art Express: Red, White, Blue – and You (ages 4-7)
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Make your own patriotic masterpieces and learn all about American history in the galleries. These Americana pieces will inspire you from “sea to shining sea!” $135 / $108 for members.

Handmade America (ages 8-12)
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Work with your hands and learn the history and the craft of folk art as you explore mediums such as clay, fibers and more! $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Photography (ages 8-12)
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
From portraits to landscapes to still-lifes — learn the basics of photography. Focus on digital photography, with some classic photography thrown in for good measure. Bring your own digital camera. $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Teen Academy: Metal Works (ages 13-18)
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Learn the fundamentals of metal working as you design and fabricate wearable works of art. Teens explore tools like saws, files, drills and dapping blocks, and work with semi-precious metals like copper, brass and nickel silver. $190 / $152 for Kids Plus! Members and above.


July 15 – 19

Art Express: Mythological Monsters (ages 4-7)
Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Join us for an exploration of ancient myths and legends. Explore artwork inspired by the stories of Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Then, complete mythology-based projects of your own. $135 / $108 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

From Paper to Print (ages 8-12)
Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Get inspired in the exhibition Picasso: Master Prints and learn different methods of print making from monotypes to linoleum cuts as you make your own masterpieces. $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.


July 22 – 26

Artists Assemble! (ages 8-12)
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Explore a variety of graphic novels and learn to write, sketch, ink, and color your own. Watch as your own style emerges through these illustrations. $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Camp Half-Blood: A Percy Jackson Camp (ages 8-12)
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
In the spirit of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, explore artwork inspired by the mythology of Ancient Greece and create your own artifacts. $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Teen Academy: Ceramics 101 (ages 13-18)
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Ceramics 101 provides an excellent introduction to the medium of clay. While creating ceramic masterpieces, campers explore a variety of techniques, such as throwing on the pottery wheel, hand building and slab building. $190 / $152 for Kids Plus! Members and above.


July 29 – August 2

Art Express: Art Around the World (ages 4-7)
Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Grab your passport and travel through the galleries, discover art from different cultures and create art based on the places “visited.” $135 / $108 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Ceramic Creations (ages 8-12)
Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Be inspired by the CMA’s collection and learn one of the oldest forms of making art. Create a variety of three-dimensional works using clay. $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.


August 6 – 10

Art Express: The ABCs of Art (ages 4-7)
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Scissors? Check! Markers? Check! Paintbrush? Check! 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. $135 / $108 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Paint Like Picasso (ages 8-12)
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10 | 9:00 a.m. – noon
Be inspired by our exhibition Picasso: Master Prints and learn a variety of painting techniques as you create your own vibrant renditions of still-lifes, landscapes and more. $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.

Teen Academy: Drawing 101 (ages 14-18)
Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Explore drawing in a variety of different mediums. Subjects include a clothed live model, building interiors and still-lifes. $160 / $128 for Kids Plus! Members and above.


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