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8 Artful Activities Kids Will Love – Inspired by Summer Art Camp

It’s already July, and maybe your kids are getting a little antsy. We’ve done some research, and here are some activities, inspired by our Summer Art Camps, that you can do at home with your kids.

And, even though Summer is underway, you can still sign your kids up for fun camps at The Art League through August 17!

Check out the following activities… and get ready to be creative, problem solve, have FUN, and get a little bit messy. No boring summers allowed!

A Killer Whale takes shape during the Life Size Paper Mache camp!

Get Creative!

Art Camp is all about inspiring creativity in kids at different ages! These activities will keep your kids entertained, engaged and energetic. For some projects, things can get a little messy, so don’t forget to set up outside and make sure to cover anything that might be likely to get “artified.”

At home:

More home resources:

A ton of great projects to get into printmaking

How to do Glue Batik with Kids

Even better… sign your kids up for Summer Art Camp!

Unleash your child’s imagination this summer! Art camp provides children a wonderful introduction to several forms of visual art. In our regular art camp, each day brings a new project that may include drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. The sky’s the limit!

Art Camp at The Art League

Practice Creativity and Fine Motor Skills with Jewelry Making

For younger kids, practicing fine motor skills without them getting into a lot of dangerous bead work can be a concern. These project ideas promote fine motor skills in smaller kids, without the risk of all those teeny-tiny beads or sharp objects. The magazine strip beads are an especially good project because they cost next to nothing and are simple and easy to make for little ones who want to get started in jewelry making. The washer charm jewelry is the perfect project for older kids.

At home project ideas:

Magazine Beads

Washer charm jewelry

At The Art League:

Our Summer Jewelry Camp (for ages 9–12) starts at the end of July. To sign up and learn more about Jewelry Camp, visit our website.

Jewelry Camp at The Art League

Move beyond the Selfie with Photography Basics

Your kids probably already know how to take a selfie, but this project will help them learn the basics of photography and empower them to tell their story through digital images.

At home project ideas:

Fun photography projects for kids

Pinhole Camera for older kids

At The Art League:

In Photo Camp, kids will learn a variety of beginner photography techniques including the basics of black and white darkroom and pinhole camera photography. All equipment, INCLUDING cameras, and materials are provided for campers.

Fiber Camp

Who doesn’t love a cute stuffed animal? Bring your littles together to make these great toys for themselves and help them learn more about working with fiber!

At home:

At home project ideas:

No-sew stuffed animal

At The Art League:

Each day of fiber camp brings a new fiber technique such as: weaving, surface design, basketry, felting, and more. Sign up now!

Fiber Camp at The Art League

See all Art Camp offerings and learn more!


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Did you know: The Art League's Art Camp is the longest running visual arts camp in the area! We've been here for more than 30 years! While sadly we can't find any photos from the '80s (please let us know if you have any lying around), let's take a look back at the last several years of burgeoning kid artists and eight years of fun at Art Camp!

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