Kids Summer Art Camp

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  • Photos by Frederick Liang. 

Join SJMA for a week of fun, creativity, and artistic growth this summer

Campers get behind-the-scenes access to exhibitions, experiment with the artistic process, and show off their own work in a student exhibition. SJMA’s teaching artists offer in-depth art experiences inspired by current exhibitions. Kids learn how to look at, talk about, and create art.

Scholarship Applications for Kids Summer Art Camp 2024 will open on Thursday, February 8.

Scholarships are available!

If your 6–14 year old camper attends a Title I school, resides within the San José city limits, and has financial need, please complete a scholarship application. Scholarships include camp tuition, all art supplies, and a camp t-shirt! Please note: Scholarships are limited, and spots fill quickly. Please inquire early. 

 Submit a scholarship application  

WHO

For children ages 6–14. Camps are divided into age groups 6–8, 9–11, and specialized teen camp 12–14). 

Each camper will receive individual artistic support, encouragement, and creative challenges unique to their learning style and skill level. 

WHAT

Join SJMA for a summer art camp that pairs creative exploration of art materials and processes led by our experienced gallery teachers and studio art educators with enhanced creative growth opportunities.

In addition to exploring a variety of media and techniques, campers will engage in interpretive art and science lessons created by Greg Brown, a Stanford-trained design thinker, and STEM consultant.

Art Camp Exhibition

We invite families and caregivers to attend a weekly exhibition reception of campers' artwork to celebrate the artistic achievements of each participant.

Please note that the curriculum repeats weekly for ages 6–8 and 9–11, while each week of teen camp is unique.

WHEN 

All camps run 9am–3pm, Monday–Friday (no camp the week of July 1).

Monday, June 10–Friday, July 26, 2024, (See FAQs for more info on when you will receive your camper 'welcome' email and first day of camp information.) 

REGISTRATION

General registration begins Thursday, February 15, 2024.

SJMA Members early registration begins Thursday, February 8, 2024 for members at the Dual/Family level or above.

Member Discount

$50 discount for signed-in SJMA members at the Dual/Family Level or above. Not a Museum member? Join now!

Register for Art Camp

Scholarship Applications for Kids Summer Art Camp 2024 will open Thursday, February 8. 

Camp Options

  • Week 1: June 10–14, for ages: 6–8, 9–11, and Teen Camp 12–14

  • Week 2: June 17–21, for ages: 6–8, 9–11, and Teen Camp 12–14

  • Week 3: June 24–28, for ages: 6–8, 9–11, and Teen Camp 12–14

  • Week 4: July 8–12, for ages: 6–8, 9–11, and Teen Camp 12–14

  • Week 5: July 15–19, for ages: 6–8, 9–11, and Teen Camp 12–14 

  • Week 6: July 22–26, for ages: 6–8, 9–11, and Teen Camp 12–14 

2024 Teen Camp themes and dates: 

  • Week 1: Fiber Arts & Pattern Design 

  • Week 2: Mixed Media Card-making 

  • Week 3: Mixed Media Sculpture 

  • Week 4: Digital Art: Painting  

  • Week 5: California Wildlife Acrylic & Watercolor Painting 

  • Week 6: Visual Journaling & Book-binding

CAMP FEES

  • $500 per week

  • Museum Members at the Dual/Family level or above: $50 discount

  • Camp fees include art materials and supplies

REFUND POLICY

Fees are refundable if requested before Saturday, June 1, 2024 ($35 processing fee applies). No refunds will be given starting Saturday, June 1, 2024. Please contact us at education@sjmusart.org.

The San José Museum of Art has the right to cancel the camp, in which case fees are 100% refundable. Registration is not transferable. 

ART MATERIALS

SJMA provides all art materials needed to participate in our camps.

Please visit the FAQs page for more details or contact us at education@sjmusart.org.