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Q: What’s the status of Kids’ Summer Art Camp?
A: The San José Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Kids’ Summer Art Camp will be happening this year—in an enhanced online format!

Q: Are you still open for registration? How many slots are left open for camp?
A: YES! Registration for new online campers will begin Wednesday, May 6th. If your camper has already registered for our previously on-site summer camp, your child’s registration rolls into our new online format. Because of the virtual nature of camp, we have increased our camp capacity to 30 campers per week, per age group.

Q: Where do I register my child for Online Kids’ Summer Art Camp?
A: Please follow this link:

Q: How will an online art camp work?
A: Virtual Summer Camp will be held using ZOOM. Campers will be distributed a pre-camp preparation packet that details everything campers will need to know to be ready for camp. In short, the basics are a computer or tablet with a camera, microphone, and stable internet connection, the same equipment students have been using the past few months for their online learning! Each day, two SJMA educators will be teaching live content to campers in a practiced format ideal to engage with each child. We have enhanced our camp program to add elements that wouldn’t be possible in a traditional, on-site camp; specifically, visits with professional guest artists that will conduct demonstrations to show campers the process of their work, as well as studio tours of their personal art studios where campers will gain insight into metalsmith tools, darkroom processes, and painting studios! Camp will culminate in a virtual reality art exhibition which will highlight camper’s artwork alongside our professional guest artist’s work, an experience of a lifetime!

Q: What is the schedule for the online summer camp?
A: Camp will be held from 9am–12pm Mon–Fri of your registered week.

Q: What if siblings would like to attend the same session but are different ages?
A: No problem! We have added flexibility in our online format, which means if siblings of varied ages would like to attend the younger or the older age group together, we welcome that choice! Additionally, if you have technology restraints (one computer/tablet, multiple kids?) go ahead and register them for the same age group/session! Our age ranges are only a guide, but the ultimate choice is up to you!

Q: What if my camper(s) miss a day or are late to the session?
A: After each week of camp, selections of artist and teacher tutorials and demos will be archived on our website, your camper can pick up whatever they may have missed, or simply review and practice again for the fun of it!

Q: Can I register for multiple weeks?
A: Sure! With our new online flexible format, we encourage campers to register for more than one week, as each week will have some art projects that will allow for more practice of similar material, and a new highlighted guest artist.

Q: Are scholarships available?
A: We will have scholarships available, however, we are still ironing out the details. If your camper is in need of a scholarship in order to attend online camp, please email us at

Q: What kind of art projects will campers be working on?
A: Our goal is to teach, entertain, engage and support young creatives whilst giving adults in the household the time to be ‘hands-off’ to attend to their own workload, whatever that may be. With that in mind, we will email a brief ‘ready for tomorrow’ list of art supplies needed for the next day and any additional information needed so that campers are self-sufficient for each day’s three hours of live camp. SJMA gallery teachers and studio art educators will engage campers in art lessons and collaborative, interactive tutorials that will keep kids active, social and challenged with a variety of teaching styles in drawing, painting, mixed media, and found object/recycled household items as our starting point for art making. Our enhanced format includes STEAM based art+science weekly projects taught by an industry leading engineering educator. Children will also benefit from our guest artist's studio tours, demo’s and Q&A’s, as well as the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their own artwork alongside professional artists, work in our virtual art exhibition at the conclusion of camp.

Q: What is your cancelation and refund policy?
A: Fees are refundable if requested before June 1, 2020 ($25 processing fee). If you registered prior to Shelter In Place and would like to request the difference of on-site versus online art camp, please email us at prior to June 1st. Would you rather donate the difference of tuition? Awesome! The difference will go to our Museum’s Camp Scholarship fund, thank you!

Update as of 6/8/2020: Due to the time-sensitive nature of scheduling and organizing for camp, SJMA will not be completing any week-to-week transfer requests received after June 5. Thank you.

Q: I still have a question.
A: Please email us at

< Kids Summer Art Camp