In Person Summer Art Camp

For ages 6-14

PAFA’s award-winning Art Camp 2021 came to an end! 

Despite so many changes and restrictions, compared to years past, the magic of making art and making friends was present. We look forward seeing our campers again in the upcoming Youth and Family Programs, online or in person. Please check back for updated fall information at

We wish you healthy, calm school year.

Summer Art Camp 2022 Information will be available in January 2022

Email or call 215-972-2054 if you have any questions.

In Person Summer Art Camp 2021

Campers sitting on a floor in Museum Galleries
Museum Gallery lesson
two campers sketching in the galleries
Intro to Painting camp in the galleries
Campers displaying their work
Friday Art Show
Camp displaying their projects
The Art of Mythology Camp: Gods and Monsters Dinner Party
Campers making art
Campers at work
campers painting at easels
Bob Ross inspired Landscapes
Camper near their artworks
Friday Art show display
Camper near their artworks
Friday Art Show display
Campers sketching
Historic Cast Hall session
Camper behind a table, making art
Preparing for the Gods and Monsters Dinner Party

General Information

In person camp provides weekly artistic adventures and celebrations of creativity and friendship. Campers enjoy art making of all kinds in a safe, accessible environment with highly skilled instructors. A variety of thematic camps are designed for different age groups and involve painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, comics, and mixed-media projects in the historic studios of the oldest art school and museum in the United States. 

Each week of camp has a theme, and you can register for a specific week or for the whole summer, whatever works best for your family.   Sessions also include age appropriate creative play and rest times, reading and storytelling, and socializing. Campers visit museum galleries for tours led by art educators, and occasionally take walks to the nearby park (weather permitting). Usually, every Friday, campers prepare for an Art Exhibition where their work from throughout the week is on view and family and friends of the campers are invited to the exhibition. 

Summer Art Camp takes place in PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building.

For a sample  weekly schedule: CLICK HERE

Camp 2021 details

Age Groupings:Camper making face and showing artwork

  • ART EXPLORERS:  Ages 10-14


  • $400 per week // PAFA Family Members $340 per week
  • Register for 3 or more weeks of camp and get $10 off per week (great deal for sibling campers!) 
  • Memberships can be purchased during the registration process or Become a Member in advance.

Please review Camp Procedures and Refund Policy.

See Parent Guide 2021

New Day to Day Policies

These policies are subject to change as PAFA responds to evolving guidance from the Philadelphia Health Department and its COVID-19 partner, Main Line Health.           Drawing Camp
  • Masks: All students and staff members will be required to wear masks except for when eating or drinking.
  • No Shared Supplies: Students will receive their own set of art supplies to use throughout the week for artmaking. Students will have a designated space/box to hold their belongings and supplies. 
  • Daily Screening: All campers will be temperature-checked and we will ask parents a set of questions about their recent health every morning at drop off. 
  • Floor markings and signage: Staff will mark off safe distances throughout our building to help keep campers appropriately spaced. Reminders for handwashing, social distancing, and safe sneezing will be posted throughout the facility. 
  • Hygiene: Scheduled handwashing breaks will be built into each group’s schedule and more hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.
  • Social distancing: Each camp will be limited to 14 campers and divided into 2 pods of 7 campers. Pods will remain together throughout camp and will be separated from other pods by at least 6 feet distance, while campers within the same pod will be encouraged to maintain a 3 foot distance.  These numbers are subject to change. 
  • Activities: Activities will be modified to limit physical contact. Equipment will be cleaned between uses and sufficient supplies will be provided fCampers drawing on a sidewalkor all campers to enjoy. Each pod will be provided their own toys and games to use throughout the week.
  • Cleaning: High touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.  Increased cleaning of activity equipment will be done per recommended guidelines.
  • Snacks: Campers will receive a pre-packaged snack each day. 
  • Lunch: Campers will bring their lunches with them to camp and will not be permitted to share food or drinks with anyone.  (Note: PAFA’s café, Tableau, is temporarily closed. Campers will not be able to purchase lunch.) Campers will wash their hands before and after eating their lunch and weather permitting, will eat outdoors with appropriate social distance.
  • Water: Campers will bring their own water bottle – reusable water cups will not be supplied. Camp staff will provide water bottle refills.
  • End of Camp exhibition: As always, the campers will stage an end of week Camp Exhibition. While this year in person exhibitions will be held internally for fellow campers and staff, campers will be able share and celebrate with friends and family with a virtual presentation that will be sent home for all to enjoy.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Plans

  • If camp is canceled due to new COVID 19 restrictions limiting in-person gatherings before the start day, the whole camp will transition to virtual  instruction. 
  • If a camper gets a positive COVID 19 test during their time onsite, the camper’s pod will transition to on-line instruction, while the rest of the camp continues in person.
  • Please note, that in order to participate in Virtual Art Camp campers will need to have access to Zoom and Canvas. Zoom technical requirements.
  • Campers will have an option to opt out from the online instruction with tuition credit. Please refer to Camp Procedure, Refund, and Other Policies for details on refund policy.

All campers and staff members are required to notify PAFA if they have come in contact with a person with COVID-19 or if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • If a camper shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the camper will be sent home pending the results of a COVID-19 test.  Camper’s families are responsible for obtaining a COVID-19 test for their camper.  

    • A camper who tests negative for COVID-19 may return to camp after being symptom and fever free for 24-hours, without fever reducing medication. 
    • A camper who tests positive will only be able to return to camp after 10 days of isolation and their symptoms have resolved. 
    • Staff showing symptoms will be isolated from the general camp population and have the same requirements as campers for return.
    • The sick camper refund policy applies to any camper unable to attend due to COVID 19 related reasons. See CAMP PROCEDURES & POLICIES for more information.
  • If a camper cannot come to camp because someone in their family has been exposed to COVID-19 and the family is following the CDC guidelines for isolation, the camper will be able to transition to on-line camp or get tuition credit.  

We are ready to adjust the protocols outlined below as CDC and government guidelines evolve. We will keep families updated when this happens and we appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation. Establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy, and enriching camp experience is always our top priority, and we’re ready to rise to the challenge this year presents so that our children can have a great experience.

Scholarships. CLOSED FOR 2021

It is our sincere desire that no child be denied the opportunity to attend camp because of financial difficulties. Thanks to our generous donors, PAFA is able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships (up to 90% of the one week of camp). The decision is based on the following criteria:
  • Financial need
  • Interest and involvement in the arts
  • Potential for growth and development through the PAFA experience
  • Space availability

Daily Schedule



8:30-9:00- Arrival and Check in 

9:00-9:30 - Orientation and Camp tour for campers

9:30 – 10:15 Morning Session 1

10:15 -10:30 Snack Break

10:30 – 12:00 Morning Session 2

12:00  – 1:00 Lunch 

1:15 – 3:00 Afternoon Session

3:00 – 3:15 Dismissal

Tuesday – Thursday 

8:30 – 9:00 Drop Off 

9:00 – 10:15 Morning Session 1

10:15 -10:30 Snack Break

10:30 – 12:00 Morning Session 2

12:00– 1:00 Lunch 

1:15 – 3:00 Afternoon Session

3:00 – 3:15 Dismissal



8:30 – 9:00 Drop Off 

9:00 – 10:15 Morning Session 1

10:15 -10:30 Snack Break

10:30 – 12:00 Morning Session 2

12:00– 1:00       Lunch 

1:15 - 2:45         Exhibition Preparation

2:45 -3:15          Exh. and   Dismissal 

Additional information


Campers check into their camps on Monday mornings between 8:30 and 9am.  A brief introduction and orientation to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will take place and campers will take a tour of the buildings with their individual camps. Please note that due to COVID-19 safety protocols parents may not be present at the camper’s orientation Monday mornings. 


Art camp may get messy! Please dress appropriately.  Staff will make every effort to keep campers neat and clean, but campers should wear clothing that can get dirty.  Also, campers may want to bring a sweater or sweatshirt in case they feel cold in the museum.  Please label your child’s clothing with their name.

Lunch and Snacks

A mid-morning nut-free snack is provided. 

Lunch must be sent in with the camper every day; PLEASE  provide nut-free lunches.  Note, we are not able to refrigerate or heat lunches.  Please label your camper’s lunch bag with their name.  Communicate with camp staff and the director about any food allergies.


All supplies are provided for each camp.  

Friday Exhibit

As always, the campers will stage an End of Week Camp Exhibition, this year in person exhibitions will be held internally for fellow campers and staff. Campers can share and celebrate with friends and family with a virtual presentation that will be sent home for all to enjoy.

Lost and Found

There will be a Lost and Found kept in the Camp Office.  Please call 215-972-2054 if you need assistance in locating a lost item.  Unclaimed items will be discarded one week after the end of camp. PLEASE LABEL YOUR CHILD’S BELONGINGS WITH THEIR NAME! **

Contact Us

PAFA offers programs for artists and art lovers of all ages and skill levels who want to learn about and make art.