In Person Summer Art Camp

For ages 5-14. Dates: June 27-August 12, 2022

Summer Art Camp 2022 Registration is OPEN!

DatesJune 27-August 12, 2022. No camp on July 4th

Currently, any student 5 years old and older must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or to obtained a medical or religious exemption from PAFA.   All required  doses must be complete at least 14 days BEFORE the camp start date. 

Register Now!

Email artcamp@pafa.org 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.

See 2022  schedule.

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

Camp details

Age Groupings:

Ages 5-7 / 8-9 / 10-11/ 12-14

Camp hours: Mon-Fri from 9am - 3pm 

After Camp Care: Mon-Fri, from 3pm-5:30 pm 

Cost: 

  • $400 per week // PAFA Family Level Members $340 per week
  • Register for 3 or more weeks of camp at once and get $10 off per camp (great deal for sibling campers!) 
  • Memberships can be purchased during the registration process or Become a Member in advance.
  • After Camp Care: $35 per day or $150 per week 

Please review Camp Procedures and Refund Policy.

See Parent Guide for additional information

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.
 
Refer to Family Programs General Policies for up-to date information on Covid-19 related policies and information           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. 
  • 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 16 campers. The camp  will remain together and will be separated from other camps by at least 6 feet distance.  These policy is 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 and will not be permitted to share food or drinks with anyone.  Campers will wash their hands before and after eating their lunch and will eat indoors/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. 

Scholarships.

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 (maximum 80% of the one week of camp).
The decision is based on the following criteria:
  • Financial need
  • Commitment to attend the program at PAFA
  • Potential for growth and development through the PAFA experience
  • Space availability
  • Age (must be 5-14 years old)

Please submit SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Daily Schedule

 

Monday 

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

 

Friday 

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

Monday 

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. 

Clothing

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.

Supplies

All supplies are provided for each camp.  

Friday Exhibition

As always, the campers will stage an End of Week Camp Exhibition.

Lost and Found

There will be a Lost and Found kept in the Camp Office.  PLEASE LABEL YOUR CHILD’S BELONGINGS WITH THEIR NAME! ** Please email artcamp@pafa.org or call 215-972-2054 if you need assistance in locating a lost item and/or to arrange the pick up.   All items must be picked up before September 1, otherwise they will be discarded. 


Contact Us

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