Virtual Summer Art Camp

Virtual Camp Registration is Closed for 2022! Please check back next year.

Laid out by professional art educators with the developmental needs of campers in mind, Virtual Art Camp days include a well-balanced mixture of live virtual instruction as well as friendship-making time, and off-screen time for independent play and learning. Small group sizes ensure that campers receive high quality instruction and individual attention from their teachers while making art with real art materials provided in advance.

Learn more about Virtual Camp

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

Virtual Camp Fun

Younger Campers in zoom showing their work
Camp artwork sample
Drawing Portrait
camper at home working on a project
color wheel

Summer 2022 Details

July 18 -August 12, 2022
Ages: 10-14
Camp hours: Mon-Fri from 9am - 2pm.
Camp cost: $350


It is our sincere desire that no child be denied the opportunity to attend camp because of financial difficulties.  Thanks to our generous donors and partners, PAFA is often able to offer a limited number of scholarships. 
Check back next year to learn about Scholarship availability.
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
  • Commitment to attend the program
  • Space availability

Virtual Camp 2022 schedule

WEEK 1 07/18-07/22 - COMICS AND ILLUSTRATION   (Closed)

Expand your drawing skills, discover the ins and outs of character development, comics creation, posters design, and more. Learn to make colorful and successful illustrations that convey your ideas to the world and give life to your characters. Have fun with friends while working under the guidance of a professional artist-illustrator. 

WEEK 2 07/25-07/29 - PAINT ACADEMY (Closed)

Explore a variety of historic and contemporary painting techniques and expand your painting skills under the guidance of a professional artist-instructor. Share your discoveries with new friends and take your painting to a new level by mastering acrylic and watercolor paints. 

WEEK 3 08/01-08/05 - EXPERIMENTAL PAPER ART (Closed)

Invented thousands of years ago, paper continues to be a wonderful source for art making. Explore myriads of ways to create art using paper with or without other 2D materials. Marble and dye, fold, and collage – open your versatility and imagination while finding inspiration from nature and the world around you. 

WEEK 4 08/08-08/12  - ANIMAL DRAWING  (Closed)

Fur, feathers, scales, and spikes! Have a fun week inspired by a menagerie of animals all while expanding your foundational drawing skills and socializing with like-minded campers. Learn to draw animals naturalistically, render various textures, create three-dimensional space, and have fun with stylizations. 

Daily Schedule


Sample schedule for a day in virtual camps.

Please note the schedule will be adjusted for specific camps and age groups.




9:00 - 9:30


Participant check-in and practice using Zoom/virtual classroom tools.

9:30 - 10:30

Art Activity #1

Art-making activity and group sharing. (Instructor is in the zoom room. Campers can work on or off camera)

10:30 - 11:00


Sensory/Movement/Book (could be off Zoom)

11:00 - 12:00

Art Activity #2

Art-making activity and group sharing. (Instructor is in the zoom room. Campers can work on or off camera)

12:00 -1:00



1:00 - 2:00

Independent activity

Campers complete their projects, Instructors available via Canvas


Additional Information

Monday Orientation

Campers will check into their camps via Zoom on Monday mornings at 9:00 AM.  A brief introduction and orientation to PAFA, the schedule for the week, and our virtual camp spaces will take place 9:00 and 9:30 AM.  Parents are encouraged to attend!

Lunch and Break-time

Time for breaks, lunch, and movement are built into our daily schedule. Whether campers want to step away from their computers or have lunch and socialize with their fellow campers time has been incorporated into our schedule. 

Friday Exhibit

Each Friday family members are invited to an exhibition of work created by campers during that week.  Announcements will be sent out prior to the show, so please check email and Canvas for your invitation. We encourage you to invite friends and family to join our virtual art exhibition. 

Technical Requirements

To participate in Virtual Art Camp Campers will need to have access to Zoom and Canvas. See Zoom technical requirements.

Every camps will meet in a designated Zoom Room from 9am-2pm. The Zoom Room meeting link will be provided in advance, by email,  and will remain the same during the camp's week. 

Campers must use the email account provided at the registration to log into Canvas - Camp Learning Management System website. If siblings attend camp - each one must have their own unique email for Canvas registration. 

  • Live Zooming and friendship-making time (prescheduled so your family can plan ahead!)  

  • Off-screen activities for independent play and learning (and naps! and yard time!)  

  • Hands-on activities with real art materials (art camp should be a little messy!)  

  • Camp tuition includes an Art Toolbox mailed to your home and a live exhibition every Friday that the whole family can attend, even those living far away.   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. 
  • Small group sizes ensure that campers receive high quality instruction and individual attention from their teachers.  
  • Daily movement and mindfulness exercises integrated throughout the day to get the wiggles out   

Testimonials from virtual camp parents


“My three kids (Tate, Conor, and Colette) all attended virtual camps at PAFA this summer. I am blown away by not only the art they produced but also the engagement and experience. I was dubious about virtual camp—as I am sure you all were, too—and I was proven wrong. The teaching was excellent. I am looking forward to a post-COVID world to spend time in Philly and to see PAFA in person. Thank you so much.”

“Njabulo really enjoyed the camp!  He was excited in the morning for art camp to start and he was sad when it was over. The projects were fun and engaging. The summer camp staff did a great job of putting the virtual camp together in a short time frame. It was wonderful to have planned activities and supplies that I did not have to organize myself. Keeping kids active this year has been especially challenging.”

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