Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp sessions take place in PAFA’s Historic Cast Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for one week sessions. The daily schedule includes a morning session, light snack, lunch in Lenfest Plaza (brought by each camper), and an afternoon session. Drop off is from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. each day. After-camp sessions are available from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

The first week of camp begins June 27th, 2016 and runs through August 19th, 2016.  Due to the Democratic National Convention taking place in Philadelphia and the potential street closures by the Department of Homeland Security, camp will be closed. during the week of July 25, 2016.  We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause to your summer schedule.

The following camps are SOLD OUT:  

MINECRAFT (Ages 8-10) AUGUST 15-19

Please scroll down for the full list of camps that are available to register.

FROZEN 2.0 (Ages 5-7) June 27-July 1

June 27 2016 - July 01 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Do you want to build a snowman? As summer heats up, cool down with ice-themed projects from your favorite animated film like building ice castles, designing snowflake patterns, and making snow cones.

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STAR WARS (Ages 8-10) June 27- July 1 5 SPOTS LEFT!

June 27 2016 - July 01 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

For Jedi knights only, design and decorate your own space ships, androids, masks, and light sabers. Create new characters and may the arts be with you.

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STREET ART (Ages 11-13) June 27-July 1

June 27 2016 - July 01 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Find out what street art inspires you and experiment with creating an original, artistic message with stencils, signs, and ephemeral materials.

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BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO (Ages 12-15) June 27-July 1

June 27 2016 - July 01 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Use charcoal, acrylics, Photoshop, and more to deepen your foundational art skills. Experiment with still life painting, portraiture, and digital media editing to build a full portfolio of your skills and inspirations. 

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EAT MORE ART (Ages 5-7) July 5-8

July 05 2016 - July 08 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Have you ever been told not to play with your food? This week it’s not only allowed, it’s encouraged! Discover the creative possibilities of everyday foods through printmaking, sculpture, fabric dyeing, and more.

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MURAL ARTS (8-10) July 5-8

July 05 2016 - July 08 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tour the many murals in PAFA’s neighborhood, learning how and more importantly, why murals are made. Experiment with different techniques and work on a large-scale mural.

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SHAPE OF THINGS (Ages 11-13) July 5-8

July 05 2016 - July 08 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Let PAFA’s abstract sculptures inspire new 3-D creations using materials like wire, wood, and plaster. Use contrast and symmetry to transform your objects.

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DIGITAL STORYTELLING (Ages 12-15) July 5-8

July 05 2016 - July 08 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Inspired by PAFA’s collection, record a series of images that tell a story while practicing your visual editing skills. Experiment with tools like Photoshop and editing software and come away with a polished video.

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DINOSAURS GALORE (Ages 5-7) July 11-15 5 SPOTS LEFT!

July 11 2016 - July 15 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Visit prehistoric times by creating an imaginary world of plants, fossils, and dinosaur friends with clay, paper, fabric, and paint.

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SHADOW PLAY (Ages 8-10) July 11-15

July 11 2016 - July 15 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

It’s always right behind you. Explore how fun shadows can be with projects like drawing silhouettes, making shadow puppets, and building one-of-a-kind lanterns.

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GREEN THUMB (Ages 11-13) July 11-15

July 11 2016 - July 15 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Combine your love of plants and flowers with art making. Practice botanical drawing, create unique terrariums and use natural plant dyes on fabric.

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PAINT MARATHON (Ages 12-15) July 11-15

July 11 2016 - July 15 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Paint like you mean it. Using acrylic, watercolor, tempera and ink, learn color theory, brush tricks and perspective to take you to the next level.

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SPACE AGE (Ages 5-7) July 18-22

July 18 2016 - July 22 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Soar into orbit or travel to Mars to see what fun things you can make by exploring space and constellations using glow-in-the-dark materials.

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ART DETECTIVES (Ages 8-10) July 18-22

July 18 2016 - July 22 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Test your investigation skills by creating works of art in secret code, uncovering mysteries behind some of the museum’s oldest objects,  and learning techniques to spot a forgery.

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PROJECT RUNWAY (Ages 11-13) July 18-22

July 18 2016 - July 22 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fashion, unusual materials, and limited time! Rework old outfits, make accessories and jewelry, and Instagram your best fashion photo shoot.  

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PHILLY NOW (Ages 12-15) July 18-22

July 18 2016 - July 22 2016 | 9:00 pm - 3:00 pm

What does Contemporary Art look like in Philadelphia? Meet with local artists in their studios and discover important projects to help your own studio practice. 

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ZOOTOPIA (Ages 5-7) August 1-5

August 01 2016 - August 05 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Get in touch with your wild side as you spend the week meeting live animals up close and use the fur and feathers of your favorite animal friends to inspire your art projects.

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ANIMATION (Ages 11-13) August 1-5

August 01 2016 - August 05 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn how to add motion to your drawing, cartoon, or any graphic art to create an animated short movie. Plan a story, create characters, shoot your animation and screen your film to friends and family.

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ILLUSTRATION (Ages 12-15) August 1-5

August 01 2016 - August 05 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Show, don’t tell. Use images to express your identity with character design, movie posters, magazine covers, political cartoons, and more. 

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COMIC BOOKS (Ages 8-10) August 1-5

August 01 2016 - August 05 2016 | 9:00 pm - 3:00 pm

From Marvel to DC Comics, heroes come in many forms. What inspires your character? Learn storytelling and comic drawing skills to help bring your comic book ideas to life.

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MAGIC ACADEMY (Ages 5-7) August 8-12 4 SPOTS LEFT!

August 08 2016 - August 12 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cast a spell of wonder over your summer with the art of magic. Construct wands, mix magic art potions, and learn how to make images that can appear and disappear.

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GREEN SCREEN MOVIE MAKING (Ages 8-10) August 8-12 1 SPOT LEFT!

August 08 2016 - August 12 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Let your imagination run wild with green screen technology, working in small groups to sketch storyboards, write scripts and record hilarious videos.

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SKETCH MASTERS (Ages 11-13) August 8-12

August 08 2016 - August 12 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Draft like the masters, tour the works on paper in PAFA’s collection, and learn what it takes to go from first draft to finished piece.

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DIY (Ages 12-15) August 8-12

August 08 2016 - August 12 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Discover the do-it-yourself world of printmaking, jewelry, textiles and more. Combine new skills with personal expression. Experiment with dyeing, painting and collage to create colorful and textured pieces.

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MOVE IT (Ages 5-7) August 15-19 3 SPOTS LEFT!

August 15 2016 - August 19 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Create art that is active like you are, including pinwheels, wind socks, kites and dream-catchers. Some wiggling and dancing may also be required. 

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CABINET OF CURIOSITIES (Ages 11-13) August 15-19

August 15 2016 - August 19 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

A world in a box! Using found objects, clippings, and art materials, design your own assemblage box. Learn how artists are inspired by small spaces and interesting collectibles.

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PAPERWORK (Ages 12-15) August 15-19

August 15 2016 - August 19 2016 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Make paper, learn bookmaking skills and create your own altered book. Use a variety of techniques to change an old book into your own work of art.  

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