SDAI is excited to bring back Camp Parkeology and introduce new workshops for children and teens! 



Week 1

July 9 - July 13





Ages 9-12, 9am to 3pm

Printmaking camp invites students to experiment with techniques and processes used in historical and contemporary printmaking while examining these processes in the light of current social issues. Students will learn about the power of graphic design, communication, and visual art. 

About the teaching artist: Lorain is an interdisciplinary visual artist, arts educator, and community organizer. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2012 with a BA in Applied Arts & Sciences with an emphasis in printmaking and painting, and a minor in Women's Studies. She worked as an Assistant Preparator, Gallery Educator and Teaching Artist with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and as a Teaching Artist with Arts for Learning San Diego. She currently serves The AjA Project as their Education Specialist. Lorain’s pedagogical approach takes on a social justice framework as she invites students to consider their surroundings and to examine the social and political realities that impact them as individuals and their communities. Her personal practice as an artist challenges dominant discourses around refugees, investigates relationships of power, and explores art as an instrument for healing. 


Week 2


July 16 - July 20


Graffiti Camp for Girls


Ages 12-18,  9am to 3pm

Young women have an opportunity to learn and practice the skill of public art. First campers learn the fundamentals; second, campers come together to explore thematic possibilities for a group effort; and finally campers work collaboratively on a public mural. The goal of this camp is to create an immersive experience that promotes learning, nurtures confidence, and provides an outlet for creative expression.

About the teaching artist: Nina Wright aka Girl Mobb is an artist, muralist, printmaker, and teacher with a BFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She is known for saturating the Bay Area with murals, street art, and gallery shows. As the founder and director of Graffiti Camp for Girls, she is dedicated to giving girls creative opportunities to enhance their public art skills.


Week 3


July 23 - July 27


DIY Zine Camp


Ages 10-18,  9am to 3pm

Literature, comic books, photography, movies, illustration, any visual art -- Zine Camp is for students who love all of these and want to learn how to edit, create, and distribute art in DIY magazines. A zine is a self-published book or booklet that can be reproduced to share or sell. Moreover, Zine content is all-inclusive and can go beyond conventional material. This camp is about promoting creative possibilities and sharing ideas-- tools that will last a lifetime! Activities include photography, screen printing, written word, drawing, collaging, and more.

About the teaching artists:  Luisa and David are interdisciplinary artists based in Tijuana/San Diego. They are co-founders and organizers of Tijuana Zine Fest, a large scale festival which celebrates self-publishing and independent art. Their work centers on illustration, but has developed to include public practice, installation work, and written text. They tend to focus on intimacy, the pretense of originality, emotional literacy, space, and re-use – prioritizing work that is done independently and for the service of a broad audience. Their work has been featured at SDAI, Basement Projects, San Diego Museum of Art, UCSD Artifacts Gallery, Bread and Salt, SDCC’s City Gallery, among others.

*Two campers will be selected to receive full scholarship for this camp. Please email if you are interested in applying.


Week 4


July 30 - August 3


Stop Motion Camp


Ages 5-9,  9am to 3pm

The goal of this camp is to learn about stop motion, green screen technique, character design, lighting, and approaches to storytelling -- and to use these skills to create our own animated films! We will also spend time exploring and studying other experimental animated shorts.


Photography Camera, any type of camera would work (cell phone included)

About the teaching artist: Francisco Eme is originally from Mexico City and, after years of visiting San Diego, moved here permanently in 2017.  As an artist, he is particularly interested in the sundry everyday situations and social interactions that essentially compress, synthesize, and reflect the complexities of today’s world.

He uses and/or creates graphics, sculpture, photography, multimedia installations, electroacoustic compositions, interventions and performances to immerse audiences in the symbols, poetics, and contradictions of everyday life. Moreover, Francisco employs technology to link the electronic world to essential human emotions. His work has been presented throughout the world, specifically across México, the United States, England, Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and El Salvador.


Week 5


August 6 - August 10


Camp Parkeology


Ages 9-12,  9am to 3pm

Guided by Parkeology educators, campgoers will explore gardens, archives, parts of museums, and hidden spots in Balboa Park that are often overlooked. Each field trip becomes an inspiration for a new multi-media art project. Over the course of a week, we will visit the Mingei, the Nat, the Museum of Man, the San Diego History Center, and several locations throughout the Balboa Park grounds.

About the teaching artist: Kate Clark is the lead artist and director of Parkeology, a public art program that excavates sites, stories, urban parks, and museums. She believes that public space is a platform for imaginative storytelling through collaborative art projects. Over the years, Parkeology has created exhibitions, tours, and performances with organizations such as the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, The Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and the San Diego Museum of Man. Kate has created projects with many communities and specialists including park rangers, customs agents, geologists, historians, construction workers, archivists, dancers, anthropologists, and priests. She received her MFA in interdisciplinary public art at UCSD.

Add To Cart

Please email if you have any questions.

Summer Camp Cost:

$250 per week for SDAI members

Sibling enrollment: $225 per week


$300 per week for non-SDAI members

Sibling enrollment: $270 per week


Aftercare from 3 P.M.- 4 P.M. = $10 per day


Click the link to become a member: