Summer Art Camps


  • San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 United States

SDAI Summer Art Camp
July 10-August 18
Grades K-8
9AM-3PM
$300 (includes year long membership)
Aftercare from 3PM-4PM = $10


SDAI is proud to host its first full day summer art camp. Each unique week of projects will correspond with a popular contemporary art theme. Campers will have the chance to experiment with a wide range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and video. 

Please select the week(s) you would like your child to attend. Space is limited, so register early to save your seat!


Week 1: July 10-14
"Loud & Proud: Colors, Patterns, and Shapes"

Campers will experiment with the brightest and boldest colors and shapes to create new patterns for paintings, drawings, and textiles fashioned after the Pattern & Decoration movement of the 1980's.


Week 2: July 17-21
"Move It Or Lose It: Time & Motion Based Art"

We're going to make things with movement. How do we describe action through static images? How can we turn our bodies into sculptures? Campers will explore time and motion through a series of prompts and exercises that include drawing, performance, video, and painting.


Week 3: July 24-28
"Art is Power: Art as Activism"

Inspired by soviet propaganda posters, the work of Shepard Fairey, and the murals of Swoon, students will learn how to use bold and simple graphics to communicate powerful messages. Painting, drawing, printmaking, and more will be utilized as tools of power and influence.


Week 4: July 31-August 4
"Alter Egos, Villains, and Heroes: Playing the Part"

Contemporary artists have been creating alternative personas to explore different aspects of personality, interpretations of relationships and emotions, and disguising the self to perform as someone entirely different. Campers will create alter egos, design costumes, and create narratives of their fully developed personas.


Week 5: August 7-11
"Playtime: Toys, Dolls, and Stuffed Animals"

Artists like Mike Kelley and Laurie Simmons have used toys and stuffed animals to create artwork that describes childhood, adolescence, and nostalgia. Campers will create their own toys, dolls, and stuffed animals using found materials, fabric, and more. 


Week 6: August 14-18
"Mini Worlds: Tiny People, Places, and Things"

Campers will use clay, drawing, and painting to create miniature versions of the world around them and the imaginary spaces of their minds. Photography and video will be used to document their creations and capture their magic while bringing the objects to life. 


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