Summer Art Camps

Mondays to Fridays, 9 AM to 3 PM







July 9- July 13 | Ages 8 to 13

Printmaking camp invites students to experiment with techniques, materials 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 color, text and visual communication

About the teaching artist: Lorain Rihan 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. Lorain’s 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.




Graffiti Camp for Girls

July 16 - July 20 | Ages 12 to 18 SOLD OUT!!

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.


DIY Zine Camp



July 23 - July 27 | Ages 10 to 18

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 Martinez and David Peña 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.


Stop Motion Camp



July 30 - August 3 | Ages 5 to 9

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.



Tech + Sculpture Camp

August 6 - August 10 | Ages 5 to 9

Campers will learn a variety of sculptural techniques, along with construction and design, used in making basic gizmos and machines. We will experiment with building objects and consider how they can be activated with the use of kinetics and technology, including sound and video.

About the teaching artist: A native of Poland, Gosia Herc-Balaszek currently lives and practices in Southern California. Her sculptural work engages concepts of simulation, and perpetual erasure, focusing on the architecture aboard military installations, particularly Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.  Her practice slips between collecting, archiving, voyeurism, and vandalism. 

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

Sorry, no refunds after booking.


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


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Please email Karla at if you are enrolling 2 siblings to 2 different camps or if you have any questions. 

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