Art Camp

An Update on Summer Art Camp from the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Our Summer Art Camp is the highlight of our year, when we serve hundreds of young artists who are eager to make art and express themselves creatively. Although this year is not typical and many things have changed, one thing that remains the same is our commitment to making summer a fun, creative, and art-filled time for our campers. With that spirit in mind, we are announcing our updated plans for this year’s Summer Art Camps and hope you will join us either online or in-person!

Online Art Camps for Kids, Tweens, and Teens 

Online Art Camp is a half-day camp, where kids ages 6–9 will make two art projects each day in a variety of media, while tweens ages 10–12 and teens ages 13+ have two focused art studio sessions daily. All online camps will be taught by the same talented teaching artists you know and love from the Art Center, who will be teaching remotely using Zoom. A specially curated art supply kit, custom-designed for each week of camp, will be available for easy curbside pickup at the Art Center the week prior to each camp and is covered by the materials fee. At the end of the camp, the kits are yours to keep for continued artmaking! All you need to participate is a computer, tablet, or phone with internet access to Zoom.

Outdoor Art Camps for Kids (ages 5–9), Tweens ages 10–12, and Teens ages 13+ 

Given the current guidelines from the government, our first two weeks of art camp (weeks of June 22 and June 29) have moved fully online. If you were enrolled in one of these in-person weeks, we will contact you for your preference of a transfer or refund.

It’s official! Governor Murphy has announced that in-person summer camps can begin on July 6 and we can’t wait to get started! The Art Center is offering outdoor art camps featuring the great art instruction you’ve come to expect from the Art Center while including enhanced safety protocols. That means outdoor classes; smaller groups to allow for social distancing; limited sharing of art supplies; staggered drop-off, lunch, and pick-up times to prevent crowding; disinfecting studios and art supplies multiple times daily; and more. (Click here to read more about our enhanced safety protocols.) Social distancing means fewer campers, so sign up now to reserve your spot. Don’t scramble to find the right camp experience for your kid, tween, or teen. Register now! Click the links below for more information and to register.

At our in-person summer art camp, we plan to spend as much time as possible outdoors. However, there will be times that we need to move indoors. We will only move indoors for the following reasons: if the air temperature is 95 degrees or higher, if the heat index is 100 degrees or higher, if there is an air-quality alert issued, or if there is a 60% or greater chance of thunderstorms/heavy rain. When camp is indoors, each camp group has a dedicated studio so there is no mixing between groups, and the workspaces are still at least six feet apart and marked with tape (just like we have setup outside). Our HVAC system has been adjusted to allow the maximum amount of fresh air through the building, and we are changing the filters often as was recommended by the Union County Health Officer during our camp inspection.

Kids (ages 5–9)

Art Camp for Kids is for children ages 5–9 and focuses on project-based instruction, centered around weekly themes. Our camp instructors will guide your young ones through a variety of projects that utilize an assortment of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, and more.

Tweens (ages 10–12)

Our Tween Art Camp provides campers the opportunity to further explore art media and techniques in greater depth. Daily studio sessions will offer tweens the opportunity to begin developing their own personal style, while they learn and refine their art skills.

Teens (ages 13+)

Out Teen Art Camp offers in-depth studio art experience that engages campers’ creativity and enhances their skills. Each week teens will concentrate on two focus areas during their studio sessions. Small class size allows campers to dive deep and build technique and individual style.


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