AGES 13–17

Summer Art Camps¬

Teenager hunched over working on a sketchbook.

All Camps for Ages 13–17

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

WEEK 1, JUNE 24–28

Draw, Paint, Print (Ages 13–17: MORNING) 

Instructor: James O’Connor

Experiment with various drawing, painting, and printmaking techniques in this week-long exploration of art mediums. This dynamic camp places a strong emphasis on developing key artistic skills, including observation, mastering the quality of line, exploring the intricacies of color, and perfecting composition. Students will not only refine their techniques but also gain a deeper understanding of the art-making process. Each participant will leave with multiple print reproductions of their own unique works.

M–F, June 24–28
5 sessions
9:00–11:45 AM
Members $130, Nonmembers $145

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WEEK 2, JULY 1, 2, 3, & 5 (No camps on Thursday, July 4)

Drawing 101 (Ages 13–17: AFTERNOON)

Instructor: Jessica Folck

Spend the week improving your drawing skills and experimenting with techniques that will take your drawings to the next level. Practice basics such as line quality, value, positive/negative space, perspective, and proportion, and try your hand at using nontraditional drawing media to bring your ideas to life! Together, we’ll build a solid foundation of professional-level techniques while being introduced to new concepts and inspiration.

M–F, July 1, 2, 3, and 5 (no camps on Thursday, July 4)
5 sessions
12:15–3:00 PM
Members $105, Nonmembers $120

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WEEK 3, JULY 8–12

Papermaking and Bookbinding (Ages 13–17: MORNING)

Instructor: Jessica Folck

Immerse yourself in the world of papermaking, where the alchemy of transforming simple pulp into textured wonders begins. From selecting the perfect fibers to experimenting with a vibrant palette of colors and inclusions, teens will create their own custom paper, infusing a personal touch into their artistic endeavors. We’ll also learn the age-old craft of binding handmade paper into beautifully crafted books. From stitching and folding to selecting cover materials, each participant will create books perfect for capturing thoughts, sketches, and mixed media artworks. Gain practical skills in papermaking and bookbinding and develop a deeper appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship involved in these timeless crafts.

M–F, July 8–12
5 sessions
9:00–11:45 AM
Members $130, Nonmembers $145

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Ceramics: Wheel Throwing (Ages 13–17: AFTERNOON; Two weeks)

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Instructor: Rachel Jaffe

Fuel your curiosity and imagination in the clay studio at Virginia MOCA! In this two-week-long ceramics camp, we’ll explore the art of throwing clay on a potter’s wheel. First, we’ll dive into the foundations of wheelwork, mastering wedging, centering clay, and shaping cylinders, cups, and bowls. Then, we’ll finish off our work with vibrant glazing techniques that add color, watertightness, and food safety to our forms! Together, we’ll experience the wonder of the ceramic process as we combine hand skills and science to transform mud into exquisite and long-lasting works of art.

M–F, July 8–19
10 sessions
12:15–3:00 PM
Members $270, Nonmembers $285

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WEEK 8, AUGUST 12–16

Miniature Making (Ages 13–17: MORNING) 

Instructor: Deanna deMonch

Peer into the fascinating world of miniatures as we explore the art of crafting small-scale wonders. From tiny furniture to intricate landscapes, participants will learn hands-on techniques to bring their small creations to life. Get ready to experiment with traditional and found materials, tools, and paints, as we delve into the details of miniature-making. Whether you’re interested in creating a cozy dollhouse setting or fantastical dioramas, this camp is your chance to think big and make small!

M–F, August 12–16
5 sessions
9:00–11:45 AM
Members $130, Nonmembers $145

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