Summer Art Camp




Join us for the Summer Art Camp Showcase featuring works from all participants.

Main Gallery, Rust Hall
On View July 19-27
Closing Reception Sunday, July 27, 2-4 p.m.
Gallery hours here


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Explore, discover, create and have fun in Memphis College of Art’s Summer Art Camp. We offer qualified teaching artists, small class sizes, a variety of media and excellent facilities. Classes range from exploratory creative expression to intensive investigation of design principles. We are committed to nurturing children’s love for creating art, whatever their age, interest or skill level may be.

Download the Summer Art Camp catalog

The following Camp Info Links will help you easily find the information you need, but we welcome your questions at 901-272-5142 or

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The Basics
Camp Schedule
Portfolio Development
Summer Academy
Summer Art Camp Showcase
Junior Camps


Weeklong sessions feature a choice of morning and afternoon classes. Half-day campers select one class; full-day campers select two: one morning class and one for the afternoon. Equipment, supplies and lunch (for full-day campers) are included in the tuition. Campers are grouped by rising grade: Primary (K-2); Intermediate (3-5); Middle School (6-8); and High School (9 and up). All classes are held in Rust Hall, Overton Park (map).

Click here for a Summer Art Camp Catalog.

Registration opens on April 1.


We offer flexible scheduling, with week-long sessions and morning and afternoon classes. Campers can choose to attend half day (morning or afternoon) or full day. Extended care is also available before and after camp hours for an additional fee.

Summer Art Camp (Rising K – Grade 12)

DATES (2014)
Week 1: June 9–13
Week 2: June 16–20
Week 3: June 23–27
Week 4: July 7–11


Half day, morning session: 9 a.m.–noon
Half day, afternoon session: 1–4 p.m.
Full day: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Extended care mornings: 8–9 a.m.
Extended care afternoons: 4–5 p.m.

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Courses include classic favorites as well as new and exciting additions for this year. Elementary campers can create a mask, monster or dinosaur, make self-portraits or discover art fundamentals. Middle and high school students can choose from drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, design and much more. Rising juniors and seniors can develop a portfolio in an intensive class designed to prepare them for the college application process. The wide variety of course selections enable you to find a good fit, whatever your child’s age, experience, skill level or interests might be. We are happy to assist you with making the appropriate selections for your child; just give us a call at 901-272-5142.


Courses are three hours long and offered in the morning and afternoon. Half-day campers select one class; full-day campers select one morning class and one afternoon class.

Class Descriptions Grades K-2
Class Descriptions Grades 3-5
Class Descriptions Grades 6-8
Class Descriptions Grades 9-12

Click here for a 2014 Course Catalog


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Portfolio Development

For high school juniors and seniors interested in a rigorous and focused study in visual art, this class provides the opportunity to develop techniques in drawing, 2D design and color. We will discuss some of the ways admission committees assess portfolios and provide you with a head start on preparing your college application. You will also learn to digitally document your artwork and gain experience in participating in critiques and writing an artist statement. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors.  Full-day Summer Art Camp tuition applies. Equipment, supplies and lunch included.

July 7–11
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Summer Academy

Memphis College of Art’s Summer Academy provides a residential studio experience for hightly motivated high school junior, senior and college freshmen students who intend to study art at the college level. The program offers a variety of hands-on studio investigation in both Fine and Design Arts curriculum. Academy participants will stay in MCA’s newest residence, Fogelman Hall, for two weeks and earn two hours of college credit.

Instruction is provided by MCA facuty and upper-level graduate students. Evening activities will focus on seeing the sights of Memphis including dinner at the Rendezvous, a walk on Beale Street, gallery tours, and more. Sessions will be offered on careers in art and portfolio preparation. Experience college living and art instruction at one of the leading art programs in the south!

(This event is designed for students that have completed grades 10, 11 or 12 by summer 2014.)

July 13–26, 2014

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Our instructors are enthusiastic about sharing the joy of art making with young people.  Instructors are teaching artists with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) Degree minimum. Many of our instructors hold higher degrees and/or teaching certificates. Most classes also have a dedicated adult teaching assistant, making the adult/child ratio no greater than 1 to 8. All Summer Art Camp instructors and staff are carefully screened and subjected to a thorough background check.

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Tuition includes supplies and equipment. Exceptions, such as cameras for Digital Photography, are noted in the course descriptions. Full-day tuition includes lunch.

Summer Art Camp Tuition

Full day, one week: $310
Half day, one week: $155
Extended care: $30 per week (includes morning and afternoon)

Click here for Summer Art Camp Junior Tuition

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Summer Art Camp registration opens April 1. Registration deadline is at noon on the Monday of the previous week for each week of camp. Registration is complete only with payment in full and classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes fill quickly; registering early is strongly recommended for the best class selection.

Go to online registration

Registration deadlines (at noon each day):

Week 1 – Monday, June 2
Week 2 – Monday, June 9
Week 3 – Monday, June 16
Week 4 – Monday, June 30


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Summer Art Camp, Junior

Ages 4–5

Monday – Thursday
June 16–19
9:30–11:30 a.m.
Tuition: $95

Our junior version of Summer Art Camp features age-appropriate art activities in a fun, exploratory environment. Registration deadline is Monday, June 9 at noon.

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Art in the Park (Germantown)

Ages 4–6

Monday – Friday
9 to 11 a.m.
June 16–20

Location:  Cameron-Brown Park, 8626 Farmington Boulevard

Held in picturesque Cameron-Brown Park, this camp lets kids age 4 to 6 discover drawing, painting and other engaging art media in a beautiful, natural setting. Supplies are provided. Bring a snack. Space is limited. Register by June 9.

Registration opens May 1. Register online at or at the Germantown Parks and Recreation office, 2276 West Street. For more information, contact Michelle McDonnell at 901-757-7382 or

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We are happy to provide additional information or answer any questions you may have about Summer Art Camp. Please call (901) 272-5142 or email if you need our assistance.

Office Hours

Through May 9: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
After May 9: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Office Closings 

Monday, May 26: Memorial Day
Wednesday, June 4: Staff Training
Friday, July 4: Independence Day

If you have an urgent or emergency call and cannot reach us in the office, you may call MCA’s front desk at (901) 272-5100.

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