Summer Art Camp


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


Why Summer Art Camp?

Camp Schedule
Course Catalog (published in March)



Art in the Park Germantown
Portfolio Development
Summer Academy
Summer Art Camp Junior

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Why Summer Art Camp?

  • Learn visual art skills
  • Explore your creativity
  • Discover new media
  • Create your own works of art
  • Join a community of artists
  • Gain the confidence to express yourself
  • Show your work in the Summer Showcase
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun!

Summer Art Camp provides… 

  • Experienced degree-holding art educators
  • 1:8 adult/student ratio
  • Flexible class schedules with lots of class choices
  • A supportive creative community
  • A variety of inspiring media
  • Excellent college studios
  • Supplies and equipment
  • An artists’ showcase and reception in our Main Gallery

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

Week 1: June 6–10
Week 2: June 13–17
Week 3: June 20–24
Week 4: June 27 – July 1

Morning session: 9 a.m.–noon
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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Our instructors are trained artists who love teaching and sharing the joy of art-making with others. Summer Art Camp instructors have earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and some 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 administrators, instructors and staff are carefully screened and subjected to a nationwide background check.


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Full-day tuition: $340/week
Half-day tuition: $170/week

Tuition includes supplies and equipment, except where noted in the class description.

Extended Care
Mornings: 8–9 a.m.: $25/week
Afternoons: 4–5 p.m.: $25/week
Morning and Afternoon: $50/week

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Don’t miss our fabulous Summer Art Camp Showcase! We’ll select one piece of artwork from each camper to display in our Main Gallery. Families are invited to view the show at any time, but a reception in honor of our young artists will be held at the close of the exhibition. We hope you can attend.

July 16–24
Rust Hall, Main Gallery

Gallery Hours:
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

Closing Reception: Sunday, July 24, 2–4 p.m.

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Art in the Park Germantown

Held in picturesque Cameron-Brown Park, this camp lets kids ages 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 15. Ages 4–6, Monday – Friday, Dates TBA, 9 to 11 a.m. For more information or to register, contact Michelle McDonnell at 901-757-7382 or

Summer Art Camp Junior

Preschoolers and rising Kindergarteners (age 4–5) explore art-making in a fun, age-appropriate environment in Summer Art Camp Junior. This year’s theme is Art Farm. Camp is held Monday through Thursday, Dates TBA, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Tuition is $125 and includes all supplies.

Portfolio Development

Dates TBA (9 a.m. ­– 4 p.m.)

For high school juniors and seniors interested in a rigorous and focused study in 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 properly photograph your artwork and gain experience in participating in studio critiques. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors. Tuition: $340, includes supplies and equipment.


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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

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Office Closings 

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day
Wednesday, June 1: Staff Training
Monday, July 4: Independence Day


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