2024 Summer Studio Camps

instructor: Multiple

category: Kids Camps

for: Kids

price: $325-375 per week

Verge Center for the Arts Summer Kids Studio Camp runs for six weeks from June to August. We have camp weeks for two different age groups, 6-9 year olds and 10-13 year olds. Every week is themed in relation to a current and interdisciplinary art practice, in addition to some having culturally rooted projects. 

Camp runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Campers may be dropped off after 9:30am in the morning and picked up between 3:00-3:30pm. Snacks are provided but please send your camper with a cold lunch.

ALPHABETEX

Welcome to the extraordinary practice of Alphabetex: The Fusion of Martial Arts, Graffiti Art, and Yoga. In this camp, we embark on an invigorating journey that draws inspiration from three diverse genres of life – Martial Arts, Graffiti Art, and Yoga – to introduce you to a unique and athletic perspective on the aerosol art form. Graffiti art, though sometimes labeled as vandalism, takes on a new purpose in Alphabetex. Here, we aim to showcase the physical movement of aerosol art and reveal how this practice can be harnessed to regulate our emotions, transforming it into a powerful tool for self-expression. In Alphabetex, we embrace the capital letters of the alphabet as our inspiration for creativity, elevating the practice to a whole new level. Our journey through Alphabetex involves three dynamic components, each designed to unlock your inner potential and foster a deep connection between mind, body, and art. Alphabetex offers a transformative experience, where the lengthening movements of Yoga, the precision of Martial Arts, and the creative essence of the alphabet converge into an artful expression of the self.

Week 1*: June 17 & 18 / June 20 & 21 6-9 year olds

*In observation of Juneteenth, this week will be split into two camps with no instruction on Wednesday, June 19th. You can choose to sign up for one or the other or sign up for both.

Price for 2 days: $140 for members, or $150 for non-members

Price for 4 days: $280 for Verge members, or $300 for non-members

Week 2: June 24-28 10-13 year olds

Price: $325 for Verge members, or $375 for non-members

REGISTER FOR ALPHABETEX HERE

SYMBOLIC JOURNALING & MIXED MEDIA ART

This camp is a one week practice in finding your inner voice through journaling and art therapy. Andrea will guide students through a process that they can return to repeatedly for creative inspiration, starting by hand-making paper to bind an original journal and ending with a completed artwork using mixed-media: watercolor, ink, gouache, colored-pencil, and collage.

This camp is meant to be a holistic approach to art, and treats art-making as an essential human need. Tying in ideas from philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and somatic exercises, this camp provides a wealth of tools for creative youngsters to implement into their budding creative practice. 

Here are some of the activities you can look forward to: 

Paper making from start to finish

Dream journaling

Creating a dictionary of personal symbols

Gouache, watercolor, and ink techniques demonstration

Collage and colored-pencil techniques demonstration

Artist Affirmations

Week 3: July 8-12 10-13 year olds

Price: $325 for Verge members, or $375 for non-members

REGISTER FOR SYMBOLIC JOURNALING HERE

FUN WITH CLAY

Get ready to play in the mud with Verge’s Summer Clay Camp! Each day campers will be introduced to the basics of hand-building, proper use of tools, and adding vibrant colors with underglaze. The final two days of camp will be dedicated to teaching students how to throw on the wheel and giving them ample time to practice. We will fire all of the ceramic pieces made by your camper and you will be notified via email when they are ready for pick up.

Week 4: July 15-19 6-9 year olds

Price: $325 for Verge members, or $375 for non-members

REGISTER FOR FUN WITH CLAY HERE

COMICS CAMP

Welcome to Comics Camp for Kids! Over five exciting days, campers will explore storytelling fundamentals, create dynamic characters, and craft their very own mini comics and zines. From learning about three-panel comics to mastering panel layout, each day is filled with hands-on activities and inspiration. By the end of the week, campers will proudly showcase their creativity during a show and tell session, marking the culmination of their journey through the vibrant world of comic artistry.  

Week 5: July 22-26 10-13 year olds

Week 6: July 29-August 2 6-9 year olds

Price: $325 for Verge members, or $375 for non-members

REGISTER FOR COMICS CAMP HERE

If you’re interested in signing up for 2 or more weeks, reach out to Hannah at hannah@vergecontemporary.org for a discount code. Sibling discounts are automatically applied with your second registration.

After registering, please download and fill out this Camp Registration Form. Return to Hannah at education@vergecontemporary.org or Verge Center for the Arts, c/0 Hannah Simons, 625 S St., Sacramento, CA 95811

Scholarships

Financial aid scholarships are available for students in the Sacramento area who qualify for a free lunch at school. If you know someone who would like to attend camp at Verge using a full or partial scholarship please contact Hannah at hannah@vergecontemporary.org.

Cell Phone Policy

Campers are not allowed to use cell phones or electronic devices during camp at any time. They may bring them to camp as long as they are kept in their bags. If a parent needs to contact their child please call Verge at (916) 448-2985.

Lunch Break/Snack Policy

Campers get an hour break for lunch between 12:00pm-1:00pm. During this time our outdoor space will be available for them to eat and play. Games and toys are provided and once or twice a week there is an instructor-led activity. Campers may bring snacks for themselves to be eaten during free time before and after camp. Water is provided but please send your camper with a water bottle.

Notes

Maximum enrollment for a summer camp is 15 campers to ensure that all campers get a quality experience. A waitlist for camps is available but there is no guarantee a spot will become available.

Community Standards

In order to create a safe and encouraging environment for creativity, we ask that all attendees comply with Verge’s non-discrimination policy which prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment based on race, color, gender, gender identity/expression, age, physical or mental disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by the state or local laws. We also ask that everyone contribute positively to a safe and comfortable environment for all attendees. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not abide by our community standards stated above.

Cancellation and Refunds Policy

Verge Center for the Arts reserves the right to cancel classes, to change instructors, and to make other changes that may become necessary to ensure a quality experience for participants. In the event that a class is canceled, we will contact all registrants and offer the option of transferring to another available session, or receiving a full refund.

If a participant wishes to withdraw from a class, they must do so in writing at least seven days prior to the first class meeting to receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. Withdrawals occurring within seven days prior to the first class meeting will receive a refund of 50% of the total class fee or may transfer to a class of equal or lesser value. Participants are only eligible for one transfer per registration and must get it approved by Verge staff. No refunds or transfers are given to withdrawals that occur 24 hours or less before the class begins. Membership fees are non-refundable. Please note we are unable to issue cash refunds.

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