School of the Art Institute of Chicago Summer Camp

36 South Wabash Avenue Suite 1201
Chicago 60603
(312) 629-6170

One- and two-week summer camps in June, July, and August

Summer Multi-Arts Camps: Ages 4-9
In SAIC's Summer Multi-Arts Camps kids learn to discover, explore, and imagine in their own unique ways, experimenting with a variety of art materials and methods that encourage the development of creative thinking and problem solving skills. With the most summer camp options in Chicago, students are inspired by our fantastic downtown location, exceptional instruction, and regular opportunities to explore the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Camps are grouped by ages 4-5, 6-7, and 8-9. Campers work together on a variety of fun projects and experience the joys of making art with old and new friends. Projects include painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, printmaking, performance, digital art, and more.

Campers may enroll for morning, afternoon, or both* camp sessions (all day) with no duplication of projects. Each 1- and 2-week camp will have a new and exciting focus, so students can enroll in multiple sessions.
**Multi-Arts Camp: Ages 4-5 is a morning-only camp.

Summer Middle School Program Camps: Ages 10-13
In SAIC's Middle School Program Camps, kids focus on media specific and interdisciplinary approaches to art and design with an emphasis on expanding critical thinking skills. We offer fun and exciting camp options not offered anywhere else in Chicago; our connection to the Art Institute of Chicago, access to SAIC’s extensive facilities and resources, and outstanding instructors give students unparalleled educational opportunities.

One- and two-week Middle School Program Camps meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and include the following:

  • Animation Camp
  • Architecture Camp
  • Comics and Graphic Novels Camp
  • Designed Inventions
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Fashion Camp
  • Illustration Camp
  • Toy Design/3D Modeling Camp
  • Sculpture
  • Web Design
  • Video Game Design Camp

Family Camps: Ages 4-10 (plus 1 adult)
Family camp at SAIC is truly a unique experience. Combining visits to the renowned Art Institute of Chicago museum with exciting studio-based explorations. Camp instructors guide all participants through each step of the creative process, using materials such as paint, collage, clay, pastels, or charcoal as a team and side-by-side. Regardless of age, this camp builds curiosity and self-confidence for all participants through creative problem solving, firsthand exposure to the unmatched collections at the museum, and material investigation. Recommended ages for children are 4–10 with at least one adult enrollee per family. This is a full participation experience that allows family members of different generations to bond, create, learn, and have a blast all at the same time.


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