Youth Art Camps & Teen Intensives

Youth Art Camps & Teen Intensives 2018-02-27T12:04:43+00:00
  • Making paper in youth summer art camp
  • Children painting in youth summer art camp
  • Children in a park on a field trip for youth summer art camp
  • Ceramic tiles made in youth summer art camp
  • Child building a found object sculpture in youth summer art camp

Youth Camps

In KAC’s Summer Art Camps, children ages 5-12 will make discoveries and learn new skills through use of a variety of mediums & techniques that include clay, paper, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, pastels, printmaking inks, and water-based paints. Every week, children will find a new adventure in art led by trained, professional art instructors. Explorations of culture and art history prompt lively, enriching discussions. Students are further encouraged to connect with each other through the process of art critique. Learn, grow, create, and connect in KAC’s Summer Art Camps!

You may also be interested in our regular youth classes, scholarships, or referral discounts.

June 25-29: Rocks, Fossils, and Gems

Discover the underworld–study geology, cave paintings, geodes, and make your own timeless art.

Ages 5-7 | Ages 8-12

July 9-13: Art Adventures

See the world through different cultural perspectives.

July 16-20: Draw, Print, Play

Use your hands to make your mark! Draw, print, play all day.

Ages 5-7 | Ages 8-12

July 23-27: Mythical Creatures

Create unicorns, dragons, hippogryphs, griffins, phoenixes, yetis, sasquatches, and more.

July 30-August 3: Art Heroes

Who is your hero? Be inspired by your favorite Supers and Artists.

August 6-10: Upcycled Art

Use found objects to make cool new stuff.

Ages 5-7 | Ages 8-12

August 13-17: On Safari

Use your imagination to experience exciting new animals.

Ages 5-7 | Ages 8-12

Teen painting

Teen Intensives

In KAC’s week-long teen intensives, students ages 13 and up will gain foundational skills in ceramics, observational drawing, painting, printmaking, and more. Teens will experiment with traditional and newer materials, discover new techniques with the guidance of experienced professional artists, and build their portfolio in a fun, social environment.

You may also be interested in our regular teen classes, scholarships, or referral discounts. Teens ages 14 and up are also welcome to enroll in our adult classes and workshops.

June 25-29: Figure Drawing

July 9-13: Hot Wax Painting

July 23- 27: Clay

August 6-10: 2D Portfolio

Observational drawing is the foundation of art; drawing and painting what you see is key to value and composition. Every art school wants students to come in with a grasp on life drawing; if you can draw the human form correctly, you can draw anything. In this week-long intensive, we will focus on observational drawings and paintings from still lives, interior perspectives, and from live models. Pastels and watercolor will be our primary color mediums.

Frequently Asked Questions

Campers will go outdoors often during camp, weather permitting. We’re holding our youth camps at Lakeside Christian Church this year, just across from our main building. LCC has an outdoor courtyard and is close to a number of parks. There will be walks to the parks plus opportunities to play, eat lunch, and sketch outside.
Each camper and teen intensive student should bring a sack lunch each day. The food should be ready to eat and not require heating or special handling. Send along any forks or spoons that are needed. The younger campers will have snack time mid-morning. Please send along a designated snack rather than having your camper raid their lunch.
Break times are fairly flexible depending on the students’ needs, but there will usually be a 15-minute break at 10:30 and an hour to hour-and-a half lunch break which could include a short hike to a park to eat and play.
We cap enrollment at 12 students to make sure everyone gets plenty of individual instruction and attention.

The 2D Portfolio Teen Intensive is held in a smaller classroom and will be capped at 8 students.

Campers will complete around 6-10 projects a week.
Art can be messy. We won’t go wild with the messes but please send your camper to us wearing comfortable clothing that can get dirty. High heels and leisure suits are discouraged. Also, we know that younger kids in particular can get distracted and find themselves needing a change of clothes. If you think this could happen to your camper, please send along spares that we can keep on hand.

The ages listed for the camps are guidelines. You will know best if your child will work well with a particular age group. We aren’t checking birth certificates.

This is a good question because for youth camps, you will need to sign your camper in and out each day; dropping them on the street corner won’t work. Lakeside Christian Church has two parking lots on 1st Street that campers, teen intensive students, and families are welcome to use during camp hours. There is a crosswalk to get to the youth camps held at the church on the other side of 7th Avenue and to our main building where teen intensives will be held. Our neighborhood also has ample street parking so you can park directly in front of the church if you’d prefer.

Teens will not need to be signed in and out.

Camp ends at 3:00 pm. We offer extended care for youth camps until 5:00 pm at a cost of $75 per week. If you have other needs (i.e. you only need extended are one day per week) please contact our Education Director at abeach@kirklandartscenter.org or (425) 822-7161 x108

Extended care is not available for our teen intensives.

Please see our detailed refund and withdrawal policy. There is a $20 withdrawal fee when refunds are available. If you purchase the five-camp bundle, we can do a prorated refund on individual weeks within the bundle with 10 days notice but there would be a $20 withdrawal fee for each week.

We offer a referral discount. We do not offer a bundle for the teen intensives but the other discounts are available.

To earn a 10% referral discount on a future class, workshop, or camp, get a new student to register with us and mention that they heard about KAC from you. So if your kiddo has friends that might be interested in joining them for camp, that can add up to significant savings for you!

Need-based scholarships are available for all of our camps and intensives as well as our regular classes and workshops. Our scholarship application and eligibility information is available here.
Our youth camps will be held at Lakeside Christian Church. Contact LCC directly for accessibility information.

Due to the historic nature of the KAC building, our teen intensives are not fully accessible. More detailed accessibility information is available here.

Need help registering?

Contact the Education Office at (425) 822-7161 x181 or registrar@kirklandartscenter.org for help with registering, finding a class, or any other questions.

Have an idea for a class?

Find out more about becoming an instructor at KAC here.