Youth Art Camps & Teen Intensives

Youth Art Camps & Teen Intensives 2020-02-13T11:30:16-07:00
Painting class, photo courtesy Bridgett Ezzard Photography

Youth Camps & Teen Intensives

Please register summer camps here 

Youth Art Camps

Ages 5 – 12
July 6 – August 28, 2020

Teen Intensives

Ages 13 – 18
June 22 – August 28, 2020

Youth Camps

In KAC’s Summer Art Camps, children ages 5-12 will make discoveries and learn new skills through the use of a variety of mediums and 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!

All camps will be held in our historic Peter Kirk building, located at 620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033.

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

Rocks, Gems, & Minerals

July 6 – 10, 1pm – 5pm

Learn the art of science and discover the underworld in this week-long summer camp. Study geology. cave paintings, geodes, gems, fossils, and create your own timeless art!

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Comics, Anime & Art Stories I

July 13 – 17, 1pm – 5pm

Learn the art of story and create your own comics, anime, cartoons, and illustrated graphic novels in this week-long summer camp. Explore the connections between art, storytelling, illustration, and picture books.

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Art Stew

July 20 – 24, 1pm – 5pm

This camp mixes art all together! Get messy and creative as we explore and create with all types of art media in this week-long summer art camp with the Kirkland Arts Center. Learn techniques to express yourself through art.

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Myths, Dragons, Beasts, and Mermaids!

July 27 – 31, 1pm – 5pm

Let’s make some magic as we explore the art of myth and legends. We will create our own dragons, beasts, unicorns, mermaids and more with stories of legends, myths, folklore, and fairy tales in this week-long summer camp at Kirkland Arts Center.

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Art Wild

August 3 – August 7,  1pm – 5pm

Let your imagination run wild as we explore and create artworks with plants, animals, and nature in this week-long summer camp at Kirkland Arts Center.

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Kaleidoscopes & Slime: The Art of Science

August 10 – 14,  1pm – 5pm

Let’s get messy, creative, and STEAMY! (Science + Technology + Engineering + ART + Math) in this week-long adventure into rainbows, slime, and more artistic experiments from the known universe at Kirkland Arts Center!

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Comics, Anime & Art Stories II

August 17 – 21,  1pm – 5pm

Learn the art of science and discover the underworld in this week-long summer camp. Study geology. cave paintings, geodes, gems, fossils, and create your own timeless art!  

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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. All teen intensives meet from 12:30 to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday for its week.

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.

Teen Comics & Graphic Novels I

June 22-June 26,  12:30pm-5:30pm
Create your own graphic novel! Using your original story, we will go step by step through the process of scripting, story-boarding, pacing and laying out your graphic novel. We will examine Manga, comics, graphic novels and picture books for examples of the many different ways to tell a story using illustration and words. You become the director, using cinematic and theatrical techniques to add emotion, drama, and humor to your graphic masterpiece. Some basic drawing skills recommended, but not necessary. Imagination a must!

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Teen Comics II

June 29 – July 3      12:30pm-5:30pm 

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Teen Figure Drawing

June 29 – July 3   12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

A teen summer intensive exploring drawing the human figure in various art mediums. Learn to draw people from every angle. Depict the human face and body like never before! For 5 hours a day, 5 days straight, you will be observing and drawing the human head, face, and whole body. You will learn to draw realistic eyes, noses, mouths, ears, and hair, plus how best to shade these features in pencil and charcoal. From there, we will focus on the whole body, its proportions, gesture (capturing life), and some tricky body parts like hands and feet. This intensive culminates with putting it all together and drawing from clothed models. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your skills!

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Teen Clay

July 13 – 17  12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

A teen summer intensive exploring clay. Have you ever wondered what you can make with clay? Whether you want to create utilitarian pottery or experiment with malleable clay to design garden art or sculptures, this intensive is for you! Come stimulate your mind and encourage your creativity while learning techniques like coiling, pinching, extruding, carving, and slab building in a fun and social environment this summer. We will create multiple pieces that can be stacked, resulting in a sculpture that you can display inside or outdoors. Bring your favorite music to share and get the creativity moving to bring functional and sculptural clay pieces to life. No experience necessary – just bring your imagination!

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2D Portfolio

August 24 – 28  12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Develop your skills and portfolio in this week-long intensive with Kirkland Arts Center. 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Camp is 1- 5 pm. Campers should eat lunch before coming to camp and of course bring snacks!

We welcome 20 to 25 campers total per week, with 4 adults. We’re committed to providing a great instructor-student ratio!

Generally campers create at least 2 projects per day, but we are believers in quality over quantity, and process over product.

DRESS FOR MESS. Camp is air-conditioned, so bring a jacket, but also dress for Seattle summer weather

You know your child’s maturity and ability best. If you would like to talk this through or need assistance, please contact

Camp is from 1 – 5 pm, please check back regarding aftercare

We adhere to our general class refund policy for camp refunds as well.


Withdrawals one week (7) or more days prior to the first day of class: student will receive a refund of the class tuition less a $20 withdrawal fee.

To ensure prompt refunds, please make sure the email address we have on file for you is correct.

Withdrawals six (6) days or fewer before the first day of class: student will NOT receive a refund or credit towards another class. Students may transfer to a different class in the same quarter in which they’re registered but not to future quarters.

Withdrawals the first day of class and thereafter: no refunds or credits.

Members are eligible for a 10% discount on all classes including camps. When register at 6Crickets, type MEMBERSHIP into the coupon code.
If you are not a member, become a member here!

Yes! We are committed to making the arts accessible to all. Please email

KAC also has several work study positions which are open to students with financial need. Find more information on our work study program here.

Our historic Peter Kirk building is not ADA accessible

Need help registering?

Contact the Education Office at (425) 822-7161 x181 or 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.