Summer (Fun at the CMA) Camp

Summer Fun at the Art School

Camps that inspire, educate and enrich children

This summer the Art School is offering a variety of unique camps to capture the interest of any young artist. Having your child participate in our summer camps is a great way for them to think creatively, practice their problem solving skills, and have fun!

Camp Pricing

  • Ages 4-7: $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members & above
  • Ages 8-12: $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members & above
  • Ages 13-18: $190 / $152 for Dual/Family Members & above
  • Dual/Family Members & above receive a 20 percent discount on all summer camps.
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Scholarships!

CMA Scholarships are awarded based on financial need. This scholarship is available to students ages 4 to 18. This scholarship will allow a student to attend a summer camp of their choice at the Columbia Museum of Art. Applicants must reside in the state of South Carolina.
Click here to download the scholarship application.

Lunch Buddies Camp! When noted by the lunch box icon, campers can stay from morning camp until afternoon camp. Lunch Buddies bring their own brown bag lunch and must be registered for morning and afternoon camp and pay a $25 fee.

For morning camps, drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up is at noon. For afternoon camps, drop-off begins at 12:45 p.m. and pick-up is at 4:00 p.m. All camps include a snack. Please note that pre-registration is required for all programs and fees are non-refundable. Parents must complete the following forms at least a week prior to the start date of each camp: Safety Waiver, Emergency Contact Form and Authorization to Pick-up Form.

  • All Ages
  • Ages 4 - 7
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Teen Academy Ages 13 - 18
June 16 - 20Week #1

Gladys' Time Travelers (Ages 4 - 7)

9 a.m. - Noon
Gladys

Follow the CMA's beloved grasshopper, Gladys, through time on a tour of our galleries. Explore different time periods through art and document your travels by creating artifacts of your own.

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    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above

What's Your Story? (Ages 8 - 12)

9 a.m. - Noon
What

Learn how the pros write and illustrate picture books. Be inspired by the exhibition All the World's a Stage by Anita Lobel, and create your own book with words and illustrations by YOU!

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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.

CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Drawing 101 (Ages 13 - 18)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Drawing 101

Explore drawing in a variety of different mediums. Topics include a live clothed model, traditional human proportions, perspective, and still-life.

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    Cost:

  • $190 / $152 for Dual/Family Members and above.
June 23 - 27Week #2

Symphonic Safari (Ages 4 - 7)

9 a.m. - Noon
Symphonic Safari

Feel the rhythm of the jungle in this music-inspired camp. Look high and low for furry and slimy friends in the Museum and create your very own musical instruments and works of art inspired by the animals you find.

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    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above.

Camp Half-Blood (A Percy Jackson Adventure) (Ages 8 - 12)

9 a.m. - Noon
Lunch Buddies CampCamp Half-Blood (A Percy Jackson Adventure)

Join us for an exploration of myths and legends in the spirit of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Investigate artwork inspired by Ancient Greece and Rome, and complete mythology-based projects of your very own.

Walk Like an Egyptian (Ages 8 - 12)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampWalk Like an Egyptian

Learn to walk like an Egyptian all around the CMA galleries! Crack the Pharaoh's code and create your own papyrus scroll.

CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Wearable (Ages 13 - 18)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Wearable

Explore contemporary and traditional techniques and materials in jewelry making, textiles, and clay as wearable art in this fine craft studio course.

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    Cost:

  • $190 / $152 for Dual/Family Members and above.
July 7 - 11Week #3

Go Gladys Green! (Ages 4 - 7)

9 a.m. - Noon
Go Gladys Green!

Hop all around the CMA galleries with Gladys and meet all of her animal friends. Use recycled materials to create your own insect-inspired pieces.

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    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above

Cartooning Creatures (Ages 8 - 12)

9 a.m. - Noon
Lunch Buddies CampCartooning Creatures

Go on an adventure around the CMA galleries—sketching, drawing, and printing animal-inspired cartoons and characters. Bring your drawings to life working with tech experts from IT-oLogy to use 3D printing!

Heroes and Villains (Ages 8 - 12)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampHeroes and Villains

Learn the basics of comic book creation as you sketch, develop storylines, and ink your own comics. Gain basic design concepts and skills in figure drawing and perspective.

CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Sculpting with Clay 101 (Ages 13 - 18)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Sculpting with Clay 101

Learn the tools of the trade with both additive and subtractive techniques. Explore clay through large scale hand-building and learn the newest technology in 3D printing with ceramics.

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    Cost:

  • $190 / $152 for Dual/Family Members and above.
July 14 - 18Week #4

Re-Purposed (Ages 8 - 12)

9 a.m. - Noon
Lunch Buddies CampRe-Purposed

Find inspiration by incorporating recycled and found materials into your art, exploring both 2D and 3D techniques.

Photography (Ages 8 - 12)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampPhotography

Join us for an exploration in imagery and learn a variety of photography and transfer techniques.

July 21 - 25Week #5

Camp Half-Blood (A Percy Jackson Adventure) (Ages 8 - 12)

9 a.m. - Noon
Lunch Buddies CampCamp Half-Blood (A Percy Jackson Adventure)

Join us for an exploration of myths and legends in the spirit of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Investigate artwork inspired by Ancient Greece and Rome, and complete mythology-based projects of your very own.

Creative in Clay (Ages 8 - 12)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampCreative in Clay

Go on an artful animal safari all around the Museum—sketching, painting, and forming zoomorphic masterpieces.

CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Urban Printmaking (Ages 13 - 18)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Urban Printmaking

Find inspiration in downtown Columbia's beautiful urban landscape. Explore both traditional and alternative printmaking techniques. Think outside the box with large-scale relief printing—no framing required.

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    Cost:

  • $190 / $152 for Dual/Family Members and above.
July 28 - August 1Week #6

Wild Wild West (Ages 4 - 7)

9 a.m. - Noon
Wild Wild West

Head 'em up, move 'em out! Blaze trails through the Museum while experiencing the thrills of the Wild West and create pieces based on the western frontier.

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    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above

Pop-Op-Art (Ages 8 - 12)

9 a.m. - Noon
Lunch Buddies CampPop-Op-Art

Explore the Pop and Optical Art genres through a variety of materials and techniques.

Art Avengers (Ages 8 - 12)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampArt Avengers

A crime occurred at the CMA! Use your skills of deduction and your love of art to help solve this mystery. Follow the clues each day to solve the case and learn techniques while recreating a "missing" artwork.

August 4 - 8Week #7

The ABCs of Art (Ages 4 - 7)

9 a.m. - Noon
The ABCs of Art

Scissors? Check! Markers? Check! Paintbrush? Check! Learn the basics of what it takes to create great art. Focus on shapes, colors, and other elements of art to prepare for the school year ahead.

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    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above

Fins, Feathers, and Fur (Ages 8 - 12)

9 a.m. - Noon
Lunch Buddies CampFins, Feathers, and Fur

Draw, paint, and print all of the amazing creatures on exhibit at the CMA!

Project FUNway Re-mix (Ages 8 - 12)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lunch Buddies CampProject FUNway Re-mix

Design and create fashion accessories with a variety of simple and fun techniques. The final day of camp features a fashion show!

August 11 - 15Week #8

Mythological Monsters (Ages 4 - 7)

9 a.m. - Noon
Mythological Monsters

Join us for an exploration of ancient myths and legends. Explore artwork inspired by the stories of Greece, Rome, and Egypt and complete mythology-based projects of your own.

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    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above

Go BIG (Ages 8 - 12)

9 a.m. - Noon
Go BIG

Big canvases that is—inspired by the exhibition, Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed. Learn how to build, stretch, and prepare your own canvas. Then, go big with some paintings to match!

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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.