This summer, the CMA is offering a variety of unique camps to capture the interest of any young artist. Having your child participate in summer camps is a great way for them to think creatively, practice problem-solving skills, and have fun!
With three brand-new studios, the CMA has more summer camps than ever before for children ages 4 - 18.
How to Register
Choose a camp and hit the "Register Today" button to sign up right here!
Our helpful Visitor Services staff can sign you up. Please have your credit card ready.
1515 Main Street
Come to the Visitor Services desk any time the museum is open and they will gladly help you register. Please have payment with you.
Many camps for Ages 8 – 12 have the Lunch Buddies option, which means these campers can stay all day from morning camp through afternoon camp. Lunch Buddies bring their own brown bag lunch, must be registered for both morning and afternoon camps, and pay a $25 fee.
Jackie Adams is the director of education & engagement at the Columbia Museum of Art.
Glenna Barlow is the senior manager of education and interpretation at the Columbia Museum of Art. She has a Master of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Mary Washington as well as a Master of Arts degree in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is certified to teach K-6 and has more than 10 years of experience teaching children of all ages in various schools and museums.
Sherrie Belton is the community engagement specialist at the Columbia Museum of Art. Over the last decade, she has facilitated hands-on learning experiences for a variety of audiences ranging from preschoolers to teachers, once serving as a trainer with the Center for Child Care Development.
Katie Chandler is a visual arts teacher in the Columbia area. She has taught at the middle school level and currently teaches 9th – 12th grades at Westwood High School. Chandler teaches Printmaking, Advanced Placement Art History, Art 1, and Art 2. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Winthrop University in art history and a Master of Arts degree in teaching in art education from the University of South Carolina.
Jaime Chason is a secondary arts educator in Lexington Richland School District Five. She grew up in Columbia and currently teaches AP 2D Art, Art History, Photography, 2D Design I, and Visual Arts Foundations at the same high school she attended 16 years ago. When she's not taking her art students to Europe, Chason enjoys painting, making wacky drawings, collage, and hanging out with her dog, Marnie.
John Codega is a National Board Certified Teacher at A.C. Flora High School. He currently teaches Higher Level Design Technology in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and Advanced Placement World History.
Katrina Hampton is a Columbia-based artist and teacher working across a variety of disciplines including printmaking, collage, painting, and mixed media. She currently teaches visual art at Westwood High School in Richland School District Two. Hampton has been an instructor with CMA summer camps since 2013.
Mary Hendrix earned a Bachelor of Science degree in art from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Arts degree in the art of teaching from the University of South Carolina. She has taught art in a myriad of institutions including senior citizens centers, psychiatric hospitals, private schools, and public schools.
Elizabeth Houck is the education & engagement assistant at the Columbia Museum of Art.
Sara McGregor is a visual arts teacher of Digital Photography 1 and 2 and Art 1 at River Bluff High School. McGregor is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Master of Arts in teaching in art education and the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in arts management. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Columbia Museum of Art, University of South Carolina, and at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s Young Contemporaries, a jury-selected exhibition.
Rachel “Bird” Mongin is an illustrator and writer out of Pretty Weird Art, an art studio best known for its passion for storytelling, busy colors, and sci-fi happiness. Mongin and her husband have self-published 11 titles including Creepy Cat, Death Elf and Woose, Skull Gun Bunny, and Kitten Barbarian. Mongin taught in the public school system for over 10 years, successfully organized a comic book club for children, and serves as a mentor for young artists interested in pursuing creative careers.
Allison Cicero Moore is an artist, jeweler, and educator. Her artwork utilizes traditional drawing and contemporary metalworking techniques to reinterpret and recreate heirloom jewelry pieces. Cicero Moore teaches studio art and art appreciation classes in higher education throughout the Columbia area and is currently Artist-in-Residence at Richland Library.
Kevin Pettit has taught visual arts at Irmo High School since 2005. Pettit has a Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University and a Master of Arts degree in art and teaching from the University of South Carolina. He has been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2008.
Blakely Sheely earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Winthrop University and a Master of Arts degree in art teaching from Lander University. She is a National Board Certified 3D art educator at Dutch Fork High School, where she has taught sculpture for nine years. Sheely is a working artist in fiber, metals, ceramics, and jewelry.
Cedric Umoja was born in San Francisco, California, but is based out of Columbia. He has been influenced by the likes of Dondi White, Sam Kieth, Max Beckmann, Amedeo Modigliani, Rammellezee, Ernie Barnes, Sun Ra, and Hans Hoffman. The elements of Graffuturism, Neo-Expressionism, Afro-Surrealism, Comic sequential art, Japanese manga, and Afrofuturism have played a role in his artistic development and can also be found in his work. Umoja developed his style under the instruction of Tony Cacalano, a veteran fine artist whose own teachers included Jack Tworkov, one of the founders of the now-famed New York School.
Dana Witkoski is the engagement specialist at the Columbia Museum of Art. A Columbia native, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina. Witkoski has crafted and sold her own jewelry at stores and art fairs around the city and has taught classes and workshops at the CMA since 2016.
The CMA offers need-based scholarships for summer camps. You can help a child in need attend summer camp by adding any additional amount to your total, which will go directly to the CMA Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Call 803-343-2170 to learn more about donating to the fund.
10 / June
Modern Urban Muralism
Monday-Friday, June 10-14, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Ages 13 - 18 Review the history of modern urban murals, from late ’60s proto-graffiti to ’80s train writing to the explosion of street art in the ’90s and 2000s and more. Students explore, design, and create a mural from inception to completion.
17 / June
Monday-Friday, June 17-21, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Ages 8 - 12 Campers explore new drawing media and strategies, improve their drawing abilities, and increase confidence when creating art. Get inspired sketching inside and outside the museum as you learn time-tested techniques to make drawings come to life.
Ages 4 – 7 : $200/ $160 for Solo members and above
Ages 8 – 12 : $225 / $180 for Solo members and above
Ages 13 – 18 $250 / $200 for Solo members and above
Drop–off and pickup
Drop-off and pickup is on Hampton Street in front of the museum, using the bus lane. Staff will be curbside ready to assist you. For morning camps, drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 9:00 a.m. and pickup is at noon. For afternoon camps, drop-off begins at 12:45 p.m. and lasts until 1:00 p.m. and pick-up is at 4:00 p.m. Parents of teen students can elect to sign a driving authorization form so that they can check themselves in and out.
The museum occasionally takes pictures of students participating in classes for promotional use. If you have concerns about your child being photographed, please inform us upon registration.
Registration & Refund Policy
Please note that registration is required for all programs and fees are nonrefundable.
Each Friday, we welcome friends and family to see what their artist has worked on over the course of a week. Morning camp showcase is 11:30 a.m. and afternoon camp showcase is at 3:30 p.m.
Summer Camp Forms
Looking to get ahead on your paperwork? Here are some forms you'll need to fill out for your camper: