NJ Visual Art Camps: Ceramics, Painting, Sculpting, Pottery, Glassblowing, More


Montclair Art Museum Campers Wearing Their Artwork, Photo Courtesy of Montclair Art Museum


Cultivate your budding artist’s talents at one of New Jersey dozens of art camps where your Picasso can spend the Summer learning art techniques and creating masterpieces. Check out these 17 wonderful camps offering lessons in drawing, painting, ceramics, glassblowing, sculpting, pottery, and other media.

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Northern Jersey

East Hanover

Messy Artists allows children to explore different media and themes to create about 10 projects per week as they learn to draw, paint, sculpt, craft, and make functional art. They also offer a preschooler art camp that features 4 activity centers as well as craft projects and creative art projects.

Hillsdale

Abrakadoodle offers theme activities blended with art. A few samples: Surfboard art and sand sculptures during Beach Party, creating instruments and posters during Art Rocks, and children make treasure chests and pirate ships during Pirate Party.

Hoboken

7 Fine Arts’ camp program encourages children to revel in arts and crafts by going to museums, making slime, engaging in paint pouring, creating t-shirts, and using henna. A Master Class for portfolio building is available for teens.

Maplewood

Artist at Geralyn’s Art Studio Posing With Painting, Photo Courtesy of Geralyn’s Art Studio

Geralyn’s Art Studio focuses on painting, sketching, tie dye, recycled art, sculpting, collage, and more. Each day campers create a project based on fun and diverse daily themes.

Montclair

Bass Art Studio offers a geographical and temporal twist on typical art camps. Children participate in a 6-week program in which they study and create art of ancient Japan, European Renaissance art, American art, African spiritual art, Harry Potter art, and Harlem Renaissance art. Teens attend portfolio camp where they will work on observational drawing from a model and still life in charcoal, pen and ink, water color, and powdered charcoal. Printmaking, both linoleum block printing and mono-print are also explored.

Montclair Art Museum includes daily visits to MAM’s art galleries to enrich the children’s knowledge of fine art. Campers will draw, paint, make ceramics, sculpt, collage, and do printmaking. Each week has a different theme that connects life to art.

Summit

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey helps campers to explore painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics. Teens practice two forms of media each week including drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, fiber, and sculpture.

Central Jersey

Bedminster

Center for Contemporary Art immerses campers in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, and more. Fun themes each week. They also have a class for children on the Autistic Spectrum and other children with special needs.

Clinton

Hunterdon Art Museum offers many types of art making: art studio, acrylic painting, all about color, animal art, art from around the world, sea art, cartoon art, circus camp, a claymation animation. nature art, and more.

Freehold

Around the Corner Art Center helps campers work with colored pencils, ceramics, acrylics, charcoal, cartooning, watercolor, clay, fashion design, and jewelry making.

New Brunswick

Zimmerli Art Gallery at Rutgers teaches campers new art skills while working with teaching artists. Topics include character design and illustration, Art on the Move, and the World of Coco.

Plainfield

Children Painting at Ducret’s Art Camp, Photo Courtesy of Ducret School of Art

Ducret School of Art has program for children and a program for teens. Campers explore pencil shading techniques, brush strokes, basic shapes to nature objects, cartoon animals, pen and ink, marker and water color, mixed media, gouache and acrylic painting, collage, clay (air dry and fired).

Southern Jersey

Haddonfield

Markeim Art Center assists children in exploring painting, drawing, building, printmaking, collage, clay and more. Each week has a theme including nature, fantasy and fairy tails, America, South America & Mexico, abracadabra art, fibers, mixed materials, Africa, the sea, and text.

Collingswood & Moorestown

Perkins Center for the Arts has locations in Collingswood and Moorestown where campers make pottery, paint, and sculpt. Older campers work on multimedia collaboration and creation. Each session features a field trip to a museum, environmental site, or cultural center.

Mount Laurel

Abrakadoodle offers theme activities blended with art. A few examples: Surfboard art and sand sculptures during Beach Party, creating instruments and posters during Art Rocks, and children make treasure chests and pirate ships during Pirate Island.

Elmer

Appel Farm Arts Camp has many media for campers to experiment with: pottery wheels, welding and glass torches, printing presses, and more. Art history and art appreciation are part of the curriculum.

Mullica Hill

Happy Artist Campers at Mullica Hill Art Center, Photo Courtesy of Mullica Hil Art Center

Mullica Hill Art Center offers lessons in architecture, painting, drawing, cartooning, ceramics, hand building pottery, and much more. Weekly themes include Disney art, Around the World, Disney and Pixar, Super Heroes and Villains, Animation/Cartoons, Famous Arts, Under the Sea, and Bizarre, Surreal, and Outer Space.