MCMA art camp 2021 written in childlike letters on top of rainbow paint smears

Summer Camps

Explore a variety of mediums at our fun-filled art camps! Options are available for ages 5-17.

General Information

Art is more fun when we can all be together, but we have to be careful with each other for a little longer. This year we’ll have small groups and wear masks to reduce risks, and some camps will be available online.


Each camper can leave one 2-D and one 3-D piece with us for our annual camp art show! The Summer Camp Showcase is tentatively scheduled for July 22, 2021.


In-Person Art Camps (ages 5-17)
Online ARTbotics Camp (ages 12-16)
Frequently Asked Questions
Camp Scholarships

In-Person Camps

Teen Art Camp
(Ages 13-17)

June 14 - June 18, 2021
9:00am - 1:30pm

Teen artists get to explore more advanced techniques and materials in this camp. Choose from projects with set parameters, or experiment with ideas that really excite you.

Official lessons run from 9:00am-12:00pm, with supervised open studio time available until 1:30pm if you want to keep working on your projects.

Campers should wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose, and clothes that they don’t mind getting messy. Also, bring a peanut-free snack and water bottle each day.

$140 for MCMA Members / $180 for Non-Members
(all supplies included)

Sheila Dow

Elementary Art Camps
(Ages 5-12*)

June 21 - June 25, 2021
9:00am - 3:00pm

June 28 - July 2, 2021
9:00am - 3:00pm

We’ll make lots of projects inspired by famous artists and places around the world. Spend part of the day working with 2-D materials like pastels, paint, and paper, and part of the day making 3-D creations with clay.

Campers should wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose, and clothes that they don’t mind getting messy. They also need to bring a peanut-free snack, lunch, and water bottle each day. We’ll take some outside breaks during the day to recharge and get the wiggles out.

Lower Camp is for ages 5-8* and Upper Camp is for ages 9-12. Each group has their own classroom and is limited to 8 students this year.  *This camp is not intended for kiddos entering kindergarten. 5-year-old campers must be starting first grade in the fall.

$180 for MCMA Members / $220 for Non-Members
(all supplies included)

Sheila Dow
Aleigha Reott

Online Camp

(Ages 12-16)

June 7 - June 11, 2021
10:00am - 1:00pm

ARTBotics… a fusion in coding, crafting, and invention, using the Hummingbird Bit Robotics Kit! 

Create and code a robot that moves, lights up, makes you laugh, and challenges you to be inventive. Each camper will design and decorate a 3 D piece of art using recycled materials, then wire a controller with LEDs, motors, and sensors. Our daily challenge is to make the bot come ALIVE!  Our projects will include art skills, inventing, crafting, and basic block programming using MakeCode.

* This camp is intended for coding beginners. More experienced coders are welcome to join the group, but some lessons may be below their skill level.

Each camper needs to have daily access to both a Zoom video learning setup and a Bluetooth-enabled device compatible with the Hummingbird coding app. The app works with:

– Windows XP / Windows 10
– Mac iOS 10.6.8 and newer
– iPad 3 and newer
– some Android devices
– some Kindle devices

To check if your device is compatible, click here:
(Chose “MakeCode” for the programming language.)

$300 for MCMA Members / $340 for Non-Members
**This includes a Hummingbird Bit programmable robotics kit for the camper to keep!

Gail Tate (

Frequently Asked Questions (for in-person camps)

A: MCMA offers full refunds with at least 6 business days of notice. Since camp starts on Mondays, that means two Fridays before camp is the last day to request a refund.

A: You can contact MCMA and join the waitlist. If a camper withdraws from that week, we’ll contact the waitlist in order.

A: No, registration isn’t complete until we receive payment.

A: We only offer full-camp registrations. If your child will miss days or portions of some days, you’re still welcome to register for the week, but the price won’t be reduced. Just let MCMA staff know which days to expect your child.

A: Camp starts before the museum opens for the day, so after 9:15am the front door will be locked. If you arrive after that time, please come to the side door on Anderson Street and press the “call” button. A staff member will speak to you on the intercom and let you and your camper into the building.

A: No, our staff is only here during camp hours. There is a half-hour window for sign-out each day. After that time, late pickups will result in additional childcare charges.

A: Guardians provide us with a list of people who are authorized to pick up their child. Adults must show photo ID at sign-out each day. For safety reasons, we will not release a child to someone who is not on the list, nor to someone who does not show ID.

A: Campers must be signed in and out by an authorized adult each day. If your teenager is old enough to drive solo, please contact the Director before the start of camp.

A: Allison Frink, MCMA Director of Education, at 770-528-1444 ext. 16.

A: MCMA Family Membership holders get a lower price on camps. We strongly recommend a membership if you have more than one child, or your child plans to attend more than one week of camp. It’s more cost-effective and you get other fun MCMA perks for 12 months.

A: Each year we offer a limited number of scholarships for campers in need. Please download the Summer Camp Scholarship Application 2020.

A: We only allow five-year-olds to accommodate rising first graders with late birthdays. Children who haven’t spent at least one year in a full-day classroom setting find our schedule very frustrating. If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the MCMA Director of Education.

A: Each camper should bring a refillable water bottle, a peanut-free lunch, and a peanut-free snack or two. (We have multiple staffers who are deathly allergic, so please check granola bars, trail mix, and other foods for sneaky peanut ingredients.) Peanut products will be confiscated. The museum’s pipes are very old, so we don’t have a water fountain, but staff can refill children’s bottles from the filtered water cooler in the offices.

A: Dress comfortably! Not all art materials wash out, so campers should wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. We recommend closed-toe shoes for safety, but summer is hot, so sandals are okay. (Do not wear shoes with heels or wheels!) Also, if your camper has long hair, they should tie it back or bring a hair tie with them.

A: Phones and other devices should stay in a camper’s pocket or bag on silent mode during camp time. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. (This rule does not apply to the robotics camp, since those campers need their devices to code.)

A: Our teachers are all experienced art instructors with current background checks. Local teenagers and young adults often volunteer as supervised classroom assistants. Please contact the MCMA Director of Education if you have further questions.

A: If your child is already registered and you want to change to a different week, we will allow the swap as long as there is still room in the new camp.

A: There are numerous places to park around the museum, but be aware of the parking rules posted in each area. If space is available, you are welcome to briefly park in the employee lot behind the museum. (We do need those spaces for visitors, however, so please leave promptly.) All of the lots around Marietta Square are monitored, including ours, so there is a chance your vehicle will be towed or ticketed if you park for an extended period of time. Again, take note of any signage posted in your chosen lot.

A limited number of camp scholarships are available for young artists in need. Please download and return the application to MCMA by May 22, 2020 to be considered.