Summer Camps

Explore a variety of mediums at our fun-filled art camps! We're going virtual for community safety.

Camp in a Bag: Art Around the World

Enjoy art camp from the comfort of home! Each camper gets a tee shirt and a tote bag stuffed with all the supplies they need to create 5 fabulous art projects from around the world. Bag pickup takes place the Friday prior to the start of each session.

Campers can choose to do projects on their own time — by following written directions or exclusive video tutorials — or join a daily online class taught by Allison, the MCMA Director of Education. Lessons are 60-90 minutes long, and groups are limited to a maximum of 5 campers.

$50 per camper (includes all supplies)

clay kiffa beads (Africa)
metal embossing (South America / Europe / Middle East)
foam block printing (Europe / Asia)
fresco painting (Europe / South Asia)
rice paper watercolor painting (East Asia)

Group 1: June 8-12, 10:00-11:00am
Group 2: June 8-12, 1:00-2:00pm
Group 3: June 15-19, 10:00-11:00am
Group 4: June 15-19, 1:00-2:00pm

* We’re testing out this new program. If it’s popular, we’ll add more options for July.

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.