Created By Kids is excited to announce our 12TH YEAR running our Summer Camp Program!
We believe that visual arts are an important form of communication and expression and that having a creative outlet can be deeply therapeutic and spark the imagination. We created a space where all students can feel safe and comfortable expressing themselves through their art.
Our projects are created with all children in mind and are easily tailored to fit each child's needs and abilities.We ask that you fully read through our before registering for camp. Whether you are curious about our daily schedule, wondering what to pack for the day, or in need of some light reading, our general information page will answer all your camp questions and more!
As always, students will explore different thematic concepts each week, beginning with an educational foundation as inspiration. During camp week we’ll use a variety of art-making techniques and mediums, including clay, textiles, printmaking, mixed-media projects, and more! The variety will keep kids interested while they learn about cultures, history, and literature through our unique fine arts curriculum.
SIBLING DISCOUNT AVAILABLE FOR FULL WEEK REGISTRATIONS (SIBLINGS MUST ATTEND THE SAME WEEK FOR THE DISCOUNT)
Our in-person camps are held at our studio, located at 592 Pacific St. Brooklyn, NY, steps away from Atlantic Terminal/Barclays Center.
Camp begins at 9 am with drop-off beginning at 8:45 am. We offer Early Bird drop-off beginning at 8 am ($25 per day/$100 per week). Staggered pick-up begins at 3:45 pm. We offer Extended Day pick-up until 5 pm ($25 per day/$100 per week).Please be sure to read through our SAFETY POLICIES & GENERAL INFORMATION before you register.
SPECIALTY CAMP WEEKS: We are offering our specialty camps again this summer! These camps focus on specific art mediums and techniques. Each of these specialty weeks students will work with art equipment, depending on the camps focus, from Pottery Wheels to Sewing Machines to Filming Equipment, learning how to utilize these tools to help further their artistic knowledge. These classes have slightly higher pricing due to the specialized materials we will be using.
Regular camps are recommended for ages 5 to 10
Specialty camps are recommended for ages 6 to 10
CBK+ camps are recommended for ages 8 to 13
Art doesn’t just exist in galleries and museums - it’s all around us, whether in the form of commissioned public sculptures, brightly colored murals, or street art! This week, we’ll be studying the works of contemporary artists whose work is on public display in cities all over the world. We’ll build clay mosaic tiles inspired by the playful work of street artist Invader. We’ll create a diptych influenced by the cartoonish figures of Monseiour Chat (aka Thomas Vuille) using relief printmaking. Our textile project will focus on the work of NARDSTAR, which brings together geometric patterns and animals. We’ll make a mixed-media painting based on the work of Tripper Dungan and a collage project that pays homage to street artist MoDo. We’ll discuss the ways each of these artists use their work to interact with and comment on their surroundings and cultures. With our Graffiti & Street Art Week, inspiration is always right around the corner!
During our Ceramics & Pottery Wheel camp week students explore the various ways in which artists use clay to make functional and sculptural items. We will learn all basic techniques involved with throwing on the pottery wheels, beginning with wedging and centering the clay. Through repeated practice, they'll learn to shape the clay as the wheel spins, gaining a feel for the proper thickness and form. The students will also get the chance to handbuild with clay not only to add to their thrown pieces (handles lids etc.) but to also make pottery by building with slabs, coils and pinching. Students will learn different glazing methods (brushing, dipping, under layering and more) to give their pottery a finished look. Throughout the week we will gather inspiration from other ceramicists, adding different textures created with a variety of tools and manipulating the functional forms into different shapes to develop their signature style of pottery. Each student will go home with a comprehensive and impressive body of work they will be proud of!
* Since all pottery needs time to air dry and fire some pieces will not be ready to go home until the following week - we will email parents when the projects are ready to be picked up.
Our advanced after school ceramics class takes classic hand-building, 3D design, and sculptural techniques to the next level. Building on basics we already know - like pinching, coiling, and slab construction - we will create more intricate works of art. We will study how various professional ceramicists manipulate clay forms to develop their signature styles, and learn about different types of clay in the process, including stoneware, porcelain, red clay, and more. We will introduce carving and molding different types of clay into symmetrical forms. Considering the use of organic, modern, realistic, industrial, and abstract works, as well as applique and texture, students will produce several realistic, functional and abstract projects, such as cups, bowls and figures, which will be fired in our kiln. We'll also explore a variety of glazes and glazing techniques such as painting, dipping, and staining.
As young generations look toward the future, climate change and sustainability loom large. This camp will empower them to take action, with projects designed to teach them about environmental issues and the little things they can do to make a big impact. We'll learn about biodiverse ecosystems and plant seeds of change in hand-built clay planters. We'll explore the use of alternative energy sources, create solar-powered sculptures, and brainstorm inventive solutions to existing problems. We'll take inspiration from artists who use upcycled materials, like Calder Kamin, Alissa Alfonso, and Jessy Nite, and see if we can get creative with recyclables. And we'll create political posters based on the work of Shyama Kuver to promote the protection and conservation of our beautiful planet.
In this epic camp, students get to experience the behind-the-scenes action that went into developing their favorite video games, all while leveling up their artistic skills! We'll learn how artists and designers create engaging gaming experiences, with mini-lessons on gaming history that will inspire projects across a variety of mediums, from painting and printmaking to ceramics and sculpture. We'll create storyboards, explore world-building and map-making, design rewards and special powers, and more! Iconic characters from classic games like Super Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Pokémon will inspire us to create original heroes and villains, and we'll explore how video games made the jump to the big screen with fun, interactive projects like flip-books. This camp has all you need to LEVEL UP!
***WE WILL NOT BE PLAYING VIDEO GAMES IN THIS CAMP - WE WILL WATCH SOME SHORT VIDEOS FROM BEHIND THE SCENES OF GAME MAKING***
In this camp we'll explore the tactile nature of textiles! We'll study the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric, and use dyeing, hand-painting, and printing to create one-of-a-kind surface designs. We'll weave, stitch, knit, felt and tuft different types of materials to create both wearable garments and textile-inspired artwork. We'll sew and embroider by hand as well as use sewing machines to create unique pieces using our handmade fabrics. As students develop these skills, they'll be encouraged to notice the impact of textiles in their everyday lives. We’ll touch on the fashion design process to create a simple, wearable piece they’ll want to wear every day!
Boom! Zip! Pow! CBK students will bring all the energy and fun of zany comics and wacky cartoons to life in camp this week. We'll create our own action figures, comic books, and short animations as we learn about the history of cartooning. We'll practice some fundamentals of figure drawing, shading, inking, proportion and perspective, building our drawing skills to communicate ideas simply and stylishly through illustrations. We'll see how comics, cartoons, anime, and other contemporary styles translate concepts like emotion, movement, and personality and let these inspire our own distinctive styles.We'll use sequential art seen in graphic novels and storyboards to develop students' ability to communicate complex ideas with a creative emphasis. Students will hone both story-telling abilities and drawing skills through playful projects that put them right in the middle of the action!
There's been an art heist at Created By Kids, and we need skilled detectives and masters of espionage to get to the bottom of this! Our studio will be transformed into a crime lab where we'll develop secret identities, spy kits with various sleuthing gadgets, and, of course, funny disguises! Throughout the week they'll collect clues to solve mysteries just like Sherlock Holmes. They'll be encouraged to hone their powers of observation and detection as we make invisible ink, decoders, and art projects using our own fingerprints!
Lights! Camera! Art! It's movie week at CBK and your child is in the director’s chair. We'll spend the week working together to create our very own stop motion animated film. Kids will create storyboards and production notebooks to flesh out their characters and narrative. Throughout the week we'll use paint and paper to create various sets, build and animate characters out of clay, record voice work as well as their own foley for sound effects using found objects, and ultimately film the finished project. Students will also design and print their own movie posters and other "marketing materials" to promote their movies far and wide. We're ready for our closeup!
Visual art is one of the best tools kids have for showcasing the imaginary creatures and environments that exist only in their minds. Their imaginations will run wild this summer when we create characters and worlds from fairytales and dreams. In this camp, we'll keep a journal of drawings throughout the week to document our ever-turning creative minds. We'll explore the history of fantastical art realms, from surrealist works in museums to the beasts, fairies, trolls and dragons populating modern myths kids love, like Harry Potter and Wings of Fire. We'll also look at the mystical settings in which these stories take place, creating 3-D works from clay. Harness the magic of creativity and explore the unknown in this otherworldly class!
The mystery and majesty of Ancient Egypt has fascinated archaeologists, scholars, and kids alike for centuries. From the canopic jars that housed mummified remains to the seemingly secret code of hieroglyphics, Egyptian art from long-gone dynasties tells us a lot about their rich culture and beliefs. And it will inspire CBK's budding Egyptologists as we create self-portraits fit for King Tut's tomb, and Scarab-shaped trinket boxes for our own treasure troves. We'll study the engineering principles behind the ancient pyramids and experiment with ways to sculpt our own. And we'll discover how ancient Egyptians used papyrus to pioneer paper-making methods, weaving together natural materials to create our own scrolls. Equal parts art and history lesson, kids will certainly get wrapped up with these fascinating artifacts!
CBK's one-of-a-kind staycation will take students on a creative journey as we study artists from around the world. We'll "visit" a different country each day, studying new cultures, mediums and more. We'll take a look at the delicate textile collages of Lina Puerta (Colombia), ), the bright, puzzle-like landscapes of Jae Won Choi (South Korea), the neo-Cubist figures of Deborah Segun (Nigeria) more. We'll talk about the ways that these artists' cultures and backgrounds inform their work and how we can express our own cultural backgrounds in our work, without having to leave the classroom!