Created By Kids is excited to announce our 10TH YEAR running our Summer Camp Program! While we know our camp experience is still impacted by COVID-19 and ongoing restrictions on in-person programs in NYC, we are still working hard to provide a fun, creative and SAFE Summer Camp experience in the studio.
We believe that visual arts are an important form of communication and expression, and that having a creative outlet can be deeply therapeutic, especially in difficult times. Our first priority is the safety of our staff and campers, so we will be following all up-to-date safety guidelines set by the DOH and CDC. Please read our SAFETY POLICIES & GENERAL INFORMATION thoroughly before registering for camp. We are again limiting the number of students in the studio, however, this is subject to change depending on vaccination status, COVID cases and social distancing guidelines at the time camp begins. We will be closely monitoring the guidelines and recommendations set by the DOH over the next several months and updating accordingly. As of now we are limited to 18 students per week during our summer camp however, if this changes and we are able to admit more campers, we will notify all families who are registered.
We want to enforce and model these safety precautions as an act of kindness and mutual respect, so that your child never feels the learning environment is less than warm and welcoming. Staff will be serving your children both directly and behind the scenes and will initiate a process of constant evaluation of our policies, procedures, and interactions to reduce potential risk while fostering experiences that inspire creativity and celebrate community in new ways.
As always, students will explore different thematic concepts each week, beginning with an educational foundation as inspiration. During the 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.
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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 staggered drop-off times beginning at 8:45 am. We offer Early Bird drop-off beginning at 8 am ($20 per day/$80 per week). Staggered pick-up begins at 3:45 pm. We offer Extended Day pick-up until 5 pm ($20 per day/$80 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. *ALL equipment will be used by only one student at a time and will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each use.
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
Travel with Created By Kids through the stars during our out-of-this-world Outer Space Week. We’ll make embroidered textile constellation scrolls to guide us on our journey, based on symbolism that has personal significance to each student. Along the way, we’ll create goofy alien creatures from clay, and build their planets from paper mache. And we’ll create stunning nighttime skyscapes using watercolor, splattering techniques, and mono printed moons. Also, we have a special, extra-exciting activity where the kids will build rockets that we blast off at the park!
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 graffiti and street artists whose work is on public display in cities all over the world and how these artists use their work to interact with and comment on their surroundings and cultures.
We’ll build clay sculptures painted in bold hues. We’ll create mixed-media diptychs influenced by beautiful murals. The creativity doesn't stop there! From painting to textiles to collage, students will work in all these mediums to create unique works of art. We’ll even get the chance to make and use our own WHEAT PASTE!! Inspiration is literally right around the corner!
During our Ceramics & Pottery Wheel camp week students explore the various ways in which artists use clay including both hand-built and on the pottery wheel to make functional and sculptural forms. We will learn all basic techniques involved with throwing on the wheels, beginning with wedging and centering the clay. After getting a feel for how the wheel works students will then begin molding the clay into symmetrical, functional forms.
The students will also hand build with clay throughout the week, manipulating the clay by pinching and building with slabs and coils. Students will also learn different glazing methods; brushing, dipping, under layering and more giving their pottery completed and finished look.
Throughout the week we will also gather inspiration from other ceramicists, adding to their pottery, different textures created with a variety of tools, manipulating the functional forms into different shapes and how to layer glazing techniques to create their our 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.
CBK is growing up! We're always working on new ways to grow, along with our students. We are excited to continue our CBK+ program for our preteen students – an intensive Ceramics and Pottery Wheel camp for preteens who have already or are beginning to age out of the introductory skill-building and content of regular CBK classes.
Our Preteen students will continue to work with a variety of clay mediums and tools focusing on the use of the pottery wheel and hand building. Students will gain an advanced knowledge and independence while they work. We'll learn about different finishing techniques as we move further into the class from trimming, creating texture, and trying glazing techniques while continuing to develop our artistic style! We hope that bringing older kids together will foster a focused learning environment where they can continue to grow as an artist and refine their ceramic skills.
**Studnets do not need previous knowledge of working on the pottery wheel to participate in this camp week. 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. **
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 transported into a crime lab where we'll develop secret identities, spy kits with various sleuthing gadgets, and, of course, funny disguises! Throughout the week we will collect clues to solve mysteries just like Sherlock Holmes, creating their various aliases to thwart potential spies. They'll be encouraged to hone their powers of observation and detection as we make invisible ink, decoders, science and art projects using our own fingerprints. We’ll even create a Mission Impossible-style “laser room” obstacle course!
As many of our other classes have taught us, kids are inventors at heart. As such, we have dedicated an entire camp to it with our ART & ENGINEERING week. This camp is designed to let your child explore the vast realms of their imaginations while working within specific mediums both individually and in a group setting. Projects include drafting blueprints and then building fantastic structures, creating simple hydraulic lifts out of found objects, designing and screening shirts, launching paper rockets, building small robots, and a Rube Goldberg machine made out of clay! Students will learn that the process is just as important as the finished project while focusing on mechanics, physics, design, and more. Your child will work on new skill sets, hone old ones, and take home a wealth of projects both aesthetic and functional!
Clothing and textiles are a part of our everyday lives, but there’s a long process that goes into their design and construction. That’s what makes designing so much fun! During our Sewing & Textiles class, we’ll explore the many different kinds of textiles that make up the industry. From clothing to surface design, embroidery, knitting, appliqué, and more! We’ll learn the basics of hand sewing, stitchery, and machine sewing - each student will have their own sewing station to practice these essential skills, such as hemming and making seams. Students will design their own textiles from raw material, creating a unique design through safe dyeing processes, painting, printing (block or screen), and tying techniques; this is what they will use to construct their final pieces. Gathering inspiration from fashion designers, and textile/fiber artists, students will create an array of both functional and aesthetic works of art. There will be no limit to creativity this week, a camp that's sure to be Sew much fun!
All Things Anime zeroes in on iconic characters kids love, like Pokemon and Dragon Ball-Z, to build a foundation of technical drawing skills like proportion, shading, perspective and design. We'll discuss what goes into character creation as we work on projects in a variety of mediums, from clay sculpture to watercolor and gouache paintings to graphite illustration and storyboarding comic-book layouts. Students will learn about variations on this iconic style, like Manga and Kawaii, while also exploring the work of Japanese pop artists, video game designers, and more! After this action-packed week, CBK students will become true Otakus!
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!
Exploring creativity can be just as exciting as discovering a hidden cave or and ancient temple. During our Adventure week, students will be doing both! Your art adventurer will create imaginative art projects that relate to the exciting escapades of real-life and fictional explorers. We’ll make map-related screenprints and collages as well as other exploratory tools - decoders, binoculars, treasure boxes and more! We’ll have an art-themed scavenger hunt and an archaeological dig (using clay). We'll build replica's of the worlds wonders using found objects. Students will record their thrilling deeds in their hand-made log books. There’s no limit to the wonders your child will discover!
Our campers will have the adventure of a lifetime when they travel around the world to explore the next generation of Pop Artists! We’ll create projects using a variety of mediums - clay, textiles, printmaking, painting - and "visit" a different country each day, studying new artists, mediums, and more!
The artists we will study include Rukkit Satapornvajana (Thailand), Enfant Précoce (South Africa), Coco Dávez (Spain), Hendra ‘Hehe’ Harsono (Indonesia), and lastly LeDania (Columbia). These works of art are full of bright colors, shapes, and images that are sure to invoke the student’s creativity without having to leave the classroom!
This camp week will be full of rich history and discovery as we travel back in time to study ancient art from around the world. During our Ancient Art-ifacts week at CBK will put your child in the heart of an immersive, celebratory, cultural, and (of course) artistic experience. From the Great pyramids of Egypt to the ruins in Rome. Students will get the chance to work in a variety of art mediums and techniques to create unique works of art, while also learning the history behind it all. This camp week is truly ancient history!
Whether artists use materials found in nature to create their art or simply take inspiration from natural surroundings, art and nature have gone hand in hand for centuries. In this unique Summer Camp students will learn about nature's role in art. We will use objects found in nature to add texture to handbuild ceramic trinket dishes, create one-of-a-kind textiles using natural dyes and fibers, work with light and water to develop photographic papers, and create our very own sketchbooks using recycled paper. We'll look to artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Tatiana Arocha, and more for inspiration. Join us in learning more about how the natural world around us can be used to create art!