Youth Art Camps

Summer camps for creative exploration

Explore new avenues of art and design with our art educators and studio artists.

Herron's weeklong summer art camps are designed to seed inspiration, foster curiosity, and channel enthusiasm – turning the wonder of each child's imagination into objects of invention and creativity.

Herron’s Community Learning Programs cancelled for summer 2020

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Herron will not conduct summer camps in 2020. These decisions are being made to help mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19 and to help protect IU and the communities it serves.

For the most updated information from IU related to the coronavirus, please visit coronavirus.iu.edu.

Be sure to check back next spring for a full list of 2021 summer camps. Thank you for your understanding.

Monster Madness

What monsters live under your bed, in your closet, and in your mind?

Develop your own monster by building a small-scale character model, creating a 3-D wearable head, constructing a pop-up paper habitat, and developing a corresponding story using digital media. Consider the bizarre creatures of the Pop Surrealism art movement as your inspiration.

Grades: 1 through 3
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

Superpowered Art Force

Are you the hero or the villain?

If you love superheroes and villains, join Superpowered Art Force, an art-making extravaganza based on comics, cartoons, and animations. Develop original characters, learn storyboarding techniques, and use digital rendering software to bring your characters to life. Then, become your own superhero with wearable props created using 3-D printers in Herron's Think It Make It Lab.

Grades: 4 through 5
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

Once Upon a Time

What fairy tales live inside of you?

Pique the whimsy of your imagination and explore narrative storytelling inspired by the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. Create characters using a variety of media, develop pop-up books that tell your own fairy tales, and bring them to life through a shadow-puppet theater performance.

Grades: 1 through 3
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

Epic Storytellers

Your creative journey starts here.

Are you fascinated with stories of adventure and triumph from both films and literature? Create an epic tale of your own using the artistic methods of digital rendering, stop-motion animation, and 3-D modeling. Add to the genre and make the hero's journey your own by designing original archetypal characters, along with their worlds.

Grades: 4 through 5
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

Stagecraft

How do I tell stories using the language of my body?

Explore the medium of performance art as you move through space, develop your own stories, and create puppet shows. Find inspiration in the projection and costume design work of Mamoru Iriguchi, a Japanese multimedia artist and theater designer. Then, transform into an art persona through your very own one-minute performance.

Grades: 1 through 3
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

Stylish Creations

How do fashion choices communicate your identity to the world?

Investigate wearable art while learning how other cultures use adornment to tell their stories. Sketch ideas and concepts for your own looks, create larger-than-life cardboard masks, and design 3-D printed jewelry in Herron's Think It Make It Lab.

Grades: 4 through 5
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

Worldbuilders

What worlds can you dream up and awaken?

Design and create an imagined world in three-dimensional form using papier-mâché and mixed-media. Then, zooming in, develop a miniature habitat using cardboard and found objects to tell your planet's story – how it was created, the people and creatures that live there, and its distinctive culture. Worldbuilders will culminate with a galaxy installation of all students' planets and a collective script telling the stories of a conceptualized planetary system.

Grades: 1 through 3
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

STEAM Explorers

How does art enhance your understanding of the world?

Explore earth, its geologic structures, the atmospheric forces that shape it, and its relation to outer space in a camp blending art and design with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). View images from NASA to create watercolor paintings of galaxies and map out an imagined solar system using printmaking techniques and processes.

Grades: 4 through 5
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

Summer Spooktacular

Turn your goosebumps into spooky creations.

Channel your Halloween spirit to design ghoulish environments and creepy creatures. Use your own chilling imagery to create handmade books, haunted houses from paper, and critters from sculpted clay. This class is designed with age-appropriate spookiness.

Grades: 1 through 3
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

Fantastic Illustrations

Develop your own compendium of monsters, myths, and legends.

If stories of mythology and folklore inspire you, investigate symbolism used in visual art and Greek and Roman stories to create your own fantastic creatures, characters, and narratives. Bind all the artwork you've created during the week in a handmade illustrated book. Fantastic Illustrations is an excellent follow up to the Epic Storytellers camp.

Grades: 4 through 5
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

Art Sampler 101

Why choose one camp when you can try a variety of Herron projects?

Experience a sampling of the best introductory art projects Herron's Community Learning Programs has to offer students in grades 1 through 3. Pulled from previous summer camps, projects include using 3-D monsters to make a stop-motion animation, creating fairy dust-covered castle paintings, and making papier-mâché planets. Show your work in a closing exhibition at the end of the week.

Grades: 1 through 3
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

Art Sampler 201

Why choose one camp when you can try a variety of Herron projects?

Experience a sampling of the best art projects Herron's Community Learning Programs has to offer students in grades 4 through 5. Pulled from previous summer camps, projects include creating digitally rendered original comic books, characters using polymer clay, and custom 3-D printed jewelry. Show your work in a closing exhibition at the end of the week.

Grades: 4 through 5
Location: Eskenazi Hall
Times: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $320

Tuition and financial aid

Youth Art Camp tuition is $320 per week and includes all lab fees and materials.

Financial assistance is available for qualifying families. Qualifying considerations include eligibility for free or reduced lunch and books, or family hardship due to unusual circumstances.

Siblings and IUPUI employees receive a 10% tuition discount. Contact sschool@iupui.edu for the discount code or with questions about financial assistance.