Youth Art Camp

Summer art camps for grades 3–8

Herron’s summer 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.

Licensed art educators develop and teach camp lessons at Herron, with the assistance of outstanding Herron undergraduate students. Campers will explore drawing and illustration, design, object making, and digital rendering projects.

Cultural arts experiences include a docent-led museum tour and an award-winning animated feature film screening at the IUPUI Ruth Lilly Auditorium.

Youth Art Camp 2017

  • Dates: Four unique weeklong camps meet in late June and mid-July
  • Times: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Extended hours are available)

Four weeks, four big ideas

Each week Youth Art Camp explores a theme that inspires artists, excites youth, and is of interest to the community-at-large.

Art & Nature: June 12–16, 2017

From ancient cave paintings to monumental land-art projects, the physical world in all its wonder has inspired artists for millennia. Campers will create their own art with nature and the environment as the muse.

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Art & Identity: June 19–23, 2017

Drawing and illustration, and comics of every ilk, center on the experiences of the characters that inhabit the page. Campers will learn how artists illustrate identity through gesture, line, form and color, and create their own artwork expressing the “self.”

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Art & the Future: June 26–30, 2017

The imaginations of artists and authors depict far-off wonders in vivid and unexpected ways inspiring progress and invention. Campers will discover how innovation springs from experimentation, and create art that expresses their own ideas of what the future may hold.

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Art & Sound: July 10–14, 2017

Sound swirls about never-endingly in our audible world of human, mechanical, and atmospheric noise. Artists have been exploring sound as a medium since 1913 and campers will do the same as they create sound-art compositions and collaborative performances.

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Tuition and financial aid

Youth Art Camp tuition is $300 per week and includes all lab fees, high quality art materials, and museum admission. Siblings, repeat enrollments, and IUPUI employees receive a $20 tuition discount. Extended care hours are available for an additional $60 per week.

Financial assistance is available for families who qualify. A scholarship application that includes short statements from the camper, parent, and an art teacher are required. Qualifying considerations include eligibility for free or reduced lunch and books, or family hardship due to unusual circumstances.

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Enrollment begins December 1, 2016