In this workshop, campers learn to see the world through the eyes of an insect, adapting to a tiny perspective of a large world. We will seek inspiration from the out-of-doors—forests, gardens, and backyards—and create artwork involving multiple legs, wings, eyeballs, and antennae. Campers will draw, sculpt, and paint. Friends and family are invited on the last day of camp for a celebration (bug spray optional!).
Bowdoin Summer Art Camp
The Bowdoin Summer Art Camp has a variety of great camps to choose from for youth ages 5-15. No experience or expertise is necessary, just enthusiasm for the process of making art and a willingness to experiment with new ways of seeing.
Each session is designed to work as a separate unit, but a child may enroll in more than one session as long as he or she is the appropriate age.
Camp sessions will take place at the Edwards Center for Art and Dance on the Bowdoin College campus. As weather permits, some sessions will take place outdoors on the campus.
On the last day of each session, young artists will host their family and friends at an artists' reception.
Registration for Summer 2019 will open early Spring 2019. Please see links below.
- Bowdoin Summer Art Camp Brochure
- Bowdoin Summer Art Camp Registration Forms
Please note that space is limited and sessions fill up quickly. If a particular session fills we will notify you immediately. We will update this site when sessions are full or are close to filling.
To stay in touch with the latest Art Camp happenings, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list! You can also visit the Director's website for more information on our offerings.
Tuition and Materials Fee
All art supply and reception costs are included in the tuition fee charged for any given week. Fees may vary for each session to accommodate the length of session, guest artists, and materials needed. Campers would need to bring their own snacks and/or a bagged lunch.
A limited number of printed t-shirts will be available for purchase during Art Camp.
2018 Bowdoin Summer Art Camp Overview (Prices and classes are subject to change for the 2019 season):
Week 1: June 25th-June 29th
Week 2: July 9th-July 13th
Week 3: July 16th-July 20th
Week 4: July 23rd-July 27th
*There will be no classes the week of July 4th
Full Day Sessions: 9:00am-3:00pm (drop off is 8:50-9:00am; pick up is 3:00-3:10pm)
Morning Sessions: 9:00am-12:00pm (drop off is 8:50-9:00am; pick up is 12:00-12:10pm)
This is your chance to draw and paint on the walls! In this fun five-day session, campers will have all of the materials they need to collaborate with friends to create their own 'wallpaper'. Campers can expect to use a variety of printmaking, stamping, and painting techniques to create enough self-made wallpaper to cover a wall! The week will be filled with pattern-themed activities to accompany our wallpaper production, including nature walks and storytelling.
Campers are invited to dive into a weeklong mixed-media adventure. Come explore the mysteries of the deep on an imaginary deep-sea voyage! In this workshop, campers will create art inspired by tropical fish and ocean life. Young artists will be introduced to the process of paper mache through the collaborative construction of a large blue whale! Ocean-themed drawing, painting, collage, and storytelling will be integrated throughout the week for plenty of fishy fun! Friends and family are invited on the last day of camp for a celebration of art.
Celebrating the power of invention and limitless imagination, young artists can expect to create never-before seen creatures with multiple eyeballs, wild hair, and six arms! No need to be afraid of our monster creations—we will be drawing, painting, and sculpting friendly, funny creatures. Perhaps your monster will be a muse? All monsters will gather for a party on the last day of camp for a monster mash!
Join Ted and Susan in an exploration into Maine wildlife. Campers will draw, collage, and take on the voice of the animals as they create posters and folded books all about mammals, amphibians, and birds who dwell in Maine. The week will culminate with a Friday art show. Friends and family are invited to visit our wild artists in their natural art-making habitats. Each day will end, as always, with group singing of raucous camp songs. Join Ted and Susan for this wild week of wildlife art.
In this workshop, campers will integrate painting, collage, songs, poetry, and games into a week of creativity. Young artists will make hand-painted, textured paper with watercolor on wet paper. They will use salt, sponges, Plexiglas, plastic wrap, straws, and marbleizing techniques to create a variety of nature settings illustrating water, sky, various lands, and times of day. These papers will be the raw materials for creating collages that tell picture stories. Collage themes will be self-directed, but the collage illustrations of Leo Lionni, Lois Ehlert, Steve Jenkins, and Eric Carle will be shared for inspiration.
This workshop will utilize the same techniques as those in Color and Collage but will offer an opportunity for further exploration. Using the papers and collage technique students will fashion functional items such as journals, refrigerator magnets, bookmarks and illustrated wooden boxes for family or personal keepsakes.
Using the 'MakerSpace' model, the Bowdoin art studio is transformed into a place to wonder, tinker, explore, create, invent, and construct. Campers will be able to ask, “What if?” Next, the art studio will let their curiosity guide an open-ended exploration using a variety of materials. Each day in this weeklong session, campers will be introduced to an exciting new art concept or technique in the morning, followed by project-based exploration. In the afternoon, campers will follow their own curiosity using the MakerSpace materials.
In this sculpture workshop, campers will explore working three-dimensionally to create forms inspired by creatures wild and mythological. Paper-mache, self-hardening clay, and recycled materials will help form our beasts. A visit to the Perry MacMillan Arctic Museum on campus will guide our animal designs. Friends and family are invited to a reception on the last day of camp.
Ever wonder what a piece of art is trying to say? In this workshop, campers will consider the connections between words and images, poetry and pictures, stories and illustrations. We’ll create posters, small books, narrative illustrations and more using pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, and a number of exciting mixed media materials. A trip to Bowdoin’s Art Museum will spark our imaginations and generate ideas to help us create art that expresses how we see the world with our own characters, stories, myths and drawings. The week will culminate in an art show open to family and friends on the last day.
With picture books at the heart of our explorations, we will delve into the materials and techniques that illustrators use when creating artwork for books. After investigating the creative process of various Maine illustrators, campers will create original artwork inspired by newfound designs and techniques. Drawing, painting, and printmaking will all be explored. Please join us on the last day of camp for an artists' reception.
In this supportive workshop, young creators will be encouraged to keep an art journal to explore and develop their ideas. Campers will delve into the creative process as they pull visual and storytelling ideas from journals and develop them into larger two- and three-dimensional works of art. The option to create performance-based work will be explored as well. Artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their finished artwork and debut performances on the last day to friends and family.