CREATE CAMPS: Inspiring imagination, critical thinking, and the handmade.



Have a creative summer at Cranbrook Art Museum!  Create Camps inspire imagination, critical thinking, and the handmade.  Explore incredible works of art, architecture, and design—and make great memories and amazing creations!  


Create Projects in an Open, Fun Environment

Create Campers use design-thinking processes to explore the fields of art, architecture, and design. Our camps introduce a variety of materials and concepts—evoking curiosity and honing critical thinking—while encouraging individual creativity and self-expression.  Create Camps teach kids how to look at, talk about, and create art!

Look at Artwork in the Museum

Create Camps look at art, architecture, and design objects in our galleries–and in our vaults!  All camps include behind-the-scenes vault experiences to look, listen, and learn about artworks–to inspire art-making in the studios! We’ll look at artwork (in-person or online) in the Museum’s galleries and vaults.

Learn from Teaching Artists

Our Teaching Artists are experienced artists, architects, and designers!  Teaching Artists connect the processes and concepts behind artwork in the museum with age-appropriate projects and techniques.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

At a minimum, Cranbrook’s COVID-related protocols will comply with applicable State of Michigan mandates and align with Oakland Country Health Division and American Camp Association.  As we progress through the pandemic and towards the summer season, we may alter, cancel, or replace certain aspects of camp. If we do, this web page will be updated and registrants will be notified by email.  Depending on the severity of a change, we may offer registrants a full refund should the adjustment not suit their interest.  Otherwise, our regular cancellation policy remains in effect.  You may view a summary of the policy in the Tuition & Fees section below or read the full policy in the Enrollment Agreement during the registration process.

CREATE CAMPS

For Summer 2021, Cranbrook Art Museum is planning both IN-PERSON and ONLINE Create Camps to accommodate what works best for you!

 

IN-PERSON Create Camps (Grades K-5)

GRADES: IN-PERSON Create Camps are for students entering kindergarten through 5th grade in Fall 2021 and are divided by grades as follows:

    • Entering Kindergarten (must be 5 years old by first day of camp)
    • Entering Grades 1-2
    • Entering Grades 3-5

SCHEDULE: 9am–3pm daily, Monday-Friday

LUNCH: Lunch and snack must be brought from home.  All food must be sesame and nut-free! 

EXTENDED CARE: Morning and afternoon care are available.

TRANSPORTATION: Transportation services is available.

 

ONLINE Create Camps (Grades 2-5)

GRADES: ONLINE Create Camps are for students entering 2nd through 5th grade in Fall 2021.

SCHEDULE: 9am–3pm daily, Monday-Friday

What your child will need to participate:

    • Internet access
    • An internet-connected device with audio and video (i.e. computer or tablet)
    • A ZOOM username and password — sign up for a FREE account at zoom.us
    • A space to create! Kitchen tables work great as they’re close to a sink and big enough to have an electronic device and a space to work.
    • Art Kit!  Curbside pick-up in the Art Museum parking lot, Thursdays from 5-7 pm or Saturdays from 12-2 pm, prior to the start of camp each week.

ART KITS: Making It Easy for You

Our Art Kits come with NEW art making materials for each day of the camp.  Unlike traditional camps, our Art Kits mean that campers have the supplies to make more art when class (and camp!) is over. Materials for each day are clearly labeled and ready for campers.  Art Kits are different each week!  Curbside pick-up in the Art Museum parking lot, Thursdays from 5-7 pm or Saturdays from 12-2 pm, prior to the start of camp each week.  Zooming in from afar?  We can ship Art Kits if necessary.

ZOOM CAMPS: It’s for the Camper

Our goal is to have materials clearly organized and ready, so campers can be independent learners. Of course, campers may need some assistance, but our goal is to engage campers with artwork and hands-on activities that excite them about Online Create Camps.

 

2021 CAMP OFFERINGS

This summer, each week is a different theme.  Join us for a week or the whole summer!  Each theme is offered in-person and online – so we have a format that works for your family.

June 14-18 (WEEK 0): PRINT SHOP

Learn how to screen print, create relief prints, and use unusual materials to create experimental prints. Create monotypes to take home and multiples to trade with other campers for a unique collection of prints!

June 21-25 (WEEK 1): CREATE LAB

Bring art and science together! Collaborate with Cranbrook Institute of Science to create experiments, installations, and prototypes! Investigate and create with wood, paper, and other repurposed materials. Identify innovative solutions to challenges, while learning from both CAM and CIS!

June 28 – July 2 (WEEK 2): ART ACADEMY

Experiment with painting, sculpture, fiber, and more! Step into Cranbrook’s history and explore the Academy of Art through the exhibition With Eyes Opened. Collaborate with campers and experience group conversations revolving around your creations! Play with color, concepts and collaboration to create vivid works of art!

July 5-9 (WEEK 3): MINI ARCHITECTS

Design your dream space! A house? A building? Get creative! Investigate architectural drawings and models in the Museum’s vaults. Tour the architecture of Cranbrook’s historic campus. Create floor plans, elevations, sections and a model of the space of your dreams!

July 12-16 (WEEK 4): Mid-Summer Break – Camps are not offered this week

July 19-23 (WEEK 5): PLAYING WITH PAPER

Explore the endless possibilities of art with paper! Make paper weavings, drawings, paintings and collage! Let your creativity run wild with the experimental ways to create with paper!

July 26-30 (WEEK 6): CHARACTERS, COSTUMES, AND CREATURES

Bring creations to life through drawing, sculpting, and stories! Draw inspiration from the Museum’s vaults and galleries. Create your own character and world with costumes, masks, puppets, and comics!

August 2-6 (WEEK 7): BIG ART, LITTLE ART

Explore art of all sizes! Sculpt and create large scale abstracted everyday objects! Create miniatures, models, and mobiles. Find inspiration from pop and abstract art, both big and small!

AUGUST 9-13 (WEEK 8): INNOVATION CREATION

Design, and innovate! From products, logos, posters, and games – designers make objects all around us! Solve creative problems with design thinking strategies and learn from innovators in the Museum’s vaults. Create your own 2D and 3D designs for furniture, logos, toys, and posters!

 

TUITION AND FEES

 Create Camp Fees and Discounts:


IN-PERSON Create Camps

9am–3pm daily, Monday-Friday, includes supervised lunch and time outdoors.

Lunch and snack must be brought from home.  All food must be sesame and nut-free!

    • $385 (ArtMembers* $350)
    • Half Session (4 weeks): $1440 ($1300 ArtMembers*)
    • Full Session (8 weeks): $2680 ($2400 ArtMembers*)

 

ONLINE Create Camps

9–11am daily (Eastern time), Monday-Friday

    • $195/week per household ($175 ArtMembers*)
    • $100/week per Art Kit ($90 ArtMembers*)
      • One Art Kit required per camper.  Additional campers from the same household are automatically registered with the purchase of additional Art Kits.

 

* Discounts available to ArtMembers with a Household membership higher. Join today!

 

Extended Care

Extend your child’s art engagement beyond camp hours as early as 7 am and as late as 6 pm.  Campers will have time to explore and create during open studio time or play games, guided and supervised by CAM Camp staff.  Extended Care is available from 7-9am ($75/week) and 3-6pm ($95/week).

 

Transportation Service

Transportation Service is available to shuttle campers to and from specific stops ($45/way/week): Birmingham (8:10 AM / 3:45 PM); Rochester Hills (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM); Royal Oak (7:50 AM / 4:05 PM); Troy (8:10 AM / 4:10 PM); and West Bloomfield (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM).

Transportation is not available for June 14-18 (Week 0).

 

Other Information about Tuition and Fees

    • Limited need-based scholarships are available.  Please contact Kelly Lyons (klyons@cranbrook.edu), Curator of Education, for inquires.
    • Cancellation Fee: $50 per week prior to 21 days of session start date. No refund within 21 days.
    • Rush Enrollment Fee: $35 per session within 21 days of session start date
    • Late Payment Fee: 10% of balance 21 days prior to session start date

 

Please see our refund and cancellation policies in the Enrolment Agreement during the registration process.

 

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For more information contact visitart@cranbrook.edu or 248-645-3314.