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

Spend your summer creating at CAM! Explore incredible works of art, performance, design, and play!

  • Create Projects in an Open Ended, Fun Environment

Create Campers use design-thinking processes to explore contemporary art. Our camps introduce a variety of materials and concepts—evoking curiosity and honing critical thinking—while encouraging individual creativity and self-expression. We’re all about process, not product.

  • Look at Artwork in the Museum

Create Campers spend lots of time in our museum vaults and exhibitions; looking, listening, and learning about art and artmaking. Each project is inspired by artworks they can see and interact with in the museum. We use these as a jumping off point to explore and make in the Create Camps Art Lab!

  • Learn from Artists

Our Teaching Artists are experienced artists, designers, and educators! Teaching Artists connect the processes and concepts behind artwork in the museum with age-appropriate projects and techniques. Create Camps teach kids how to observe, interpret, and tap into their own creativity!

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Create Camps are for students entering 1ST-2ND grade and 3RD-4TH grade in Fall 2022. Age groups will alternate weeks in the Art Lab. Both age groups are not available every week.

In person camps in the Art Lab: 9am–3pm daily, Monday-Friday

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

EXTENDED CARE: afternoon care (3-6pm) is available.



Explore art and music with artists inspired by movement and sound like in Tunde Olaniran: Made a Universe. Create and explore your own “unique superpowers” with performance, music, costume, and art installation! 

   July 11-15: 1ST-2ND GRADE (SOLD OUT, Waitlist Available)

   July 18-22: 3RD-4TH GRADE


Explore the many ways contemporary art can be playful, interactive, and downright fun! Design games, interact with artwork and artists, and connect creativity with experimentation in this active, inventive camp!

   July 25-29: 1ST-2ND GRADE (SOLD OUT, Waitlist Available)

   August 1-5: 3RD-4TH GRADE


Learn how artists are inspired by their surroundings — what they see and find; what they recycle and reuse. Explore contemporary art through a social lens as we create with the people, places, and things around us.

   August 8-12: 1ST-2ND GRADE (SOLD OUT, Waitlist Available)

   August 15-19: 3RD-4TH GRADE


Create Camps: $395 per week


  • Full Session Discount: Save $30 if you register for all three weeks of Create Camps. Discount applied automatically!
  • ArtMembers are eligible for an additional discount!
    • Save $35 on Create Camps
    • Not a member? Join today!
    • Discounts available to ArtMembers with a Household membership higher. 


  • Extended Care is available from 3-6pm after camp ($95/week)
  • Monthly payment plans are available for no additional fee
  • Add on CAM tee, tote, or kids custom insulated MiiR water bottle


CAM is committed to keeping camp accessible and affordable for all families. Need-based aid is offered by the museum for individual camp participants. Please contact Meghan Morrow at for more information.


Refunds less a $50 processing fee will be made if your cancellation request is received and confirmed in writing 21 days prior to the start of the session. In the event CAM cancels a camp, you may transfer your registration to another week or request a full refund. 


At a minimum, Cranbrook’s COVID-related protocols will comply with applicable State of Michigan mandates and align with Oakland County 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. Otherwise, our regular cancellation policy remains in effect.

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