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

Spend your summer looking, learning, and creating in the Cranbrook Art Museum! Explore contemporary art, 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. Learn more about why from US News.

  • Look at Artwork in the Museum

Create Campers spend lots of time each week in the museum vaults and galleries; looking 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 create in the Art Lab.

  • Learn from Artists

Our Teaching Artists are experienced artists, designers, and educators! Teaching Artists connect 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-5TH grade in Fall 2023. 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: Create Camps do not offer extended morning and afternoon care, but this can be arranged through the Cranbrook Schools camps on campus. If you need before and aftercare reach out to Meghan Morrow at


Our 2023 Create Camps are currently sold out! We are taking names for waitlist opportunities, please contact to inquire.


Use design thinking to solve art-based challenges! From chairs to cars, designers make objects all around us, solving problems beautifully!

   July 10-14: 1ST-2ND GRADE

   July 17-21: 3RD-5TH GRADE


Experiment with a variety of textile creation! Be inspired by the textures of weavings and textiles in the Museum’s vaults and galleries. From paper to string, sticks to wire, weave with wondrous materials on and off loom!

   July 24-28: 1ST-2ND GRADE

   July 31 – August 4: 3RD-5TH GRADE


Design your own museum! From the architecture of the space to the artwork in it! We’ll explore musuem themes, collections, art, and design. Artist, architect, and curator—this is your chance to do it all!

   August 7-11: 1ST-2ND GRADE

   August 14-18: 3RD-5TH GRADE


Create Camps: $425 per week – includes all material costs


  • 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. 


  • 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.
  • Monthly payment plans are available for no additional fee.


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.

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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.

Questions? Contact Meghan Morrow, Coordinator of School and Family Programs at

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