Youth Camps and Classes


Art camps and classes for Youth

MCBA is proud to offer a variety of engaging class and daycamp opportunities for youth, in partnership with other Twin Cities arts and cultural organizations. These unique partnerships give your child the opportunity to expand their creativity and explore many different art forms hands-on!

Shortcut links:
Culture Camp 2014
Arts on the River Camp
MCBA and Mill City Museum
Five Centers for Art Camps
Spring MCBA/Loft Writing and Book Arts single day classes
Summer MCBA/Loft Writing and Book Arts week-long camps

These camps and classes are designed for youth to attend independently; for workshops where kids and their parents, grandparents or adult guardians can work side-by-side, please visit our Family Workshops page.


Culture Camp 2014

Monday-Friday, August 11-15; 9am–3pm each day
For ages 6-11

$275 ($250 for current members of any of the participating organizations)
Register online (below) or by calling MCBA at 612-215-2520.

If you like to bring your imagination to life — creating characters, inventing new worlds — then Culture Camp is your kind of place! Working with teaching artists, you will create a play, dance to your heart’s content and give shape to your wonder. Spend one whole day immersed in the world of each of Culture Camp’s five arts organizations: Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), Children’s Theatre Company (CTC), In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT), Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Zenon Dance School. Work with artist-instructors at each site to create hands-on projects, performances, and more! Friends and family are invited to a presentation at each location each day at 2:45. Participants must provide their own transportation to each institution and bring a bag lunch each day.

Summer 2014 Themes:
Ages 6-7: “Mythical Pets and Their Friends”
Ages 8-9: “You Can Change The World”
Ages 10-11: “All Over The Map”

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. To receive a scholarship application, contact Lucy Hawthorne at MCBA at 612-215-2549 or lhawthorne@mnbookarts.org.

When registering: please include your child’s name and age in the appropriate text field. In the “Additional information” field, please include any information that will help us serve your child better (food allergies, special needs / accommodations, etc.). Complete registration policies can be found here.

Register for Culture Camp 2014

 
“Mythical Pets and Their Friends” (Ages 6-7)

 
 
“You Can Change The World” (Ages 8-9)

 
 
“All Over The Map” (Ages 10-11)

 

Arts on the River Camp

It’s time to build creativity! Play music, learn acting games, bake bread and construct books while exploring our rich culture in the Minneapolis riverfront district. Arts on the River Camp offers children a new experience each day to build their own creativity at four amazing arts centers, including the Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and MacPhail Center for Music.

The Mississippi River and the wonders of water will inspire our camp activities this year! Campers will start each day at Mill City Museum and walk with camp leaders to each art organization (less than three blocks). Call 612-341-7556 with any questions.

Arts on the River Camp 2014
Monday-Thursday, July 7-10; 9am-3:30pm
For ages 9-11

$250 ($225 for current members of any of the participating centers)
Register online through the Mill City Museum / Minnesota Historical Society or call 612-341-7556.


MCBA and Mill City Museum

Discover Minneapolis’ past and present in a fun-filled week at Mill City Museum and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Campers age 9 to 11 will spend each morning at Mill City Museum exploring a different museum theme through a variety of activities. Campers will create a photographic history of the area, tour the St. Anthony Falls lock and dam, create recipes and bake bread in the Baking Lab, hike the Minneapolis riverfront, and participate in several hands-on projects. After lunch, campers will walk to Minnesota Center for Book Arts for related book projects. These include making a journal to record memories throughout the week, operating the printing press to produce illustrations for a recipe book, making their own handmade paper, and constructing other handmade book projects.

Participants should be dropped off and picked up each day at Mill City Museum. Drop-off is available beginning at 8:30am; pick-up by 4:30pm.

Books, Baking & Beyond!
Monday-Thursday, June 30 through July 3; 9am–4pm
For ages 9-11

$250 ($225 for current members of MCBA or the Minnesota Historical Society)
Register online through the Mill City Museum / Minnesota Historical Society or call 612-341-7556.


Five Centers for Art Camps

 
Five Centers for Art: The Four Elements
Monday-Friday, June 23-27; 9am-3pm
For students ages 9 and up

Learn how the Four Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) combine and create different art materials and ways of making art! Spend one day at each art center, working with professional artist-instructors to create projects that feature the elements of nature. Partner organizations include Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Northern Clay Center, Textile Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and IFP Center for Media Arts.

$305 ($285 for members of any of the five participating organizations)
Register online through Northern Clay Center or call 612-339-8007.

 
 
Five Centers for Art: Animal Arts
Monday-Friday, July 21-25; 9am-3pm
For students ages 9 and up

Create an homage to your family pet, or imagine an entirely new critter to call your own! Spend one day at each art center, working with professional artist-instructors to create projects that feature your favorite animals. Partner organizations include Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Northern Clay Center, Textile Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and IFP Center for Media Arts.

$305 ($285 for members of any of the five participating organizations)
Register online through Northern Clay Center or call 612-339-8007.


Writing and Book Arts Combo Camps
with MCBA and The Loft Literary Center

Explore the worlds of writing and bookmaking in these fun combo camps! An early-bird discount is available for online registrations through May 15. Low-income tuition discounts may also be available; more details are available at the Loft’s website.

 
 
Silly Stories
Monday-Friday, June 16-20; 9am-12:15pm
For students ages 6-8

Silly stories are fun to read and fun to write. Read silly stories including No, David! and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and discuss what the authors do to make their works funny. Then, write and draw your own silly story, and construct your very own seriously silly book to house it!

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

 
 
Fairy Tales, Old and New
Monday-Friday, June 23-27; 9am-12:15pm
For students ages 6-8

Fairy tales exist in every culture; in this camp, we’ll explore fairy tales from as many parts of the world as we can possibly cram into five days! Learn about elements important in fairy tale writing, including the plot and theme of each tale read, then stretch your imagination and rewrite them using your own characters, situations, and locations. For the second part of class, bring your fairy tales to life — make your own book to hold your stories of fantastical characters and creatures, plus make magic (or at least magical-looking!) paper, and print your illustrations on a Vandercook printing press!

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

 
 
Making Comics
Monday-Friday, June 23-27; 1:00-4:15 p.m.
For students ages 12-14

Do you enjoy reading comics? Have you ever thought of making one yourself? In this combo class, you will learn all about the building blocks of comics: panels, text, pacing, and so on, as well as how to conceptualize your characters and story. These combined efforts of form and content will result in a unique comic story of your own making. Then, bind your own original comic story into a handmade comic book and (time permitting) construct a variety of additional books for future sketching and to use as a portfolio.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

 
 
Fairy Tales, Myths, Magic and Bookmaking
Monday-Friday, July 14-18; 9am-12:15pm
For students ages 9-11

Explore the timeless territory of magic as you write your own fairy tales and myths! Record the hair-raising adventures of a main character, the hero, who sets out on a magical journey to save a troubled world, and along the way, encounters menacing villains and mystical beings. Invent your own setting, characters, and plot, then bring your magical world to life in a handmade pop-up book!

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

 
 
It’s All About Me
Monday-Friday, July 21-25; 1:00-4:15pm
For students ages 9-11

Who says being selfish is a bad thing? If you want to get to know yourself better and create your very own book of you, then hurry and sign up for this class. We’ll use fun writing exercises to help you tell your own story of who you are and what you think, feel, and dream. We’ll show you how to use your writing and other materials to create a beautiful book, with you as the main character! Learn a variety of book-binding techniques to make journals to fill with all your thoughts, then create personalized paper in the papermaking studio and use printing presses to create a pressure print that is uniquely you!

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

 
 
Making Comics
Monday-Friday, July 28 – August 1; 1:00-4:15 p.m.
For students ages 9-11

Do you enjoy reading comics? Have you ever thought of making one yourself? In this combo class, you will learn all about the building blocks of comics: panels, text, pacing, and so on, as well as how to conceptualize your characters and story. These combined efforts of form and content will result in a unique comic story of your own making. Then, bind your own original comic story into a handmade comic book and (time permitting) construct a variety of additional books for future sketching and to use as a portfolio.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

 
 
The Illustrated Notebook: Visual Storytelling
Monday-Friday, August 4-8; 9am-12:15pm
For students ages 6-8

Learn the basic process of creating illustrations for books and stories. We’ll get inspiration from stories like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, The Sound of Things, and more. Then the class will focus on transforming writing into visual thinking through the creation of individual, hand-made story books. Children will be encouraged to try different mediums, including crayon, paper cutting, and colored pencil.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.