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!

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)


Summer/Fall 2014 Youth Camps and Classes

Making Comics (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

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 with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 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. Students will then bind their original comic story into a handmade comic book and, time permitting, construct a variety of books for sketching and to use as a portfolio.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
This camp is full and registration is closed. Please call The Loft Literary Center at 612-379-8999 with any questions.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 28, 2014

The Illustrated Notebook: Visual Storytelling (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

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.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 4, 2014

Culture Camp 2014 - Ages 6-7

Culture Camp 2014
Monday-Friday, August 11-15; 9am–3pm
Ages 6-7: "Mythical Pets and Their Friends"

See the full Culture Camp description above.

Register for this Event

Price: $250.00

Date: August 11, 2014

Culture Camp 2014 - Ages 8-9

Culture Camp 2014
Monday-Friday, August 11-15; 9am–3pm
Ages 8-9: "You Can Change The World"

See the full Culture Camp description above.

Register for this Event

Price: $250.00

Date: August 11, 2014

Culture Camp 2014 - Ages 10-11

Culture Camp 2014
Monday-Friday, August 11-15; 9am–3pm
Ages 10-11: "All Over The Map"

See the full Culture Camp description above.

Register for this Camp

Price: $250.00

Date: August 11, 2014

Making Comics

Making Comics
Saturday, October 11; 9am–3pm
For students ages 9-11

Do you enjoy reading comics? Have you ever thought of making one yourself? In this combo class with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 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. Students will then bind their original comic story into a handmade comic book and, time permitting, construct a variety of books for sketching and to use as a portfolio.

$117 ($105.30 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: October 11, 2014

Fairy Tales, Myths and Bookmaking

Fairy Tales, Myths and Bookmaking
Saturday, October 18; 9am–3pm
For students ages 9-11

Explore the timeless territory of magic as you write your own fairy tales and myths! Students will 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. Then, make magical marbled paper and bring your fairy tales to life in a hand-bound book.

$117 ($105.30 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: October 18, 2014

Make a Spooky Boooooooo-k!

Make a Spooky Boooooooo-k!
Saturday, October 25; 9am–noon
For students ages 6-8

Get ready for Halloween by writing a story that sends shivers down the spine, or makes readers shake with laughter. We’ll read a silly ghost story for inspiration, then write our own Halloween tales with help from fun writing exercises. If you love to draw, add pictures! In the second half of class, join MCBA staff to build a haunted house book for your story. At the end of class, share your creation with family and friends while enjoying some Halloween treats!

$58.50 ($52.65 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: October 25, 2014

Stories About Pets

Stories About Pets
Saturday, December 6; 9am–noon
For students ages 6-8

In this class for early writers, we’ll read stories about companion animals as a group, then work on writing and sharing stories about our own pets, both real and imaginary. Basic short story structure will be discussed, with an emphasis on the joy of storytelling and how to convey each child’s love and fascination with their subject. Once our pet or animal stories have been written, students will construct their very own hand-made books, the perfect place to fill with stories of their pets!

$58.50 ($52.65 MCBA or Loft members)
Registration for this class will open later in the fall. Stay tuned! For further info, call The Loft Literary Center at 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: December 6, 2014