Youth Camps and Classes

Art classes and camps for youth

MCBA is proud to partner with other fantastic centers across the Twin Cities to encourage curiosity and exploration in visual arts, music, theatre, dance, history, photography/video, cooking, writing, and other creative endeavors. These unique partnerships give your child the opportunity to expand their creativity and explore many different art forms hands-on!

These classes are designed for youth to attend independently; for workshops where kids and their adults can work side-by-side, please visit our Family Classes page.



What a Character (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

What a Character: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 24-28; 9am-12pm
For students ages 9-11

"The writer should know how much change a character has in his pockets." - James Joyce

In this class, the writer will begin in the beginning . . . creating a character. This character will stretch and grow until it steps off the page and into the reader's life . . . and into our class! Students will create the public side [accomplishments, biography, appearance] and the private side [emotions, quirks, fears, strengths] of their new character. This is the human link to the reader! They will flesh out their character by in-class 'flash-writing', sharing work with classmates and short readings by published writers. We will work on the 'telling-detail' and using the important tools - the five senses - will explore the terrain of the character. By the end of the class, the new charismatic characters will be gallivanting around looking for a setting and plot!

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

Price: Free Event

Date: July 24, 2017

What a Character (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

What a Character: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 24-28; 9am-12pm
For students ages 9-11

"The writer should know how much change a character has in his pockets." - James Joyce

In this class, the writer will begin in the beginning . . . creating a character. This character will stretch and grow until it steps off the page and into the reader's life . . . and into our class! Students will create the public side [accomplishments, biography, appearance] and the private side [emotions, quirks, fears, strengths] of their new character. This is the human link to the reader! They will flesh out their character by in-class 'flash-writing', sharing work with classmates and short readings by published writers. We will work on the 'telling-detail' and using the important tools - the five senses - will explore the terrain of the character. By the end of the class, the new charismatic characters will be gallivanting around looking for a setting and plot!

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

Price: Free Event

Date: July 24, 2017

A Day in Your Life (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

A Day in Your Life: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 24-28; 1pm-4pm
For students ages 6-8

As a kid, you see the world in a unique way. The things you notice are not what every person notices. The objects, people, and activities that are ordinary *to you* are probably fascinating to someone older, or far away, or a long time from now. In this class, you'll have a chance to make a book of short, vivid pieces that tell the world exactly what *you* notice, sense, and feel in your regular life. We'll learn from some of the great writers of childhood, seeing how Jacqueline Woodson, Kao Kalia Yang, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and others captured "the everyday" of their own childhoods. You'll get to use the same tools these famous writers did to make a series of short pieces that show the world what your life is like, and bind them together in a book that you can give as a gift to a faraway friend or relative, or keep for the future.

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

Price: Free Event

Date: July 24, 2017

Culture Camp: "Forests and Deserts and Oceans, Oh my! " summer camp

Culture Camp: Forests and Deserts and Oceans, Oh my!
Monday-Friday, July 31-August 4; 9am-3pm
For ages 6-8

Can’t choose between music, theatre, dance, and visual art? Culture Camp is perfect for you! Spend each day of the week working with a professional teaching artist at a different arts organization across Minneapolis: Children's Theatre Company, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, MacPhail Center for Music, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Zenon Dance School.

Use nature to springboard into creativity. Artistically discover plants, animals, weather, landscapes, and more.

Friends and family are invited to a presentation at each location every day at 2:45pm. Participants must provide their own transportation and lunch. Please note: The two age groups for Culture Camp have different schedules and do not attend the same organization on the same day. Limited scholarships are available; contact kjenkins@childrenstheatre.org for details.

$300 ($275 for current members of any of the participating centers)
Register online through CTC or call 612-874-0400.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 31, 2017

Fairy Tales, Myths, Magic, and Bookmaking (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

Fairy Tales, Myths, Magic, and Bookmaking: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 31-August 4; 9am-12pm
For students ages 9-11

Explore the timeless territory of magic as you write your own myth-inspired fairy tale! 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. Students invent their own settings, characters, and plot, then bring the magical world to life in a pop-up book created at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. This class is perfect for anyone who loves to write, loves magic, and likes bookmaking as well. It is constructed using fairy tale archetypes with ample space for every young writer to express their unique literary vision within the format. Students discover the plot as they go along, and each day of the class they uncover a new turn in the adventure. They create a main character, a hero or heroine, who takes us through the story, using the classic Hero’s Journey as a structure.

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

Price: Free Event

Date: July 31, 2017

Fairy Tales, Myths, Magic, and Bookmaking (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

Making a Book with No Pictures: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 31-August 4; 1pm-4pm
For students ages 9-11

A great class for the reluctant reader or shy writer! “Badoongy faces” familiar with B.J. Novak’s interactive “The Book with No Pictures” know how delightfully it engages young readers by making the narrator say and do things he/she might not otherwise do (like say "badoongy faces"). In this week-long class we’ll explore a range of interactive and traditional picture books to identify and dissect the elements of story. We'll generate ideas and practice storytelling through improv games, and we'll construct our stories through idea mapping, free writing and peer feedback. Finally, we will commit our stories to paper by creating and writing in our very own hand-made books.

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

Price: Free Event

Date: July 31, 2017

Culture Camp: "Passport to ArtVenture" summer camp

Culture Camp: Passport to ArtVenture!
Monday-Friday, July 31-August 4; 9am-3pm
For ages 8-11

Can’t choose between music, theatre, dance, and visual art? Culture Camp is perfect for you! Spend each day of the week working with a professional teaching artist at a different arts organization across Minneapolis: Children's Theatre Company, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, MacPhail Center for Music, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Zenon Dance School.

Explore classic dances, fairy tales, drawings, and sounds from around the world.

Friends and family are invited to a presentation at each location every day at 2:45pm. Participants must provide their own transportation and lunch. Please note: The two age groups for Culture Camp have different schedules and do not attend the same organization on the same day. Limited scholarships are available; contact kjenkins@childrenstheatre.org for details.

$300 ($275 for current members of any of the participating centers)
Register online through CTC or call 612-874-0400.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 31, 2017