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.



Five Centers for Art: "Great Power and Great Responsibility" summer camp

Five Centers for Art: Great Power and Great Responsibility
Monday-Friday, June 20-24; 9am-3pm
For ages 9 and up

Launch into alternative universes with your favorite super hero—or create your own being or extraordinary power. Tell his or her story—from origins to special tools and abilities—in different ways at the 5 Centers for Art in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

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

Price: Free Event

Date: June 20, 2016

Arts on the River summer camp

Arts on the River Camp 2016
Monday-Thursday, June 27 - June 30; 9am-3:30pm
For ages 9-11

Play music, get creative, bake bread and construct books while exploring the rich culture along the Minneapolis riverfront district. Children will explore a new experience each day at four arts centers, including Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and MacPhail Center for Music. The Mississippi River and the wonders of water will inspire camp activities this year. Campers will start each day at Mill City Museum and will walk with camp leaders, less than three blocks, to each art organization.

$250 ($225 for current members of any of the participating centers)
Register online through the Mill City Museum / Minnesota Historical Society or call 651-259-3015.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 27, 2016

What a Character! (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

What a Character!: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1; 1pm-4:15pm
For students ages 9-11

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

The beginning writer will begin at the beginning by creating a character who will stretch and grow and eventually step right off the page! Students will create the public side: accomplishments, biography, appearance and the private side: emotions, quirks, fears, strengths of their new characters. They will flesh out their creation by in-class "flash-writing", sharing their work with classmates and investigate published writers. We will work on telling detail and, using our five senses, explore the terrain of the character. By the end of class, students will have a charismatic character searching for a setting and a plot.

$262.50 ($236.25 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 27, 2016

Five Centers for Art: "The Truth is Out There" summer camp

Five Centers for Art: The Truth is Out There
Monday-Friday, July 18-22; 9am-3pm
For ages 9 and up

Take intergalactic adventures in 5 different materials at the 5 Centers for Art in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Whether you’re inspired by constellations and myths or science fiction and fantasy, let our teaching artists awaken the force in you during this all-day camp.

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

Price: Free Event

Date: July 18, 2016

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

Fairy Tales, Myths, Magic, and Book Making: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 18-22; 9am-12:15pm
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 MCBA. 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 18, 2016

Crafting Stories from Floating Ink Images (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

Crafting Stories from Floating Ink Images: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 25-29; 9am-12:15pm
For students ages 6-8

Spilling ink on the page is encouraged here! In this fun hands-on workshop, you’ll create a series of images using the ancient art of “floating ink” (Sumingashi). You’ll then come up with amazing stories, bringing your art to life. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have a bound book to house your stories and art!

$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 25, 2016

Making Comics (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

Making Comics: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 25-29; 1pm-4:15pm
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. Students will then venture downstairs to MCBA to bind their original comic book inside a cover they print themselves and construct a portfolio sketchbook.

$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 25, 2016

Culture Camp: "ZooMagination" summer camp

Culture Camp: ZooMagination
Monday-Friday, August 8-12; 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.

If you created a brand new animal, what would it be? What COULD it be? Use your art and creativity to discover what it looks like, the sounds it makes, the way it moves 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: August 8, 2016

Culture Camp: "Spaces and Places" summer camp

Culture Camp: Spaces and Places
Monday-Friday, August 8-12; 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.

Where will you go? What will you encounter? Settings, environments, weather patterns, and more inform our artistic journey through different spaces and places.

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: August 8, 2016

Journey to the Center of the Earth (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

Journey to the Center of the Earth: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, August 15-19; 9am-12:15pm
For students ages 6-8

In this class, we’ll treat stories as spaceships, airplanes, boats, submarines, and time machines. The stories we write will allow us to travel across vast distances (into outer space, to the bottom of the ocean, to Mount Fiji and Antarctica and the Great Wall of China) as well as backwards and forwards in time (running from the age of the dinosaurs to hundreds of years in the future). We’ll use books, video clips, and photographs as inspiration for conjuring up these journeys. We’ll compile the pieces we write, and revise, in a log of our travels.

$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 15, 2016

It’s All About Me (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

It’s All About Me: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, August 15-19; 1pm-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! This is a hands-on workshop that provides quirky writing prompts to get you thinking about yourself in a new way. You’ll have plenty of time to try different ways of writing, and if you like, to share your writing with others. You’ll also get your hands dirty in materials like paste, paint, and markers as you work on your book. At the end of this class, you will take home a wonderful book version of yourself.

$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 15, 2016