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.



Book Arts for Teens: Letterpress

Book Arts for Teens: Letterpress
with Erin Maurelli
Sat-Sun, June 24 & 25; 10am-4pm
Ages 15-18

Learn skills to express yourself visually while exploring the hands-on book arts process of letterpress printing. This Book Arts for Teens workshop is available to students ages 15-18. We are unable to make any exceptions to the age limits for these workshops. Thank you for understanding.

Get your hands dirty setting wood and lead type, carving linoleum, and printing on a Vandercook press. Learn skills to express yourself visually through the hands-on process of letterpress printing. Create a small edition of prints with your own text and imagery to take home and share.

$150 ($135 members) + $55 supply fee

Registration for this event is now closed.

Price: $135.00

Date: June 24, 2017

Arts on the River summer camp

Arts on the River Camp 2016
Monday-Thursday, June 26-29; 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: Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and MacPhail Center for Music.

Campers will start each day at Mill City Museum and will walk with camp leaders, less than three blocks, to each art organization. Drop off is from 8:30-9 am and pick-up is from 3:30-4 pm.

This camp is for ages 9-11. Cancellations accepted until 3 weeks before camp's start for exchange/refund, minus a 20% processing fee.

$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 26, 2017

Making Comics (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

Making Comics: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 10-14; 9am-12pm
For students ages 6-8

In this fun comics class, students are introduced to the standard building blocks for producing a successful comic story: character and story development, conceptualizing a main protagonist; developing a narrative for their main characters to inhabit. Once we have the building blocks down, we'll practice our new found skills in our own hand-bound sketchbook while also learning to utilize the variety of effects that different kinds of panels have on story, how they interact with one another across the page, and how text and dialogue are used to enhance our work. The remainder of class will be dedicated to allowing students to apply their story to a mini-comic that they can keep open ended to finish up later on. Comic writing lessons are taught upstairs at the Loft, and are applied to hand made books downstairs at Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

$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 10, 2017

Making Comics (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

Making Comics: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 10-14; 1-4pm
For students ages 9-11

In this fun comics class, students are introduced to the standard building blocks for producing a successful comic story: character and story development, conceptualizing a main protagonist; developing a narrative for their main characters to inhabit. Once we have the building blocks down, we'll practice our new found skills in our own hand-bound sketchbook while also learning to utilize the variety of effects that different kinds of panels have on story, how they interact with one another across the page, and how text and dialogue are used to enhance our work. The remainder of class will be dedicated to allowing students to apply their story to a mini-comic that they can keep open ended to finish up later on. Comic writing lessons are taught upstairs at the Loft, and are applied to hand made books downstairs at Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

$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 10, 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

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