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.


Spring/Summer 2015 Youth Camps and Classes

 

Snail Mail: The Art of Correspondence

Snail Mail: The Art of Correspondence
Saturday, April 25; 9am–noon
For students ages 6-8

Snail mail is not a thing of the past! Writing letters is an important way to communicate with loved ones near and far. In this class, students will learn the fun of communication through letter writing. We'll spend the first portion of the class downstairs at MCBA where students will make a set of postcards complete with their own illustrations and use a Vandercook printing press to create multiples! In the second half of the class, we’ll head upstairs to the Loft, where we will read stories like I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff, and With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada, to explore the purposes and customs of letters. We will then put pencil to paper and write letters on our brand new handmade stationery! Come experience first-hand how enjoyable it can be to send and receive snail mail. Students will leave with real letters, so be sure to stock up on stamps!

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

Price: Free Event

Date: April 25, 2015

Fairy Tales Old and New

Fairy Tales Old and New
Saturday, May 9; 9am–noon
For students ages 6-8

Fairy tales exist in every culture, and in this class, we'll read and take home fairy tales from all over the world. We’ll talk about elements important in fairy tale writing, including the plot and theme of each tale read, and we’ll have fun as we rewrite them, using our own characters, situations, and locations. For the second part of class, we’ll head down to MCBA where we’ll bring our fairy tales to life by making a book by hand to hold our stories of fantastical characters and creatures!

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

Price: Free Event

Date: May 9, 2015

"What a Character!" MCBA/Loft Combo Camp

What a Character!
MCBA/Loft Combo Camp
Monday-Friday, June 15-19; 9am-12:15pm
For students ages 9-11

In this class, the beginning writer will create a new character and discover what makes that person tick! Students will create the public side (accomplishments, biography, appearance) and private side (emotions, quirks, fears, strengths) of their new characters—the human link to the reader. They will flesh out the character through flash-writing, sharing their work, and personal journal writing. We will work on the telling detail and use one of our most important tools (our five senses) to explore the terrain of the character. By the end of the week, students will have a charismatic character searching for a setting and a plot. Then work with instructors at MCBA to create your own handmade journal! Students will work in the paper studio to make the covers of their book by hand, and create a portrait of their character using the pressure printing technique and printing on a Vandercook printing press!

$262.50 ($236.25 MCBA or Loft members; low income discount may also be available)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 15, 2015

Five Centers for Art: "Summer Sun, Summer Solstice" summer camp

Five Centers for Art: Summer Sun, Summer Solstice
Monday-Friday, June 22-26; 9am-3pm
For ages 9 and up

Celebrate summertime through different art materials at the 5 Centers for Art. Spend one day at each art center creating projects that feature the elements of nature. Partners include MCBA, Textile Center, IFP MN Center for Media Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Northern Clay Center.

$305 ($285 for current members of any of the participating centers)
Register online through Northern Clay Center (beginning March 3) or call 612-339-8007.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 22, 2015

"Stories About Pets" MCBA/Loft Combo Camp

Stories About Pets
MCBA/Loft Combo Camp
Monday-Friday, June 22-26; 9am-12:15pm
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. Then at MCBA, work with a book artist to construct their very own and very unique hand-made books -- the perfect place to fill with stories of their pets!

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members; low income discount may also be available)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 22, 2015

"Fairy Tales, Myths, Magic and Bookmaking" MCBA/Loft Combo Camp

Fairy Tales, Myths, Magic and Bookmaking
MCBA/Loft Combo Camp
Monday-Friday, June 22-26; 9am-12:15pm
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. Invent your own setting, characters, and plot, then bring your magical world to life in a pop-up book!

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members; low income discount may also be available)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 22, 2015

Five Centers for Art: "North Star State" summer camp

Five Centers for Art: North Star State
Monday-Friday, June 22-26; 9am-3pm
For ages 9 and up

Create an homage to the many wonders of Minnesota! Spend one day at each art center creating projects that feature your favorite hobbies, foods, animals, and places. Partners include MCBA, Textile Center, IFP MN Center for Media Arts, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Northern Clay Center.

$305 ($285 for current members of any of the participating centers)
Register online through Northern Clay Center (beginning March 3) or call 612-339-8007.

Price: Free Event

Date: June 22, 2015

Arts on the River summer camp

Arts on the River Camp 2015
Monday-Thursday, June 29 - July 2; 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 MCBA, the Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater 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 29, 2015

"It’s All About Me!" MCBA/Loft Combo Camp

It’s All About Me!
MCBA/Loft Combo Camp
Monday-Friday, July 13-17; 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! This is a hands-on class that provides quirky writing prompts to get you thinking about yourself in a new way. At MCBA, learn different journal binding techniques, create personalized paper in our papermaking studio, and work in our printing studio to design a pressure print that is uniquely you!

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members; low income discount may also be available)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 13, 2015

"Making Comics" MCBA/Loft Combo Camp (ages 9-11)

Making Comics
MCBA/Loft Combo Camp
Monday-Friday, July 27-31; 1:00-4:15pm
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 story into a handmade comic book and, time permitting, to construct a variety of books for sketching and to use as a portfolio.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members; low income discount may also be available)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 27, 2015

"Explorers of Time and Space" MCBA/Loft Combo Camp

Explorers of Time and Space
MCBA/Loft Combo Camp
Monday-Friday, July 27-31; 9am-12:15pm
For students ages 6-8

In this daycamp 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 these journeys, and write lots of short-short pieces as well as a longer piece, which will go through a process of revision. Then make handmade books to hold our fascinating stories, use a Vandercook printing press to create images of the adventures we imagine, and explore papermaking! We'll end our final class by reading or acting our stories aloud; everyone will bring home an anthology of the class's work.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members; low income discount may also be available)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 27, 2015

"Making Comics" MCBA/Loft Combo Camp (ages 12-14)

Making Comics
MCBA/Loft Combo Camp
Monday-Friday, August 3-7; 1:00-4:15pm
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. Students will then venture downstairs to MCBA to bind their original comic story into a handmade comic book and, time permitting, to construct a variety of books for sketching and to use as a portfolio.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members; low income discount may also be available)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 3, 2015

"Stitch Up a Story: Finding Stories in Quilts" MCBA/Loft Combo Camp

Stitch Up a Story: Finding Stories in Quilts
MCBA/Loft Combo Camp
Monday-Friday, August 3-7; 9am-12:15pm
For students ages 9-11

Just as a quilt is made of small fabric parts, a story is made of letters, words, paragraphs, pages. Could you rearrange the parts of a story or poem into a different tale? Could a story have three different middle parts and more than one ending? In this class, we will investigate a number of quilt-themed story books, work on small parts of poems and stories, and stitch together a bigger story. We'll practice beginning—middle—end story parts, look for patterns, rearrange the pieces. At MCBA, learn how to make unique and exciting books to house your ideas -- yes, we will really learn to sew!

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members; low income discount may also be available)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 3, 2015

Culture Camp: "Around the World" summer camp

Culture Camp: Around the World
Monday-Friday, August 10-14; 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: MCBA, Children's Theatre Company (CTC), Highpoint Center for Printmaking, MacPhail Center for Music, and Zenon Dance School. Join us as we delve into the week’s theme of "Around the World": 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 ldelventhal@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 10, 2015

Culture Camp: "Night and Day" summer camp

Culture Camp: Night and Day
Monday-Friday, August 10-14; 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: MCBA, Children's Theatre Company (CTC), Highpoint Center for Printmaking, MacPhail Center for Music, and Zenon Dance School. Join us as we explore the week’s theme of "Night and Day": big and small, fast and slow, straight and curvy -- discover that art is full of opposites!

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 ldelventhal@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 10, 2015