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Ages 5-12, Campers are grouped by age 5-7 and 8-12 in each session.

Week 1: July 1822
Week 2: July 2529
Week 3: August 15
Week 4: August 812

Half Day Camp
Morning Session: 9:00am12:00pm
Afternoon Session: 1:004:00pm
$120 Members | $150 Non-Members

Full Day Camp
9:00am4:00pm (ages 8-12 only)
$244 Members | $305 Non-Members

About Everson Summer Art Camp

The 2022 Everson Summer Art Camp is an immersive program that offers campers a chance to dive into an array of artistic mediums and disciplines while making friends and having fun! Students will take classes in ceramics, mural making, improv, entrepreneurship, and more! Campers will also explore the Everson Museum of Art’s exhibitions and incredible collection of artworks inspiring them to make art of their own. Our talented and creative teachers will facilitate fantastic projects that involve guest artists, outdoor activities, and a chance to display their work at the City Market and Food Truck Fridays! These unique experiences and artistic explorations will develop camper’s critical thinking skills, communication, and appreciation for arts.

See the Camp Policies and Procedures section below for information on our scholarship opportunities.

Questions? Call or email our Learning and Engagement department at [email protected] or (315) 474 6064 ext 324.

Week 1: July 18-22

Morning Session: Curious Potters (ages 8-12)

Curious Potters

Campers will have the opportunity to explore clay and learn how to use ceramics tools while expressing themselves through the creative process. Lessons will include hand-building pots, animals, people, and abstract forms. Through this exploration, campers will experiment with glazes and see their creations to completion after the firing process. In addition, campers will be able to engage with the Everson’s impressive collection of ceramic pieces and be inspired by the current interactive ceramic exhibition, Curious Vessels!

Session filled, please contact [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Morning Session: Clay Camp (ages 5-7)

Clay Camp

Campers will get their hands dirty this week by playing with mud! Using clay, students will learn basic hand-building techniques such as pinch pottery, slab building, coil building, and more. All sorts of fun and imaginative sculptures will be created throughout the week through these simple yet fundamental clay-building techniques.

Afternoon Session: Architect Adventures (ages 8-12)

Architecture Adventures

Inspired by the Everson’s incredible building designed by world-renowned architect IM Pei, students will learn the basic principles of architecture through fun and engaging activities. Campers will create models of buildings from skyscrapers to treehouses with legos, cardboard, and yes – Forts!

Session filled, please contact [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Afternoon Session: Fort Making (ages 5-7)

Fort-Making

Who knew that you could learn about architecture through forts?! During this camp session, students will create models of skyscrapers, hotels, and museums inspired by the Everson’s world-renowned building designed by architect I.M. Pei. Materials such as legos, cardboard, and fabric will be utilized to turn our campers into young architects!

Full Day Session: Curious Potters & Architect Adventures (ages 8-12 only)

Curious Potters

Campers will have the opportunity to explore clay and learn how to use ceramics tools while expressing themselves through the creative process. Lessons will include hand-building pots, animals, people, and abstract forms. Through this exploration, campers will experiment with glazes and see their creations to completion after the firing process. In addition, campers will be able to engage with the Everson’s impressive collection of ceramic pieces and be inspired by the current interactive ceramic exhibition, Curious Vessels!

Architecture Adventures

Inspired by the Everson’s incredible building designed by world-renowned architect IM Pei, students will learn the basic principles of architecture through fun and engaging activities. Campers will create models of buildings from skyscrapers to treehouses with legos, cardboard, and yes – Forts!

Session filled, please contact [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Week 2: July 25-29

Morning Session: Creative Sustainability (ages 8-12)

Creative Sustainability

Sustainability is an important practice to instill at a young age. When combining these techniques with art-making, students see how fun it can be to make art that is mindful of mother nature! Throughout this course, students will create objects and spaces based on real-life sustainability techniques. How can we build homes for salmon in local creeks? How can we use recycled material to create artworks? Come and join us on this exciting and relevant exploration!

Morning Session: Art and Nature (ages 5-7)

Art and Nature

Nature is full of materials that can be used for art-making. This class will inspire our students to not only love art-making, but to love nature as well! 

Afternoon Session: Mural Making (ages 8-12)

Mural Making

This course will focus on collaboration, community engagement, and painting techniques. Students will design a mural that reflects facets of our community through active research about Syracuse. They will then work together to create a mural inside the Museum! Campers will learn about oil painting, acrylics, airbrushing, mosaics, and more!

Afternoon Session: Painting Extravaganza (ages 5-7)

Painting Extravaganza

This week students will have a blast experimenting with a variety of different painting mediums and techniques. The mini-masterpieces that will be created each day will culminate into a group art exhibition and then a marvelous addition to any kitchen refrigerator!

Full Day Session: Creative Sustainability & Mural Making (ages 8-12 only)

Creative Sustainability

Sustainability is an important practice to instill at a young age. When combining these techniques with art-making, students see how fun it can be to make art that is mindful of mother nature! Throughout this course, students will create objects and spaces based on real-life sustainability techniques. How can we build homes for salmon in local creeks? How can we use recycled material to create artworks? Come and join us on this exciting and relevant exploration!

Mural Making

This course will focus on collaboration, community engagement, and painting techniques. Students will design a mural that reflects facets of our community through active research about Syracuse. They will then work together to create a mural inside the Museum! Campers will learn about oil painting, acrylics, airbrushing, mosaics, and more!

Week 3: August 1-5

Morning Session: Entrepreneurship for Kids (ages 8-12)

Entrepreneurship for Kids

*Special Camp Event: Everson Lemonade Stand at the City Market on Sunday, August 7. It is never too young to become an entrepreneur!

During this camp, students will create their own miniature businesses and inventions, learning principles of entrepreneurship along the way, such as recognizing opportunity, problem-solving, gaining resiliency, and goal setting. Students will also become inventors by doing market research, prototyping an idea, and creating something truly unique! On Sunday, August 7, campers are invited to the Everson Lemonade Stand at the Syracuse City Market to sell the inventions they made, with all the proceeds going to the Salvation Army.

Session filled, please contact [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Morning Session: Sculpting Stars (ages 5-7)

Sculpting Stars

Sculptures can be made out of just about anything. For this class, we will emphasize creating sculptures out of found materials to inspire students to find art all around them! Campers will learn about composition, form, and various building techniques to create sculptures that will be part of a group art exhibition at the end of the week.

Afternoon Session: Improv and Art (ages 8-12)

Improv for Art

Improv is a great way for kids to use their imagination, collaborate, build confidence, and have loads of fun! Throughout this course, students will learn a variety of improv games and techniques, including Yes And, Prop Bag, and Alien, Tiger, Cow! Students will also create their own improvised artworks and learn about different ways improvisation can be used for music, art, and critical thinking.

Session filled, please contact [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Afternoon Session: Improv Everywhere (ages 5-7)

Improv Everywhere

Improv is a great way for kids to use their imagination, make friends, and have loads of fun! Students will have a blast participating in a variety of improv games and improvised art-making activities all week!

Full Day Session: Entrepreneurship for Kids & Improv and Art (ages 8-12 only)

Entrepreneurship for Kids

*Special Camp Event: Everson Lemonade Stand at the City Market on Sunday, August 7. It is never too young to become an entrepreneur!

During this camp, students will create their own miniature businesses and inventions, learning principles of entrepreneurship along the way, such as recognizing opportunity, problem-solving, gaining resiliency, and goal setting. Students will also become inventors by doing market research, prototyping an idea, and creating something truly unique! On Sunday, August 7, campers are invited to the Everson Lemonade Stand at the Syracuse City Market to sell the inventions they made, with all the proceeds going to the Salvation Army.

Improv and Art

Improv is a great way for kids to use their imagination, collaborate, build confidence, and have loads of fun! Throughout this course, students will learn a variety of improv games and techniques, including Yes And, Prop Bag, and Alien, Tiger, Cow! Students will also create their own improvised artworks and learn about different ways improvisation can be used for music, art, and critical thinking.

Session filled, please contact [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Week 4: August 8-12

Morning Session: What's On The Menu? (ages 8-12)

What’s On The Menu?

*Special Event: Everson Mini-Menu Exhibition at Food Truck Friday on August 12 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

What’s on the Menu? Students will take on the various jobs needed to run a restaurant! From designing the space to exploring the visual language of food, campers will work with local chefs to create a delicious menu. On Friday, August 12, from 11:00am – 1:00pm, student’s unique menus and restaurant ideas will be exhibited at Food Truck Friday on the plaza.

Session filled, please contact [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Morning Session: Food Art (ages 5-7)

Food Art

*Special Event: Everson Mini-Menu Exhibition at Food Truck Friday on August 12 from 11:00am – 1:00pm .

What is better than art? Art that you can eat! All week, campers will create fun sculptures and paintings using food as their primary medium. At the end of the week, the student’s creations will be included in the Everson Mini-Menu Exhibition at Food Truck Friday on August 12 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Afternoon Session: Fiber Art (ages 8-12)

Fiber Art

Students will learn how to make colors from plants in your own backyard. See the opportunities that multiple plants may hold as we use materials from our local grocery markets, parks, and urban gardens. What are some foods that we love to eat that can also dye our clothes? Can plants that grow near the sidewalk dye your t-shirt? Find out here! Students will learn how to prepare fabric, dye fabric, and screenprint onto fabric and paper.

Session filled, please contact [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Afternoon Session: Fabric and Friends (ages 5-7)

Fabric and Friends

Campers will connect with each other and the history of textiles through weaving, printing, dyeing, and surface design. From scarfs to sculptures, a variety of daily textiles-based craft activities will occur throughout the week!

Full Day Session: What's On The Menu & Fiber Art (ages 8-12 only)

What’s On The Menu

*Special Camp Event: Everson Mini-Menu Exhibition at Food Truck Friday on August 12th from 11:00am – 1:00pm

What’s on the Menu? Students will take on the various jobs needed to run a restaurant! From designing the space to exploring the visual language of food, campers will work with local chefs to create a delicious menu. On Friday, August 12, from 11:00am – 1:00pm, student’s unique menus and restaurant ideas will be exhibited at Food Truck Friday on the plaza.

Fiber Art

Students will learn how to make colors from plants in your own backyard. See the opportunities that multiple plants may hold as we use materials from our local grocery markets, parks, and urban gardens. What are some foods that we love to eat that can also dye our clothes? Can plants that grow near the sidewalk dye your t-shirt? Find out here! Students will learn how to prepare fabric, dye fabric, and screenprint onto fabric and paper.

Session filled, please contact [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Important Information and Required Forms

Camp Forms

Camp Policies and Procedures

Scholarships

The Everson Summer Art Camp reserves space in each of our classes for financial-based scholarships to remove barriers of access to our camp, and museum resources. The Scholarship Application Form can be found here. Please contact us at [email protected] or call (315) 474 6064 x324 with any questions.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

  • Drop-off is between 8:45am – 9:00am for Morning Half Day or Full Day sessions and between 12:45pm – 1:00pm for Afternoon Half Day sessions. Please notify the Everson if you are running late. Guardians may be asked to pay a $10 fee if child is dropped off significantly past this time period. Guardians must physically walk their child inside of Education Center and will be asked to sign-in.
  • All students must be picked up between 12:00 – 12:15pm from the Morning Half Day session, and 4:00 – 4:15pm for the Afternoon Half Day or Full Day session. Please notify the Everson if you are running late. Guardians may be asked to pay a $10 fee if child is picked up significantly past this time period. Guardians must present a photo ID for the Everson to release the child. More details about pick-up authorization can be found in our Camp Protocols section.
  • The closest bus stops to the Everson is at South State St. & Harrison St. The following transit lines have routes that pass near S.State St & Harrison St: AUB38 , SY36 , SY52 , SY58 , SY62 , SY82 , SY88.

Camp Protocols

  • Only authorized adults will be allowed to pick up your child from camp. The Everson will under no circumstance release a student to a babysitter, nanny, other guardian, or friend unless we have written permission from a primary guardian. The presentation of a photo ID is required for us to release a child during pick-up. The Pick-Up Authorization Form can be found here.
  • Full Day campers will receive snack and lunch breaks. Please pack a lunch that does not need to be refrigerated. The Everson will provide a small, individually bagged snack and juice box. Half Day campers during the morning or afternoon sessions will not receive a lunch break, but will be provided with a snack break. Due to food allergies, sharing of snacks is prohibited. Campers should bring their own water bottles each day as there will not be access to a water fountain.
  • Art summer camp can get messy! Please have your child wear appropriate attire.
  • Anyone who feels ill, is running a fever, or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, must stay home. If anyone should test positive for COVID-19, please notify the Museum immediately so proper health measures can be taken.
  • Unless you have specific permission, guardians may not stay during the camp. It can be distracting for students.
  • If a student demonstrates disruptive behavior, teachers and staff will try to positively redirect that behavior. If the inappropriate conduct continues, the guardian will be notified and may be asked to pick up the student.
  • On the first day of each week for both Morning Half Day and Afternoon Half Day sessions, camp instructors will lead campers on an emergency preparedness and evacuation drill.

Refund Policy

  • No refunds are available less than two weeks before the camp begins. Refunds are transferable to another course (depending on availability) or 50% refundable.
  • We are unable to initiate a refund after the course begins.
  • No refunds or credits will be issued for missed camp days.

Cancellation Policy

The Everson reserves the right to cancel any camps with low enrollment no less than a week before the class. Funds are transferable to another course or will be 100% refunded.

Medication and Allergies

  • Fill out the Medication Authorization Form and deliver electronically prior to when the camp begins. This form is an editable PDF. You can download, add in your information, save it, and then email it to [email protected]  
  • Deliver all medication to the Education Office in the original prescription bottle or in clearly marked containers with a second printed copy of the Medication Authorization Form attached to the container.  
  • Verbally communicate with camp Director and staff regarding specific instructions for medication. 
  • Medication will be held in the Education Center office. 
  • Medication given throughout the day will be recorded on a Medication Log Form which will be signed by camp Director at the end of each day.  
  • Campers with allergies must fill out the Allergy Information Form and deliver electronically prior to when the camp begins.
  • Guardians of campers with Epi-Pens or inhalers must also fill out the Medication Authorization Form
  • Epi-Pens will be kept in a red first aid bag that will be within 5 feet of camp instructor at all times. While our staff is trained to administer Epi-Pens, all campers age 8-12 will be expected to be trained on self-administering.

Everson Summer Art Camp DEAI Statement

  • The Everson Summer Art Camp curriculum will include activities, themes, topics, and the presentation of contemporary and historical artists and artworks from a non-Eurocentric perspective, centering the curriculum on cultural appreciation rather than cultural appropriation.  
  • The Everson Summer Art Camp will employ teachers and teaching assistants from a diverse array of backgrounds, allowing our campers to learn art from individuals who not only look like themselves but who can teach art from a diverse array of viewpoints.  
  • The Everson Summer Art Camp will educate its teachers with the tools and training they need to combat inequalities in their classroom to ensure our students feel safe and respected.   
  • The Everson Summer Art Camp will acknowledge, honor, and respect the indigenous peoples connected to the land on which we gather by including their stories and experiences within hyperlocal activities or discussion.  
  • The Everson Summer Art Camp stands behind and supports the ability of campers to use bathroom facilities and pronouns that align with their gender identity. 
  • The Everson Summer Art Camp will not tolerate any bullying along the lines of race, class, gender, or ability that could cause children, staff or parents to feel physically or emotionally unsafe. 
  • The Everson Summer Art Camp will diversify its outreach practices to offer our camp content and museum resources to a large array of constituents in our community. 
  • The Everson Summer Art Camp will hold space in each of our classes for financial-based scholarships to remove barriers of access to our camp and museum resources.