Summer Art Camp 2023

summer camp 2023 at the everson museum of art in syracuse new york

Calling all creative youths
for t
he 2023 Everson Summer Art Camp!

Campers will dive into many artistic mediums and disciplines, make friends and have fun!

Campers will learn and enjoy ceramics, videography, fabrics, improv, story-telling, and much more. They will explore the Everson’s exhibitions and incredible collection of artworks inspiring them to make art of their own.  

Our creative teachers will create fantastic projects that include guest artists, outdoor activities, and exhibition opportunities at the Everson itself, Food Truck Fridays, and the Central Library.

Ages 5-12. Campers are grouped by ages 5–7 and 8–12 in each session.

Session   I: July 17–21, 2023

***Session I: July 17th -21st (ages 8-12) SOLD OUT (registration link open ONLY for scholarship recipients)***

Session  II: July 24–28, 2023

Session III: July 31–August 4, 2023

Session  IV: August 7–11, 2023

Half Day Camp

Morning Session: 9:00amNoon
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

[email protected]

(315) 474 6064 ext 323

Go to Forms & Protocols

Session Registration:

Jul 17–21

AM Session (9:00am-12pm) 

Entrepreneurship for Kids (age 8-12) 

It is never too young to become an entrepreneur and turn your art into a business! Campers will learn to develop, market, brand, and sell their own art work, while learning the foundation and principles of entrepreneurship. Students will create four projects that will teach them the fundamentals of art skills and dive into the business side of art, taking their projects and marketing them. In the end, students will be able to sell their creations in-store at the Everson!

Play and Clay! (age 5-7)

Let’s get our hands messy with some sticky mud! Using clay, campers will explore ceramists’ tools to create imaginative sculptures, and even functional pottery ware. Campers will learn about the history of ceramics in the Everson’s collection.

PM Session (1:00-4:00pm)

Digital Art (8-12)  

Combine your creativity with technology and create your very own beautiful digital artwork! Campers will learn the basic techniques and functions of the popular digital drawing app, Procreate, to express their inner artist. Procreate is one of the easiest to learn and is an accessible way to make digital art. The Everson will provide iPads fully loaded with the Procreate app and digital pens during camp.   

Fort Making (age 5-7)  

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

Full day Session (9:00am –4:00pm) 

AM: Entrepreneurship for Kids (8-12 only) 

PM: Digital Art (8-12 only)

Full Day Waitlist (8-12 only)

Jul 24–28

AM Session (9:00am-12pm) 

Claytacular! (age 8-12)  

Campers will 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. Campers will learn about the history of ceramics in the Everson’s collection.

Crazy Concoctions (age 5-7)  

What happens when we add olive oil and watercolor together? Or sand and glue? In this course, students are free to get messy and explore the combination of different art materials using art and science!
Register for Crazy Concoctions 

PM Session (1:00-4:00pm)

Adventures in Architecture (8-12) 

Inspired by the Everson’s incredible building designed by worldrenowned 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 forts!
Register for Adventures in Architecture 

Sculptural Masterpieces (age 5-7)  

People often think of sculptures that are made from stone, wood, or even plaster. In this camp, students will draw inspiration from the Everson’s expansive sculptural works to create their own sculptural works with various materials, from recycled objects to spaghetti noodles. Students will learn about composition and form to create sculptures that will be part of a group art exhibition at the end of the week!

Register for Sculptural Masterpieces 

Full day Session (9:00am –4:00pm) 

Claytacular! & Adventures in Architecture (8-12 only) 

Full Day Session Waitlist (8-12 only)


Jul 31–Aug 4

AM Session (9:00am-12:00pm) 

A Whole New World (age 8-12)  

Have you ever walked into a room and felt you were in a whole new world? Many curators and artists attempt to create spaces that fully engage audiences senses all at once. In this camp, students will create their own immersive installations using the classroom, boxes, lights, sounds, and more. Together they will create an entire immersive space in the Everson and invite you to enter their worlds.
Register for A Whole New World 

It’s Storytime (age 5-7)  

Some of the best artists are great storytellers, too. Through their work, artists tell stories about themselves, world events, and other people. During this camp, students will hear many stories about places, artists, and their work. Students, with the help of teachers, will write their own stories and think of creative ways to tell their stories visually. At the end, students will have the option to share their stories with a wider audience at the Central Onondaga Library.

Register for It’s Storytime 

PM Session (1:00-4:00pm)

Tell Me a Story (8-12) 

Ever hear that a picture is worth a thousand words? Through their work, artists often tell stories about themselves, world events, and other people. Like comic book creators and graphic novelists, students will engage in thoughtful activities with various art materials such as pen, ink, or even watercolor to tell their own stories visually. At the end, students will have the option to share their stories with a wider audience at the Central Onondaga Library.
Tell Me a Story 

Create My Space (age 5-7)  

Imagine the dream room you created for yourself. What does that look like? During this camp, students will gain basic principles of interior design and architectural design to build an immersive space that makes them feel their best. Does their space have twinkly lights, blankets, piles of trinkets, or are they creating wonderful works with acrylic paints to decorate their space? At the end of the week, campers’ self-expression will burst through when they invite their families into their spaces and explain a bit about themselves through their own self-made biomes!

Register for Create My Space 

Full day Session (9:00am-4:00pm) 

A Whole New World & Tell Me a Story (8-12 only)

Register for Full Day Session (8-12 only) 

Aug 7–11

AM Session (9:00am-12:00pm) 

Fabric Feels (age 8-12)  

We use fabric every day – it protects us from the cold and heat, the rain, and the bright sun. We use blankets to cover us while we sleep and rugs to cushion our steps. During this camp, students will look at fabric beyond its practical functions to use it to express their own artistic desires. Maybe it’s a self-portrait or a landscape scene! Or, a multi-layered creation with abstract colors and shapes.
Register for Fabric Feels 

Be Mindful   (age 5-7)  

The creation of art can sometimes be frustrating and overwhelming. During this camp, the Everson will take the frustration out of art and ease campers’ bouncing minds with mindful art exercises. Campers are invited to feel all their feels, have fun, and explore art practices that ease the mind.
Register for Be Mindful 

PM Session (1:00-4:00pm)

Mindfulness in Art (8-12) 

Depending on the skill level, the creation of art can sometimes be frustrating and overwhelming. During this camp, Everson will take the frustration out of art and ease campers’ bouncing minds with mindful art exercises. Art is a great and natural way to practice mindfulness. The colors, textures, and lines of creation pull us into the present moment. Students will learn various concepts and techniques to bring intention and focus to their creations. This class is more about the process of creating and less about the outcome!

Register for Mindfulness in Art  

Fantastic Fabric (age 5-7)  

We use fabric every day – there always seems to be a functional form behind its use. During this camp, students will look at fabric beyond its practical functions and use it to express their own artistic desires! Kids interested in various pursuits ranging from fashion designer, to collaged fabric artists, are welcome to join this hands-on class!


Full day Session (9:00am –4:00pm) 

AM: Fantastic Fabric (8-12 only) 

PM: Mindfulness in Art

Waitlist for Full Day Session (8-12 only)

Forms & Protocols:


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.

  • 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.
  • 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 and any nut-based products are prohibited. Campers should bring their own water bottles each day as there will not be access to a water fountain.
  • Art 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. The Everson Museum of Art is committed to implementing and adhering to the same safety measures as the Syracuse City School District to ensure the well-being and health of our campers and staff. Please click here to see protocols in place.
  • 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 camp for both Morning Half Day and Afternoon Half Day sessions, camp instructors will lead campers on an emergency preparedness and evacuation drill.Drop-Off & 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. 

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. The Everson has the right to cancel camp sessions if two or more campers from separate homes test positive for COVID-19.  

Funds are transferable to another course or will be 100% refunded. If the Everson must cancel camp due to Covid-19 the museum will refund for days missed.

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.
Meds & Allergies

Allergy Form: [PDF]  

Medication Authorization Form: [PDF]  

  • If your student has medication needs, please 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.