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Summer Studio Art Camps

July 5 — August 27, 2021

Monday through Friday

Full Day and Half Day

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One of the most popular choices for art camps in the New York City area, Summer Studio Art Camps at Children’s Museum of the Arts champion children’s creativity and artistic expression within a welcoming and nurturing environment. This summer, we are excited to debut 20+ programs over three locations — 103 Charlton Street in SoHo, the LeFrak Center in Lakeside at Prospect Park, and online.

Each week of Summer Studios will have a specialized focus, from painting and drawing to animation and sculpture. All of our young artists will have the opportunity to create installations and artworks for our grand public reopening in the fall. Sign up for multiple weeks to give your young artist the chance to find their voice!

CMA is committed to creating an enjoyable artistic environment where children can make lasting friendships while adhering to current health and safety guidelines. Reduced class sizes ensure an intimate studio experience where safe socialization is paramount. Ample time will also be provided for visits to neighboring museums and outdoor parks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child wear to camp? 

We recommend wearing “play” clothes that you do not mind getting dirty, paint-splattered, or wet. Shoes should be closed-toe, such as sneakers or boots. Crocs or open sandals are discouraged as students will be walking to different locations. We strongly recommended bringing a hat to wear when spending time outdoors. 

Can I pick up my child early? 

Yes. Notifications must be emailed at least 24 hours in advance to For emergencies, please call the main number at (212) 274-0986.

How much food do I need to pack for my child?

We recommend a good sized lunch with plenty of hydrating options such as fruit, along with a snack or two. Having extra provisions for the afternoon is a smart idea! 

What is the restroom situation? 

CMA has several bathrooms that are frequently cleaned and sanitized. Only one child will be able to use the bathroom at a time. Hand-washing is required. Please note that your child must be toilet trained in order to attend the program.

What if my child gets injured? 

We have two CPR- and First Aid-trained staffers on site at all times. In case of injury, we will respond to the situation and reach out to the child’s emergency contact as soon as possible. 

My child is nervous. What can I tell them to expect? 

This is very normal. Staff will be on-hand to introduce themselves and get to know the students. On the first day of the program, we will sit together in individual groups and introduce ourselves, followed by games and “get to know you.” We will also walk to a local park, which allows students and staff to engage in casual conversations. If your child is especially nervous, we will be sure to stay nearby until they are feeling more comfortable. For many children, the worry melts away as soon as they step into CMA and start working on their art projects.

Can my child bring their phone / tablet / etc? 

We want your child to have the freedom to bring what they wish to CMA. However, CMA is not responsible for lost, damaged, or broken items. We advocate for “no personal screens” and hope you will too.

Health and Safety Protocols

  • CMA is deeply committed to the health and safety of all students and staff. Programs are designed with current CDC guidelines in mind. CMA will closely monitor changes in guidelines and will adjust programs as necessary. 
  • Enhanced protocols include hand-washing or sanitizing upon arrival, masks worn by children and adults, deep cleaning between sessions, and social distancing between staff and students.
  • Class size is limited to 12 students, in compliance with CDC guidelines.
  • Students will be provided with individualized art materials for the week. 
  • Students are encouraged to take supervised outdoor breaks throughout the day.
  • CMA will closely monitor CDC guidelines for in-person gatherings. In the instance that in-person gatherings are discouraged, all programs will become virtual with no additional cost to families.

Health Forms

All students are required to have a CMA Health Form on file to protect the wellness and safety of each child and their classmates. The first page must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian. General health records may be attached in place of the second page. CMA Health Forms are good for one year. Please submit all health forms to two week prior to the start of class.

COVID-19 Related Closures and Refunds

CMA cares about the health and safety of its staff and campers above all else. That means that we closely follow the guidance of the city and state, and in some cases, take extra precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 before official state mandates are administered. CMA reserves the discretion to operate at the highest standard and to convert when necessary to digital programming. 

Refund Policy If You Cancel: 

If you enroll in a program/camp and your plans change, or you have concerns about your child attending camp this summer, you must cancel within two weeks of the start of camp to receive a full refund. Registration fees are not refundable. 

CMA is not responsible for providing make-up classes or issuing refunds for programs missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond one’s control.CMA also reserves the right to cancel camps due to low enrollment. Space permitting, CMA can accommodate camp changes. Please email for availability and questions.

Age Restrictions

CMA programs are designed with a developmental age group in mind. The age restrictions noted for each class is a recommended age range, but children who are slightly older or younger are invited to join the class as long as parents and caregivers understand possible challenges. We recommend that the age variation is no more than 6 months older or younger than the stated age range.

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