Learning Through Art at Summer Camps

Kids at summer art camp

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Matt Geske

Imagination meets education at Mason’s vibrant summer visual art camps for kids ages 6-12, including Creative Discoveries, Art Around the World and STEAM Studio – all of which take place in the university’s School of Art classrooms!

Program director Justin Sutters, who also happens to be the Director of the Master of Arts in Education program at George Mason University, has assembled a great team of Mason alumni art instructors for this summer.


Students making art at summer camp


Art Around the World for Ages 6-8
July 17-21, 2017
“This camp is the perfect summer getaway for your young explorer,” exclaimed instructor Arthur Reinaltt. “Through various art media projects, we will learn about different cultures across the history of civilization!” These cultures include Mayan, Incan and Aztec cultures of Central and South America, along with the Greek, Roman and Celtic mythology of the ancient times. “We will also learn about the legends behind some of the most beloved films, such as Hercules, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast,” said Mr. Reinaltt. Arthur has gained a loyal following of young artists by teaching multiple years of art classes to children through the Academy.

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Summer art camp for young kids


Creative Discoveries for Ages 6-8
June 26-30, 2017
Energetic instructor Lori Eshbaugh reprises her role as artistic guide to help young students explore drawing, painting, collage, bookmaking and more! Insightful lessons in art history inspire and inform the various art projects that build technical skills and encourage self-expression.

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Clay art pieces


STEAM Studio: Stop Motion Animation for Ages 9-12
July 10-14, 2017
Mixing the arts with STEM subjects, STEAM Studio instructor Casey Shannon will help students explore the art of stop motion animation, as well as sound and set design. “Students will have the guidance, tools, and freedom to create amazing stop motion animation films that are the basis for all modern animation,” explained Mr. Shannon. “This class will be fun for the curious tinkerer and ambitious filmmaker alike!” Casey is a Project Based Learning teacher working in the local school district.

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Parents always enjoy attending the Student Showcase on the last day, where the students are given the opportunity to present and discuss their works to the public. Sign your child up for one of our summer art programs, and see the difference the university experience can make!