Art & Photography Summer Camps



Summer 2021 registration now open!


Proudly named “Best Summer Camps 2020 & 2021” by Northern Virginia Magazine!



Explore the many facets of visual art and photography through traditional techniques as well as digital technology. These enriching and inclusive weekly summer camps and programs are presented in collaboration with George Mason University’s School of Art. Young children and teens ages 6 – 18 will have the opportunity to learn from university professors and professional teaching artists in the same classroom spaces where the college students learn and create their art!  These programs will focus on both artistry and skill building with other like-minded young artists.

In-Person & Online Options
Our in-person programs have a reduced capacity, and classrooms will be reserved to host one unique program per space. For those who may not be ready to return to in-person programming, we will have a variety of online options available. Our online programs include a mix of live-streamed interactive classes, individualized and group activities, and enriching video resources.

COVID Safety Guideline
Please be assured that all in-person programs will follow strict safety protocols required by George Mason University and are subject to pivoting to all virtual platforms if health and safety conditions warrant. Required protocols will include masks, physical distancing, daily health checks, and more. Please visit our COVID Safety Guidelines for all in-person programs. We will be routinely updating the information as it evolves. Stay informed by visiting our website and looking out for email alerts and other Academy communications.



Creative Discoveries
Ages 6–8
June 21–25, 2021
June 28–July 2, 2021
July 12–16, 2021
Drawing, painting, collage and more

Digital Illustration:
Character Design Studio Online

Ages 10–14
July 26–30, 2021
Learn fundamentals of proportions and facial expressions

“Choose Your Character”
Concept Design Online

Ages 13–18
July 5–9, 2021
Design your own game character


JumpstART Advanced Portfolio Prep
Ages 13–18
July 12–16, 2021
Explore printmaking, mixed media and more


JumpstART Advanced Portfolio Prep Online
Ages 13–18
July 26–30, 2020
Construct with clay, paper mache and more

Intro to Digital Photography Studio
Ages 13–18
August 2–6, 2021
Photoshoots, Composition, lighting, Photoshop, and more

Stop Motion Animation Studio Online
Ages 10–14
August 2–6, 2021
Create set pieces with household materials and create a frame-by-frame animation


Intro to Graphic Design Workshop Online
Ages 13–18
July 19–23, 2021
Design process, color, theory, typography, Adobe Creative Suite and more


Anime Art & Technology Online
Ages 11–18
August 2-6 | August 9-13, 2021
Learn to draw an anime character and create a frame-by-frame 2D animation




Full Camp List