Top Arts & Crafts Camps in East Bay

Published Apr 26, 2016

Is your child creative and wanting to create their own masterpiece this summer? There aren't many limits to a child's imagination, so here are just a few great camps where they can put their art on display:

Top Arts & Crafts Camps in East Bay

Step aside Picasso. Move over Martha Stewart. We’ve got a new generation of awesome arts and crafts experts. Let your kids & their creativity run wild at the top arts and crafts camps in your local community. Whether your kids like painting, drawing, ceramics, or film ChatterBlock is your one stop resource for the most creative camps in town.

Galileo Innovation Camps

Galileo summer camp are crazy fun and profoundly enriching at the same time! That's why innovation is at the core of all their activities. Choose from over 12 immersive majors for campers entering 5th - 8th grades and 4 whimsical themes for campers Pre K - 5th grades.

Extended care is available as well as an optional healthy lunch program.

Renaissance International School

The Renaissance International School offers camps in sports, scientific adventures, and different cultural and art experiences.  Scheduling is flexible, where kids can be signed up one or multiple-week sessions. TRIS is a multidisciplinary of international center of learning and culture where children can thrive and develop their potential.

Stratford School

Stratford School's Hidden Talent Art Camps will introduce high-quality, college-level fine art media to elementary students.

Students will enjoy learning techniques in drawing, painting, sculpting, and mixed Media.

Sticky Art Lab

Spend the mornings doing structured reuse projects, have lunch, play at the park, and come back to the studio for free-build time--every kid's favorite!

Themes include wood shop, clay, printmaking, animation, map-making and more. Learn about resource conservation while you create with fun reuse and natural materials. Camp sizes are small.

Monart Drawing Studio

The Monart Method involves training students to perceive an “alphabet” of sorts focused on five basic elements of shape families that combine to form all objects. In this year's "Around the World in 8 Weeks", students will learn to architecture, animals, people, and other features specific to the week's cultural theme.

Richmond Art Center

The Richmond Art Center’s Art Camps offer kids and teens a nurturing environment and creative atmosphere to experience hands-on activities including painting, drawing, clay, weaving and collage.

Camps are open to kids ages 7 and up, in morning or afternoon sessions.

The Crucible

The Crucible is the only place where kids can explore arts and crafts such as blacksmithing, glass blowing, ceramics, jewelry, neon, welding and even robotics, all under one roof.

Week-long camps will take kids 8-17 into new, untapped areas where their imagination can soar — while they learn real hands-on skills that overlap STEM!

Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

Join MOCHA for 11 weeks of innovative, hands-on arts activities for children and youth, ages 6-12.

MOCHA campers will work on a variety of engaging projects based on weekly topics. At the end of each session, family and friends are invited to view and celebrate the week’s masterpieces.

Cooking Round the World

Cooking Round the World is the intersection where culinary arts meet cultural education.

Each day, campers are immersed into the experience of being in a foreign land, by cooking, tasting, smelling and savoring foods from other countries. They are encouraged to try new foods and food combinations they've never tried before and ultimately broaden their palates.

Kala Art Institute

Camp Kala offers hands-on art activities for 6-17 year-olds in a professional studio environment. Young artists tour printmaking and digital media studios, view contemporary art in the Kala Gallery, and participate in conversations with Artists-in-Residence from around the world.

Kids 'N' Clay Pottery Studio

Kids 'N' Clay Summer Camps provide an ideal environment for children to explore their creativity, while they learn the craft of ceramics.

This year, camps will offer a choice of Raku or regular wet clay ceramics. Both camps also include a special mosaic project!


Art, Creativity and Lots of Fun! Spend the day at an authentic art studio, meeting new friends and creating art with former Disney artist, John Kleber and other guest artists. Camps are open to kids ages 7-12, running Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm.

Artist Center

The Artist Center offers summer camps for all age groups and skill levels. Learn how to draw and paint like a pro using the fundamentals and step by step methods.

Prices are very affordable--$10/hour plus art supplies.

Camp Community Arts

For over 30 years, Civic Arts has offered exceptional programming for kids and this year will be no exception! Choose from affordable half-day or full-day options, including on site morning and after care. Highly skilled teaching artists will lead explorations in a variety of visual arts media and performing arts classes that allow campers to deepen their skills and appreciation in the arts.

Dancing Paintbrush Studio

At Dancing Paintbrush Studio™, children and teens can let their imaginations soar! They teach the fundamentals of fine arts skills and basic techniques in the Summer Art Camp program, while nurturing creativity and individuality in a fun and relaxed camp atmosphere. Join this award winning Summer Art Camp (2015 Parents Press) for a summer full of fun and creativity!

If you didn’t discover an awesome art class from the list above, ChatterBlock has hundreds of other cool camps and classes that your kids will absolutely adore. Check out our “Camps and Classes” page for more details.

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