Registration for Summer 2018 Middle School Program Classes for Ages 10–13 is now open!

To register, download and complete the Middle School Program Registration Form and return it via:


One- and two-week sessions

Middle School Program Registration Form [PDF]

In SAIC's Middle School Program camps, kids focus on media-specific and interdisciplinary approaches to art and design with an emphasis on expanding critical thinking skills. With fun and exciting camp options not offered anywhere else in Chicago, your children will be inspired by our fantastic downtown location, exceptional instruction, and regular opportunities to explore the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago.

One and two-week Middle School Program camps meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and include the following:


FEATURED SUMMER COURSES

Designed Inventions #1284

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
June 25-June 29
Transform everyday obstacles, frustrations, or opportunities into new objects, products, or ideas. Think of the trampoline, magnetic locker wallpaper, popsicles, T-Pak, and Algae Mobile- all invented by kids! In this exciting course, students use the process of invention (i.e., solving problems) to explore the fundamental principles of design, using both traditional and digital methods. From sketches to paper mock-ups to 3D modeling to package design, students experience the design process in the same way professional designers do. This camp also serves as an introduction to the Adobe Creative Suite software, using programs such as Illustrator and/or Photoshop. Students learn firsthand from contemporary design while visiting the vast collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and observing examples of design in the urban environment of downtown Chicago

NEW: Intro to Fashion Camp #1277
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
June 25-June 29
This new one-week camp introduces young designers to fashion with an emphasis on experimentation and discovering their own style. Activities guide students through the process of developing original ideas, finding inspiration for fashion in the world around them, and responding to the work of other artists and designers. Students build fundamental skills in clothing transformation/manipulation through hand sewing techniques, fabric dyeing, pleating, and gathering in addition to embellishment through beading, applique, and embroidery. The class also explores experimental projects using non-traditional materials and found objects to create one-of-a-kind accessories. Visits to the Art Institute of Chicago and SAIC's Fashion Resource Center provide inspiration and supplement the studio experience. This camp ends with a final exhibition showcasing the variety of projects and unique designs for friends and family.

Fashion Camp #1276 or #1278
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
June 11-22 or July 9-July 20
This camp introduces young designers to fashion with an emphasis on discovering their own style while learning the technical skills that allow them to take their designs from concept to reality. Activities guide students through the process of developing original ideas, finding inspiration for fashion in the world around them, and responding to the work of other artists and designers. Students build fundamental skills in fashion research and drawing, draping, garment construction, and machine and hand sewing. Students also explore sculptural draping by using paper to create exciting experimental garments on the dress form. As their designs develop, additional technical skills are introduced, including fabric printing, fabric dyeing, and embroidery. Visits to the Art Institute of Chicago, SAIC's Fashion Resource Center, and the Flaxman Library provide inspiration and supplement the studio experience. Working with hand-dyed fabric and deconstructed thrift store garments, each camp ends in an exciting runway show for parents and friends. Lessons/projects change each camp so students may enroll in multiple camps over the summer.

Toy Design/3D Model #1288
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
July 9-20
This exciting camp offers students the opportunity to draw, sculpt, digitally model, and prototype their own action figure. Campers first develop a character by creating a series of traditional illustrations and models before drawing the toy version of the character at scale using drafting conventions and equipment. Using 3D modeling software, students then produce a 3D model of their toy based on their drawings. In addition, students conceptualize and develop their toy's accessories and packaging. Finally, a plastic prototype of each camper's character is made using 3D printing technology at SAIC's Advanced Output Center.