Middle School Programs: Summer Camps


Summer 2022 On-Campus and Online Course Registration Opens December 20!
More Information Coming Soon!

One- and Two-Week Sessions

See all course and register today. Our one- and two-week online summer camps are designed to allow students to focus on their interests, learn new skills, and bring their ideas to life. We offer course subjects and resources not available to young creators anywhere else in the world.

Summer 2022 Session Dates:
One-Week Session: June 27-July 3
One-Week Session: July 11-17
Two-Week Session: July 18-31
Two-Week Session: August 1-14

What Makes our Middle School Summer Camps Special:

  • Students are able to dig deeply in their areas of interest. Each course provides an immersive experience that teaches young makers both conceptual and technical skills, while allowing them the freedom to explore and innovate.
  • Our museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, is an integral part of students’ experiences. Be prepared to have your child teach you about their favorite pieces in our collection!
  • Our faculty are not only amazing mentors and teachers, but have robust artistic practices themselves. Each online class has one instructor and one classroom assistant, allowing for a 7 to 1 student-to-adult ratio.
  • Our courses are great ways to make new friends who share similar interests.

What Does Online Learning Look Like?

At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the nation’s premier art and design school, we understand that self-expression, out-of-the-box thinking, and cultural awareness flourish when kids make art. With us, students learn to explore, imagine, and discover in their own unique ways. We help them on their path to becoming the creators, innovators, and problem-solvers of the future regardless of where their academic interests take them. Join our talented teaching artists in a dynamic, interactive online learning environment that combines virtual visits to the Art Institute of Chicago and other exciting sites online with live demonstrations, studio exercises, and real-time feedback from your instructor.

Example daily schedule:

10-10:15 Log onto your Zoom class: Welcome, community building & reflection
10:15-10:30 Demonstration of skills and techniques & inspiration from your instructor
10:30-11:00 Group work: Class discussions, making together, virtual museum visits, and more
11:00-11:45 Working and making time, check-ins with instructors, stretch breaks as needed (chat will be active so you can stay engaged with your peers and instructors)
11:45- 12:00 Workshare, reflection, learn about the one hour of independent content for that week
12:00-1:00 Each class period will end with one hour of more independent learning; the instructor will provide videos, projects, and other materials for students to engage with.

Common Questions:

Supplies are the responsibility of the student. Instructors will prepare a supply list and students are responsible for obtaining the items on it. The cost of supplies varies by course, and can range between $50 and $100. Students may need to purchase additional supplies for specific projects as needed.

Supply lists for courses can be found at the link below one week prior to the first meeting or sooner. 

Course Supply Lists

Yes, you will be in the Zoom meeting for the duration of the class. However, don’t worry! You will not be staring at your screen for three hours. There will be times where the class will be meeting as a group or in breakout rooms and times when students will have cameras off and you will be working independently. During those off-camera independent work sessions, you’ll have the chance to check in with your instructors to talk about your projects and ask any questions, and the chatbox will stay open so peers and instructors can be in touch.