Middle School Programs: Summer Camps

Middle School Programs, Summer Camps

Important Note about Summer 2020 Middle School Programs

While we are committed to nurturing the creative development of young artists, designers, and scholars, the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to continue to be diligent in considering their safety, the health of our campus community, and the well-being of our shared society.  With this in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Continuing Studies Children’s Workshops, Family Camps, and Middle School Programs scheduled to take place this summer.

We look forward to being able to welcome your child back to campus as soon as we are safely able.

If you are interested in an online summer offering for your child, or in receiving emails with ideas to spark creative thinking and play this summer, request more information here. 

While our physical office is closed at this time, we are available to answer any questions you may have. You may reach us at 312.629.6170, or cs@saic.edu


One- and two-week sessions

Our camps are designed to allow students to focus on their interests, learn new skills, and bring their ideas to life. We offer course subjects, facilities, and resources not available to young creators anywhere else in the Chicagoland area. One and two-week Middle School Program camps meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

What Makes our Middle School Program 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!
• We don’t stay inside our classrooms all day, because we believe being active fuels imagination. Students are out exploring the city’s architecture, finding treasures at thrift shops, or finding inspiration at Millennium Park.
• Our faculty are not only amazing mentors and teachers, but have robust artistic practices themselves. Safety is always our top priority — each class has two instructors and two classroom assistants, allowing for a 7 to 1 student-to-adult ratio.
• Our courses are great ways to make new friends who share similar interests.

Interested in learning more about our camps? Check out our course blog.