Camp Brushstrokes offers weekly Art Camps for Kids (ages 6-9), Mini Matisse Camps (ages 4-5), Summer Workshops for Teens & Tweens (ages 10 & up), Afternoon Camp, and a CIT Program (ages 14-18).
We're celebrating Sweet 16! That's right, this is our 16th year of Camp Brushstrokes. This summer, we'll be painting pottery, sculpting with wet clay, fusing glass, making mosaics, hand-felting jewelry, and doing tons of drawing and painting. We'll spend lots of time outdoors in our yard and across the street at Duck's Nest Secret Garden—finding inspiration in nature, sketching in our hand-made sketchbooks, and enjoying outdoor games and adventures.
Mini Matisse Camp (ages 4&5) meets daily from 9am-1pm in our downstairs studio
Mini Matisse is for our youngest campers. Their camp will be held downstairs with a dedicated instructor who will focus on age-appropriate projects working with pottery painting, glass fusing, clay sculpting, and mosaics. The children will have lots of time outdoors, playing games, being read to in circle time, while also creating beautiful works of art! Mini Matisse weekly camps begin June 17 and continue through August 23.
Art Camps for Kids (ages 6-9) meet daily from 9am-1pm in our upstairs Art Loft:
Feeling Antsy? This camp is about being creative through action, exploration, collaboration and experimentation. How many different ways can we paint without using a paintbrush? What kind of marks and tools can we find in the world around us? Where does your inspiration come from? What’s going on inside that head of yours? Let’s make it come to life! Let’s have a parade, a picnic, a party! Working with clay, found and recycled materials, and the natural world we will tap into the madcap artist within.
Art of the World • June 17-21 • July 22-26
From Sumi Ink in Asia to Aboriginal Art of Australia, we will learn the styles and symbols of other cultures as we create a beautiful set of functional work for our own tables. We will also take inspiration from Art History, learning about movements in art such as expressionism and cubism. Some of the most stunning creations have come out of this camp!
Creatures and Creations • June 24-28 • July 29-August 2
Bugs, birds, beasts and the beauty of the natural world will inspire and inform us this week of camp. We’ll take a field trip to the Vivarium, sketchbooks in hand. Some of our creatures will be creations from our own imagination. Working with wet clay and painting on pottery, we will sculpt, paint, draw and create beautiful, functional works of art.
Comics and Manga • July 1-5 (no camp July 4th) • August 5-9
We will guide the campers to create their own set of characters with their own stories to tell. Once they’ve developed their characters and stories in hand-made books, we will also paint them on to a set of pottery. We will also sculpt with wet clay and create a tile storyboard for our characters.
Arty Einstein • July 8-12 • August 12-16
Let molecules be your muse in this week of science-inspired art. We will explore nature’s repetition of pattern on vastly different scales and in radically different contexts. Consider, the motion of the planets around the sun and electrons orbiting a nucleus, or waves on water. No need to be a genius, just come with a love of art and a respect for the beauty in science!
Summer Workshops for Teens & Tweens (ages 10 & up) meet daily from 1:30-5:30pm:
Pottery Painting for Teens & Tweens •
This camp will feature a new painting technique every day on pottery projects including a frame, a pen cup, a mug, bowl, and plate.
Surface Design for Teens & Tweens •
This camp is specifically for teens and tweens with a desire to learn about their own design process. With guidance of surface designer Ceci Bowman, students will have fun developing their own personal collection of functional ceramics, textiles, and home décor. Each young designer will hand paint a ceramic desk set, vase, throw pillow, and floor cloth. Daily sketching and collage exercises will nurture each student's unique sense of style and creativity.
Fine Art Workshop for Teens & Tweens • August 12-16
Kids explore the classical elements of design, composition, value, color, expression, and more. Instructors are professional artists, and they work with students who are career-minded in the arts. They’ll learn color schemes, conceptual skills and assessment skills. Students will gain more experience, work in different artistic mediums and build on higher levels of visual and thinking skills. A portfolio will be completed by the end of the week.
CITs help with games, program activitites, and work one-on-one with campers. This is a great chance for kids in this age group to develop leadership skills and stay busy during the long summer ahead. If interested, please contact us. In addition to an interview, applicants will also be required to submit a one paragraph essay expressing their interest in becoming a CIT. Once accepted, CITs will be required to attend Brushstrokes Training. Space is limited to one CIT spot per week.
Our extended care is called Afternoon Camp. It is open to all kids, whether or not they attended our morning camp. The instructor will give individual guidance to help each camper enjoy the independence of making the art they want, rather than working as a whole group. The clay and drawing tables are open for self-directed art making. Jewelry-making, reading, games, drawing, and painting are available. It’s a wonderful, relaxing, fun, and inspiring way to spend the afternoon. Outdoor games and time in the garden are an integral part of Afternoon Camp.
Set in a beautiful ceramic art studio near Berkeley's 4th Street shopping district, we are easily reached by freeway and have free and accessible street parking. Our studio is light-filled and inspiring with easy access to our outdoor garden and patio. Our camp curriculum was created by Jessica Williams, the owner of Brushstrokes Studio and a graduate of the ceramics department of the California College for the Arts. She and her staff of counselors provide the time and space for kids to exercise their creativity while making beautiful and lasting works of art. We strive to balance group activities and individual instruction and work one-on-one to nurture each child’s individual creative exploration.
$199/week plus $125 materials (glass, pottery, clay and more!)
July 1-5 is a 4 day camp week with no camp on July 4th, cost is $160 plus $100 materials
Afternoon Camp: Available Monday-Friday, June 17-August 23, from 1-5:30pm. $10/hour (additional fees apply if painting pottery, doing mosaics, or fusing glass).
10% Sibling Discount: One full price, one 10% off.
Early Registration: Pay in full by April 15 and receive 10% off.
Multiple Weeks: Come again and get 10% off your second or third week of camp.
Invite a Friend: If you’ve referred someone to Camp Brushstrokes and it’s their first time, you will receive a $10 voucher!