Brushstrokes Studio

Brushstrokes Studio is a pottery, glass fusing, and mosaics studio located near the Fourth Street Shopping District in Berkeley. We offer drop-in studio time 7 days a week as well as classes, summer camps, birthday parties and special workshops.

CAMPS + CLASSES for kids

School Year 2018-2019 • Summer 2019

School Year 2018-2019 • Summer 2019

Now in our 22nd year, we continue to adapt our program and curriculum to offer new ways to have fun and teach meaningful art practice and creative self-expression. This summer we will be adding teachers and working in half groups (grouped loosely by age): alternating big messy art and games outdoors, with more focused small-motor art activities in the studio.

Our camp projects go far beyond painting pottery and include working with wet clay, glass fusing, mosaics, mask-making, map-making as well as other 2D/3D art media. The techniques and materials campers will be working with will deepen their artistic self expression and help with creative problem solving, collaboration and resilience. Our instructors will share inspiration from art history, nature, books, neighborhood walks and found objects. 

We believe in balancing group activities that draw children out and individual creative time, drawing children inward to find their own voice and their own style.

Use the registration button to find more information about each camp and to register.

CAMP CANCELLATION POLICY: camp registrations for week-long and single day session are NONREFUNDABLE. If you cancel your registration at least two weeks prior to the start of the session, you will receive a credit for the session which can be applied to a future camp session, class, or used in the drop-in studio. There are no credits for single days missed in a week long session.

For camp and other kids’ programming questions, please email


CREATING WITH COLOR • June 10-14 and July 15-19
You’ve heard of the color wheel, but in this camp we dive a little deeper. Learning about complimentary colors, tints and shades, warm and cool, we will become masters of color and develop a keen eye for noticing the subtleties of color in the world around us. Working with clay, glass, pottery painting, mosaics, and watercolor, campers will draw inspiration from the work of professional artists, nature walks, the classroom, and their imaginations! 

ARTY EINSTEIN • June 17-21, July 22-26, and August 26-30
Let molecules be your muse in this week of science-inspired art. We will observe patterns and colors in life forms from the microscopic to the interstellar! The scientific fields of Biology, Paleontology, Astronomy, and Botany will provide us with artistic inspiration. All you need is a love of art and a respect for the beauty in science!

MY LIFE AS AN ARTIST • June 24-28 and July 29-August 2
Find out what inspires you! What makes you unique and how is it reflected in your art? We’ll learn how to see the world through the eyes of an artist, exploring color palettes, patterns, and styles. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and this week you will learn to make art about the things that bring you joy in all the areas of your life.

ART OF THE WORLD • July 1,2,3,5 and August 5-9
From Sumi ink in Asia to Aboriginal Art of Australia, we will learn the styles and symbols of other cultures as we create hand built clay projects, ink drawings, and painted pottery of our own. This journey will take us around the world for inspiration and also through time, studying the history of art in different cultures such as the red and black figure pottery of Ancient Greece.

MOVEMENTS IN MODERN ART • July 8-12 and August 12-16
In this camp we will learn about movements in Modern Art including Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, and Pointillism. We'll draw inspiration from artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and many more! This week of camp combines lessons in art history with the application of new painting techniques.

Extended Care can be added at the time of registration.

Early Care starts at 8:15am each day. $15/day or $75 for the week

After Care begins after camp ends at 3:00pm and goes until 6:00pm. After Care is a flat rate no matter what time your child is picked up. $45/day or $225/week
*If After Care is added to camp at the time of registration, it is discounted to $40/day or $200/week.


FINE ART: Drawing & Painting • 9 am - 1 pm Daily
June 17-21, July 1,2,3,5 • July 15-19 • July 29-August 2 • August 12-16
Students will explore classical elements of design and composition: value, color, movement, expression, and more! Students will work with a variety of mediums such as pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and acrylic paint. Instructors are trained artists and they work with students to build a varied art portfolio by the end of the week, from still lifes to figure drawing to abstract painting.  

CREATIONS IN CLAY • 1 pm - 5 pm Daily
June 17-21 • July 1,2,3,5 • July 15-19 • July 29-August 2 • August 12-16
Young artists will have a chance to to take hand-building to the next level. Students will master pinch pots, slab and coil built forms. In addition to learning about design and construction, students will learn all about surface design when painting their clay creations. They will also explore ceramic art history and learn about the rich pottery history of the Bay Area!  


For campers who have attended our camp and demonstrated their maturity, we offer the opportunity to participate in Camp Brushstrokes as a camper with special leadership responsibilities including: working one-on-one with younger campers, reading books aloud to the group at story time, helping prepare snacks and assisting with activity transitions. Junior CITs register for camp with a $100 discount. A certificate of completion will be personalized for each Junior CIT.


Our Counselor-In-Training program is for teenagers who have attended several sessions of camp and/or who have been a Junior CIT. We are looking for teens who have demonstrated their leadership skills, work ethic, and ability to work well in groups. CITs are given responsibility working one-on-one with campers needing special assistance (ie. a younger child who is missing their parent, or having trouble focusing), for assisting with art projects and keeping things running smoothly, as well as helping to lead games in the outdoor garden. CITs register for an entire week- long camp session and are expected to attend the full day. Camp attendance for CITs is free of charge and a certificate of completion of the CIT program will be personalized for each CIT at the end of their session.

exercise your imagination

Brushstrokes offers high-quality art programs for kids year round: mid-year single day camps, weeklong camps over Winter Break, President's Week and Spring Break and week-long camps all summer long. Over the summer, Camp Brushstrokes offers Art Camps for Kids (ages 5-9), Summer Weeklong Workshops (ages 10+), After Camp Care, and a Jr. CIT Program (ages 11 & 12), CIT Program (ages 13+). Currently in it’s 22nd season, Camp Brushstrokes is set in a beautiful ceramic art studio near Berkeley’s 4th Street shopping district. Our studio is light-filled and inspiring with a lovely garden and patio where campers enjoy lots of outdoor time. Read more…

Spring After School Classes (grades 1-5)

In the Brushstrokes After School Program, your young artist will learn about art practices from around the world and be able to incorporate these international stylistic and method-based techniques into their own art practice. We will learn about many sciences from astronomy to paleontology to biology and let amazing scientific discoveries inspire our art.

Students will also learn fun methods for idea generation and collaboration in order to think through their art and make unique and informed choices in their work.

Cost: $180 / 6 class session, Second Spring Session begins April 15th!

Mondays 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Monday classes will explore a variety of genre's and artistic mediums, including painting, drawing, painting on pottery, glass fusing, and hand-building with clay. Students will learn art history and connect their work to other artists that inspire them.

Wednesdays 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Same program as our Monday class.

Mondays meet April 15th - May 20th, Wednesdays meet April 17th - 22nd

Friday Clay Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Clay club provides young artists the opportunity to develop their hand building skills and make more complex projects. Students will master pinch pots, slab and coil built forms. They will also explore ceramic art history and learn about the rich pottery history of the Bay Area!
Fridays April 19th - May 24th

To enroll, scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of all available sessions.

For camp and other kids’ programming questions, please email

Mid-year CAMPS (5-10 year olds)

All of our mid-year camps are available for single day registration. 
*Older kids can apply to be a Counselor in Training, if interested please email our Program Manager at

We will hold Camp School Holidays - Check back for specific days and to register for fall camps.

Each session goes from 9am-3pm. $85/day
Early & After Care available at a discounted rate if added to your camp registration. Early and After care can be purchased separately later on at the full rate.

To sign up:  Scroll down and find the camp of your choice. Email or call (510) 528-1360 with any questions.


After School Sessions

Upcoming Camps Sessions

Summer Camp Sign Ups Have begun!

Weekly camps from June 10-August 30. Daily 9 am - 3 pm with after care available. Ages 5 and up!

For camp and other kids’ programming questions, please email

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