Friday Faves – Happy Camping!


So the kids are out of school and you are looking for some ways to keep them entertained this summer.  Art camps are a great way to train kids to think creatively and begin educating them on how to look at art from a cultivated perspective. But you want to make sure that they are getting high quality arts education as well as a fun summertime experience!  Look no further, HappeningsCLT has your top picks for Charlotte’s best Art Camps!

Mint Museum


Beginning June 15th, the Mint Museum has a wide array of art camp opportunities, from traditional art fundamentals including drawing, photography, and sculpture to more museum collection focused studies including “Art Detective” and “Journey through Latin America.” Classes are offered for preschool through high school age!

Classes are typically 1 week long and are offered at either the Mint Museum UPTOWN or the Mint Museum RANDOLPH.  Find more information and specific dates here.

Gantt Center


For kids ages 7-12, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture offers 4 camp sessions this summer.  There are two puppetry camps where kids will develop their own characters, a batik and printmaking camp, and “Exploring the Diaspora” – a week long virtual trip to the African continent where the students will explore the art of the Ndebeles of South Africa, Asante People of Ghana and Togo, and the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania. Campers will also discover the art of Egypt, Morocco, Brazil and the Caribbean. For more information on these camps click here!

Community School of the Arts & Clayworks

pottery camp

If your kids are the kind that like to get a little muddy, Community School of the Arts & Clayworks have joined forces to offer pottery camps for kids and youth starting at age 6!  Campers will create fun and colorful pieces of pottery using hand building techniques and will even get to experience using a pottery wheel!

Classes are 1 week long, 9am – 12pm
Clayworks Studio
4506 Monroe Rd.

For specific dates and more information visit CSA’s website or Claywork’s website

The Light Factory


For the older students in your family – Middle and High School Students – Check out the light factory’s photography camps. Go “old school” and learn black and film photography  or Pinhole photography. Or make the most out of that digital camera with the “Portrait Photography” and “Making Killer Photos” Sessions.  Looking for a little more action? Try out an Animation or YouTube Video Camp! More information here!

With all these amazing opportunities, we kind of wish we could take the summer off to go to camp!

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