Maximize your K-12 student's summer.

Young People's Studios Remote Summer Art Camp

Our professional artist-mentors, backed by MICA’s resources and experience, help young people:

Build confidence in personal expression through artistic exploration.

Learn to solve problems and think critically.

Learn from the best: MICA’s world-renowned faculty.

This summer, all YPS Art Camp sessions will be held remotely.

Students in Grades K-12 can maximize their summer by engaging in remote art classes that promote freedom of expression in a structured way. Choose from four (4) two-week sessions.

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Grades 9-12

Painting and Drawing from Observation

Monday-Friday, June 14-June 25
9:30 am-12:00 pm

This course is designed to help students refine their skills in observational drawing and painting, making purposeful choices about lines, form, and color. Students will experiment with materials as they learn to make decisive lines and cohesive color palettes and apply both realistic and expressive colors to their pieces.

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Grades K-2

Up in the Air

Monday-Friday, June 14-June 25
9:30 am-12:00 pm

Let’s take a journey into the imagination. Using children’s literature as a starting point for “takeoff,” students embark on flights over cities, fast journeys by train over land, and underwater excursions by submarine. As artist-travelers, students create paintings, prints, and drawings of the things they see from a bird’s eye view, a bug’s-eye view, a fish-eye view, and much, much more. Each journey is an exploration of an unfamiliar habitat, full of new textures, colors, living, creatures, and plant life waiting to be captured in vibrant works of art. Students will use a variety of materials in this course.

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Grades 6-8

Expressive Portraiture

Monday-Friday, June 14-June 25
9:30 am-12:00 pm

What’s on the inside? Personality is more than skin-deep, and who you are is more than what shows up on your face. In this class, students explore multiple media, including oil pastels, colored inks, and collage to make a series of portraits that emphasize personality and emotion, as well as teach realistic techniques.

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Grades 9-12

Digital Illustration

Monday-Friday, June 14-June 25
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

In this class, students will explore how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for a variety of drawings and designs! Students will learn about character development, portraiture, settings and environments, design, and metaphorical approaches to making. Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course.

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Grades 6-8

Creating Art with Photoshop

Monday-Friday, June 14-June 25
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

This course involves students using digital imaging programs in creating and manipulating images pixel by pixel! Students learn to use the Adobe Photoshop suite as they explore the potential of the medium and create personally meaningful compositions.

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Grades K-2

Art Inspired By Nature

Monday-Friday, June 14-June 25
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

In this course, students look at the natural world around them as inspiration for creating their art. This course spans a wide range of art processes, media, and dimensions (2D and 3D) such as drawing from observing nature, sculpting nature-inspired forms, using natural materials for mixed media collage, recording changes in nature, and much more. Through looking at the work of artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Sumi brush painters, and Native American artists, students determine the influences of nature on the art of various times and places. Students can directly study different natural forms for use in creating their compositions based on what is in the world around them.

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Grades K-2

Me and My Family in Art

Monday-Friday, June 28-July 9
9:30 am-12:00 pm

Students begin by exploring how the theme of ‘family’ has been used throughout history in paintings, illustrations, books, and other visual media. Then, using family adventures, important memories, and daily happenings, young children use words and pictures to tell their own stories. Emphasis is on the use of descriptive words, personal experiences, expressive writing, and verbal story-telling. Shared narratives and collaborative work help students add richness and imagination to their stories. Using a visual journal, students record and embellish life experiences into fantastic adventures with a personal twist.

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Grades 9-12

Acrylic Painting

Monday-Friday, June 28-July 9
9:30 am-12:00 pm

In this course students will use acrylic paint to explore expressive use of color, color mixing, and color theory. Using a variety of painting surfaces—assorted papers, board, canvas board, objects—students learn the unique qualities of acrylic paint.

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Grades 3-5

Drawing Workshop

Monday-Friday, June 28-July 9
9:30 am-12:00 pm

For the young artist who loves to draw, this fast-paced course offers a little bit of everything. Students create drawings from memory, observation, imagination, and in response to the art of master artists. Different approaches, tools, materials, and techniques are presented and explored using a diverse range of media, from pen and pencil to color explorations in pastel and paint.

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Grades 6-8

Make your own Comic Book (6-8)

Monday-Friday, June 28-July 9
9:30 am-12:00 pm

In this course, students explore lines and different aspects of cartoons such as cells, comic strips, and comic books. Students look at artwork created by several different cartoon artists working in a variety of materials. By first developing a storyline, students create original characters and learn how to capture the attention of the readers through words as well as pictures. In developing props and scenery, students grow their skills in both drawing from life and using their imaginations. Emphasis is on creativity, observing real-life, exercising the imagination, writing stories, and experimenting with a variety of materials and techniques.

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Grades 3-5

Wearable Art and Sustainable Design

Monday-Friday, June 28-July 9
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Students in this class use a variety of fabrics and fibers for creating artworks. Students explore stitching, weaving, tie-dye, and natural dye techniques, as well as combinations of created and found materials in creating their art. Students will examine the techniques of artists such as Xenobia Bailey, Rosie Lee Tompkins, Faith Ringgold, Joyce Scott, and Melissa S. Cody and will use fabrics and fibers as a means of creative expression.

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Grades 9-12

Graphic Design

Monday-Friday, June 28-July 9
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Using a variety of created and found images, students learn how to make complex compositional and design decisions digitally through the use of filters, color effects, and artful use of text. Students will experiment with typography, logo design, branding, and other elements of designing for print and publication.

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Grades 6-8

Drawing 101

Monday-Friday, June 28-July 9
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Designed for students who want to improve drawing skills and work towards more realistic drawings, this course focuses on drawing from observation. Students are guided through a carefully sequenced, step-by-step process designed to develop the student’s perception and thinking skills.

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Grades K-2

The Places We'll Go

Monday-Friday, June 28-July 9
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to faraway places across the seas? Let’s visit elephants in Thailand, journey across the Pacific, travel by camel across the desert, and fly up to the moon! In this unpredictable and adventurous course, students open their eyes to the colors, textures and styles of the peoples and places around the world (and beyond). From the most remote mountains to bustling cities, students explore the contrasts and similarities of cultures and places around the globe. Working with their ‘travel companions’, students collaborate with classmates to select the places to which they will journey, creating art along the way.

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Grades 9-12

Exploring Color Media

Monday-Friday, July 12-July 23
9:30 am-12:00 pm

Using a variety of dry and wet color media, students explore the powerful role of color on an artwork’s mood, atmosphere, and overall visual impact. To make informed decisions about color, students first learn color relationships and color theory as they create a series of related compositions that reflect specific color schemes. Throughout the course, students view the works of master painters as inspiration for the infinite ways color can be utilized for stylistic and expressive purposes.

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Grades 3-5

Art Inspired by Nature (3-5)

Monday-Friday, July 12-July 23
9:30 am-12:00 pm

In this course, students look at the natural world around them as inspiration for creating their art. This course spans a wide range of art processes, media, and dimensions (2D and 3D) such as drawing from observing nature, sculpting nature-inspired forms, using natural materials for mixed media collage, recording changes in nature, and much more.

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Grades K-2

Creatures in Clay

Monday-Friday, July 12-July 23
9:30 am-12:00 pm

People from every part of the world use clay to create magical and secretive vessels, special guardian or protective figures, mythological creatures, small models, and portraits of everyday life. We will travel the world visiting other times in other places by looking at the art and artifacts that different cultures have created in clay. In this course, students develop their skills and learn new techniques for working with clay. We’ll work with airdry clay, sculpey, and other sculptural materials accessible from home! Whether you are experienced in using clay or have never used it before, pack your bags and come along on this trip.

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Grades 6-8

Inventive Drawing

Monday-Friday, July 12-July 23
9:30 am-12:00 pm

This course is designed to build upon and expand the students’ concept of drawing. Students use conventional and unconventional drawing tools and materials to investigate “mark-making” as it relates to the development of the symbolic and expressive forms. Working from observation, imagination, music, dreams, and memory, students become comfortable thinking outside the box when it comes to their own creative possibilities.

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Grades 9-12

Intro to Animation

Monday-Friday, July 12-July 23
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

From flip-books and line-drawn characters to paper and sculpt figures, anything that can be moved, adjusted, manipulated, and photographed can become the subject for stop-action animation. In this creative, collaborative animation “studio,” students develop storyboards and characters as they design the backdrop and take shots for a 15-30 second short animation.

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Grades K-2

Painting My World

Monday-Friday, July 12-July 23
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

For the young artist who loves to draw and wishes to dive into a world of color, this course journeys from mark-making with dry media into the world of paint and other wet media. From looking and sketching exercises to experimentation with color, students will explore how color can be used for expressive purposes. Paint media such as watercolor and tempera paint will be used to explore how colors interact to create various effects, mixed colors, and textures. Emphasis will be on noticing details about the surrounding world and finding ways to communicate experiences with brush-strokes, lines, and splashes of color.

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Grades 3-5

Sculpting Medieval Castles

Monday-Friday, July 12-July 23
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Heroes, monsters, dragons, and castles! Join us in returning to the art, culture, and fantasy of medieval times. Students examine the art of the Middle Ages as it relates to the ideas and beliefs of people living at that time and its influence on games, stories, and imagery in contemporary culture. With ceramic clay, students use the motifs and literature of medieval times as inspiration for creating unique sculptures.

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Grades 6-8

Making with Mixed Media

Monday-Friday, July 12-July 23
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

This course is designed for the artist who is a noticer of detail and attracted to the meditative process, patience, and beauty of detail-oriented artworks. This course will explore the art of paper cutting, layered drawing on transparent surfaces, and intricate mark making in 2D and 3D formats.

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Grades 6-8

Digital Photography

Monday-Friday, July 26-August 6
9:30 am-12:00 pm

Beginning with an understanding of compositional principles and the basic camera functions, features, and possibilities, students learn to create digital photographs. From a variety of prompts intended to tap into students’ interpretation and experience of the visual world around them, students collect imagery in their daily lives, at home, and outdoors. As the course progresses, the class explores the Adobe Photoshop program as a tool to refine images and explore options in manipulating imagery for expressive purposes. Note: Students must have their own digital camera (phone or tablet camera or DSLR). Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course.

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Grades 9-12

Storytelling through Art

Monday-Friday, July 26-August 6
9:30 am-12:00 pm

In this course, students develop storylines with vivid special effects and action sequences. By creating images intended to encourage viewers to make predictions the artist becomes a storyteller. Students look at and analyze the narrative works of contemporary illustrators to discover the relationship between the written copy and illustration. A variety of sources are used as a reference in developing ideas. These include myths, folk tales, song lyrics, special personal and memorable events, as well as narrative works by master artists.

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Grades 3-5

Handbuilding with Clay

Monday-Friday, July 26-August 6
9:30 am-12:00 pm

Throughout the centuries, hand-built clay objects have served numerous purposes, allowing people to transport materials, store grains, protect treasures, and hold liquids. Students to pinch clay forms, use slip and score techniques to join pieces of clay, make even coils, and form even slabs. Using a rich array of clay techniques using air-dry clay, sculpey, and other sculptural resources available from home, students will experiment hand-built vessels, functional items, sculpture, and decorative effects!

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Grades K-2

Illustrating Stories, Pictures, and Words

Monday-Friday, July 26-August 6
9:30 am-12:00 pm

Using children’s literature and picture books as rich sources of imagery and storylines, students weave their own stories individually and in collaboration with peers. Students draw upon their natural tendency to tell colorful and elaborate stories and examine the work of artist/author-illustrators such as Ezra Jack Keats, Mitsumasa Anno, Vashiti Harrison, Maurice Sendak, Andrea Beaty, and Eric Carle. Large-scale drawings, booklets, varied paper surfaces/techniques, and story performances are just a few of the creative ways stories will be recorded and passed on.

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Grades K-2

Making Art with Dinosaurs!

Monday-Friday, July 26-August 6
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Come with us on an imaginary journey through the Jurassic period. Encounter ancient reptiles, prehistoric plants, and uncover fascinating fossils! Using ideas and experiences from our archeological journeys, students create drawings, paintings, and sculptural forms to create personal visual responses to what they have discovered.

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Grades 6-8

Draw like Da Vinci

Monday-Friday, July 26-August 6
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

In this course, students step into Leonardo Da Vinci’s creative mind and try to see the world as he did. In doing so, they will “draw like Da Vinci” and explore the lines of the varied ways that can be used to experience and understand the world visually. Leonardo da Vinci’s keen eye and innovative mind led him to generate countless sketches of his observations, ideas, and inventions. In careful detail, he visualized ideas and explored the unique qualities of animals, machines, plants, bones, and other man-made and natural forms through observational drawing. Students will use a variety of art materials in this course.

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Grades 3-5

Make your own Comic Book (3-5)

Monday-Friday, July 26-August 6
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

In this course, students practice the art of telling stories through pictures. Formal aspects of the narrative are applied by combining the written word with visual sequences. Students learn how storylines are developed, formats are considered and characters created. Observation skill-building helps students develop a basis for their fantasy figures, heroes, and heroines. Each student explores animation techniques and produces a comic strip consisting of several frames as well as a multi-page comic book.

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Grades 9-12

Digital Design for Fiber and Fashion

Monday-Friday, July 26-August 6
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Whether it be hand-painted or digitally designed, patterns can be placed on fabric, fashion, accessories, and wallpaper. Explore traditional hand skills and digital tools in creating designs that will be replicated on Adobe Photoshop to create repeated patterns that can be printed on fabric. You will be introduced to fiber techniques like dyeing and embroidery to enhance your knowledge of the fiber arts and your final designs. If you enjoy combining digital media with traditional hands-on processes, Fiber and Graphic Design will inspire you. Access to the Adobe Creative Suite is included for the duration of this course.

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FAQ

How will I access the software needed for the class?

Once enrolled, you will receive a MICA email with a link to your YPS Getting Started Guide. This email will also include login instructions to access tools and software necessary for your course such as: Canvas, Adobe Creative Suite, Zoom, and Google Drive.

I’m not sure if this class is for me. How can I talk to someone?

Contact the Office of Open Studies at (410) 225-2219 or openstudies@mica.edu

How will I interact with classmates?

Classes will be held synchronously via zoom, where peer and instructor discussions and critiques will be conducted.

Will I be on zoom the entire time?

Class format and “zoom time” will be structured to accommodate the needs of each class.

I am a YPS student. How will I get my materials?

Students registered and enrolled in YPS will receive materials kits in the mail (to the shipping address the student used to register). Material kits will ship 1 to 2 weeks before the start of each YPS session. Please understand that the mail may be delayed due to Covid-19 related issues, and we appreciate your patience as we work to get you materials. We recommend early registration for this reason. Please note, material kits cannot be mailed to international addresses.

What time zone are the classes held?

All classes are scheduled for an EST time zone.

Are payment plans available?

Payment plans are available. Please contact the Office of Open Studies for more information and to set this up: (410) 225-2219 or openstudies@mica.edu

Are there scholarships available for YPS students?

The scholarship deadline for YPS Summer Art Camp classes was on April 1 for . Please visit mica.edu/ypsscholarship for more information on future deadlines and to submit your application.

Questions?

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Office of Open Studies
Location 1229 W Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Contact 410-225-2219
openstudies@mica.edu