No time to take a cross-country road trip with the kids this summer? Don’t worry! The Studios of Key West’s Summer Art School offers kids ages 8-13 plenty of opportunity for creative adventure, right in their own backyard. Over the course of 6 one-week sessions, each with a fun and creative theme, students discover and reimagine the world in unique ways. Kids may sign up for one or more weeks, and discounts are offered for siblings and multiple week enrollments. Summer Art School is specially designed to provide plenty of one-on-one attention through small class size and hands-on activities. Enthusiastic teachers guide students through a variety of class adventures including experimenting with mixed media, creating artwork from recycled materials and even pirate-themed stage-fighting!

Sessions are $265/week, $240/week for members (discounts for multiple weeks and siblings).

All camps will be held at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St.

Camp Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm

Ages 8-13

Week 1, June 17 – 21

Creative Kids:  Sandy West, owner and lead teacher for Keys Creative Kids, turns her popular weekly after school session into a full week of visual arts fun. Students will learn different techniques every day, allowing for plenty of exploration and experimentation.

Instructor: Sandy West

Week 2, June 24 – 28

Abstract Explorations: Returning instructor Maya Fialova offers a variety of approaches to art-making. Students will learn about abstraction through painting, drawing, and small mural projects. Each day offers a fresh take on creativity.

Instructor: Maya Fialova

Week 3, July 8 – 12

Mixed Media Experimentation: Tara Popick will show students how to use paint and paper in one piece of artwork. Students will be experimenting with various art forms including: sketching, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, and collage art, photo montage, and found objects. Students will spend time observing other art forms and developing their own self-expression.

Instructor: Tara Popick

Week 4, July 15 – 19

Art School: Katie Holtkamp leads art-minded students through a week of activities and projects, in a variety of media. The week will culminate with an exhibition of your child’s favorite masterpieces.

Instructor: Katie Holtkamp

Week 5, July 22 – 26

Nature Explorers: Community Leader and City Environmentalist Dee Dee Green leads green-minded kids through an exploration of our island. The week will include the chance to create artwork from recycled materials and to take a ‘plogging’ field trip. Green’s passion is to inspire joy in nature, sparking lifelong curiosity and a dedication to protecting our precious resources.

Instructor: Dee Dee Green

Week 6, July 29 – August 2

Pirate Adventures: Local actor and stage-fighting choreographer Mathias Maloff helps older kids reconnect with their sense of play. Build a spyglass, learn creative swordplay, search for treasure, and test your skills in “battle” during this week of creative and active playtime.

Instructor: Mathias Maloff

The Studios of Key West