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2017 Creativity Camp brochure!

"With the fine instruction by the caring and compassionate teaching artists, and through field trips and discussions, and meeting and talking to resident artists, my kids developed an amazingly critical language around art-making, interacting with and sharing art." - Lisa Samra, Creativity Camp parent

Registration now open! Click here or call 773.324.5520 to register!

Creativity Camp at Hyde Park Art Center provides kids the chance to explore the exciting world of art and creativity through a wide range of multi-media activities. Campers work with professional artists to produce unique and original works of art, explore diverse themes and art media, focus on the creative process, and develop their imagination and creativity. The combination of visual art and theater art, together with outdoor play, gives campers a unique, hands-on art making experience that is active, stimulating, and tons of fun! Join us this summer as our campers create, explore, and grow. All art supplies are included. Each day is action-packed so students should bring a nutritious bag lunch. Monday - Friday 9:00 - 3:00

Summer Camps 2017: One- and two-week sessions from June 12 - September 1

* Group A: grades PreK-1
* Group B: grades 2-3
* Group C: grades 4-5

Visual Arts in the A.M.
Campers will experiment with a wide range of materials and a variety of art-making techniques on individual and group projects of all sizes and shapes.  topics will include painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, mosaics, collage, bookbinding, mask making, fabric dyeing, and more! 

Performance Arts in the P.M.
We’ll explore theater games and spend time with improvisation, set design, creative writing, puppetry and grand-scale productions. Each camp session will end with a unique and original performance written, designed and performed by the campers. Parents won’t want to miss the show!

Field Trips, Too!
Each session, campers will venture into the larger community area to visit some of Chicago’s most exciting arts and cultural institutions.


These one-week intensive studies in art are designed to develop skills and explore concepts in a specific medium or focus on a single theme.New this summer, look for our Get inspired series, in which campers will deeply engage with an Art Center exhibition and create original artwork inspired by what they find! (10 & UP)

Camp topics include: Ceramics, Art as Activism, Kinetic Sculpture, Darkroom Photo and more!