Creativity. Community. CAMP.
Empower your artist this summer at Camp Minni!
We offer eight individually themed weeks of summer camp, beginning July 9th and running until Labor Day weekend.
The Camp Minni schedule offers:
Weekly camps, Monday–Friday, 9:00am–12:00pm
Enrollment of no more than 12 little artists per session, ages 4–9
Rotating design themes led by teaching artists + professional educators
Daily outdoor art-making or field trip to nearby studios + galleries
The Minni Philosophy:
Everything we do will follow Minni’s overarching approach to invention and design, with lessons emphasizing a progression of skills and gently guiding natural exploration through technique and processes. As per the structure of Minni’s class programs, participants will spend some time each day working independently and some time working together as a group. Culminating projects may be individual or a team effort!
Please send your Minni camper with a nut-free snack + water bottle.
Campers should wear clothes suited to getting messy and arrive with sunscreen already applied.
Camp Minni - Dollhouse + Décor
July 9–July 13
Dollhouses offer endless opportunities for creative exploration and play. This week’s projects will focus on creating all of the miniature elements of the tiny worlds that children innately love, putting our MinniArtists entirely in control of how their homes look and who occupies them. The theme offers a great chance to expand upon the borderless role of design in our own lives: where we put things and how we make them look has much to do with how they are used and how individuals and families (doll and human alike) interact and spend their time. Planned projects include making wallpaper, rugs, furniture, and the dolls themselves.
Camp Minni - Things That Go
July 16–July 20
What is it about movement and things that GO that holds children’s fascination like no other? This week will offer a broad exploration of motion and its role in the art world. We’ll investigate kinetic sculptures that bend and spin as well as drawings and paintings that show what it’s like to zoom to the moon and ride around town. Our largest creative project will be the group construction of a vehicle using a mix up of wood, metal, and other materials. Be ready to make things and make them go!
Camp Minni - Fun With Fabric
July 23–July 27
Campers will have SEW much fun this week as we investigate soft sculpture from start to finish. Participants will get a glimpse at how their favorite stuffies came to be, learning about the creation process from end to end, and then getting hands-on with each part of that process. Planned activities include fabric dying and actual fabric printing, with inspiration pulled from a selection of textiles from around the globe – and then work on hand sewing some new items and friends. Projects will be tailored to students’ ages and familiarity with sewing. No experience necessary!
*Note that this week’s theme pairs wonderfully with Week 4 (Accessories Adventure). We highly recommend joining both camps if your schedule allows.
Camp Minni - Accessories Adventure
July 30–August 3
Dress up or down for this most meta of weeks, in which our MinniArtists actually make their favorite dress up items – and then use those items to design and engage in more imaginative play and creation than ever before. We’ll explore myriad elements of fashion and style in planning new couture creations, looking to upcoming and established designers alike for inspiration and reflection upon the entire design process: how does a sketch become a material become a superhero cape-turned-reason-to-run-around-the-house-dressed-all-in-red? Projects will include jewelry, hats, scarves, purses, and capes – essentially, all the required elements for the perfect dress up wardrobe. Join us and join a thoughtful adventure of accessory architecture.
*Note that this week’s theme pairs wonderfully with Week 3 (Fun with Fabric). We highly recommend joining both camps if your schedule allows.
Camp Minni - Places + Spaces
August 6–August 10
What is placemaking, and why does it matter? Our Places + Spaces camp asks these big questions in the accessible context of children’s favorite buildings and destinations. We’ll explore theories behind the design and construction of playgrounds and parks, towers, and castles, and look closely at our favorite local structures for inspiration and study. Campers will apply basic two- and three-dimensional architectural design concepts as they plan and construct their very own favorite new places. A trip to the park will never be the same!
Camp Minni - Lots of Lettering
August 13–August 17
It’s incredibly empowering to learn to write. Which means it’s utterly awesome to learn to write in all new ways. This week’s camp explores text as a means of communication, as its own art form, and as a design element. We’ll look at examples of how written words have been integrated into all types of art, from sculptures to public murals to canvases, and touch on the ideas of fonts and writing styles. Projects will explore traditionally beautiful hand lettering techniques such as calligraphy, and also the completely antithetical art form that is graffiti. Book covers and posters will provide additional inspiration. Make a note to make some art.
Camp Minni - Nature Lovers
August 20–August 24
It’s Minni en plein air! We’re taking this late summer week to focus on creating art outside in the most fun mix of forms with the most outdoorsy mix of materials. Projects will include making sun prints, flower and leaf mandalas, and constructing small stick fairy houses using elements of local trees, plants, and earth collected on our daily excursions. We’ll also try our hands at painting landscapes of nearby outdoor spaces. And for the archeologists in our group: we’ll of course be making fossils. Get in to this week at Minni to get out and get making.
Camp Minni - Superhero Sketching
August 27–August 31
It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s the last week of Minni Camp! We’re closing summer out with the swoosh of a cape in our Superhero Sketching session. MinniArtists will do a deep dive into the world of comic book design and illustration to understand what Superheroes have traditionally looked like, and just which design elements are leveraged to give them their unique cartoony characteristics. Participants will work on illustrating Superheroes, and investigate further bringing the infamous personas to life with unique movement techniques. A super summer week is guaranteed.