Teen courses and kids camps

2022 Summer camp registration open!

Learn from professional artists and designers who enjoy helping young people explore their creativity.

Teen courses & kids camps provide an open and supportive environment for you to try new creative activities, explore your own unique ideas, and learn through hands-on techniques.

Teen Art & Design Camps

Spark your teen’s imagination with one of AUArts Continuing Education studio-based summer art and design courses. Your teen will work with talented creators who enjoy helping young people master new skills and express themselves through a variety of media. Along with making art and learning new skills you'll be able to hang out and meet other like-minded, creative people.   

Teen Courses are for teens aged 13 to 16. 

Supplies are included in fees unless otherwise noted. 

Please Note: Parents, the breadth of activities and images generated by art production at a post-secondary art institution may challenge societal conventions.

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Course Name

Dates & Times

Price

Description 

Animation Studio

Mon - Fri

Jul 18 - 22

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

Discover the fun and wacky world of non-digital animation using more experimental techniques of cutouts, stop motion, and pixilation. You will produce your own short animation project individually or in a small group. Watch short video clips for inspiration and to get your creative juices flowing.

NOTE: this is not a computer animation course; you will use digital technologies to record and edit your animation.

Fashion Studio

Mon - Fri

Jul 25 - 29

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to look great! Your instructor will take you thrift store shopping and help you pick out interesting clothes to take back to the studio, where you will learn how to DE-construct and then RE-construct them into styles that are fresh, fun, fashionable! You’ll be the envy of all your friends!  

Photo Studio

Mon - Fri

Jul 4 - 8

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

Taking interesting pictures is more than just pressing a button on your camera. Learn about composition, how to control light and depth of field, good editing, and how to use Photoshop to process your images. Work with your digital camera and get some experience with alternative techniques.

Cartooning

Mon - Fri

Jul 11 -15

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

Learn the traditional process of hand drawing your own comics. You will be encouraged to develop your own identifiable style, including environments and layouts while you are learning to draw the human figure. Give your characters expression and action, and put them into a narrative to tell a story, as you work with a variety of media including pen and ink, marker, pencil and water-based colour.  

Drawing Studio

Mon - Fri

Jul 4 - 8

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

Focus on improving your drawing skills while you experiment with different types of drawing media including: graphite, charcoal, and conte crayons. You will continue to improve your understanding of the art elements and principles as you focus on composition and a variety of drawing techniques. Think about what you are communicating with your drawings and develop your ability to speak about your work during critique session each class.

Drawing II Studio

Mon - Fri

Jul 18 - 22

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

Continue your drawing exploration with different drawing media as you work through a sequence of studio-based activities. Develop your understanding and use of the art elements and principles as you focus on improving your compositions, drawing skills, and creating narrative in your work. You will have critique sessions throughout the course giving you the opportunity to practice speaking about your work and discussing it with others.

Drawing Techniques of the Masters

Mon - Fri

Jul 11 - 15

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

The Renaissance Masters kept incredible sketchbooks full of drawings that they worked on daily. Learn to accurately draw what your eye is really seeing, through a step-by-step approach to drawing that has been used for centuries. You will draw from master prints as you work with a number of different drawing media and hone your skills.  

Faces & Figures Studio

Mon - Fri

Jul 25 - 29

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

Learn how to draw the human face and figure from direct observation. You will study proper proportions of both the face and the figure as you test out a variety of drawing techniques. Start each class with quick gesture drawings to get warmed up and then move into longer, sustained poses for a complete, detailed rendering. Participate in daily critique sessions at the end of each class.  

Kids Camps

Grow your child’s imagination this summer at one of our theme-based children's art camps!  All camps are taught by professional, fun-loving artists. Children will have fun experimenting with a range of traditional or new art media, playing active games, and seeing their art displayed at our Friday afternoon exhibitions.

Supplies are included in fees for kids’ camps, unless otherwise noted.

We also provide before and after care for you and your young ones. Drop them off between 8:30am - 9:00am on your way to work and we'll keep an eye on them after the camps from 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

young person painting on a silk screen

Camp Name

Dates & Times

Price

Description 

Animate It!

Mon – Fri

Jul 11 – 15

9:00am – 4:00pm

$385 + GST

Make your own cast of characters that you bring to life throughout the week. Create original drawings as you tell a visual story in stop-motion animation, and then watch them on a big screen TV.

Mon – Fri

Jul 25 – 29

9:00am – 4:00pm

Mon – Fri

Aug 8 – 12

9:00am – 4:00pm  

Crazy for Cats! (New Course)

Mon – Fri

Jul 11 – 15

9:00am – 4:00pm

$370 + GST

*$295 (Civic Holiday, no class Mon, Aug 1) 

Are you crazy for cats?! Join us and other cat crazy kids for the week and learn about different breeds and their characteristics as you draw, paint, and sculpt cats and even create a miniature cat house or condo!

Mon – Fri

Jul 18 – 22

9:00am – 4:00pm

Tue – Fri*

Aug 2 – 5

9:00am – 4:00pm

Draw Cartoons

Mon – Fri

Jul 4 – 8

9:00am – 4:00pm

$370 + GST

Do you love creating original, quirky characters? Draw Cartoons is for you! Look at lots of examples and learn how to tell a story, as you create and draw characters, and learn proper proportions of the human figure. Work on your own, unique cartooning style that you can continue to build upon.

Mon – Fri

Jul 18 – 22

9:00am – 4:00pm

Mon – Fri

Aug 8 – 12

9:00am – 4:00pm

Space Quest! (New Course)

Mon - Fri

Jul 11 -15

10:00am - 4:00pm

$385 + GST

To infinity and beyond! Get lost in outer space while learning a bit about the solar system and galaxy we live in, including stars and constellations, and imagining what else is out there…like extraterrestrial beings! You’ll get to work with several different media, including paint, pencil crayons, polymer clay and more as you create 2D and 3D projects.

Mon – Fri

Jul 25 – 29

9:00am – 4:00pm

Mon – Fri

Aug 8 – 12

9:00am – 4:00pm

Unicorn Magic

Mon - Fri

Jul 4 - 8

10:00am - 4:00pm

$370 + GST

*$295 + GST (Civic Holiday, no class Mon, Aug 1)

Everything’s coming up rainbows! Unicorns are magnificent, magical creatures full of happiness and goodness. Create everything unicorn and rainbow as you learn proper proportioning of equine animals and create a story for your unique unicorn. You’ll get to work with a variety of drawing media, polymer clay, felt and more.

Mon – Fri

Jul 18 – 22

9:00am – 4:00pm

Tue – Fri*

Aug 2 – 5*

9:00am – 4:00pm*

Witches & Wizards

Mon – Fri

Jul 4 – 8

9:00am – 4:00pm

$370 + GST

*$295 + GST (Civic Holiday, no class Mon, Aug 1)

Calling all witches and wizards! Come share your love of the wizarding world as you create your own personalized wand, draw enchanted pets, sculpt mini characters, and so much more. Start off the week getting sorted into groups and working towards winning the House Cup!

Mon – Fri

Jul 25 – 29

9:00am – 4:00pm

Tue – Fri*

Aug 2 – 5*

9:00am – 4:00pm*

Les Petits Artistes

Mon – Fri

July 25 – 29

9:00am – 4:00pm

$425 + GST

Parlez-vous francais? Spend the week brushing up on your French…just in time for back to school! Each morning you will review French vocabulary, grammar, and syntax as you participate in both individual and group activities while learning a little about French artists and art movements. The afternoons are devoted to creating your own masterpieces and working with a variety of art media and techniques.

AUArts and Alliance Francaise are partnering up to offer this unique camp (at AUArts) for your kids ages 7-10!

This camp is held at Alberta University of the Arts.

Mon – Fri

Aug 15 – 19

9:00am – 4:00pm

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