Teen courses and kids camps

Summer 2023 Registration Open!

Learn from up and coming 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.

Supplies are included in fees unless otherwise noted. 

Teen Art & Design Camps

Teen Courses are for teens aged 12 to 15. (12-year-olds must be entering Grade 7) 

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.   

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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Teen Summer Courses

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

Animation Studio

July 17 - 21

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

July 24 - 28

Discover the fun world of non-digital animation using more experimental techniques like cutouts, stop motion, an pixilation. You will produce your own short animation project individually or in a small group. Watch short video clips for inspiration and get your creative juices flowing. NOTE: this is not a digital animation course but you will use digital technologies to record and edit your animation in 2D or 3D. 

NEW: Ceramics Studio

July 10 - 14

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$410 + GST

July 17 - 21

Get your hands dirty in the ceramics studio! Focus will be on hand building and learning good practices and techniques to create functional and sculptural pieces. You will also get introduced to different surface treatments, including decoration with slip and underglazes, and firing. Work through projects designed to give you a foundational skill-building practice.

Drawing Studio

July 4 - 7

Civic Holiday: No class, July 3

Tuesday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$320 + GST

August 8 - 11

Civic Holiday: No class, August 7

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

July 17 - 21

Monday - Friday

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. Note: previous drawing experience is recommended for this course. 

Faces & Figures Studio

July 10 - 14

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$430 + GST

July 24 - 28

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.  

RE: Fashion Studio

July 10 - 14

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

July 24 - 28

July 31 - August 4

You don't have to spend a lot of money to look great! Your instructor will take you thrift shopping and help you pick out interesting clothes to take back to the studio, where you will learn to DE-construct then RE-construct them into fresh new fits. 

NEW: Manga

July 4 - 7

Civic Holiday: No class, July 3

Tuesday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm 

$320 + GST

August 8 - 11

Civic Holiday: No class, August 7

Learn the basics+ for hand drawing Manga and Anime comics, including Manga proportioning and stylization of figures, with a focus on the head, hair, and eyes. Work on developing characters, their poses and expressions as you put them into environments, and layouts to tell a story. You will work with a variety of media including pen and ink, marker, pencil and water-based colour.  

NEW: Painting Studio

July 17 - 21

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

July 24 - 28

July 31 - August 4

Get serious about painting! Spend time in the studio developing your painting skills as you work at a standing easel. Take your skills to the next level as you improve your understanding of composition, colour mixing, and a variety of painting techniques. Work on your own ideas and really begin to consider what you are communicating with your paintings. You will develop your ability to speak about your work during critique sessions throughout the week. 

Photo Studio

July 10 - 14

Monday - Friday 

10:00am - 4:00pm

$398 + GST

July 31 - August 4

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.

Please note: Courses appearing in red are currently available for registration.

For more information please contact the Continuing Education office by email

 

Kids Camps

Kids Camps are for youth ages 9 to 12. (9-year-olds must be entering Grade 4) 

Grow your child’s imagination this summer at one of our theme-based children's art camps!  All camps are taught by talented, 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.

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

Course Name

Start & End Dates

Day & Time

Price

NEW: Animate It! 2D!

July 4 - 7*

Civic Holiday: No class, July 3

Tuesday - Friday*

9:00am - 4:00pm

$310*

July 10 - 14

Monday - Friday

9:00am - 4:00pm

$385

Work in small teams in the AUArts animation suite to create a visual story that you tell through a unique cast of characters that you bring to life through original drawings to create a stop-motion animation. Learn how to convey movement as you create a character-based narrative. Once all is done, sit back and watch them on a big screen.

NEW: Animate It! 3D!

July 31 - August 4

Monday - Friday

9:00am - 4:00pm

$385

August 8 - 11* 

Civic Holiday: No class, August 7

Tuesday - Friday*

9:00am - 4:00pm

$310*

Work in groups in the AUArts animation suite to produce a visual story that you tell through stop motion animation in 3D, using Lego©, small toys, stuffed animals, etc (students are welcome to bring items from home). Gain an understanding of how time effects movement and your visual story. When you are finished, watch it on the big screen with your campmates.

Crazy for Cats!

July 4 - 7*

Civic Holiday: No class, July 3

Tuesday - Friday*

9:00am - 4:00pm

$305*

July 17 - 21

Monday - Friday

9:00am - 4:00pm

$370

July 31 - August 4

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!

Draw Cartoons

July 10 - 14

Monday - Friday

9:00am - 4:00pm

$370

July 24 - 28

August 8 - 11* 

Civic Holiday: No class, August 7

Tuesday - Friday*

9:00am - 4:00pm

$305*

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.

NEW: Painting Party

July 17 - 21

Monday - Friday

9:00am - 4:00pm

$370

July 24 - 28 

Come paint with us! Learn about different painters and painting styles from history and create your own masterpieces. You will discuss how to properly mix colours and try out different paint application methods throughout the week, block painting to monochromatic to splatter.

Please note: Courses appearing in red are currently available for registration.

For more information please contact the Continuing Education office by email

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