Summer Camp

Mastering the art of summer fun.

Join us this summer!
June 18 – July 27, 2018

SFArtsED summers are magical times, as children ages 6-14 immerse themselves in the arts—collaborating with many of the same extraordinary artists who teach in our residence programs in the public schools, and in our Players musical theater company.

With multiple sessions to choose from, children have an opportunity to play, explore, and experience to their hearts’ content. Perhaps they’ll paint a mural, sing and hoof in a classic musical, or play drums under the sun; draw, tumble, or create an original piece of fashion. Or even dance beside members of one of San Francisco’s most venerable companies.

Really, the possibilities are endless.

Our campers have such a good time, it can be hard to realize that they are also actively learning—making creative decisions, honing their focus, collaborating with peers—and acquiring new skills they can take with them back to school.

“The camp opened up a lot of new avenues for my daughter’s artistic expression. She’s excited to continue in the years to come.

— Craig Berger, SFArtsED Summer Camp Dad

(Ages 6-9)

An exhilarating smorgasbord of creative expression taught by our cadre of experienced artist mentors, Exploration Camp is ideal for younger campers, who thrill to the mash-up of visual and performing arts—including world rhythms, dance, choral singing, instrument making, theater, and story telling—with plenty of free time for outdoor play and concluding with a showcase for family and friends. (Each session has a different theme, and may be repeated.)


Session One: June 18-June 29
Session Two: July 2-July 13
Session Three: July 16-July 27

(Ages 9-14)

This rich immersion in musical theater has older kids singing, acting, and dancing, taught by our staff of stage directors, vocal coaches, and choreographers. Every session is different, and culminates with a showcase performance on the final day for family and friends. Please note: Enrollment in a Broadway Bound session is a prerequisite for consideration for the SFArtsED Players, our invitation-only musical theater company.

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

Session One: June 18-June 29.
Classic Broadway celebrates classics from Broadway’s Golden Age, 1930-1965.

Session Two: July 2-July 13.
Contemporary Broadway explores more recent favorites, 1966-today.

Session Three: July 16-July 27.
Building Broadway: From Showboat to Hamilton, How Musicals are Made, offers campers a voice in creating an original musical review, in preparation for its world premiere in February, 2019, as part of SFArtsED’s 50th anniversary season.

(Ages 10-14)

Three unique sessions offer campers a hands-on immersion in various aspects of the visual arts, from sculpture to fine arts to mixed media. A curated exhibition in SFArtsED’s Minnesota Street Project gallery will feature work created in all three Art & Design sessions.

Miraloma Elementary School

Session One: June 18-June 29.
Sculpture explores the worlds of clay and three-dimensional creation.

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

Session Two: July 2-July 13.
Fine Arts focuses on imparting essential skills in painting, drawing, and illustration.

Session Three: July 16-July 27.
Mixed Media invites young artists to combine artistic approaches—including collage, paint, stencils, and more.

(Ages 10-14)

From the conceptual to the runway-ready, three sessions spark the fashion-forward creativity of older campers. Every session is entirely unique, and covers the gambit from introductory skills, to knitting, and investigating clothing as a mode of communication.

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

Session One: June 18-June 29.
Fashion Basics includes construction basics such as pattern cutting, closure, and pleating, culminating with the making of a garment or accessory (more advanced techniques offered to the intermediate sewer).

Session Two: July 2-July 13.
Knitting Jamboree teaches designers all of the stylish and surprising things that can be created with needles, yarn, and knitting machines.

Session Three: July 16-July 27.
Diversity on the Fashion Runway investigates how humans communicate their identities, as campers create a garment that juxtaposes genres and eras (think ‘50s punk or preppy Victorian). Designed to be both displayed and worn, final designs will be translated into choreography performed at SFArtED’s Minnesota Street Project gallery in August.

“My child has rated his experience a ‘ten’ every day when we pick him up from camp. We could not have been happier with camp Exploration. My child kept asking to do another session, and we ended up doing all three. We feel very lucky and hope to return next summer. Thank you!”

— Cecilia Vollaro and Henry Moore, SFArtsED Summer Camp Parents

Summer starts today!