Create your summer story. Chicago Summer Camps

Every day your camper enters the yellow doors of our Wicker Park studio to discover multi-disciplinary art making and books. Professional artists are there ready to unleash every child’s creativity by taking them on a journey with our weekly theme. Each theme is designed to tap into the vividness of their imagination and open their minds. Our studio hums with kids reading, connecting and creating as they discover everything from the classic story structure through myth to filmmaking to building a museum all about themselves. We treat each child as an artist, without modifying or ‘dumbing down.’ So your child’s experience and story will be as unique as they are.

 

 

Our campers use real artist quality materials — we trust them to use the best! These are are our favorite artist processes:
· painting + drawing
· alternative + relief printmaking
· letterpress printing
· book binding
· sewing
· alternative photo processes
· screen printing
· sculpture (wood, metal, clay, mold making, paper maché)
· collage
· paper making
· comic books
· stop motion

 

 

The other best thing about camp is the: BookClub PopUp Library is stacked each week with new and exciting titles to keep your camper’s nose in the books and imagination ignited. Book selections are inspired by our weekly theme, so campers can explore more during reading time. Genres include graphic novels, comics, fiction, non-fiction and detailed reference guides.

We consciously create an environment that cultivates your child’s curiosity and a life-long love of reading.

 

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Days
Monday – Friday

 

Full Day
9 am – 3 pm
$425 per week

 

Half Day
9 am –12:30 pm
$325 per week

 

Early drop off
8:30 am – 9:30 am
$50 per week

 

Lunch + Snacks
Pack a lunch and snack (no nuts please). BookClub will provide water and cups.

 

Ages
Entering First – Sixth Grades.

 


9 am
Drop Off


9 – 9:15
BookClub Library Exploration + Group Warm Up


9:15 – 9:45
Personal Reading Time


9:45 – 10
Stretching/Yoga


10 – 10:30
Reading Aloud To The Group


10:30 – 11:45
Art Making


11:45 – 12:10
Snack/Lunch Time


12:15 – 12:30
Personal Reading Time (Half Day Over)


12:30 – 1:00
Active Break /Activity Time


1:00 – 2:30
Art Making/CleanUp


2:30 – 3:00 
Personal Reading Time


June 12 – June 16
or July 24 – July 28

 

 

NonFiction is Trend ON! History and Famous People
What’s inspiring your child now? A historical person or event? A musician or musical? Campers choose a current trend or someone from history or pop culture. Through letterpress and bookmaking, they explore and express what their subject means to them. So who or whatever your child is interested in be it, Hamilton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie or Ruth Bader Ginsberg, we provide books and art to help them make a personal connection and statement that will stay with them, long after summer.

SOLD OUT

June 19 – June 23
or July 31 – August 4

 


Journey into Space
Your child’s creativity goes quantum with art-making about space and time travel. Campers create their own galaxy inspired by our collection of astrological and sci-fi books. This camp uses a cross section of artistic techniques such as photography, drawing, and sculpture to fully create their space odyssey.

SOLD OUT

June 26 – June 30
or August 7 – August 11

 


Nature and Animals
Campers become one with their artistic nature in this camp that’s about art, animals and nature. Your child will explore how the natural environment can be used to make and inspire art.  The BookClub PopUp Library is stocked with scenes and creatures from the natural world ready to inspire the creative process.

July 3 – July 7
or August 14 – August 18

 


BookClub Goes to the Movies
Has your child’s favorite book ever been turned into a movie? What would that look like? Through all sorts of artistic processes every camper will create their vision of how a book comes to life on the big screen by designing movie posters and using stop motion film.

SOLD OUT

July 10 – July 14
or August 21 – August 25

 


Legendary Summer
Roman and Greek myths and legends come to life through storytelling and bookarts in this fresh approach to exploring the classics. Your child will learn the beauty of classical story structure by creating a three-dimensional/sculptural storyboard. Campers also create a collaborative book of mythological stories.
July 17 – July 21
or August 28–September 1

 


Future Architects
We think BIG and we think DIFFERENTLY about architecture and environments. It’s time for architecture 101 and learning about a few famous architects. Your child gets to explore who they are by making a museum about themselves. Campers are encouraged to think expansively. Would their museum be in space, would it be a tree house or a boat or an animal? We make a professional architect grade three-dimensional model. Campers create everything that goes in the museum from tiny furniture to structures and scenes inside it.
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