Art and Design Classes for Kids and Teens

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design offers outstanding week-long summer camps for kids ages five and above and multi-week studio classes for teens. These unique learning experiences are tailored to encourage the dynamic creativity of children and teens alike. Innovative, professional art educators encourage a fun and experimental studio environment.

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Pre-College 3-Week Residential Summer Session
This three-week residential summer art program provides high school sophomores through seniors with the chance to experience the life of an art and design student, live on the MCAD campus, build a portfolio, learn from professional artists and designers, and earn three college credits.

MCAD for Kids school year classes, and our engaging family workshops, introduce students and families to the world of art and ideas through fun and challenging projects, with topics ranging from painting to photography.

Developed to provide students looking to apply to art school with an opportunity to expand their application portfolio, Portfolio Preparation classes are offered during the summer and, occasionally, fall semesters. 

Week-long intensive teen art and design classes provide high school students ages 15-18 the opportunity to explore a college-like curriculum in paired topics such as drawing and painting; graphic design and illustration; and filmmaking and digital photography.

Young teen art and design classes are designed to introduce students to a variety of mediums, processes, materials, and ideas. Teens will develop technical skills and learn how to translate their ideas into visual form.

These week-long, full-day summer art camps capture the passion and imagination of kids in older primary and middle school grades. Kids are encouraged to work together to learn, think, design, build, and create in new and exciting ways. Classes meet daily from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

These week-long summer kids art camps combine creative themes with fun and challenging hands-on projects that change every week. Classes meet daily from 9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m.