Summer Youth Camps and Classes


Thank you for choosing to participate in MCAD Summer Youth Prfograms! We are confident that your student will have a richly engaging experience.

The following information will be useful to you and your student as you prepare for the start of your program. Please contact us with any further questions about our classes or policies.

Please note that some Studio Kids classes have been moved to a remote format and some of the information below will not apply. 

Studio Kids Ages 6–12

Each class is led by a professional artist and is modeled to reflect a hands-on working and dynamic studio environment. Each session focuses on the exploration of images and concepts related to that week’s theme and is designed to help students develop their creative confidence and skills through fun and challenging multidisciplinary art lessons. Students expand their art vocabulary while creating with color, line, composition, dimension, pattern, form, and texture.

2020 Lead Artists:

Covid Specific Policies and Procedures

For detailed information on MCAD’s approach to Covid-19 health and safety practices, please review the MCAD Covid-19 Preparedness Plan 

In-Person Summer Youth Program Protocols and Policies

  • Classes will be limited to 8 students, as well as one instructor and one teaching assistant. This is based on a physical distancing analysis of all spaces and capacities on campus.
  • At-home monitoring for symptoms of illness by students and staff will be required.
  • Students and staff will be required to wear face masks.
  • Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations will be available in every space, as well as at the entrances and exits to the buildings.
  • All activities have been modified to reduce contact between individuals.
  • The sharing of supplies will be limited and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • Students who decline to follow these protocols may be asked to leave the program and will not receive a refund.
  • The most current health and safety guidelines will be adhered to. Changes to the program may be made at any time.

First Day of Classes

What to Wear

Due to the sometimes messy nature of studio art making activities, we recommend that students wear clothes that are appropriate for painting, building, and working with a variety of stain-making materials. It is also recommended that students wear closed-toe shoes to protect their feet during class time as well as outdoor break time.

What to Bring

  • A Mask or Face Covering: Students will be required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Water Bottle: Please label it.
  • Hand Sanitizer: MCAD has hand sanitizer stations at all building entrances and within the classrooms. However, you may want to send a small bottle along with your student. Please label it. 

All supplies will be provided. Each student will be provided with an individualized kit of supplies. Students will not be sharing supplies.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Please drop off and pick up your child at the south side of the Main Building, where free short-term lot parking is available, and enter through the south side doors. Escort your child to class and sign them in with an instructor every day. Children must not be dropped off earlier than 8:50 a.m. and must be picked up immediately upon conclusion of the class. Though MCAD does employ a full-time public safety staff, your adherence to this policy helps ensure the safety of all youth.

Because building access may be restricted during summer 2021, arrival and check-in procedures may be adjusted. Up to date procedures will be shared with families shortly before the start of their class.

Last Day of Classes

Friday Family Day

While we normally celebrate the work of these young artists at a Friday exhibition on the last day of class, we are still determining whether we can hold some type of celebration in a safe and responsible way. Thank you for your patience as we work through these details.

Information and Policies

Age Requirements

Each child that is registered for a camp must fall into the appropriate age range. These ages are checked by Continuing Education staff, and will be enforced. Studio Kids 6-9 year old students must be at least six years of age, and must have completed kindergarten, prior to the first day of their class. 

Attendance Policy

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. If your child will be absent for a full or partial class session for any reason, please complete the Absence Reporting Form. These form will be emailed to families shortly before the start of their class. 

Student Conduct

MCAD reserves the right to dismiss a student when their actions show disrespect for other people or property. Once a child starts the program week, tuition and fees cannot be refunded for subsequent dismissal, withdrawal, or absence.

Medication and Personal Items

If your child requires prescription medication (with the exception of an Epi-Pen), please bring it in the original container and give it directly to the instructor at check-in. Children with Epi-Pens for allergies must keep the pen on their person at all times, either in a waist pack or on a lanyard. 

Students are discouraged from bringing electronic devices, toys, or any item of value, such as jewelry or money. The MCAD Studio Kids Program assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged personal property.

Personal Safety

MCAD employs the service of an independent firm that performs a thorough background check on all faculty, staff, and assistants we hire. These employees are also required to read and sign our rigorous policies regarding abuse. If a complaint or investigation provides knowledge or reason to believe that child abuse has occurred, MCAD will comply with Minnesota Statute 626.556, Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors. This statute states: “Any professional who has knowledge of or reasonable cause to believe a child is being … physically or sexually abused shall make an oral report immediately by phone (to the appropriate state agency) to be followed as soon as possible by a report in writing.” Contact the Senior Director of continuing education at 612.874.3778 or if you have any questions or concerns.


Review our class participation and registration policies.


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