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Craft Alliance Summer Camps

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Craft Alliance has provided arts education and craft experiences to the St. Louis community for over 56 years. We are thrilled to embark on another year of creative offerings for St. Louis families. Whether your young artist wants to sculpt with molten glass, learn to weave, or throw on the potter’s wheel, we have a camp for them. Our team of professional teaching artists know how to engage students with new skills while having fun.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our new, expanded location in the Delmar Maker District, where we have updated, larger studio spaces to safely social distance and have fun learning a craft. Summer art camps provide young artists the outlet for exercising both critical and creative thinking through clay, fibers, metal, glass, and more. Our flexible camps fit into your busy summer schedule and are designed to engage youth in learning new and fun studio techniques by making amazing artworks.

Craft Alliance Members receive early access to register for Summer Arts Camps beginning February 22. General registration opens March 8, 2022.


Frequently Asked Questions

When do I drop my camper off for Before Care?

Morning drop-off begins at 8:30am.

When do I pick up my camper?

Pick up is at 4:30 pm. Campers who are left in their studio at the end of pick up will be brought to After Care and charged for After Care. After Care pick up is at 5:30 pm.  

What Should my camper wear for camp?

Only close-toed shoes are allowed; no sandals or crocs, please! Students in glass & metals camps should dress in natural fibers, like cotton. Each camper will have a unique arts experience, from learning techniques of clay, glass and metal arts to writing and creating books, wearable art, masks, graphics and more. Please dress your child for fun, and sometimes messy, art experiences!

Can I pack my camper a lunch or snack? 

Bring a snack and a water bottle for each camp. Campers will be able to take a monitored break to have a drink and a snack during their camp. This break will take place outside, weather permitting, or in the main corridor, supervised.
Lunch care is only available for all day campers. Campers should bring a bagged lunch--there is no access to a microwave or refrigerator. 

If a camp is full, can I be called if there is a cancellation?

There are waiting lists for camps. Please reach out via email at registrar@craftalliance.org or phone, at 314-725-1177 to join a waitlist. The registrar will contact you if a space becomes available.

Where do I park for pick up and drop off?

There is free parking in the parking lot on the East side of our building or on Delmar Blvd. Additionally, please use the pick-up sign included in your camp acknowledgement email for drop off and pick up. Write camper's last name clearly and hang on passenger side. A camp staff member will escort your camper to and from your vehicle.

Is tuition assistance available?

Tuition assistance is unavailable for 2022 Summer Camps

 

Policies

Camp CoVid Guidelines

Craft Alliance is Missouri ArtSafe certified, we practice safety standards and follow health guidelines that protect all who enter our building. Our guidelines and policies are designed to protect the health and safety of everyone. 

Craft Alliance has taken steps to create a safe and welcoming environment for our 2022 Summer Camps. We are a Missouri ArtSafe certified, meaning we practice COVID-19 safety protocols and follow health guidelines that protect all who enter our building. For our 2022 Summer Camps, this includes:

  • Reduced capacity for all camp sessions to accommodate appropriate health and safety guidelines.
  • Face masks for everyone entering the facility.
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting practices, including tools and all studio and facility surfaces.

Cancellation

Craft Alliance reserves the right to cancel, combine, or reschedule camps/workshops/classes to adjust for enrollment.  If Craft Alliance cancels a camp/workshop/class an email notification will be sent to request transfer to another comparable camp or receive a full tuition and studio fee refund. 

Withdrawal & Refund

Notice of withdrawal must be sent to grant.benoit@craftalliance.org 14 days prior to the start date in order to a full refund. Craft Alliance will charge a $25 withdrawal fee for any and all withdrawals made earlier than 14 days prior to the start of a camp/workshop/class.  Craft Alliance will not refund or credit for camps missed due to illness or health, personal schedule conflict, travel, or other reasons. There is not a schedule to allow for students to make-up or attend missed classes.  If your camper is unable to attend a camp day, please contact Craft Alliance immediately at 314.725.1177 ext. 331.


Craft Alliance Members receive early access to register for Summer Arts Camps beginning February 22. General registration opens March 8, 2022.


Ages 7-9

Comic Capers

Ages 7-9

It’s a bird, it’s a plane - it’s a new twist on comic book characters! Using pencils, markers, scanners, and printers, you will learn how to develop cool action characters, exciting worlds, and fantastic stories for your very own comic book.

Dig into Dirt!

Ages 7-9

Explore fun ways to build with clay! Create mugs, bowls, sculptures, and tiles. Learn hand building techniques such as coil, slab, and pinch processes. Decorate and texture your clay artworks by using tools and colorful underglazes. Projects will be fired and ready for pick up three weeks after the last day of camp.

Drawing 101

Ages 7-9

Learn to work with a variety of drawing materials to create a wide range of projects. Use pencils, inks, and colored pencils to illustrate buildings, people, animals, plants, and more! Bring your imagination to life as you explore color, line, texture, and perspective!

Fantastic Fibers

Ages 7-9

Explore fibers through fantastic techniques; stitching with colorful threads, tie-dye and fabric painting, and using buttons and beads to embellish! Learn how to join pieces of cloth to create decorative and wearable constructions.

Ink It!

Ages 7-9

Ink, repeat, ink, REPEAT! From monotypes to block prints, explore a variety of mixed media methods and printmaking tools to create multiple editions of your artwork. Create colorful prints on paper by using paints, inks, found objects, stamps, and relief carvings. Get creative in the Printmaking studio!

Pencil Madness

Ages 7-9

Learn to work with a variety of drawing materials to create a wide range of artworks and projects. Use pencils, inks, and pastels to illustrate buildings, people, animals, plants and more! Color, line, texture, perspective and your imagination are all explored in this camp!

Sew Sassy

Ages 7-9

Explore hand sewing! Learn how to join pieces of cloth to create soft sculptures, personalized patches, and pillows. Decorate your constructions with simple stitches, felts, buttons, beads, and colorful embroidery threads.

Spinning Mud

Ages 7-9

Round and round we throw! Campers will have fun using the potter’s wheel and gaining new skills in clay; wedging, centering, forming, and even glazing with a colorful palette. Projects will be fired and ready for pick-up three weeks after the last day of camp.

Stamps, Prints & Books

Ages 7-9

Learn how to tell your own unique story while exploring a variety of bookmaking and printmaking techniques. Create and construct your own colorful artist books.

Ages 10-14

Bangin' with Hammers

Ages 10-14

Explore all of the tools and techniques to shape flat sheets of copper and brass into sculptural and wearable forms. Learn cutting, piercing, riveting, and soldering with a torch as you form jewelry and objects from metal and found materials.

Baubles & Bling!

Ages 10-14

In the Metal Studio explore the world of wearable art through jewelry and metalsmithing techniques. Learn to rivet, solder, cut, connect, and string together parts! Create wearable and sculptural art using brass, copper, beads, baubles, and found objects, enjoy the exploration of bling!

Dig into Dirt

Ages 10-14

Explore fun ways to build with clay! Create mugs, bowls, sculptures, and tiles. Learn hand building techniques such as coil, slab, and pinch processes. Decorate and texture your clay artworks by using tools and colorful underglazes. Projects will be fired and ready for pick up three weeks after the last day of camp.

Flaming Glass

Ages 10-14

Learn to work with a torch and molten glass to create small sculptural glass objects. Explore a variety of flame working techniques and make beads, sculptures, and animal forms from colorful glass rods.

Hot Glass Jewelry

Ages 10-14

Play with fire! Melt glass with a torch and pattern, shape, and design into glass beads. String your colorful, textured beads into a wearable a bracelet or a necklace. Learn a variety of flame working techniques used to make unique and colorful glass beads in this camp.

Kinetic Kraft

Ages 10-14

Discover how to use a variety of mechanisms and fun shapes to animate your projects! Create using exciting materials like wood, recyclables, corrugated cardboard, and paper to build kinetic sculptures 'krafted' to be movable and fun to play with.

Melt it Like it's HOT!

Ages 10-14

Harness the power of fire in our metals studio. Use molten metal casting techniques along with fabrication and soldering skills to create small objects from copper and brass. Get ready to “fire up” the torch and fabricate small sculptures and jewelry!

Multimedia Mosaics

Ages 10-14

Explore the art of mosaics using small glass tiles, marbles and found objects to create picture frames, bird houses, and planters in this camp! Learn pattern design and application techniques as you create fun forms, surfaced with multiple ranges of color.

Plan, Shape, Make!

Ages 10-14

Explore mixed media to create sculptural, handmade objects! Build with a variety of shapes, animal subjects, and fun patterns to design sculptures. The possibilities are endless! Plan, Shape, Make! will use techniques like knitting, cutting, pasting, dyeing, casting, and carving to make cool artworks.

Spinning Mud

Ages 10-14

Round and round we throw! Campers will have fun using the potter’s wheel and gaining new skills in clay; wedging, centering, forming, and even glazing with a colorful palette. Projects will be fired and ready for pick-up three weeks after the last day of camp.

Weaving

Ages 10-14

Using a small frame loom and an assortment of colorful yarns, explore the art of tapestry weaving. Learn all about this ancient craft from across the world as you create your own unique projects.

Before Care

Before Care

All Ages

Before Care begins at 8:30 am. Please do not bring your camper (s) before 8:30 am. Registration for Before Care is one week only; there is no prorating for partial weeks.

After Care

After Care

All Ages

After Care is promptly finished at 4:30 pm. Please pick up your camper (s) by 4:30 pm. Registration is for one week only; there is no prorating for partial weeks.