Ohio University

Summer Arts for Youth

Summer Arts for Youth


Explore and create with summer camps in the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University! Elementary and middle school students will learn alongside practicing artists to develop and realize their ideas, making unique works in a variety of media.

One-week Sessions

Program Fees: $225.00 ($125.00 for half-day enrollment in ACMS Summer Music Week #2 only)


Tantrum Kids Theater Camp (ages 8–13)

Session 1: June 1–5, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Session 2: June 22–26, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

This camp develops fundamental performance skills in voice, movement and creative expression. It cultivates the imagination, creativity, and collaboration, and culminates in an informal performance. The campers will be divided into two groups according to age. Each group will write, produce and perform their own scripts under the direction of the teaching artists.

Sessions will feature similar curriculum; students are encouraged to select one week only for the best experience.


Athens Community Music School: Summer Music Week #1 (ages 8–13)

July 20–24, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

This week was created for students who have at least one year of study on an instrument–band, orchestra, piano, or voice. Classes will build on what their experience, and there will be ensembles–band, orchestra, piano, and musical theater–for each group. The week will end in a performance on Friday afternoon highlighting the work students have accomplished during the week!

Athens Community Music School: Summer Music Week #2 (ages 6–12)

July 27–31, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
(morning session 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., afternoon session 1:00–4:00 p.m.)

This week will be focused on general music-making and will be similar to past years - a week to enjoy all kinds of music: singing, ukulele, drumming, beginning group piano, guitar, all-camp chorus, crafts, and much more!

Choose morning only or all-day.

Two-week Sessions

All classes run June 29–July 10, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (no class Friday, July 3)

Program Fees: $405.00


Drawing for Comics (ages 10–13)

In Drawing for Comics, students learn not just drawing but everything they need to make their own comics, from panel layout to different bookmaking techniques. Students explore storytelling and graphic narratives through their own projects and through our library of contemporary comics and zines.

Painting + Printmaking (ages 10–13)

This class engages students’ creativity and imagination by asking them to see the world differently. Inspired by the work of contemporary and historical artists, students use observation and expression to create unique pieces that incorporate multiple media including old and new technologies. The class introduces painting and printmaking techniques such as composition, color theory, and water-based media, and students will have the opportunity to paint large-scale on canvas and use the laser cutter to create their own print blocks!

Video + Podcasting (ages 10–13)

This class opens avenues for students to tell their stories and develop the skills needed to create and record digital material. Each student’s ideas may be explored through formats as varied as interviews, script-writing, and visual effects to create final pieces ready for online streaming. Students have hands-on access to the technology used to create podcasts and videocasts and learn recording, editing, and online skills. An extended version of last year’s popular camp, this two-week experience is suitable for beginners or for students with experience looking to build on their skills.