art camps at the Y

The YMCA of Greater Syracuse offers a wide range of summer Arts Camps programs for youth of all ages. Whether your child is interested in ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, digital media, or a little bit of everything, we have full-day and half-day camp programs that will keep kids exploring. Guided by professionally trained artists, our campers work individually and in groups on projects that nurture their creativity and expand their artistic abilities.

Art Camp at the East Area Family Y

At the East Area Family YMCA, campers will enjoy the art studio for a full week, experiencing a wide range of media with guidance from two teaching artists. Daily activities will include gym games, outdoor time (weather permitting), free swim in the Activity Pool and the water-slide on Fridays! Limited to 26 participants each week. For ages 6-12. Full day, 9 AM - 4 PM.

Art Camp at YMCA Camp Iroquois

Campers will be divided into age-appropriate groups before traveling to five different teaching artists each day to experience a variety of art media. Boating, outdoor swimming, the climbing wall and hiking will fill up the camper's schedule. Art Camp at Camp Iroquois will be held outdoors daily. Before Care and After Care will be held on-site. Limited to 60 participants each week. Campers may sign up for both weeks. Ages 6-12. Full day, 9 AM - 4 PM.

Digital Photography/Storytelling Camp at YMCA Camp Iroquois

These camps are for our older campers. Digital Photography is for those who are interested in visual thinking and the world of photography. Digital Storytelling will allow the participants to create vines (6-second videos) and generate stories that are reflective and autobiographical in nature. Boating, outdoor swimming, the climbing wall and hiking are part of the schedule. Limited to 12 participants each week. Campers may sign up for both weeks. Ages 11-13. Full day, 9 AM - 4 PM.

Art Camp at the Art Park

This unique camp is located on the grounds of Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia. Campers will experience an intensive study in a specialized area of art each session. Activities and projects will include formal art instruction from the artists-in-residence, producing pieces inspired by the natural surroundings. Limited to 10 participants each session; campers may sign up for multiple sessions. Ages 10-14. Half day, 9 AM - 12 PM.

Teen Arts Camp

Keep your imagination alive this summer! Arts camp has expanded to include programs for our teens that have aged out of our younger programs. Each one-week session will focus intensively on a single art form. Our goal is to instill in each camper the skills needed to continue to explore the subject independently. Students will work with their own photo equipment. A few digital cameras are available. Ages 12-15. Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Mini Artists & Athletes

The Artists & Athletes program fits right between the end of preschool and beginning of summer! Children will explore a variety of art media and techniques, with projects including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more. Sports will include soccer, basketball, baseball, running and creative hand-eye coordination drills to keep children moving and learning valuable skills! Parents are welcome to leave the building and each child should bring a snack, water bottle, and be dressed appropriately for all daily activities, both arts and sports! (this means sneakers!). Ages 3-6. Half day. 9 AM - 12 PM.

Mini Artists Program

Bring your imagination to the Arts Studio and end the summer with a creative band! We will explore a variety of art media and techniques including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more. Mid-morning we take a break from the hard artists' work to enjoy games in the gym and a snack. To celebrate all the wonderful masterpieces created each week, parents and friends are invited to the gallery exhibition on Thursday. Parents are welcome to leave the building during the program and each child should bring a snack and drink, sneakers, and be dressed to get a little messy! Ages 3-6. Half day, 9 AM - 12 PM.

Day Camp