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3 awesome art summer camps

by Amy Azzarito


Growing up, I would spend the summer anxiously awaiting the two weeks that I would spend at sleep-away camp. I would carefully choose my two camp activities (horseback riding and art) and spend the weeks hanging out with horse, crafting, and enjoying summer. (We love camp so much here at design*sponge that last summer we created an entire newspaper devoted to camp fun.) I love this new trend of summer camps for adults -you can find a summer camp in nearly every part of the country. Here’s a round-up of a few of my favs. Do you know of any amazing art summer camps? –Amy

Image above: CAMP was founded in 2012 by Ginny Branch with fellow creatives Amy OsabaErica Loesing, Maria Taylor, and Max LeBlanc and was born from the desire to nurture the talents of designers/artists/photographers/stylists/creatives/makers. Based in Atlanta, CAMP teaches crafternoons, day-workshops (natural dyeing with plants and spicesfloral arranging/ upholstery 101/ beauty tutorials) and retreats like exploring The Worlds’s Longest Yardsale with our pickin’ pro and 3-day styling + photography workshops. (They also offer business/accounting classes)  Camp classes start in July.

Photo credit, above from top: Amber Fouts, Ali Harper and Ali Harper. Logo designed by Erica Loesing

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Started in 2008, in New Hampshire, Squam is a place for exploring creativity. There are workshops and classes offered. The next event is the Taproot Gathering (September 11 -September 15). In 2012, the Squam concept traveled to Italy for SquamItalia!

Photo credit: pink scarf photo by Bettie Dean and knitting circle photo by Donna Danielewski


Although Unique Camp, a four-day creative-conference, already took place in California Sierra Mountains at the YMCA Camp at Big Bear, the event seemed awesome enough to mention here. Each day, Campers attended scheduled classes and then had ‘free time’ where they could practice archery skills, go for a horseback ride, lounge by the pool or nap under a tree. Sign up for the newsletter to be notified of the next Camp experience.

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