3 awesome art summer camps

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

See more camps after the jump!

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.

  1. Julie says:

    Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, of course!

  2. Arielle says:

    Penland School of craft is also a crafter’s paradise!

  3. Keli says:

    This isn’t quite camp, but I think it sounds pretty wonderful: http://wildcraftstudioschool.com/

  4. Sharon Newsom says:

    The Makerie in Boulder, CO

  5. I would absolutely love to go to one of these camps!

  6. mary says:

    How about a Fall art camp! I’m thrilled to be going to Lucky Star Art Camp in October in Hunt TX!! http://luckystarartcamp.com/

  7. ginny branch says:

    Thanks Grace + Amy for sharing about CAMP! We will be offering classes, workshops, crafternoons, and retreats all year round so if you can’t make any this summer, don’t worry! Check the schedule often as we update it often!

  8. Laura says:

    Arrowmont in TN!

  9. Carin says:

    Oxbow in saugatuck, MI

  10. Ashley says:

    Anything in the San Diego/Southern California area (aside from the Big Bear one mentioned above)?

  11. Anita Chadwick says:

    I’ve just got to give up some love for Squam. I attended this year and it was (to use an overused term) life changing. The setting in NH, the teachers, the food, the cozy cabins, attendees – all of it was top notch! L o v e.

  12. Kim E-M says:

    I second Arrowmont in TN and Penland in NC. Both are amazing places to spend a week or two!

  13. elizabeth says:

    Thank you Amy!! we are always honored to be included with d*s magic. Grace was our VERY first guest speaker at our first gathering in 2008 and this September Ashley English is teaching at the Taproot Gathering at Squam . . so a beautiful linkage. Loved learning about the other camps too– there just can’t be too much creativity and fun on offer in this world .. . all best, elizabeth

  14. Jill says:

    This is so great to know about–thanks!

  15. jennifer brady says:

    Pinewoods dance camp in Plymouth, ma. First time I ever went to camp, summer after graduating college, scottish /English dance workshops all day, dance parties every night, swimming in lakes, drinking ginger beer. Bagpiper walked the trails in front of our cabins every morning for wake up call!

  16. Rae says:

    ArtNE Summer Workshops in Bennington, VT. So fun and such a beautiful location.

  17. sonja rasula says:

    Thank you so much for including CAMP!!! Our next four-day CAMP is being planned as I type, for Spring of 2014, and I’m excited to announce a Winter Retreat in January 2014… Details will be on our website soon. :)

  18. Camping is just all about the independence given to the children, so as one can involve in many activities organized. One can feel very anxiety and relaxation during a camp, as they are far away from the hectic daily life. Love the camping activities you shared.

  19. Do check out Camp ArtSeen, which I created in summer 2013 and will be holding again in July 2015 at the Wildwood Retreat Center in Guerneville, CA. Tucked in among the coastal redwoods, Camp ArtSeen will bring together an intimate community of experienced and emerging artists to create, collaborate, connect, explore, engage, and feast with one another.


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