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5/11/20 MCC COVID-19 Response Update
To help keep our community healthy and to comply with Virginia Governor Northam’s executive orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the MCC Governing Board, in cooperation with MCC staff recommendations, has decided to cancel many of the center’s summer programs and events, including McLean Day and the July 4th Fireworks Celebration at Langley High School.
We are canceling our full-day summer camps, including Camp McLean and The Old Firehouse Summer Camp Trips and we are providing full refunds. Without the ability to hire staff, prepare activities and meet licensing requirements, we are unable to offer these programs. We have chosen to announce this decision now to allow our patrons and their families the opportunity to make alternative summer plans.
Depending on the health of our community, we may be able to offer a limited number of special activities in late summer. We will be offering, at no-cost, two- or three-day virtual activities during the time when we would have been holding camps. We will send you an update on our summer programs and offerings as soon as we have details and information available. Also, residents can look for updates on our website and social media platforms.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we all adjust and work to care for the greater community.  

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McLean Project for the Arts
Summer Art Camps 2020

For children ages 6–8 and 9–12 years

Morning and afternoon sessions offered each week.

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. or 1–4 p.m.

Tuition: $235 per session/$220 MCC district residents. (Week 2 is $188/$175 MCC district residents, no camp on 7/3.)

Join us for a variety of imaginative and fun week-long camp sessions! Each week will feature diverse art activities that will ignite your child’s creativity. Taught by MPA’s experienced art educators, students will learn about and create art in the professional DuVal Studio and Emerson Gallery located inside the McLean Community Center.


Campers have the option of attending both morning and afternoon sessions for a full-day experience. All materials are provided. Campers should bring a snack, water, or lunch if they attend both sessions (no nuts, please). Included in the camp experience is an ice cream treat and an MPA painting smock.


Campers will have the opportunity to show off their work to parents and family in a Student Art Show to be held on the last day of camp, 20 minutes before dismissal.

Morning Sessions
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Week 1: Magical & Mythical Creatures

June 22–26     6–8 years: 6301.120     9–12 years: 6302.120   
Do you love stories about dragons, fairies, unicorns and other magical and mythical creatures? We will recreate some of these characters in our own imaginative masterpieces! You will use colored pencils, markers, paint, beads, feathers, special papers and other materials to construct 2D and 3D artworks starring your favorite characters, either from literature or entirely from your imagination.


Week 2: Crazy, Wacky Sculptures

June 29–July 2 (No camp on 7/3)     6–8 years: 6303.120     9–12 years: 6304.120   
Create sculptural creatures and marvelous mobiles using upcycled everyday materials in this fun mini-session. Beads, fabric, feathers, sequins, yarn, cellophane and other cool materials will all be used to create your most unique sculptural inventions. We will explore the works of El Anatsui, Debra Butterfield and Judy Pfaff.


Week 3: The Artist Within

July 6–10     6–8 years: 6305.120     9–12 years: 6306.120   
This camp is all about your own artistic expression. We will explore your dreams and fantastic stories using drawing and painting techniques. We will study and be inspired by great artists, such as Calder, Matisse, Picasso and many others! Through their work and our own, we will discover elements of art, including color usage, shape, texture and composition.


Week 4: Exploring Color

July 13–17     6–8 years: 6307.120     9–12 years: 6308.120   
Delve into the world of hue, shade, tint, value and intensity. Starting from the “color wheel,” we will draw and drip paint on paper and canvas with colorful layers of paint, oil pastel and collage. We will experiment with different types of 2D printing and use pencil, pen, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. We will learn about exciting artists such as Jackson Pollock, Morris Louis and other contemporary artists who use various techniques in their works.


Week 5: Hand-Building with Clay

July 20–24     6–8 years: 6309.120     9–12 years: 6310.120   
Explore the exciting world of hand-building with clay. We will also create beautiful decorative patterns with various sculpting tools and stencils. We will learn a variety of techniques including slab, pinch and coil construction. You will also be able to take your projects home, as we are using non-firing clay.


Week 6: Pop Art

July 27–31     6–8 years: 6311.120     9–12 years: 6312.120   
We will explore works by “pop” artists Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg and others of the 1960s and 1970s. You will then create your own pop art works using found objects, commercial packaging (save those candy wrappers and soup can labels!) and other everyday commercial symbols. Discover color and composition working from everyday objects using drawing, painting and collage techniques.


Week 7: Celestial Art

August 3–7     6–8 years: 6313.120     9–12 years: 6314.120   
Explore all things planetary and alien during this week of artistic space travel. We will look closely at some of the beautiful and colorful photographs of space. Deriving our inspiration from the planets, stars, galaxies and other celestial bodies, create your own intergalactic masterpieces using new techniques.


Afternoon Sessions
Monday–Friday, 1–4 p.m.

Week 1: Comic Book

June 22–26     6–8 years: 6315.120     9–12 years: 6316.120   
Delve into the world of comics by making your own books and looking at the work of professional comic book authors. You will learn what works both from a compositional and storytelling perspective. You will study some of the most famous heroes and villains in comic book history for inspiration. Beginning with pen and ink drawings for your storyboards, you will add sequential and close-up projects to complete your books. In addition to your classic comic books, you will also construct flip books to create the illusion of motion.


Week 2: Around the World

June 29–July 2 (No camp on 7/3)     6–8 years: 6317.120     9–12 years: 6318.120   
Take a trip around the world through the lens of art! You’ll visually venture through different continents, exploring their customs and cultures as a way of understanding both traditional and contemporary art. You will apply themes to your own work through a multitude of mediums, including sculpture, painting and more!


Week 3: Under the Sea

July 6–10     6–8 years: 6319.120     9–12 years: 6320.120   
Explore life under the sea through animals, myths and nature themes. You will work with watercolors, sand, recyclable materials and more throughout the week.


Week 4: Surrealism: Fun and Fantastical

July 13–17     6–8 years: 6321.120     9–12 years: 6322.120   
This camp is perfect for students with big imaginations as they learn about the wildly creative and unorthodox Surrealist Art movement. You will be inspired by the work of Surrealist artists Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo and other pioneers of the movement. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional media will be explored.


Week 5: Book Making

July 20–24     6–8 years: 6323.120     9–12 years: 6324.120   
Books come in all shapes, sizes and materials. You will discover different styles of bookmaking, including accordion styles and scrolls. You will learn the process of making your own paper, binding it and eventually forming your own book or journal that can be used to hold your own stories, thoughts or drawings or appreciated as a sculptural piece of art itself.


Week 6: Collage Art

July 27–31     6–8 years: 6325.120     9–12 years: 6326.120   
This camp will provide a gateway to a myriad of artistic mediums and techniques. You will learn to experience and experiment with compositions and many different materials, creating your own stories. Please bring in your own materials, including found objects and pieces of nature. You will discover the art forms that fit your own personal style and interest!


Week 7: Printmaking

August 3–7     6–8 years: 6327.120     9–12 years: 6328.120   
Explore the varied and exciting world of printmaking by experiencing various processes including monotype, potato, fish printing and many more! You will learn a variety of techniques that include color blending, layering images and inventive textural treatments, as they create a beautiful series of prints. You will also work from a variety of sources for subject matter including still life, landscape and abstract motifs.

Questions? Contact Briana Clorey at 703-790-1953 or bclorey@mpaart.org.

McLean Project for the Arts
Counselor in Training Program (CIT)  (
For ages 13–17 years
Monday–Friday, 8:45 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
$395 for a two-week program. A minimum commitment of two weeks is required.

MPA's new Counselor in Training (CIT) program has been developed to enrich the experience of older campers at our summer art camps. C!Ts chosen by MPA to participate will experience working with younger children in a day-camp setting. This program is designed to encourage teaching and leadership skills. C!Ts will assist in planning and leading activities for our young campers. This opportunity is ideal for students interested in art, teaching and developing their leadership style under the supervision of MPA's master faculty.

C!Ts who are 13-14 years old, will be paired with campers ages 6-8 years old, while C!Ts who are 15-17 years old will be paired with campers ages 9-12 years old.

For more detailed information or to apply for a CIT position for MPA’s 2020 Summer Art Camps, please visit MPA's website, www.mpaart.org.

McLean Project for the Arts
For Children Ages 3-6 years
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. or 1:30–4 p.m.
Morning and Afternoon Sessions are offered each week. 

Tuition: $195/$185 MCC district residents (Week 2, $160/$150 MCC district residents).

Materials fee: $35 (Week 2, $28). Make check payable to Abrakadoodle. Fee is due to the instructor on the first day of camp.

This popular series of imaginative art camps for children is based on the learning principles of Jean Piaget. Children create wonderful “masterpieces” using innovative art materials, while exploring artistic styles and techniques. Each half-day camp offers unique experiences designed to foster creativity. Each week of camp will have a different theme.


There are no full day options for Abrakadoodle camps. Children must be fully potty trained. Please remember to send a snack and drink each day (no nuts, please).


Week 1: Dinos and Reptiles, June 22–26

Morning: 6401.120     Afternoon: 6402.120


Week 2: Adventure Park, June 29–July 2 (No camp on 7/3)

Morning: 6403.120     Afternoon: 6404.120


Week 3: Young Artists Explorers, July 6–10

Morning: 6405.120     Afternoon: 6406.120


Week 4: Kids on Canvas, July 13–17

Morning: 6407.120     Afternoon: 6408.120


Week 5: World Art, July 20–24

Morning: 6409.120     Afternoon: 6410.120


Week 6: Really Big, Gigantic and Teeny Tiny Art, July 27–31

Morning: 6411.120     Afternoon: 6412.120


Week 7: Creative Time Machine, August 3–7

Morning: 6413.120     Afternoon: 6414.120

For more detailed descriptions of Camp Abrakadoodle, visit MPA’s website, www.mpaart.org.


Questions? Contact Briana Clorey at 703-790-1953 or bclorey@mpaart.org.

McLean Project for the Arts
Vosler Young Artists' Studio (6601.120)
For teens, ages 13–18 years  •  Full-Day, Week-Long Session
Monday-Friday, August 10–14, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
$460/$435 MCC district residents

For any young artist with the desire to learn classical drawing. No previous experience is necessary.

Join us as we welcome back Kerry Vosler and her highly regarded atelier studio for the fifth year! This in-demand workshop will introduce the young artist to a classical atelier program of instruction. Students will learn to draw through direct observation of and critique by master instructor, Kerry Vosler.

Students will draw a series of pictures in charcoal throughout the week, including work from the late 19th century Bargue-Ger6me Drawing Course, culminating in a session with a live model on Friday afternoon. Students will have at least two finished portfolio drawings by the end of the week. Parents and families are encouraged to attend the closing certificate ceremony on Friday.


Stay tuned for all the details on our website.