Waves of Summer Fun!
Your child can soak up an ocean of new knowledge and experiences this summer by signing up for one of McLean Community Center's camp programs.
Dive into this brochure and you'll find a variety of enriching and affordable options to keep your child engaged and active all summer long.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Week 2: Adventure Park, June 29–July 2 (No camp on 7/3)
Week 3: Young Artists Explorers, July 6–10
Week 4: Kids on Canvas, July 13–17
Week 5: World Art, July 20–24
Week 6: Really Big, Gigantic and Teeny Tiny Art, July 27–31
Week 7: Creative Time Machine, August 3–7
For more detailed descriptions of Camp Abrakadoodle, visit MPA’s website, www.mpaart.org.
Questions? Contact Briana Clorey at 703-790-1953 or email@example.com.
For Rising 6th–9th Graders
Monday–Friday, July 20–July 31, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Final Performance: Saturday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.
$725/$652.50 MCC district residents
Under the guidance of theater professionals, participants stage a performance of a Shakespeare play.
At Camp Shakespeare, young actors dive into the world of the greatest playwright in history: William Shakespeare. Under the guidance of theater professionals from the acclaimed, Washington, D.C.-based Shakespeare Theatre Company, participants unravel his plays with text analysis; transform into Shakespeare’s characters through voice, movement and improvisation work; wage battles against mortal enemies with stage combat; and develop fundamental acting skills using classical theater techniques. To culminate the session, participants stage a performance for friends and family in the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center.
This summer, Camp Shakespeare at the McLean Community Center will explore “Macbeth,” where witches’ prophecies lead to endless tragedy for Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and all who disrupt their ambitions to be King and Queen of Scotland.
To register or find out more about Camp Shakespeare, click here or call 202-547-5688.