3. TEMPLATE Summer Camp


1 week & 2 week full day camps from June 5 – August 4

For rising 1st-8th graders, the Junior Center of Art and Science Summer Camp offers full day, arts-integrated engagements for young artists, makers and thinkers. Our projects are led by professional artists and educators who inspire a safe, open, and creative environment where campers feel encouraged to take risks, explore, and try their hand at a wide variety of arts and science activities including carpentry, game design, comics and more!

This year CAMP JCAS will be held at Pacific Boychoir Academy (215 Ridgeway Ave, Oakland, CA)


Camps Offered:


ONE WEEK CAMP • 6/5 – 6/9 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 6-8 • $450 – $600

*This camp will be help at our Temporary HQ 1224 Harrison St.

We will be learning how to identify different plants and trees in the Oakland area, finding out which are native and which are invasive. The students will be documenting the plants through various artist mediums (watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, etc.) in their sketchbook. We will be making our own pigment through foraged plant material and creating paint samples. Campers will be learning about modern and contemporary artists who highlight the natural world in their work and trying to copy their different techniques like Monet and Richard Mayhew. This is a camp focused on color through painting and plant knowledge, bridging art and botany.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 6/12 – 6/16 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 7-10 • $450 – $600

Explore painting with watercolor, make your own paints with natural materials and delve into drawing. Students will get creative with paint, learn about techniques like wet on wet, wax resistance, and blooming. Students will use the natural environment at the lake to discover plein air painting, explore flora and fauna, and still life with natural forms. By the end of the week campers will have a working knowledge of watercolor, painting, and more!


TWO WEEK CAMP • 6/12 – 6/23 & 6/26 – 7/7 (no camp 7/4) 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ages 6-13 • $1000 – $1300

If you can imagine it you can build it! Campers will learn to use a complement of hand tools in a course that stresses respect for others, respect for tools, safe tool use, practical problem-solving and creative development. Projects increase in difficulty as experience grows, beginning with toy boats and working up to full-sized furniture and professional skateboards.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 6/26 – 6/30 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 8-11 • $450 – $600

In this STEAM class, we’ll explore the world of creative technology! You’ll use design materials and edtech tools like Makey Makey, Scratch and robotics tools to design solutions to engineering challenges. The projects for this year’s camp are inspired by robotics, coding, music production and beat making! We will build our own robots and design mazes for them, prototype music creation devices like drum machines and electronic pianos, and use Scratch to create video game controllers for some of your favorite video games.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/3 – 7/7 (no camp 7/4) • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages – • $450 – $600

Tap into the incredible practice of stop-motion film production and technique using play doh and clay. Animation camp contains everything students need to create their own, individual movies, including top-quality clay, fun-to-use software, cameras and amazing curriculum that turns anyone into a filmmaker.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/10 – 7/14 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 7 – 10 • $450 – $600

Join us as we reuse and recycle cardboard into architectural masterpieces small and large. Make a car, a piggy bank, game or anything you can think of! Learn more advanced design ideas to up your game with Makedos – Make it and then share with your friends in class.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/17 – 7/21 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 7 – 10 • $450 – $600

Create your own comics! Tell your own tale! In this camp, we will explore the world of visual storytelling. Campers will be introduced to basic concepts of cartooning, inking, storyboards, and more.

Tween/Teen drawing camp

ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/10 – 7/14 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 10 – 13 • $450 – $600

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ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/31 – 8/4 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 7 – 10 • $450 – $600

Put on your lab coat, and join this experiment-based camp to learn to identify patterns in nature, and explore ecosystem types. Students will meet unique animals, explore compost, and learn the physiology of simple organisms. Explorers will look at a variety of taxonomic groups and make connections across the tree of life. On nature walks, we will see how various organisms adapt to unique urban environments and design mixed media art projects based on who we meet and what we discover.


All JCAS classes are made available to families on a sliding scale. Families choose the amount they are able to pay, considering the top end of our scale is how much it costs us to run the class. We encourage families to help support our efforts to make programs available to those in need.

If the sliding scale prices are still out of your family’s budget, please email us at [email protected] for financial aid. All requests for financial aid must be made before April 15th.


All purchases include a $100 non-refundable deposit to cover administrative costs.

If you are unable to attend a class you have registered for and have to cancel for any reason you can request a credit for 100% of the purchase amount, less the $50 non-refundable deposit. The credit can be applied to another class or camp with a start date no later than one calendar year from the date your original class was slated to begin.

You may also request a refund as follows:

If you cancel prior to four weeks from the start date of the class you are registered for, you can receive a 100% refund less a $100 non-refundable deposit.

If you cancel within four weeks from the start date of the class you are registered for, you can receive a 50% refund less a $100 non-refundable deposit.

If you cancel within two weeks from the start date of the class you are registered for no refunds are offered.