Summer Camp


1 week & 2 week full day camps from June 10 – August 15

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!

  • Inspiring Instructors: Our camp is led by talented and experienced artists who are passionate about nurturing creativity and curiosity in young minds.
  • Diverse Sessions: With multiple sessions to choose from, campers have the flexibility to explore various artistic and scientific disciplines. Whether it’s carpentry, graphic design, painting, mixed media, science, engineering, and more-there’s something for every interest! Our camp themes cover a wide range of subjects, ensuring that every camper finds something that captivates their imagination. 
  • Hands-On Exploration: Campers will have the opportunity to dive deep into arts materials and concepts, allowing them to experiment and express themselves in a supportive, thoughtful and encouraging environment.
  • Science and Engineering Adventures: For those with a passion for discovery, our science and engineering weeks will spark curiosity and provide hands-on experiences in the world of STEAM
This year CAMP JCAS will be back at our home on Lake Merritt,
558 Bellevue Ave. Oakland, CA.

ACTIVE now offers self-cancelations! If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, log in to your ACTIVE account, locate the registration you wish to cancel, and select ‘cancel’. Our Refund Policy is as follows:

All purchases include a 10% non-refundable deposit to cover administrative costs.

From 2/1 – 5/1, you will receive a 90% refund.

From 5/2 – 6/9, you will receive a 40% refund.

From 6/10 on, we are not able to offer any refunds.

Camps Offered:


ONE WEEK CAMP • 6/10 – 6/14 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 6-8 • $425-$625

Mythical and real, common and exotic, all are welcome at Creative Creatures Camp! Using a variety of art media including sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking, artists will have fun exploring real and fanciful animals. They will make biological drawings, design habitats and create artwork based on real animals and fantastic creatures from their own imaginations.Afternoons will be spent bringing their drawings and paintings to life through puppets and sculptures.


TWO WEEK CAMP • 6/10 – 6/21 & 6/24 – 7/5* • 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.

**First day of Carpentry Camp is mandatory for all first time Carpentry campers**


ONE WEEK CAMP • 6/17 – 6/21* • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 11-13 • $425-$625

Campers will immerse themselves in the world of art direction and design for music. Using their own playlists as inspiration they will explore typography, printmaking, painting, drawing and digital media used by the visual artists who work in the music industry. They will plan and design album covers, create posters and promotional materials for their favorite musical artists using digital illustration apps like Procreate.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 6/24 – 6/28 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 6-10 • $425-$625

Showstoppers is a theater class. Collectively we will build a play together. Campers will learn about themes, storyline, and character development. We will build props, paint backdrops, and create costumes. At the end the campers will perform on stage the play we created and developed. This exciting class has many modes of art making and creating. If you have a show stopper in your family unit sign them up, they will love this class!!!


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/1 – 7/5* • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 8-10 • $425-$625

Create and publish your own story! Tell your own tale! In this camp, we will explore the world of visual storytelling. Artists will be introduced to basic concepts of cartooning, inking, storyboards, and more. They will also learn the cultural and social history of Zines and comics, using artists and collectives like Riot Grrrl, Lynda Barry, Kate Bingaman Burt, and others. Artists will share their work with their peers and the larger community.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/8 – 7/12 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 7-10 • $425-$625

Learn the art of printmaking. Join us as we guide you through the wonderful world of printing! Express your unique art through relief printing, stamp making, monotypes, Gelli plates, collagraphs and more. We will use recycled, found, natural and traditional material.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/8 – 7/12 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 10-13 • $425-$625

Calling all Fashonistas! Designers will learn how textile and material play a central role in the design of a fashion collection. They will develop mood boards and explore fashion sketching, upcycling and sewing. Designers will learn basic construction techniques while pushing the limits of each material.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/15 – 7/19 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 6-8 • $425-$625

Take a bird’s eye view of who’s hoo at Lake Merritt and our local watershed. Put on your science hat and examine the flora, fauna and weather systems. Put on your artist’s hat to craft original maps and mixed media art projects based upon who we meet and what we discover. Campers will be gardening and interacting with our animal ambassadors.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/15 – 7/19 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 9-11 • $425-$625

Bring the realms of your imagination to life with digital media and traditional art tools.  Explore experimental gaming, avatarism and storytelling. Use Virtual Reality, Scratch, Procreate, painting and sculpture to create magical worlds.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/22 – 7/26 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 11-13 • $425-$625

Join us for a week of artistic exploration and teamwork as young artists come together to embark on an exciting mural-making journey. Artists will engage in hands-on activities, learning various mural-making styles and techniques. Campers will delve into the stories of renowned mural artists, gaining inspiration and insights into the art form. Through interactive sessions, they will work on creating mockups, generating ideas, and crafting imagery that reflects their unique perspectives culminating in the collaborative creation of a large-scale mural guided by experienced instructors.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/22 – 7/26 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 8-10 • $425-$625

Bend the rules and test the limits of your most creative ideas to see what fun can be had in the STEAM LAB. What can you create/destroy with a homemade trebuchet? What can you transport on your homemade mini zipline? How high can your water rocket go? Enter the exuberant meeting of art and science in this messy fun camp!


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/29 – 8/2 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 6-8 • $425-$625

Welcome to the Tinkerer’s workshop where we investigate science and technology through art making. Tinkerers spend the week fully immersed in the STEAM Lab. They will investigate basic circuitry, solar energy, robots and more while creating a variety of thrilling projects like toys from recycled materials, electronics, and other devices.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 7/29 – 8/2 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 8-10 • $425-$625

Tap into the incredible practice of stop-motion film production and technique. Animation camp has everything young filmmakers need to create their own movies. They will explore story planning and set design. They will make their own characters out of paper, clay and other exciting materials. And they will learn how to use special effects, create titles and add music and sound to their film project.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 8/5 – 8/9 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 8-10 • $425-$625

In the Material Multiverse artists can be printmakers, sculptors, painters, textile artists, bookmakers and more. They will discover new ways to express themselves using a myriad of exciting and unconventional materials, as well as traditional art materials. Artists will experiment with a wide variety of  techniques including weaving, watercolor marbling, clay modeling, metal work and more!


ONE WEEK CAMP • 8/5 – 8/9 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 6-8 • $425-$625

Put your fairy wings on and explore the captivating world of magic, imagination and nature in the realm of fantasy. Artists will create enchanting fairy art including dwellings, flower crowns, sculptures and potions while weaving imaginative tales of fairies and other creatures that inhabit their charming world. Take walks through Lake Merritt and install fairy doors as you hunt for evidence of magic all around us.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 8/12 – 8/16 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 6-8 • $425-$625

Explore your world! We will  learn to identify different plants and trees in the Oakland area, find out which are native and which are invasive. The campers will document the plants through various artistic mediums including watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic and sculpture. They will make pigment out of  foraged plant material and make art out of botanical materials. Campers will also explore the wonderful world of local fauna and insects. They will have the opportunity to interact with and create art centered around our animal ambassadors.


ONE WEEK CAMP • 8/12 – 8/16 • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 11-13 • $425-$625

Express Yourself this summer with art camp! Youth entering 6th to 8th grades will develop their technical art skills in a warm and supportive environment. Projects will be both challenging and inspiring -designed for the creative who wants to explore new techniques and media with a desire to grow their own voice. Working from photographs and other reference materials, students will learn to paint vivid landscapes, self portraits on canvas, and build rich collages and 3D art.


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, we do offer scholarships. All scholarship requests must be made before April 15th.