Art Summer Camps for Metro Detroit Kids

Sign your kids up for a summer camp that is great for little artists.

Is your child creative and loves anything art related? Then, check out these summer camps in metro Detroit where they can learn new mediums and techniques.

These summer camps fill up fast. Be sure to register ahead of time. Prices and locations for the camps are subject to change.

Looking for more summer camps? Check out our interactive map to find the best summer camps for Metro Detroit kids.

Featured Art Summer Camps in Metro Detroit

In this section, Metro Parent’s advertising partners share their top summer camp offerings.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
Photo Credit: Heidi Erne

June 26 – Aug. 18, 2024 (four two-week sessions)

  • Address: 300 E. Crystal Lake Road, Twin Lake
  • Phone: 800-221-3796
  • Cost: $1,730-$1,830 (varies depending on major, significant scholarships available for any motivated student, discounts for siblings and enrolling in more than one session)
  • Best for ages: 11-18 (Grades 5-12)

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is a summer school of the arts serving students in Grades 5-12 through programs in music, art, theater, dance and writing. Blue Lake strives to maintain an atmosphere where students who want to learn may do so in an environment which encourages creativity and recognizes the importance of each individual. Students are accepted at whatever their proficiency level may be and are encouraged to grow. Faculty and staff strive to motivate campers and share with them the joy of achievement in the fine arts. Enthusiasm is contagious at Blue Lake as campers discover, learn, experience, and succeed.

Blue Lake’s mission to inspire young artists to achieve their best has not wavered since their first day of camp in 1966. Blue Lake offers a unique opportunity for students to look up, get inspired, and discover their potential as individuals and as musicians, dancers, writers, actors, and artists. It is their tradition. At Blue Lake, they celebrate creativity, artistry, personal growth, and fun, in a special place where you can be yourself and do what you love.

Blue Lake offers two-week sessions in band, orchestra, jazz, choir, theater, dance, art, creative writing, piano and harp. Blue Lake aims to take students at their current proficiency and help them reach the next level, regardless of their ability or experience. Programs are available for all levels, beginning to advanced. Enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is no audition required for acceptance. Substantial scholarships to assist with camp tuition are available for motivated students, based upon both merit and financial need.

A session at Blue Lake is filled with arts-focused inspiration, accomplishment, motivation and traditional camp fun. Campers spend approximately six hours a day in instructional activities relating to the major and minor of their choice. The day is complemented with recreation, free time, and evenings full of concerts and recitals, master classes and workshops, campfires and friends. Campers stay in rustic one-room cabins with ten other students, led by college-aged cabin counselors. 

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp welcomes 4,000 campers a summer, led by an esteemed faculty of 175 arts professionals, specialists, college professors and secondary school instructors, with 200 college students ensuring camper care, safety and endless camp fun. Blue Lake’s campus is located on 1,600 acres of rustic wilderness near the Manistee National Forest in West Michigan. Blue Lake’s campgrounds are 3 hours from Detroit, 45 minutes from Grand Rapids, and 15 minutes from the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, White Lake area and Muskegon.

CCS Summer Youth and Teen Programs

College for Creative Services
Photo credit: College for Creative Services

June 17-Aug. 2, 2024

  • Address: 201 East Kirby, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-664-7456
  • Cost: $350 per week. $95 for before and after enrichment. Some teen classes have additional fees for materials, models, etc.
  • Best for ages:  8-18

Each week, young artists can choose from four different art and design camps developed to keep them engaged and having fun. Try animation, game design, fashion, stop motion Lego animation, drawing, painting and more.

Roeper Summer Programs

Roeper School
Photo credit: The Roeper School

June 24 – Aug. 16, 2024

The Roeper School has been offering enriching summer camps to children since 1947. Programs are available for children ages 3-12. Camps include a Day Camp, Hybrid Day Camp + Specialty Camps, Theatre Camp, a Counselor-in-Training(CIT) program, and a Specialty Camp for middle schoolers.

Roeper camps put the campers first! Roeper’s 13-acre Bloomfield Hills campus is the setting for their summer camps offering campers the opportunity to try new things and customize their schedule, with activities taking place indoors and out. Amenities include woodlands, an athletic field, two swimming pools, three playgrounds, nature trails, and numerous buildings containing art, music and tech classrooms, gymnasium, locker rooms and lunchroom.

Roeper’s Day Camp + Specialty Camps allow campers to spend the mornings delving in-depth into select activities and the afternoons enjoying the regular camp activities. Roeper’s Theatre Camp, located on the Birmingham campus, introduces and helps campers holistically develop theatrical skills.

Experience the Roeper difference!

Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps

Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps
Photo Credit: Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps

June 17 – Aug. 8, 2024

  • Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Phone: 248-645-3674
  • Cost: Full Session (8 weeks): $2,960, Half Session (4 weeks): $1,610, Partial Session (1 week): $445
  • Best for ages: 3-18

Cranbrook Schools offers traditional day camps and specialty camps for kids of all ages on their beautiful Bloomfield Hills campus. For years, Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps have been a tradition of fun and learning for campers of all ages. 

Hosted across the beautiful, historic campus, their hands-on summer programs offer a true Cranbrook experience through multi-activity traditional camps, specialty camps in art, robotics, sports, STEM, theater, writing, and sports camps in soccer, field hockey, ice hockey and flag football. 

Camps operate for up to eight weeks from kids age three through entering 12th grade. The camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Lunches and snacks are included for most camps. Transportation service, extended care, after-camp enrichments, and a monthly payment plan are available as options.

More Art Summer Camps in Metro Detroit

Creative Arts Studio

June 10-Aug. 30, 2024

Explore pottery, mosaics, glass fusing and more at Creative Arts Studio’s week-long art camp. With expert guidance and a vibrant atmosphere, each day promises new creations, friendships and fun.

D&M Art Studio

June 17-Aug. 23, 2024

Campers are split into two age groups: 5-10 years old and 11-16 years old. Younger students have fun themes each week, while older kids focus more heavily on different techniques and mediums.

Summer Art Camps at Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls

June 17-Aug. 9, 2024

Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls hosts two dynamic camps in Bloomfield Hills. Summer Art Studio Camp (June 17-Aug. 9) offers an intensive art experience for Grades 2-10, exploring various mediums like painting and ceramics. Authors Camp (June 17-Aug. 9) inspires young authors with weekly themes like Greek mythology. Both camps include lunches, snacks, and optional before/after care.

Ann Arbor Art Center

June 17-Aug. 23, 2024

Ignite your child’s imagination at Ann Arbor Center! At Creativity Camps, kids ages 5-12 dive into art with mediums like graphite, paint, and sculptural materials, blending traditional instruction with innovative projects. For kids ages 9-12, Clay Camps offer pottery skills and clay exploration.

Northville Art House

June 17-Aug. 31, 2024 

Dive into creativity at Northville Art House’s Summer Art Camps! Youth and teens can explore new mediums, grow artistically and enrich their portfolios in weekly sessions through August.

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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.


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