Art and Creativity Camps for Teens

Camp Create

ArtStart’s 2018 Camp Create is geared for youth ages 13 years and older who want to explore their artist within as they work side-by-side with professional artists to create art inspired by a specific culture.

Summer 2018 Camp CREATE explores northern and southern India-its people, wildlife, and culture.The classes in this 4-day arts camp encourage participants to see people with new eyes, appreciate how interconnected we are as a people no matter where we live, and create memorable art work using a variety of materials, processes, and styles inspired by the cultures of India.

Scholarships available.

Mt. Zion
1300 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN

Half Day: $130
Full Day: $240

MORNING SESSION 8:30-11:45 am

Folkarts of India
Artist Shakun Maheshwari takes you on a whirlwind tour of India through art, dance, and story. Learn about traditional Indian dress, foods, celebrations like the Festival of Light or Divali, and the importance of the Ganges River considered the most sacred river in India. Create a mandala, henna art, and more.

Artful Mapping of India
Work with artist Meg Erke to create your own map of India turning it into a colorful work of art! Focusing on the lines and shapes that are most interesting to you on the map–a highway, a river, or another boundary, you learn names of cities, rivers and other landmarks, experiment with a variety of collage materials and create your own personal map of India.


The Art & Science of the Top
A popular toy and musical improvisation come together as you learn about history, science, and art of the lattu or “the spinning top” with instrument maker and composer Douglas R. Ewart. After exploring the physics of the spinning top, create your own top out of a variety of found object materials that have the potential to spin. Then use your top in a surprising way in an improvisational music composition.

Shadow Puppetry of India
Artist Anne Sawyer-Aitch introduces the art, science, and history of shadow puppetry in India. Discover the gorgeous world of color shadow puppets and explore stories of the Hindu God Ganesh, the little boy with a baby elephant head. Then learn how to make your own batik-like puppets and create a shadow show!


Paying it Forward

One of the ways older ArtStart campers can turn their knowledge and skill learned in Camp CREATE into action, is to assist artists and staff as interns in ArtStart’s Passport to India camp for younger children ages 4-12 years. The internship program is for youth ages 13 years & older. Interns work side-by-side with professional teaching artists to assist in the classroom. There are 16 openings for full-day internships this year.

Interns receive $125 for one week of service. Interns can choose to intern the week of July 9-13 or July 16-20. Both new and returning interns must fill out an application to be considered for the internship, as well as register for Camp Create for the full day June 25-28, 2018.

Deadline to apply is April 27, 2018.

Finally, all interns must participate in a training on Monday, July 2 from 9 am to 3 pm at Mt. Zion Temple, Saint Paul to meet with artists and to help set up the camp.

Register for a full-day of Camp Create

• Fill out an internship application by April 30, 2017

• Be available from 8:15 am-4:15 pm daily to intern during the week you choose to participate (July 9-13 or July 16-20)

• Participate in intern training on July 2 from 9 am-3 pm


Handicap Accessible

ASL interpreter available upon request

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