Summer Art Camp at YAWS Westside Studio


basic information

Ages: 6-11 years  

Ages for CIT program: 12-14 years

Cost: $410 per week for regular camp session. $270 for a 3 day July 5-7 camp. All supplies, snacks, and trip fees included.

Cost: $285 per week for CIT program. All supplies, snacks, and trip fees included.

Enrollment changes must be made prior to April 15, 2017 in order to receive a cash refund less a $25 service fee per camp. Enrollment changes must be made prior to May 15, 2017 in order to receive a credit for balance paid. After May 15, 2017, cancellations forfeit all fees paid.

Time:  Camp runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Extended care is available until 5:00pm for an additional fee of $110 per week or $13 per hour for drop-in. There are no refunds for prepaid aftercare.

Duration: 1 week

Location: Sessions are held at Westside Studio 1019 Allston Way in West Berkeley (10th Street and Allston Way.) *Please enter through the side gate (“bird gate”) on 10th Street.

Each camper should bring an ample lunch, clothes that can get dirty, and a sweatshirt for cooler weather. 
Mid-morning snacks are provided. These are organic, gluten, and nut free. 

Questions? - Send your inquiries to


2017 art camp schedule  

DatesCamp Type
June 19 - 23 ART OF JAPAN full
June 26 - 30 ART OF INDIA full
July 5 - 7 SILKSCREEN WORKSHOP - 3 day camp. space available
July 10 - 14 ART OF AFRICA space available
July 17 - 21 FOR THE LOVE OF ART CAMP space available
July 24 - 28 EXPLORING WATERCOLOR, INK, and GOUACHE space available
July 31 - Aug. 4 ART OF JAPAN spaceavailable
August 7 - 11 ART OF INDIA full
August 14- 18 SILKSCREEN WORKSHOP full
August 21- 25 MINI MURAL CAMP spaceavailable

June 19 - Aug. 25 CIT PROGRAM - by application email space available


 (Updated June 15, 2017)


world art camp



Each week, a different part of the world is explored as campers immerse themselves in the folk tales, music, food, and artistic styles of Africa, Mexico, India, and Japan.


Projects include jewelry making based on African style beading, mud cloth, and hand sewn, beaded, soft-sculpture dolls. The natural headdress and face paint of the Omo will also be featured.

Campers will create pieces inspired by the vibrant art of the Huichol, Mayan, and Aztec Indians. Projects include metal craft, milagros, calavera drawings, and papel picado. Contemporary Mexican art will also be introduced. 

Henna art, kolam and rangoli designs, miniature paintings, and puppets from the Ramayana are a few of the projects that campers will create as they observe the ornate and colorful folk art of India. Bhangra dance and music will be enjoyed as will visits to Indian restaurants and shops. 

Classical Japanese art forms such as brush painting, ikebana, and kirigami will be explored alongside more contemporary art forms such as anime, magna, and kyuuto style characters. 

fine art camps



Campers will experience a variety of silkscreen methods as they print hand cut designs to create original t-shirts and posters. Without question, one of our most popular camps!

Art making is a much loved activity of childhood. During this new camp week, young artists will expand their natural love of art by experimenting with a number of multi-media techniques from photo transfer and collage to print-making and drawing and painting with non-traditional tools.

Sometimes considered the most challenging of art techniques, watercolor painting is nonetheless a favorite amoung artists and art lovers. In addition to watercolor, young artists will learn how to draw with ink and paint with gouache (the opaque form of watercolor) as they spend their days combining, layering, and exploring the particular beauty of this unique media.

Art is not always made in the studio or meant to hang in a gallery. Throughout the week, our young artists will learn about the history of mural and street art while they work to make a vivid, mural-inspired painting of their own.

Campers will learn to draw using all their senses as they draw. They will cultivate ways of seeing which open them to a more expressive use of line, form, value, and color. Drawings will be made using a variety of techniques, and children will combine media to create depth and dynamism in their work. 

** Drawing Expansion Drop-in days are $90 per day. No minimum days. Come for one or all three.


cit program 

For campers 12 to 14 years   

CITs do most, if not all of the art projects. They are responsible to prepare/clean-up snack, play games with the younger campers at lunch and breaks and help clean-up in general. There is space for four CITs per camp week. CITs often go on to becoming paid camp assistants once in high school. The cost for our CIT Program is $285 per week. Please contact us at to apply.