Sofia Art Academy
17070 Collins Ave., Suite 253
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
If you have a serious art student who needs to be classically trained, send him to the Sofia Art Academy Summer Camp. This camp takes children ages seven and up and trains them in European-style drawing and painting. The workshops include landscape painting, monotype, composition, tradition drawing and painting and even fashion design. The camps last five days and runs for three hours a day. See website for pricing.
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
770 N.E. 25th St.
North Miami, FL 33161
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) hosts a Creative Arts Summer Program every year that instructs artists in the ways of modern art. Last year, the camp was five days a week and was broken up into 10-week sessions, every other week, focusing on a different influence of modern art. Children, ages six to 12, learned about sculpture making, architecture, claymation, animation and even rock and roll’s influence on modern art. At the end of each session, the children’s artwork was displayed at an exhibition. While details for this year are still being planned, one thing returning is the scholarships for those who qualify. Free after care will be offered until 5:30 p.m. Call MOCA for pricing.
Ceramic League of Miami
8873 S.W. 129th St.
Miami, FL 33176
The Ceramic League of Miami holds the Summer Clay Academy for children ages seven to 18 in the southwest Miami area. The classes are broken up into eight-week sessions with project assignments changing each week. Monday through Wednesday, campers will work with clay while Thursday to Friday they will paint and glaze. The camp lasts three hours per day and on the week of Independence Day, the camp will hold a Teen Camp where campers 13 and up will work on more advanced projects like sculpting. Registration is required and the cost is $175 per week.
Children’s Pavilion at the Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
The Beaux Art program hosts a summer program for kids five to 12 years of age. It offers fun activities like paper mache, ceramics, drawing and painting. There are five, two-week sessions held all summer long that start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Materials like snacks, lunch and a smock are not provided so make sure that your child is prepared when you drop him or her off. The cost is $400 and there is a 10-percent discount for any additional sibling attending camp.
Miami Art Museum
101 W. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130
Nothing is better than free art. The Miami Art Museum is free to children under 12 on the second Saturday of every month. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., your child can enjoy art activities and workshops like 3D drawings that will educate and entertain. At 2 p.m., there are museum tours and sometimes there are guest speakers that share their artistic experience and technique. The cost is $8 for adults but once you visit, you’ll find that it was well worth the money.
Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.