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Summer Art Camps

2019 San Francisco YOUTH Summer Art Camp 5 1/2 to 12 years

from 599.00

In need of financial aid for your family? Take 75.00 off if you are signing up 2 siblings for our five day camp only. PLEASE NOTE: Sibling discount NOT offered for drop-in camp days.

siblings discount code: SIBLING75


Age Group: kindergarten thru 8th grade. (Each child sits with his or her peer group.)

Tuition: 599.00 covers Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm camp, all professional grade art supplies, paints and apron.

Our Mission at Chris Babcock Summer Art Camp:

1) Instruct art campers in a loving and humorous style how to develop creative and technical drawing and acrylic painting skills.

2) Help campers develop peer friendships by encouraging constructive socializing throughout the day.


EARLY CARE: 8:30 am to 9 am for $10 cash per child to be paid at the beginning of each camp day.

AFTER CARE: 3 to 5 pm for $20 cash an hour per child to be paid at the beginning of each class day.

Aftercare activities: campers are free to make an acrylic painting on bristol board paper and/or watch a kid-friendly film. For their snack, campers are offered organic popcorn, Pirate Booty and bottled water.

What to wear and bring: Please only wear old clothes and shoes and pack a sack lunch, a morning snack, and afternoon snack and a big water bottle to last the entire day.


Each week we offer all new paintings to choose from. On the first day of camp, we show the campers 24 images. The images are arranged in two categories: animal, figure/landscape. After viewing all the images, the campers vote to narrow all the images they study to four animals paintings, four figure or landscape paintings. At the end of the 5 day camp, each student will have two 15 by 20-inch glossed paintings to bring home.


9 am to 9:45 am is creative drawing and friendship building time:

When art campers arrive, they sit with kids their own age and spend this time talking to each other while working on warming up their right brains by creating original drawings with 28 color Sharpie markers on museum quality bristol paper. The rules of this all week Sharpie drawing exercise are:

1) Each student must draw at least 20 original characters by combining two seemingly unlike things together; by thinking of 2 seemingly unlike things to create 20 original characters with 72 color Sharpie markers; for example--drawing an astronaut combined with a pickle or a lady bug combined with the Eiffel Tower )

2) Campers must use all 72 color sharpies in their drawings, no scribbling is allowed and the drawing is only complete when there is absolutely no white showing on the paper.

9:45-11am: the beginning of formal drawing and painting lesson. Chris Babcock and her team of teachers show students how to draw an image from scratch using an easy-to-understand grid system. The students use only the finest professional grade acrylics on archival papers. By the end of the week, each child produces 2 glossed 15 by 20-inch acrylic paintings on archival paper (this size fits ready made frames.)

11 am to 11:30 is lunch time: Each day during lunch time, kids socialize while they enjoy their sack lunches.

11:30 to 12:30: Accompanied by 2 adult teachers and four to six teen interns, campers put on green neon vests, then walk to the beautiful Roshambeau play ground on 24th at California Street and play on the swings, slide and jungle gym. Campers are offered basketballs, soccer balls, four-square balls and jump rope, too:)

12:30 to 3 pm: the continuation of formal drawing and painting lesson using the finest professional quality acrylic paints on museum quality archival paper. By the end of the week, each child has produced 2 glossed 15 by 20-inch acrylic paintings on archival paper (this size fits ready made frames.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have two extremely sweet and charming pugs at our art studio named Vincey and Bubbie! (see adjacent pictures of our adorable babies). If your child has allergies or a fear of doggies, let us know and we will put Vincey and Bubbie in their kennel at the art studio during your child's art camp.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that all summer art camps are final sale. 50% reimbursement for cancellations is provided in the form of class credit ONLY when a wait list replacement is found. We must be notified before 48 hours of start time. If you must cancel, please contact Chris at portraits@artwithchris.com

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