Each week is different and offers high-quality opportunities for youth to learn about Art and Art History in a nurturing environment at the Salem Art Association (SAA). All camps take place at the Bush Barn Art Center & Annex in Salem’s Bush’s Pasture Park.

All weeks and all themes will explore the larger relationship between art & nature, and include a diverse mix of artistic materials and processes. 

At SAA, our Art Camps prioritize learning a variety of art processes and materials to build self-confidence, develop practical skills, practice problem solving, and to have fun.  We find that every student is unique and that usually students become most enthusiastic about art-making after they discover at least one process that really resonates with them. 

Each session of Summer Art Camp will have a theme and key words to help guide our creativity and give inspiration for at least 3-5 art projects per week.  Specific art activities are scheduled close to the starting date of each camp and might include some of the following: drawing, painting, sculpting, collage, printmaking, photography, poetry, comics, and more.

●      Monday 6/24 – Friday 6/28: Metamorphosis

●      Monday 7/15 – Friday 7/19: The Earth Aquatic

●      Monday 7/22 – Friday 7/26: Making Myths

●      Monday 8/5 – Friday 8/9: Deep Space

●      Monday 8/12 – Friday 8/16: Dinosaurs!

Each week has two sessions: the morning session is for kids 8-10 years old and will last from 9 a.m. to noon. Afternoon sessions are for kids 11-13 years old and run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

SAA embraces a process-based approach, which is to say that while we will still have some clear goals and guidelines on individual projects, we put our highest emphasis on the inherent value of working through the artistic process to develop creative problem solving skills.

SAA is an educational powerhouse with 3 rotating exhibition spaces for professional artists, knowledgeable staff, a dynamically curated historic house, all surrounded by a beautiful park with large oak trees and a heritage rose garden. We recognize that our young artists have a diversity of interests, backgrounds, and levels of experience with art, and pride ourselves on staying adaptable to facilitate individual growth and real needs. Our summer art camps are approachable and balance learning practical skills with pure creativity. We want our students to finish each week feeling empowered by the magic of art!

Every week is different! Sign up for more than one week!


Take advantage of the early bird price of $159 per camp session by registering by May15 and using the promotional code earlybird. Starting May 16, prices will go up to $175 per camp session.

REGISTRATION PROCESS – Important Information!

Parents, please register for one child at a time. You can select more than one camp during the registration process. Just select the “ticket” for the appropriate camp(s) your child wants to attend. You will be asked to fill out information for your child, including allergy and medication information so it’s important to just do one child at a time. Once you check out and pay for your camps, you can start the process over for another child.


We encourage you to register early, as most sessions do fill to capacity.  However, we know that sometimes plans change as summer approaches.  Due to practical constraints, we are unable to offer full refunds.  We will be able to offer partial refunds per the schedule below.  In some cases we may be able to accommodate a need to switch registration from one week to another (determined on a case-by-case basis and subject to session availability).  Thank you for your understanding.

If you request a refund before May 24:

  • 90% refund

After May 24:

  • 50% refund if at least 14 days before session begins
  • 30% refund if at least 3 days before session begins (3-13 days before)
  • No refunds are available after 3 days before the start of the session.


Partial scholarships are available for those who are in need of financial assistance. For questions about scholarships or any other Summer Art Camp questions, please send a note to our Education Director, Benjamin Mefford: Benjamin@SalemArt.org.


Each week will be different!  Specific teachers and projects will vary, but some of the projects we’ve had in the past include: painting, photography, stone sculpture, recycled materials sculpture, drawing, and printmaking.

  • Each week will be different!  Specific teachers and projects will vary, but some of the projects we’ve had in the past include: painting, photography, stone sculpture, recycled materials sculpture, drawing, and printmaking.
  • Every day will have hands-on engaging art projects (some will be multi-day projects).
  • Campers will learn new art projects in a flexible and supportive environment.
  • Campers will learn some ways to use art as a tool for self-expression and self-understanding.
  •  Projects will range from quick exercises to in-depth learning about a material or process.
  • Most projects will be related to a larger theme for the week.
  • Campers will get to see and talk about the art in SAA’s on-site Art Galleries.
  • Campers will get the opportunity to see SAA’s on-site historic Bush House Museum and gardens.
  • Each week will feature 2 or more Guest Teaching Artists for special projects.  We craft a schedule that will maximize the educational value for students.
  • Movement and fresh air are important for making art!  Many activities will be inside the SAA buildings, but students will also have opportunities to take breaks outside every day.  There is a playground just outside of the classroom that is consistently popular with all ages of campers.
  • Campers will get a chance to make new friends.


  • Be on time and participate every day.
  • Bring a water bottle.  [Snacks will be provided by SAA.  We try to limit the most common allergens, but we cannot guarantee accommodation of food allergies/sensitivities, so if that is a concern your student may also want to bring a snack from home.]
  • Treat other students and teachers with respect.
  • Bring their creative problem solving skills!