Creativity Camp

Creativity Camp 2023

June 12 - September 1

Ages 4&Up

Registration Opens January 31

Awaken your imagination all summer long with unique camps in visual and performing arts. Led by professional artists in our multimedia studios, Creativity Camp at Hyde Park Art Center offers young artists unparalleled access to Chicago’s creative community in a fun, relaxed environment—perfect for summer!

Campers must be at least 4 years old and have prior experience in a full-day academic setting. No exceptions.

For additional questions about camp, contact Allison Cochrane, School & Studio Programs Manager, at

Creativity Camp 2023 will no longer require proof of vaccination from campers and teen assistants. Masks will be optional, out of consideration for the developmental opportunities for campers to build language and communication skills during their time at the Art Center. The Art Center studios are equipped with HEPA filtration systems. For more information on our health and safety policies and procedures, please reach out to Allison Cochrane at

Mixed Media Camps (Ages 4&Up)

Mixed Media Camps are two-week programs that offer young artists an opportunity to explore a variety of visual art media in the mornings and performing art techniques in the afternoon, complemented by field trips and outdoor play. Campers produce original works of art, discover the creative process, and cultivate new skills under the guidance of professional artists. Every session is unique.

Group A: grades PreK-1
Group B: grades 2-3
Group C: grades 4-5

  • Session 1                         June 12 – 16 (one week)
  • Session 2                         June 19 – June 30
  • Session 3                         July 5 – 14
  • Session 4                         July 17 – 28
  • Session 5                         July 31 – August 11
  • Session 6                         August 14 – 25
  • Session 7                         August 28 – September 1 (one week)

Special Topics Camps (Ages 10&Up)

Special Topics Camps are one-week intensive studies in art designed to develop skills and explore concepts in a specific medium or focus on a single theme. Back this summer, look for our Get inspired series, in which campers will deeply engage with an Art Center exhibition and create original artwork inspired by what they find!

Camp topics include: Ceramics, Stop Motion Animation, Sketchbook Drawing, and more!


Each 2-week camp session: $760 (please note we cannot prorate camp by week.)

Each 1-week camp session (including Special Topics Camps): $395 

$10 Early Registration Discount: Ends May 17

Early Care (8:00-9:00 am) and Aftercare (3:00-6:00 pm) are available each day to offer campers a safe, supervised environment to rest and play before or after their Creativity Camp session. Activities vary from games to small art projects and outdoor play. After Care includes a small snack. Campers must be pre-registered for Early Care and After Care.

  • Early Care: $15/day or $65/week
  • After Care: $30/day or $125/week

Refunds must be requested via email to Victoria Sockwell ( at least two weeks prior to the start of a camp session. A $30 processing fee will apply to all refunds.

Financial Aid

Hyde Park Art Center offers a limited number of partial need-based financial aid awards each summer. Applications are available at the Art Center front desk or online at and are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified 1 – 2 weeks after application submission. A $100 deposit is required at the time of registration. For questions regarding financial aid, please contact Victoria Sockwell, Constituent Services Coordinator, at

Become a TEEN Camp Assistant!

In-person Creativity Camps are back this summer 2023! We are hiring teens for camp sessions, June 12 – September 2, from 9am-noon and noon-3pm. Camp Assistants will assist Teaching Artists and campers with projects in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, and performance arts!

Applications due March 17th*. APPLY TODAY!

Contact Harley Reid, Teen Programs Coordinator, with any questions: or (773) 324-5520 x1015.