Campers receive instruction in classic art forms such as drawing, composition, painting and sculpture, and expand their horizons into contemporary media such as building, illustration, and photography. Computer-based projects use Adobe® Photoshop® Elements. Explorations that blend unique media combinations are highly encouraged. The beautiful and unique Cranbrook campus provides ample, diverse aesthetic inspiration for prodigious volumes of work.
Subjects that are offered in multiple weeks create different projects, building on the fundamentals of the subject. Prior weeks are not required for subsequent offerings of the same subject.
Gallery Shows held on Friday afternoons in the fourth week and eighth week invite relatives to view campers' creations, allow them to meet instructors, and learn more about the projects. At the end of each week, projects can be taken home or may be held in the office for display at that session’s Gallery Show, to which all are invited.
Junior Division (Grades 2-5)
This exciting hands-on experience allows campers to develop a combination of artistic talents and explore new media. Each day campers will attend three different classes. A unique, week-long project will be created in each of the three classes, taught by exuberant instructors. The Junior Division provides a fun, diverse, and exciting experience for young artists. We encourage campers to use their imaginations to create fun and interesting projects each week.
- Week 1: 3D/Building, Illustration
- Week 2: Wheel Throwing, Digital
- Week 3: Drawing, Fiber/Fabric
- Week 4: Ceramics, Acrylic
- Week 5: Wheel Throwing, Digital
- Week 6: Illustration, Photography
- Week 7: Ceramics, Jewelry
- Week 8: Watercolor, Sculpture
Not Just Art:
While the art is why we are here, there are little variations throughout the camp day that are important to us. We offer multiple opportunities to explore and grow creatively. Every week, we have a theme day where participation is always encouraged. Past theme days have included: Pirates of the Polynesian Islands, Decade Day, and Outer Space! Additionally, we believe in cultivating team-building and friendships by providing games and activities after lunch either outside or in the gymnasium. By having multiple activities happening at once, each day can be a different adventure. We also take advantage of the social aspect at one of our favorite moments: snack. Snack time allows campers to play inclusive table games where socializing is strongly encouraged. Games like these allow the campers to think differently and solve problems creatively which is a skill they’ll take with them long after the summer ends.
Week 3 CARNIVAL
During Week 3, we are open and running camp on Thursday, July 4th! The day will run on a special schedule with a midday all-camps CARNIVAL to include: a BBQ lunch, freshly spun cotton candy, mobile music theater, titanic and iceberg challenge, bubble soccer, a bounce house, an obstacle course, basketball frenzy, a dunk tank, and carnival games! Campers must be registered for camp during Week 3 to participate in the camp carnival.
Campers swim twice a week at Cranbrook's Williams Natatorium
. Swim tests are conducted on the first day. Campers who fail or prefer not to take the test are supplied with life jackets and remain in the shallow end of the pool. Campers are allowed to retake the test at any time. The Natatorium staff include a certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts. 2019 Update:
Swimming is available all eight weeks of camp.
Lunch, Snacks, and Allergies
Lunches and snacks are included in tuition and are provided by Chartwells Dining Services. They are a nut-free organization who cater Cranbrook Schools’ meals during the academic year. Menus are provided in the Parent Welcome Packet and Document Center
. Special arrangements can be made for campers with food allergies. Lunches are served in the Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls – Kingswood Dining Hall
Extended Care, Transportation Service, and Swim Lessons
- Extended Care offers activities, games, and open time outside and in the gym as early as 7AM and as late as 6PM. Afternoon care includes a snack. Extended Care is located at Cranbrook Lower School Brookside. Campers are bused to/from camp each day. Extended Care is also a nice option for families with multiple children attending more than one of our camps to reduce the number of pick up points; parents/guardians simply pick up and drop off all children attending Extended Care at Brookside.
- Transportation Service is available to shuttle campers to and from specific stops in Birmingham (8:10 AM / 3:45 PM), Rochester Hills (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM), Royal Oak (7:50 AM / 4:05 PM), Troy (8:10 AM / 4:10 PM), and West Bloomfield (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM). Campers not picked up in time will be transported to Extended Care.
- Swim Lessons are offered for Grades 1-5 as group lessons by the week after the camp day and last 35 minutes. Campers are picked up at Cranbrook's Williams Natatorium.
- These options can be combined to meet your needs. For example, you can choose the morning Transportation Service and afternoon Extended Care.
- Logistical information for these additional options will be provided in the Parent Welcome Packet closer to the start of camp.
Communication & Photos
Parents/guardians are emailed a newsletter each week that includes a recap from the prior week, highlights for the following week, field trip information, updated group lists, lunch and snack menus, and merchandise available for sale. Daily camp photos are taken and posted in the Photo Gallery
to view, post, and purchase.
Staff, Training, and Accreditation
The camp includes a Director, Assistant Director, Instructors, and Counselors. Each divisional group has counselors who remain with the campers throughout the day and take them to each of the instructional areas. All staff are trained by the Director of Special and Summer Programs, the Camp Nurses, Public Safety, and other internal departments. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association
to ensure the highest standards in safety, training, and programming. Staff are offered annual professional development and certification. The camp is also licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs