Day Camps

Art Studio

Summer Art Studio

For over 72 years Cranbrook has offered the community the opportunity to share in the Booth family's vision to develop and nurture the creative and performing arts. Founded upon the principle that all young people can benefit and enrich their lives from exposure to art, Summer Art Studio has long been a treasured part of the Schools' programming and community outreach. The unparalleled legacy of exploration of the arts on Cranbrook’s campus is celebrated and expanded in Summer Art Studio. 

About the Camp

(coed, grades 2-9) Grade levels are defined as entering grades in Fall 2018.
 
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: Painting, Ceramics, Fiber/Fabric
  • Week 2: Drawing, Building, Jewelry
  • Week 3: Painting, Ceramics, Printmaking
  • Week 4: Building, Photo, Illustration
  • Week 5: Painting, Jewelry, Sculpture
  • Week 6: Illustration, Ceramics, Fiber/Fabric
  • Week 7: Drawing, Building, Photo
  • Week 8: Book Making, Ceramics, Illustration
Senior Division (Grades 6-9)
The Senior Division is a more focused group, designed for the young artist who is working to cultivate and refine their artistic talents. Classes consist of dedicated weekly projects designed to develop and fine tune specific skills under the supervision of experienced staff in a small, hands-on classroom environment. Smaller class sizes allow each camper to have ample one-on-one instruction and encourage useful critique time with instructors. Each week, campers will focus on two separate subjects — one in the morning and another in the afternoon. By exploring various techniques in each of the subject areas presented, campers gain a deeper understanding of the specific media and learn different approaches to using it.

  • Week 1: Book Making, Illustration
  • Week 2: Wheel Throwing, Digital
  • Week 3: Design, Fiber/Fabric
  • Week 4: Ceramics, Acrylic
  • Week 5: Wheel Throwing, Building
  • Week 6: Illustration, Photography
  • Week 7: Ceramics, Jewelry
  • Week 8: Watercolor, Sculpture
BOTH DIVISIONS:

Open Swim
Campers swim twice a week at Cranbrook's Williams NatatoriumSwim 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. 2018 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, Bus 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.
  • Bus 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 bused 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 Bus 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.

Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition: Full (8 Weeks) $2570, Half (4 Weeks) $1410, Partial (1 Week) $395 (Week 3 $355)
  • Fees: $20 Materials Fee per week for Seniors
  • Fees: Rush Enrollment if within 21 days prior to start of session $35 (one time per camper per season)
  • Discounts: $50 each additional session (auto)
  • Includes: Lunch, AM/PM Snacks, Camp T-shirt
  • Extras: Field Trips; offered during camp
  • Options: Extended Care ($75/week AM, $95/week PM), Bus Service ($90/week or $45/week one-way), Swim Lessons ($75/week), Monthly Payment Plan (free)
Note: Option prices are prorated for the week of July 2 since camp is closed on July 4.

For more information on the Schools’ camps, request information or contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu or (248) 645-3674.

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Dates, Times & Locations

Dates, Times & Locations

Cranbrook Schools

·39221 Woodward ·Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
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Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit, consisting of three schools; an elementary school with a private preschool, a single gender middle school with a distinct boys middle school and girls middle school, along with a co-ed college prep private boarding high school. Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan. Many of Cranbrook’s students attend top universities and colleges.

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