Art is Not an Afterthought: The Case for Creative Summer Camps

Art is Not an Afterthought: The Case for Creative Summer Camps

Summer camp enrichment is vital for our kids’ development. It’s a chance for them to experiment and express themselves, unencumbered by the pressures of school—a time to collaborate with new friends, get inspired by energetic mentors, and expand their vision of the future as they tap into new interests.

At Brains & Motion, art is a crucial part of our summer programming, fostering joyful creativity for kids in a world that demands STEAM literacy. After all, Apple wouldn’t be Apple without its sleek product designs. Our kids’ favorite video games wouldn’t exist without visual artists. The same goes for the movies we love and the apps we use every day.

Why Should Kids Learn Art?

Arts summer camps offer a holistic experience that nurtures kids’ artistic side while promoting personal growth, social development, and emotional well-being. Some of the biggest benefits include:

  • Creativity and Skill Building: Arts camps provide a supportive environment where kids can explore various forms of artistic expression, from crafts, painting, and drawing, to animation, music, and more. Their imagination is enhanced as they experiment with different mediums and techniques.
  • Self-Expression: Engaging in artistic activities lets kids express themselves in unique and meaningful ways. Through art, they can communicate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, building self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
  • Increased Confidence: As kids explore various artistic endeavors, they gain confidence in their abilities and develop a positive self-image. Performing in front of an audience, showcasing their projects, or collaborating with peers can all contribute to their sense of accomplishment.
  • Social Interaction: Arts camps connect kids who share similar interests, fostering friendships that last long after summer. Collaborative projects and group activities promote teamwork, communication, and cooperation, helping kids develop essential interpersonal skills.
  • Personal Growth: Participating in arts camps helps kids to step out of their comfort zones, take risks, and embrace challenges. Overcoming obstacles and pushing their boundaries fosters resilience and growth.

A Foundation for the Future

By cultivating these skills and qualities, summer arts camps empower children to excel academically, pursue their passions, and succeed in a wide range of future careers. For example:

  • Creative industries like advertising, marketing, graphic design, fashion, film, media, and entertainment
  • STEM fields requiring product developers, user experience designers, interface designers, and visual artists
  • Jobs in education requiring expertise in visual arts, music, theater, and dance
  • Entrepreneurial ventures or freelance careers in graphic design, illustration, and photography
  • Cross-disciplinary roles spanning architecture to interior design

Whether your child chooses to pursue a future in the arts or another field, the lessons learned at arts camp will contribute to their personal and professional growth, preparing them to thrive in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.


Creative and Digital Arts Camps at Brains & Motion

Brains & Motion’s summer arts and STEAM camps are expertly designed to delight your child and instill new skills. With exciting options tailored to specific ages, you can rest assured that your child will learn at their own pace and be appropriately challenged.

Featured 2024 Summer Arts Camps

Some of our most popular camp offerings blend art with technology, creating hybrid learning experiences that send kids’ creativity soaring. Here’s a sampling of our STEAM camps:

MakersQuest: Explore Oceans to Outer Space while Creating Contraptions + Sports Adventures  Grades K-2
Students will engage curiosity across a variety of science topics, from ocean discoveries to deep space adventures. With a wide range of challenges and themed adventures, they will exercise engineering principles and design thinking to build creative contraptions as they explore. Sports Adventures provides an afternoon of fun and teamwork as students sample popular sports and play exciting camp games.


CodeCrafters: Coding and Animation with Scratch + Sports Adventures
Grades 2-3
Unleash creativity through coding and animation with Scratch. Block-based coding empowers students to bring their stories and game ideas to life. Students will explore logical thinking and digital literacy skills as they learn to structure and execute their ideas through code. Sports Adventures provides an afternoon of fun and teamwork as students sample popular sports and play exciting camp games.


BlockCraft Masters: Game Design & Modding with Minecraft and MakeCode
Grades 6-8
Leverage Redstone, command blocks, and the MakeCode interface to create interactive games and worlds. Students will use creativity with technical skills as they learn to modify their environment and gain experience in game design, programming, and creative storytelling, exploring the endless possibilities within the Minecraft platform.



An Artistic Summer Awaits Your Child
Whether your child wants to dive into creative writing, animation, or game design, Brains & Motion summer arts and STEAM camps will provide them with valuable experiences and unforgettable moments.

Find a summer camp near you today.



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