2017 Summer Camps

Learn about photography, video, animation and much more with creative professional artists at MOPA! Camps are great for all levels of experience and explore storytelling, image making and idea sharing!

Questions about our camp program?  Email us at camp@mopa.org!


Camps for Grades 1-3

Young campers can join to explore the world of media through fun hands-on projects and games! All of our camps are designed to compliment your child's interests and level of experience. Each camp is one week, Monday through Friday.

9:00am - 4:00pm

$270 MOPA member or Explorer Pass holder
$300 non-member
10% sibling discount

 

SOLD OUT
June 19-23
Animation Studio!
Teaching artist: Steven Topham, Animate-A-Way
Campers will create their own characters and animate stories in a series of fun and creative projects with local animator, Steven Topham!
*All equipment will be provided.
 
 
 
July 24-28
Portrait Me!
Teaching artist: MOPA staff
Campers will explore portraiture through photography, collage, painting, and drawing in this fun, hands-on, and highly creative camp!
*Cameras are provided, but we welcome campers to bring their own camera with SD memory card if they like!
 

 

 

 

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Camps for Grades 4-6

Join us for some creative fun while learning some new skills! These camps focus on technique, visual storytelling, and exploration. All of our camps are designed to compliment your child's interests and level of experience. Each camp is one week, Monday through Friday.

9:00am - 4:00pm

$270 MOPA member or Explorer Pass holder
$300 non-member
10% sibling discount
 

 

 
SOLD OUT
June 26-30
Create + Animate: Stop-Motion Animation
Teaching artist: Steven Topham, Animate-A-Way
Create your own movie! Using professional equipment and their creativity, campers will work alongside local animator, Steven Topham, to create a stop-motion animated short from concept through creation.
*All equipment will be provided.

 

 
SOLD OUT
July 10-14
Oh, Shoot! Creative Projects in Photography
Teaching artist: Brooke Benedix

Join us for an innovative photography-based art camp! Using Balboa Park as a backdrop, campers will use their creativity in daily photo shoots focused on photography techniques such as composition, point of view, and lighting. The camp will culminate in a final personal project and a camper-designed exhibition.
*Cameras are provided, but we welcome campers to bring their own camera with SD memory card if they like!
 
SOLD OUT
August 7-11
Photo Stories
Teaching Artist: Jessie McIntyre, MOPA Staff
Tell your stories through photography! In this camp you will learn to use a variety of photography techniques and mixed media projects to show your real or imaginary stories. Get creative with us and learn to be a visual storyteller!
*Cameras are provided, but we welcome campers to bring their own camera with SD memory card if they like!
 
 
SOLD OUT
August 21-25
Motion-Picture Makers
Teaching Artists: Rebecca Goldschmidt + Rizzhel Javier, Bridge
Explore the fun of moving making by creating a short film!  Campers will explore to the origins of motion pictures technology while also learning the basic concepts of cinematography, sound-recording, and editing. Each camper will get to try the various roles behind movie making with a focus on creativity and collaboration. Families will be invited to a premier screening at the end of the week!
*All equipment will be provided.

 

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Camps for Grades 7-12

It's all about the craft in these skill-building, creative camps! Older kids will play with techniques and tools from vintage to truly contemporary to share their artistic vision. All of our camps are designed to compliment your child's interests and level of experience. Each camp is one week, Monday through Friday.

9:00am - 4:00pm

$270 MOPA member or Explorer Pass holder
$300 non-member
10% sibling discount
 

 

SOLD OUT
July 17-21
How to “Ruin” a Photograph
Teaching Artist: Jessie McIntyre, MOPA Staff
We all love beautiful photos, but sometimes we are left wanting more. In this camp, we will take inspiration from contemporary photographers whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional photography. Create unusual, odd, accidental, yet stunning works of photographic art through a variety of experimental techniques normally thought to “ruin” photos. We welcome all levels of expereince!
*Cameras are provided, but we welcome campers to bring their own camera with SD memory card if they like!
 
SOLD OUT
July 31-August 4
Images Unseen
Teaching Artists: Michael Chao + Rizzhel Javier, Bridge
Create image that defy space and time. Students will learn advanced photographic techniques like long exposure, double exposure and how to paint with light. Participants will work with a variety of camera formats and materials that will make them question the meaning of truth in photography. Participants will take home a collection of images that are surreal or not typically seen with the normal eye. We welcome all levels of expereince!
*Cameras are provided, but we welcome campers to bring their own camera with SD memory card if they like!
 

 

August 14-18
DOUBLE EXPOSURE
Teaching Artists: Rebecca Goldschmidt + Rizzhel Javier, Bridge
A photo-fun camp for those interested in exploring the space between film and digital technology. Students will learn basic storytelling tools, creative photographic techniques, and alternative image-making processes. Participants will work with disposable cameras, hand-process and scan color film photographs to use in their final project. Everyone will finish the week off with their own wearable photo project and collaborative zine. We welcome all levels of expereince!
*Cameras are provided, but we welcome campers to bring their own camera with SD memory card if they like!

 

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Camp Information and Guidelines

Cancellation and Refund policy

Program sessions are subject to cancellation or change due to insufficient enrollment. You will be notified at least 7 days in advance if your session is cancelled. In this instance, you will receive a full refund in the original form of payment.

Should you choose to cancel your registration for any reason, you must provide notice 14 days before your session start date to receive a refund less a 5% administrative fee. No refunds will be given within 14 days of session start date. However, camp fees can be allocated toward another camp during the same camp program within the same year. Cancellation refunds are issued in the form of a check, and may take up to 30 days to process.

Instruction & Staffing Ratios

MOPA staff teaching artists or professional teaching artists from the community lead instruction for all camps. All are experienced in classroom instruction and are vetted by the Museum. The minimum staff-to-student ratio is 1:8.

Enrollee Age Recommendations

Camps are organized by recommended ages/grades. The material and instruction in each camp is designed to be age appropriate. Camps designed for grades 1-3 have a minimum age requirement of 5 years.

Meals & Snacks

All camps have a scheduled lunch and snack time, so we ask that you send your child to camp with a packed lunch that DOES NOT require refrigeration or heating as well as a healthy snack. The Museum does not provide lunches or snacks. We have a no-sharing policy but wish to know if your child has any food allergies or sensitivities. Please include this information in your registration to help us!  We reccommend that campers bring a water bottle with them daily.

Drop-off & Pick-up

On the first day of the camp week, we ask that you park and walk your camper to MOPA.  For the rest of the week, we offer curbside drop-off and pick-up at the end of Village Place. Please approach from Park Blvd and enter Balboa Park at Village Place. Follow the road as it bends to the left to where it dead-ends and pull to the curb in front of the Casa del Prado building. Please be prompt!  

Sign In & Out

All campers must be signed in and out every day. Your child must be picked up by one of the adults designated at registration. If you need to authorize additional adults, please submit their full name in advance to camp@mopa.org. Campers will not be released to adults who are not on the list.

Inclusion

The Museum of Photographic Arts welcomes children of all levels of ability. If your child would benefit from a special accommodation, please contact the Education team at camp@mopa.org prior to the start of your camp session.

Behavior Policy

Fun and safety are only possible when there are behavior guidelines. Campers are expected to show respect for fellow campers, staff, themselves and the museum facilities. Due to safety concerns, disruptive behavior and physical aggression are not tolerated. Our camp staff is trained to use positive management tools in the camps. If any camper does not respond to these methods, they will be escorted to the office for a time-out. If the problem persists, campers may be removed from the program with no refund.

Illness Policy

If your child is unable to participate in camp due to illness, we ask that you keep them at home, both for their own wellness, and to maintain a healthy environment for the other participants. We are unable to offer refunds for missed camp days because your camp fees support the operational costs of the camp as a whole. We appreciate your understanding.

Medications

Please make sure that medications have been given prior to arrival at camp. Please include in your registration any information about relevant medical issues, including medications that will need to be taken during camp hours. MOPA staff will not be responsible for administering medications. Please contact us at camp@mopa.org to discuss the needs of your child.