Arts & Culture: Summer Camps Guide 2020

These listings have been updated to reflect changes in schedules due to COVID-19. Email editor@free-times.com if any other changes are needed, or if you know of another camp that's still happening.

Columbia Museum of Art — Project Funway

July 8-10, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 7-9; July 13-17, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 10-12. From drafting to crafting, campers learn all about fashion design as they create and update their own wearable art inspired by work in the museum, including wearable fashions featured in the Black Is Beautiful and Design by Time exhibitions. The week culminates with a fashion show in the galleries. $175 / $140 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Comic Creations

Ju;y 6-10, 1-4 p.m., ages 7-9. Create a comic book story from start to finish. Draw characters and environments to tell a story with pictures using storyboards, play drawing games, and read great comic books. $175 / $140 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Designing Devices & Imagining Contraptions

July 27 - 31; 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 7 - 9. Challenging their imaginations during a week of invention and kinetic artmaking, campers learn how to create new work using recycled materials with inspiration from the Design by Time exhibition and ideas from artists who use media in unusual ways. $175 / $140 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Drawing

August 3 - 7; 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 7-9. Campers explore new drawing media and strategies, improve their drawing abilities, and increase confidence when creating art. Get inspired sketching inside and outside the museum and learn time-tested techniques to make drawings come to life. $175 / $140 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Painting

August 3-7, 1-4 p.m., ages 7-9. This camp explores paints from tempera to watercolor and beyond. Taking inspiration from the CMA collection, campers learn about different styles of painting throughout the centuries. $175 / $140 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Painting Principles

July 6-10, 1-4 p.m., ages 10-12. This camp explores paints from tempera to watercolor and beyond. Campers learn about different styles of painting throughout the centuries and even paint on easels en plein air like modern-day Impressionists. $175 / $140 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Comics

July 13-17, 1-4 p.m. Ages 10-12. Create a comic book story from start to finish. Draw characters and environments to tell a story with pictures using storyboards, play drawing games, and read great comic books. $175 / $140 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Creative Storytelling Through Collage

July 13 - 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 10-12. Campers explore collage art and other 2D materials and craft stories while binding their own books. $175 / $140 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Explorations in Metalsmithing

July 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 13-18. Teens cut, saw, solder, and form sheet metal into fabulous creations as they learn the basics of metalsmithing. A must for anyone with an interest in jewelry making or sculpture. $90/$72 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Painting Fundamentals

July 13-17 and July 27-31, 1-4 p.m. Ages 13-18. This camp explores paints from tempera to watercolor and beyond. Taking inspiration from the CMA Collection, teens learn about different styles of painting throughout the centuries. $200 / $160 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Photography

July 20-24, 1-4 p.m. Ages 13-18. Teens learn to improve their photography skills no matter the kind of camera. Get to know all about composition in the Black Is Beautiful exhibition and by shooting your own images in and around the museum. Participants must provide their own camera. $200 / $160 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Sustainable Fashion Design

July 20 - July 24; 1-4 p.m. Ages 13 - 18 Explore sustainable fashion using both traditional and contemporary methods. Projects include bags, altered clothes, patches, and upcycled fiber pieces incorporating weaving and embroidery. Teens explore personal identity and style along with themes of sustainability and how to make a statement by upcycling and repurposing. $200 / $160 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art — Portfolio Intensive

August 1; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 13 - 18. In this one-day workshop, learn how to compile, organize, and prepare a portfolio for arts and college admissions. Perfect for any teen prepping for college or art school applications. $80/ $64 for members. 803-799-2810. 1515 Main St. columbiamuseum.org.

Hammond School — Beginning Readers Club

June 15-19, July 20-24, 1-4 p.m. Grades: Rising 1st - 2nd. Wonder, read, imagine, and create in our afternoon Beginning Readers’ Club especially for rising 1st and 2nd grade campers. Campers will enjoy reading award-winning books together and engage in fun literacy activities that strengthen their letter and word recognition as well as comprehension skills. They will discover interesting facts about the authors and illustrators and present a “book talk” with puppets. The campers will develop their imaginations as they work together to retell the stories with building BRIKS projects, dramatization, and other fun crafts. Tuition: $150. 803-726-6413. 854 Galway Lane. hammondschool.org.

Hammond School — Book Club

June 22-26, July 27-31, 1-4 p.m. Grades: Rising 3rd - 5th. Wonder, read, imagine, and create in our afternoon Book Club especially for rising 3rd - 5th grade campers. Campers will dig deeper into their books and become more confident to discuss what they do and do not understand. They will have the opportunity to build dioramas, explore acting out a scene, or preparing an expressive monologue from one of their books. Working together as a team to find creative ways to bring their books alive is a wonderful way to strengthen your child’s love for reading. Tuition: $150. 803-726-6413. 854 Galway Lane. hammondschool.org.

Hammond School — Creative Girls

June 8-12, July 27-31, from 9AM-12 noon. Grades: Rising 1st - 5th. You could not ask for more than a week of girl fun! Campers will fill each day with creative activities that explore their own unique style, and help them find confidence in who they are. While listening to our favorite music and making some fun snacks; we will design jewelry, create art projects, make fashion accessories, learn about hair, nail and skin care, and more.Tuition: $165. 803-726-6413. 854 Galway Lane. hammondschool.org.

Hammond School — Creative Journaling

July 20-24, 9 AM=12 noon. Grades: Rising 3rd - 6th. Join the craze of journaling, calligraphy and hand lettering. Perfect your own style of writing while creating a one of a kind journal and writing utensils. This camp will spark your creative writing juice and ignite your inner artist! Tuition: $180. 803-726-6413. 854 Galway Lane. hammondschool.org.

Hammond School — Elements of Art Full and Half Day Camp

Full day camps: June 8-12, July 6-10, July 27-31, 9 AM - 4 PM. Half day: June 8-12, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.; June 22-26, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.; July 6-10, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.; July 27-31, 1-4 p.m. Grades: Rising PK - 8th. This camp shows how the disciplines of science and art complement each other. Artists, like scientists, study many different things such as, materials, people, culture and history and then learn to transform this information into something else. Tuition: $250 (full) or $200 (half). 803-726-6413. 854 Galway Lane. hammondschool.org.

Hammond School —Handwriting Without Tears Camp

June 15-19, July 20-24, from 9 a.m.-noon; July 27-31, 1-4 p.m. Grades: Rising PK - 1st. This camp draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for teaching children handwriting. Join us for a week of play-based, hands-on multisensory resources to improve placement, writing control, letter spacing, letter orientation, and recall of letters. Tuition: $150. 803-726-6413. 854 Galway Lane. hammondschool.org

Hammond School —Let’s Have Fun With Legos!

June 8-12, July 13-17 from 9 a.m.-noon. Grades: Rising PK - 4th. Are you ready for the Ultimate Lego Challenge? If so, come join us for a week of imagination, exploring, and building with Legos. We will have counting and measuring, timed building, ramp building and racecars races, and Lego math. Come design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment that will boost creativity, confidence, and collaboration skills. Tuition: $165, which covers a $10 supply fee. 803-726-6413. 854 Galway Lane. hammondschool.org.

Hammond School —Manners and Monet

June 22-26, July 13-17, July 27-31, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades: Rising 5K - 2nd. This camp is a hands-on program that introduces campers to basic etiquette skills and various applications of art mediums. At the end of the week, campers will take home a folder containing basic reminders and a small portfolio of their completed artwork. Tuition: $135. 803-726-6413. 854 Galway Lane. hammondschool.org.

Hammond School — Mateys and Mermaids

July 13-17, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades: Rising PK-5K Ahoy there! The ocean is calling your name. Dive in with us as we sneak a peek into the world below. We will discover the hidden treasures of the sea through enchanting hands on activities, music, arts, and social skills. Don’t be shark bait and miss this adventure. Tuition: $180. 803-726-6413. 854 Galway Lane. hammondschool.org.

Hammond School — Read With Me Club

June 8-12, July 13-17, from 1-4 p.m. Grades: Rising PK-5K. Wonder, read, imagine, and create in the afternoon “Read With Me Club” especially for rising Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten campers. Encourage your little one to develop their imaginations and a love for reading. We will read award-winning books together and learn about authors and illustrators. Campers will participate in playful activities to strengthen “picture reading,” letter and simple word recognition as well as games to develop phonetic awareness. We will make our own picture books that they will be able to read to you. Campers will learn to retell stories with building BRIKS projects, dramatization with puppets, and other crafts. Tuition: $150. 803-726-6413. 854 Galway Lane. hammondschool.org.

Hammond School — World of Wizards

July 13-17, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades: Rising 3rd-6th. Calling all wizard fans! This is like no other camp you have experienced. We will take a magical journey into the world of wizards. We will design wands, make magic potions, go on a magical creature hunt, play Quidditch, and participate in activities that will astound all Muggles. Tuition: $180. 803-726-6413. 854 Galway Lane. hammondschool.org.

Heathwood Hall — All things American Girl, Jr.

July 20-24, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades Kindergarten to 3. Pack your favorite doll and join us for a week of American Girl fun! From crafts to games and plenty of stories- we will spend the week exploring the world of American Girl Dolls and using our imaginations. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $185. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Art History Detectives

July 13-17, 1-4 p.m. Grades 2-4. Grab your paint brush and put on your detective’s hat.. we’re going back in time to learn about great artists and important periods of Art History. After we’ve uncovered clues about how and why artists created their masterpieces, we’ll create our own art in their style. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $180. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Beltline Bookworms

July 5-10, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades 5-8. This camp is all about allowing students a few hours each day for reading, writing and reflection. Students will have the chance to knock out some of their summer reading requirements while discussing and analyzing the works with their peers. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Boys and Books

July 6-10, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades 2-4. Monsters, dinosaurs, trucks, trains, and animals — what does your little guy like to read about? Studies suggest that boys often lag behind girls in literacy skills, likely because they are less engaged with books. The best way to get better at reading is to practice; each day, we’ll read and talk about lots of books. We will also do a little writing and art and have plenty of playtime to burn off extra energy. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Fairytale Frenzy

July 6-10, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades K-3. Come join us for a summer full of fun with fairytales. We will read several fairytales, role-play, make crafts, and have a ball! Using the story Cinderella, campers can go on a glass slipper hunt, learn to ballroom dance, and make small pumpkins into carriages. Campers can follow the footsteps of Hansel and Gretel by following breadcrumbs to a shack. With Jack and the Beanstalk, campers can go for a variety of hunts to look for magic beans, gold coins, and more. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Future Master Chess Camp

July 13-17, July 27-31, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades 1-10. Chess is the ideal game for the young mind. Besides being fun, chess improves critical thinking, perseverance, concentration, and increases self-confidence. Campers will receive personalized feedback and instruction suited to their level. Some highlights of this camp will be group problem solving, playing “guess the move”, and competing in a camp tournament. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $200. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Future-Preneurs

July 20-24, 1-4 p.m. Grades 5-8. Are you a natural born leader? Do you want to experience the thrills of creating a 'company'? Don't miss out on this camp where you will create and sell handmade products at the Sale-A-Thon. This camp will dabble in the world of stocks and current events as they relate to businesses. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Greatest Conspiracies of History

July 6-10, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades 6-10. What really happened to Elvis? How many shooters were on the grassy knoll? What really is in Area 51? Come join this quest to find the answers to these burning questions, among many others. Students will hone their critical thinking and research skills during this camp, all while staying out of the heat. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — The Keys to Meaning: Using Mythology and Psychology to Read Movies

July 20-24, 1-4 p.m. Grades 9-12. A quality movie can offer the moviegoer many layers of meaning to dig into. In this course, we will use Karl Jung’s “individuation process” and Joseph Campbell’s cycle of the hero’s adventure as keys to unlocking the meaning of a few good movies. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $215. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Magnificent World of Mo Williams

June 22-26, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades 1-4. This camp will focus on all the well-loved Mo Willems characters: Elephant, Piggy, Pigeon, etc. We will read books, draw, play games, write our own stories and create plays. Our daily special snacks will be based on the beloved author of "Knuffle Bunny", "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" and "I Love My New Toy". Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Master Chess Camp

July 13-17, July 27-31, 1-4 p.m. Grades 4-8. Students will learn advanced chess problem-solving skills and strategies and will receive personalized instruction to help them reach the next level. The advanced chess camp is an intensive (and fun!) opportunity for the top young chess players in S.C. to hone their growing skills as top SC players. For the advanced camp, students should have prior tournament experience. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $200. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Mateys and Mermaids

July 6-10, 1-4 p.m. Grades EC4-K. Ahoy there! The ocean is calling your name! Dive in with us as we sneak a peek into the world below. We will discover the hidden treasures of the sea through enchanting hands on activities, music, arts, and social skills. Don't be shark bait and miss the adventure. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Mrs. Frannie’s Art From the Heart

July 13-17, 1-4 p.m. Grades EC3-K. Art from the Heart is a wonderful introduction to many different mediums of art for children. Join us for a fun week of arts & crafts as well as special snacks that they will make each day to go with the theme. Your child will create keepsakes that will be treasured forever. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Music Makers

July 20-24, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades EC4-3. Join us as we make instruments and sing fun songs. We'll explore different styles of music and go home with our own instruments. Music is a great way to learn and have fun. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Mystical Creature Adventures

July 13-17, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades 3-6.The Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Greek Gods, and mystical creatures..did we get your attention? We are going to fill your days with discoveries about these legendary creatures. Not only will you have fun, but you will broaden your creative mind and gain critical reasoning skills. This is one adventure you will not want to miss. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — Painting With Pizazz

July 20-24, 9 a.m.-noon. Grades K-4. Come and make beautiful works of art with a variety of paints. Explore the fun and creativity of painting. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall —Star Wars: A Myth for Our Time

July 13-17, 1-4 p.m. Grades 7-12. In his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell outlines the cycle of the hero’s adventure, a pattern present to some degree in all hero myths. George Lucas, who considered Campbell a mentor, used this cycle as the pattern for the Star Wars saga, and Campbell called Star Wars “a myth for our time.” In this course, we will watch the first three Star Wars movies (Episodes IV, V, and VI) and analyze them for elements of Campbell’s Hero’s Adventure cycle. Discussions will help empower the students to “read” the mythological cues in movies. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $215. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall —This Book is Better, But…

July 6-10, 1-4 p.m. Grades 5-8. This camp is designed to be relaxing, fun, and air conditioned! Beat the heat and enjoy a nice film. This camp is also designed to be paired well with the morning camp Beltline Bookworms because the authors of these stories are discussed in the morning camp. Sign up for one or both. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall — World Mythology (Online)

June 8-July 31. This class examines the classic themes common to most systems of mythology — e.g., the hero's quest, the creation and destruction of the world - while we read stories from cultures throughout the world, seeking to understand both commonalities and differences amongst and between disparate cultures. Our goal is to come to a better understanding of the reasons that cultures that seem, on the surface, to be quite different tend to ask — and try to answer — the same questions about life. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $400. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

Heathwood Hall —World of Wizards

July 27-31, 1-4 p.m. Grades 1-4. Calling all wizard fans! This is like no other camp you have experienced. We will take a magical journey into the world of wizards. We will design wands, make magic potions, go on a magical creature hunt, play Quidditch, and participate in activities that will astound all Muggles. Heathwood Hall listings are tentative, depending on future decisions regarding closings during July due to the pandemic. Call the school for more information. $150. 803-231-7799. 3000 S Beltline Blvd. heathwood.org/summer.

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