Summer Camps with LVA

Summer Camp registration will open February 1, 2018 for LVA members
February 8, 2017 for non-members

Full day camps run from 9:00am-4:00pm with the option of adding extended hours to make the day from 8:00am-5:00pm. The "themed" portion of camps runs from 9:00am - 12:00pm and the afternoons consist of art-centric games and activities. These camps are held at LVA @ Clifton Center unless otherwise stated. Camp descriptions are below and you can review our camp policies here. Full day camps are $230 with the option of adding extended care for an additional $50. Half-day camps are $180.

**Please note we are unable to offer extended hours for our off-site camps at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens and Waterfront Development Corporation.**

Please read our camp policies prior to signing up.

Painting Lab focuses on the young artist who needs the time and space to experiment with the wonders of paint. Students will work with a variety of media including watercolor, acrylic paint, and even house paint! Students will also use a variety of surfaces including paper, wood and canvas. Simple compositions will lead to experimentation with various approaches to painting and students will have the chance to experiment with non-traditional techniques. What happens when salt comes in to contact with watercolor? How can you use crayons and glue to create texture in an image? Your child will find the answers to these questions and more as people, places, and things will come to life with quality materials and a little imagination! 


June 5 - 9, Ages 7-12

Instructor: Janet Britt

June 12 -16, Ages 7-12

Instructor: Janet Britt

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is partnering with LVA to bring a nature art half-day summer camp out to Yew Dell! Students will explore the wonders of the botanical gardens through a creative lens— imagine creating art in a castle or along woodland trails. Artists will tap into their creative genius with guided curriculum and help from the great outdoors. The natural world offers the opportunity for students to draw, design, paint, sculpt and create their way toward beautiful works of art. “Yew Dell: Art In Nature” will meet 9:00am-4:00pm at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old Lagrange Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014.


June 12-16, 9am-12pm, Ages 7-12

Instructor: Ehren Reed

* please note this camp is held at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Creature Feature is the class for children who like to experiment with multiple media, such as paint, plaster, gauze and air-drying clay! Students will incorporate both 2D and 3D techniques, utilizing a variety of provided materials along with found objects to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Students will draw, paint and sculpt to create a whimsical animal bust to hang on their wall! This camp also takes group walking tours to the nearby Clifton Gardens for inspiration to produce nature inspired works of art — a perfect fit for students wishing to learn new skills or those simply wanting to try new techniques. 


June 26 - 30, Ages 7-12

Instructor: Janet Britt



Video Game Design will give kids the tools and instruction essential to building their own games. In this class, we will be covering how to make your own landscapes — anything from the realistic to the psychedelic and kooky! Kids will also be taught how to use Google SketchUp to create and download their own objects to make their landscapes their own. Plus, they'll make their own avatar to occupy the landscape they just created! By the end of the week, students will have the basics to create their own games, and resources to keep honing their craft in the future. We will be creating the games in the FREE platform Unity, and all other software will be free as well, which means students will be able to expand on their own time outside of camp. At the end of the week, students will be able to give us a walkthrough of the habitat they created for their avatar!


July 3-7, Ages 11-14

Julia Mellen


Intro to Photography will teach participants the art and skill of photography. Students will gain a solid understanding of the core foundation of photography and post-production while experimenting with non-traditional techniques as well. Instruction will cover several photographic processes, from historic cyanotype printing to digital manipulation — and lots in between! Students will have the chance to use a digital camera, be a “lighting technician,” and learn to edit their images in Photoshop and Lightroom. Each student will complete the camp with a portfolio of their work to share with others, and memories to last a lifetime. 


July 31 - August 4, Ages 7-12

Instructor: Angela Ress



Stop Motion Camp is an imaginative course that will introduce students to the exciting world of stop motion animation through a collaborative adventure in storytelling. Students will begin by creating storyboards, and will then learn to build models and sets to realize their vision. The stop motion process incorporates drawing, writing, storyboard creation, character development, design, construction, performance, digital photography, sound manipulation, overlays and editing! Each student will complete the camp with their own short film. Check out a video from camp here!


July 17 - 21, Ages 11-14

Instructor: Katie Counts

July 24 - 28, Ages 7-10

Instructor: Lindsey Duncan 

Comic Art is an innovative summer camp that is ideal for students who want to learn what it takes to write and draw comic books and graphic novels. We will be experimenting with storytelling using illustration and pictures. Campers will work with traditional mediums such as pencil, pen and paper the supply cabinet is open! Students will develop their drawing and inking techniques with a heavy focus on characters development. 


June 19 - 23, Ages 7-10

Instructor: Lilly Higgs

July 10 - 14, Ages 11-14

Instructor: Kevlen Goodner 




LVA members receive a $25 discount and early access to summer camp registration. If you would like to become a member, you can do so here.