Summer Camp for Kids

Artisan Alley is proud to announce that we will be hosting a summer camp all summer for kids aged 9-16, (2 groups of 9-12 years & 13-16 years with a 1 year leniency for age). These classes take place Monday through Friday from 1 pm-4 pm and there is half an hour before and after the class allotted for pick up and drop off.

Each session, children participate in a variety of art activities including painting, drawing, hand-built muppets, and sculpture! Our Art Summer Camps staff is made up of youth art educators from the Bloomington community. An instructor and assistant will lead each session, where the instructor to student ratio will not exceed 1 to 8 to ensure that each child receives individual attention. Art Summer Camps does not includes lunch, so make sure your children eat before coming.

These projects will culminate in a Featured show at the end of each summer sessions for all the family and friends to enjoy!

Session 1– World Music (Youth) & Public Murals (Teen)
2 Weeks • Monday-Friday • June 3-14th • 1:00 pm-4:00 pm • $200.00

Session 2– Comics (Youth) & Marionettes and Film (Teen)
2 Weeks • Monday-Friday • June 24-July 5th • 1:00 pm-4:00 pm • $200.00

Session 3– Life Casting (Youth) & Glass Painting (Teen)
2 Weeks • Monday-Friday • July 15-26th • 1:00 pm-4:00 pm • $200.00

To sign up your child, click on the class below you would like to register your child for.

To volunteer as an instructor aid, fill out this application.
To donate supplies for our summer camp, check out our wishlist.

Summer Camps: Glass Painting

Glass Painting- Ruth Lui

This is our third and final Summer Camp class series for kids aged 13-16 years! This class will take place in our Made Classroom space from July 15 – July 26th, Monday through Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm. The Made-Classroom is located at 222 W 2nd St.

Glass Painting Course:
Explore your artistic side by using glass paint to paint on a bottle or glass. I’ll give examples and describe my process, and allow students to create sketches and complete the works. Over the two weeks, turn an ordinary glass bottle into a beautiful artistic piece for your bedroom or house!

My name is Ruth.Y. Liu. I’m one of the local artists in Bloomington IN. I love painting, and I am also a teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience. After I came to the United States, I became a professional painter. I have my own painting courses and have trained a lot of talented students, with my focus being children’s painting, watercolor painting and glass painting.

To register your child for these classes, please click here.


Summer Camps: Lifecasting and Body Duplication

Life Casting Ticket Pic - Adam Nahas

This is our third and final Summer Camp session for children aged 9-12 years! These classes will take place at our Burl & Ingot Workshops, located at 1305.5 W 11th St. The classes take place from July 15 – July 26th Monday through Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm.

This class will go over the process of 3-dimensional copying, more commonly known as moldmaking. There are many ways to make a mold, but we will focus on life casting, or duplicating parts of the hands, face or body. Students will get the option to make a plaster duplicate, and we will be using skin safe algeanate.

Adam Nahas, Sole Proprietor of Cyclops Studios, and Founder/Executive Director of Artisan Alley, has been involved in the arts since childhood. An avid sketch artist and comic illustrator throughout his high-school years, he was voted “Most Artistic” in a large graduating class. Nahas continued his interest in art through college starting with music, then performance art, and finally settling with sculpture. In 2007 he graduated from Indiana University where he majored in Studio Art with concentrations in Metals and Sculpture, and he minored in Art History and Mathematics. He went on to work with foundryman and artist Mark Parmenter, who exposed Nahas to multiple international artists and art projects of all kinds, globally, for 8 years. In 2009 Nahas set up his own studio in Bloomington, Indiana, called Cyclops Studios. Nahas’ creations represent a vast and unique repertoire of his personal interests. Not limiting himself, he pursues a variety of subject matter, mediums, and art forms. His knowledge of anatomy and his attention to detail have allowed him to create a range of structures.

To register your child for this class, please click here.

Summer Camp: Marionettes and Filmmaking

Marionettes & Filmmaking - Jessie Grubb

This is our second Summer Camp session for kids aged 13-16 years. These classes will take place June 24 – July 5th Monday through Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm. This class will take place in our Made classroom space located at 222 W 2nd St.

Marionettes and Filmmaking combines storytelling with sculpture. We will be crafting one-of-a-kind marionettes and using them in a collaborative short film. As a class, we will brainstorm the possibilities for our film and each student will create a unique character out of Sculpey to star in the production. This workshop covers the basics of costuming, set design, scriptwriting, character building and marionette construction. All materials and tools will be provided.

My name is Jessie Grubb! I’m was born in Bloomington and have been making art since a young age. While my primary mode of creation is filmmaking, I consider myself a multimedia artist because I’m constantly searching for new ways for mediums to interact. My art has a heavy emphasis on experimentation and my class, Marionettes and Filmmaking, will reflect that. It’s perfect for anyone looking to try something new!

To register your child for this class, please click here.

Summer Camps: Making Comics

Making Comics - Matthew New

This is our second set of classes for kids aged 9-12 years for our Summer Camp Series! This class takes place from June 24 – July 5th Monday through Friday from 1 pm-4 pm at our Twisted Lounge and Co-Work space. Twisted Lounge and Co-Work space is located at 804 W Kirkwood Ave.

Do you read comics and have always wondered how to make your own? Do you already make your own comics and want to get better? Then this is the class for you! Get ready to draw! A LOT! Bring your ideas and characters to life and explore making your first comic with a renowned independent cartoonist.

Matthew New has been drawings comics since he was six years old. He is the writer and artist behind several kids comics series and a 2014 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University with an emphasis on writing and art education in 2012. Since graduating, he has done extensive freelance work, been a cartooning assistant for Nicole Georges, and been published by Emi Foster and Twins for a Day.

To register your child for this class, please click here.

Summer Camps: Learning World Culture Through Music

World Music - Adam Riviera

This is our first Summer Camp session for 9-12 years happening at Artisan Alley! This class will take place June 3-14th Monday through Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm in our Dimensions Gallery.

Learn about cultures from around the world by playing instruments from different countries!  Enjoy traveling the world in one space by learning to play instruments from the Middle East, West & North Africa, Latin America, and Asia! Enjoy the opportunity to celebrate community and culture through music and share your experience with family and friends at the end of the camp with a performance!

Adam Riviere has studied over 30 world instruments in the past 30 years, and during that time has traveled around the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East as a performer and music educator.  The music and sound Adam creates is an influence of all those instruments and cultures, and his performances and musical creations reflect why music was created: celebrating community.

To register your child for this class, please click here.

Summer Camps: Landscape Mural Class

Landscape Mural Class - Adam Long

The first class for our 13-16 years in our Summer Camp series is a landscape mural class taught by Bloomington painter Adam Long. This class will take place on June 3-14 Monday through Friday outside of our 222 W 2nd St. location. The class is from 1 pm-4 pm.

We will be painting an impressionistic mural across a very long wall with beautiful detail.  Everyone in the class will have ample time to practice skills and get advice and direction to gain knowledge of the best styles to use on a large scale painting.

Raised in Bloomington, IN, Adam Long is the artist and creator behind Adam on Point. Adam studied Elementary Education at Franklin College  and then returned to Bloomington to join his family in the furniture business. Adam has published a children’s book “What If You See What I See” and began his artwork career full time in 2017.  

“I had a personal drive to make my passion come to life through art, using art to express creative  thoughts and emotions. It is my desire to inspire others, specifically youth, to find their own creative vision.” –Adam Long.  

To register your child for this class series, please click here.


Community Markets 2019

Artisan Alley is so proud to announce that we are bringing our Community Markets in 2019! There are a few changes taking place, and we are very excited to make this year’s markets bigger, better, and even more fun.

These markets will take place every Second Saturday of the month from 12pm-6pm, starting on April 13, 2019. Our markets include art vendors, food trucks, live music, lawn games, and a fun activity themed to the month we’re having the markets.

April’s activity is titled Easter Art Hunt. On the night of April 12, our team will be hiding Artisan Alley eggs around the building inside and out. At our Easter Art Hunt, adults and children can hunt for eggs and win prizes!

If you’re a maker, artist, farmer, live musician, food vendor, etc and you would like to vend at our markets, please click here!

Volunteers Needed!

Artisan Alley is looking for volunteers to help out during our Summer classes in June and July! These volunteers will need to like working with children and teens and will need to be available on weekdays during the day.

When We Need You

If you’re interested in volunteering for our summer camps, you will need to be available Monday through Friday from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm. These times and dates are non-negotiable. This will ensure that you are there from the Drop off time to the Pick up time of the students. These classes are split into three sessions as follows:
June 3-14
June 24-July 5
July 15-26

What You Will Be Doing

These classes are split into three different age groups as follows:
5-8 years
9-12 years
13-16 years

In these classes, you will be expected to help with set up and tear down, assisting the instructors during classes, and making sure the children’s needs are taken care of during the classes.

How To Get Involved

If you’re interested in volunteering for these summer camps, please fill out our Camp Volunteer Application. Note: This is not a paid position. If you would like to teach a class and be paid, please follow the link below. You WILL be background checked.

If you’re interested in becoming a PAID instructor for these summer classes, you can fill out our Instructor Application.
Note: With this position, we will be looking for individuals who have instructing experience and experience working with children. You WILL receive a background check.