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Considering the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, the uncertainty of the summer, and the safety of our campers and staff, the Center for Arts and Crafts has made the difficult decision to cancel art camps for summer 2021. We will miss the creative energy that the talented campers bring, their endless imagination, and viewing their amazing artwork. We hope to all get together again for summer 2022!

Check out our Create at Home Catalogs for step-by-step art projects. Video tutorials and more themed art boxes, which contain all the materials needed to create multiple art projects will be available for the summer.

Stay tuned for future announcements!

We hope your family is staying healthy and safe.

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General Art Camp Information

Summer is one of the highlights of our year! It is a time when we offer a wide variety of specialized art camps designed to stimulate the imagination and attract the individual interests of children (entering grades 1 through 9).

Every year new and exciting art camp projects and lessons are designed by Center for Arts & Crafts' staff and Penn State Art Education, Art, Art History, and Education Majors who serve as camp instructors.

This synergetic teaming benefits both campers and art instructors by exposing our campers to a vibrant, innovative arts and crafts curriculum while at the same time giving our instructors valuable teaching experiences. Outdoor play and field trips to various on-campus locations enhance the camp experience.

Camp sessions for those entering grades 1 through 9 are one week long, and meet 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Wheel Thrown pottery camp sessions 1 and 3 for grades 6 through 9 are two weeks long, meet for half day either 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. OR 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Mixed media, painting and drawing, printmaking, nature, music, fantasy, cultural art, paper making, wheel-thrown pottery, and photography are just some of the variety of art camps offered each summer. 

Children bring their own snacks, and their own lunches for all day (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) camps. Lunch is supervised. To attend, children must have successfully completed kindergarten and be fully able to use the restroom facilities without assistance.

If you would like to be added to our art camp listserv, send a request to

Please have the following information gathered before you register online:

  • A credit card
  • The parent’s/guardian’s name, day phone, cell phone, and email address.
  • Emergency contact name and phone
  • Your child’s physical conditions (allergies, recurring illness, disabilities, etc.)
  • Insurance company info (name, policy number, group number)
  • Date of child’s most recent tetanus immunization
  • Name and phone of child’s family physician
  • All forms are now included in the registration process.

In rare instances, a session placed in your shopping cart may be filled before you are able to check out. This occurs when two people are attempting to register for one remaining spot in the same program. In this case, the first person to successfully process their payment will receive that spot. The other individual will be notified only through their confirmation that registration was unsuccessful for that session.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

All cancellations made 15 days prior to the first day of camp will result in a refund minus a $50 administrative fee per camp. The $50 administrative fee will be charged for each canceled camp regardless of the participant’s (or his/her siblings) enrollment in other art camps. Refund requests made within 15 days of the start of camp will not be honored. The participant will be responsible for the entire fee.

  • The University may cancel or postpone any course because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges, or expenses.
  • Children with consistent discipline problems will be asked to leave camp without refund.
  • No alterations or special arrangements for any programs can be considered.

Art Camp Registration FAQS

Does Cvent reserve my camp spot(s) while I am filling out the online registration form?

No. Unfortunately, Cvent is unable to reserve your spots until you completely finish the registration process. Even if a camp has spots available when you start registration, the system will put you on the waitlist once you finish registration if others have completed registration and taken the final camp spots before you. Our camps are very popular and some fill up very quickly after registration opens. If this happens and you are put on the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot becomes available. Please be sure to have your credit card handy to complete registration and avoid losing your spot(s). 

If I start a registration and need to stop, can I save it and come back later?

No, there is no “save” option with our Cvent registration. If you close out of Cvent before completing a registration, you will lose any information that was entered. Also, Cvent will time-out after 20 minutes of inactivity. 

How do I register multiple children from the same residence?

To enter multiple children (siblings/cousins/friends), begin by registering one child, and at the end of the first registration form you will be able to click an “Add Additional Child” button if you need to register more children. Repeat as often as you need to.  

When you are done adding information, for a second child, please click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page. If you wish to add a third or fourth child, you may select the “Save and Add” button instead. 

Will Cvent work in my computer browser?

Cvent is designed to work in any browser. However, prior to using Cvent, it is highly recommended to make sure your browser is cleared and updated and cleared of any “cookies” or previous searches. Having a cluttered or outdated browser may slow down or shut down your progress in Cvent. Also, it is important to note that Cvent is not mobile friendly, so registration on a phone or handheld device is not advised. 

Will I need to enter my contact information for each child I am registering?

Yes, Cvent does not save information from previous registrations. Begin by registering one child and at the end of the first registration form you will be able to click an “Add Additional Child” button if you need to register more children. 

  • For each child you are registering, please make sure to click the “Add to Agenda” button next to each camp you are registering them for! If you get to the end of the registration and do not see camps on your agenda, you are not signed up for any camps and you will need to return to the previous screen to make your selections. If you have already confirmed your registration and do not see any camps listed on your confirmation, call the art center at 814-863-0611 and we will assist you. There is a chance that your preferred camp could fill in the meantime and we would then have to add you to the wait list for that camp. 

  • If you have already created a registration (even if incomplete), our registration system will not accept new registrations under the same email address. Please be aware of this and try to register all children and select all your preferred camps in one registration!  If you do forget to register more than one child or if you missed signing up for an additional camp on your original registration, you can use a different email address OR email our office at or call 814-863-0611 and we'll be able to help you! 

What information about my child(ren) will I need to enter?
  • Child’s first and last names 

  • Child’s school grade in the UPCOMING FALL (not current grade) 

  • A credit card 

  • The parent’s/guardian’s name, day phone, cell phone, and email address. 

  • Emergency contact name and phone 

  • Your child’s physical conditions (allergies, recurring illness, disabilities, etc.) 

  • Insurance company info (name, policy number, group number) 

  • Date of child’s most recent tetanus immunization 

  • Name and phone of child’s family physician 

  • All forms are now included in the registration process. 

  • You will be asked to give permission for use of photo/audiotape/videotape 

How will I know if my registration was successful?

Once registration is complete you will receive a detailed email from Cvent. Please do not respond to that email because it does not connect with our office. The contact for our office is or 814-863-0611. More information will be sent to the registered families closer to the camp time. 

Trouble shooting tips

Cvent keeps kicking me off the site or won’t let me proceed. 

The Cvent registration system can handle several hundred registrations simultaneously. If you can’t get through the Cvent system, it most likely is due to your computer browser being outdated or cluttered. To avoid this situation, please update and clear your browser of any “cookies”. It would be best to do this prior to registering, to save time. 

I don't see the camp that my child wants to attend.

Accidentally entering your child's current school grade, instead of the upcoming school grade, may affect which options you see. Camps are shown based on the upcoming school grade entered for each child. For example, if you indicate that your child will be entering grades 3, 4, or 5, the camp options for children in grades 3-5 will be the only ones you see; all other camps will not be seen. You will need to click the "Previous" button on the bottom of the screen and go back to make the change to your child's upcoming school grade in the Fall.

I completed registration for one child but cannot get my second child registered.  

Cvent will not allow participants to register a second time with the same email address.  If you did not click “Add Additional Child” during the original registration process you will need to use a second email address.    

By the time I got through the Cvent registration system, my preferred camp was full.  

We are surprised each year how quickly the art camps fill up! Some camps only take about five minutes to reach their capacity. Capacities are determined ahead of time based upon the staff and room spaces we have available. Once capacities are reached for a camp, waitlists become available for potential campers.