"Arts by the Sea" Summer Camp


7 Weeks of Visual & Performing Arts

Each week ends with an art exhibit and performance!

Teen Volunteers needed! Info & Form Here

  • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • For children ages 6-12
  • All supplies, snacks and camp shirt included
  • $275 per week

To take advantage of your Membership discount, sign in or register for an account on our website here.  If you have created a new account, please allow one hour for your membership to sync with your website account. Once signed in, your membership discount will apply automatically to your summer camp registrations. If you have any questions or issues, please send an inquiry to web@carpinteriaartscenter.org

COVID Safety Info

All seats have been filled!  To be added to a waiting list, please email your desired session and phone number to summercamp@carpinteriaartscenter.org


No family should be discouraged from applying to our classes and workshops because of lack of funds - we have scholarships awarding 50% off each session, up to $500 per family per year. If you need financial assistance, please complete one of the forms below.

English Assistance FormSpanish Assistance Form

 Funding support for our "Arts by the Sea" Summer Camp was provided by the Arts Making Impact Grant Program, a partnership between the Santa Barbara Bowl and the County Arts Commission.



First 3 Sessions:
Visual Arts in the morning & African Drumming in the afternoon

Session #1, June 21-25
Theme: Earth
We will delve deep into the earth through our artmaking, building with clay, drawing animals, painting landscapes, and more!

Session #2, June 28-July 2
Theme: Water & Air
DIVE into artmaking this week as we create water- and air-inspired artworks.

Session #3, July 5 -9
Theme: Fire
Let fire inspire--from Van Gogh's sunflowers to Chinese dragons!


Last 3 Sessions:
Visual Arts in the morning & Theatre in the afternoon

Session #4, 2 Week Camp! July 12-16 & 19-23
Theme: Cafes des Artistes
The art of food--what could be more fun? In this two-week camp, explore a number of artists from around the world who used food as inspiration in their art! We will create 2-D and 3-D pieces that celebrate food and the traditions around it.

Session #5,  July 26-30
Theme: Pop Art
Explore the wacky world of Pop Art! Learn what inspired these artists and think outside the box to create your own whimsical and entertaining masterpieces.

Session #6, Aug 2-6
Theme: Dot, Dash, Splash!
Experiment with your art making. We will create art in a variety of styles and media to stretch our imaginations!


In 2020, the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center offered our Summer Camp FREE via a virtual Zoom meeting with art instructor Sara Leo and drama instructor Asa Olsson!  Weekly art activities included printmaking, 3D projects, watercolor and pastel techniques, as well as drawing skills! 

2020 Teen Summer Camp Virtual Art Show!

2020 Children's Summer Camp Virtual Art Show!

2019 Drama



Arts by the Sea summer day camp has a long tradition of offering children a chance to spend their time outdoors exploring a variety of media as they create fine art. 

Each morning, campers enjoy learning about various art styles such as Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism etc. and explore how to apply similar characteristics in their own artworks.  Following the morning of hands-on art, including the weekly fieldtrip to paint at the beach, campers enjoy a music or drama session in the afternoon.  

The afternoon music sessions in the past explored traditions of Africa through stories, songs, and dances in preparation for a public performance on Friday afternoon.  In addition to singing, campers play drums, ukuleles, marimbas and hand percussion.   We have excellent instruments and enough for everyone to always be playing!

The afternoon drama sessions give the young actors the opportunity to learn the crucial skills of building characters and expressing interior emotions physically and vocally.  Campers not only have a chance to improve their public speaking skills individually, but learn how to work as an ensemble, gaining valuable leadership skills while having fun and making new friends.


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Program Aid (PA) Volunteers work counts toward required high school community service hours.  PAs earn 35 hours of community service per week total, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. assisting students and professional teaching artists, plus 5 hours for teen training on Friday, June 18th.

Printable .pdf here

You can turn in your printed applications during our limited hours: Friday - Sunday from Noon - 4 p.m.  You can also scan your application and email it to summercamp@carpinteriaartscenter.org

2019 Summer Camp Teen Volunteers