NEW this year! Spring Break Arts Camps

You’ll find favorites from COCA’s popular Summer Arts Camp program as well as a few surprises, all taught by COCA’s faculty of amazing and experienced teaching artists. Spring Break Arts Camps are available March 16–27 for Ages 5–13.

View Camp Offerings by Week:

March 16–20
March 23–27

Why Spring Break Camps at COCA?

Our Amazing Faculty
Our campers enjoy a unique and fun-filled experience taught by professional artists and teachers! COCA’s talented teaching artists also work professionally as exhibiting artists or performers throughout the region.

Our Personalized Approach 
We provide a safe, comfortable, arts-learning environment where our campers can truly enjoy art and the art-making process. Many of our camps are multidisciplinary and are taught by multiple teaching artists. COCA camps are designed to engage all types of learners.

Presentations & Performances
Campers learn in a fun, relaxed environment where they can express their creativity and gain self-confidence. Family and friends are invited to performances and exhibitions (as noted) spotlighting the work created throughout the week.

No Extra Fees
All art supplies, groceries, technology supplies and equipment, as well as field trips, are included (when applicable) in the camp price.

March 16–20 Camps

Ages 5 to 7

BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTERS
9:00–11:45AM

Campers learn familiar songs from some of Broadway’s biggest hits! They develop vocal technique and gain confidence as a performer while staging songs through simple movement and the use of props. Campers explore material from shows like The Wiz and The Lion King. Camp ends with a sharing for family and friends. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines.

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CIRCUS, CIRCUS
9:00–11:45AM

Athletic campers explore the world of the Circus with circus professionals! We practice tumbling and trampoline; work on stilt walking, rola bola and rolling globe; and explore tightrope walking, juggling, spinning plates, balancing peacock feathers, diablo, flower sticks and clowning skills. Camp ends with a circus experience for family and friends.

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ICE CREAM CAMP
12:15–3:00PM

What is better than enjoying your favorite ice cream treats? How about learning to make your own? Campers spend each day with COCA’s culinary instructor learning how to make some of the most popular treats, from favorite flavors of ice cream to warm brownie sundaes with hot fudge. Along the way we learn about kitchen safety and practice basic cooking skills. Please list any food restrictions or food allergies under “special needs” on the registration form or call COCA. All culinary supplies and groceries included in price.

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MOVE IT
12:15–3:00PM

Designed for high energy kids, this camp introduces basic jazz and hiphop moves. Learn rhythm and musicality, spacing and repetition. Then, put them all together into fun and lively choreography to popular music. Camp ends with a sharing for family and friends.

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Ages 6 to 7

FASHION FIRST
9:00–11:45AM

Create or embellish fashion and accessories in this fashion camp. Campers learn about fabric painting, cutting, tying and beading techniques, then use these skills to make and decorate items such as headbands, T-shirts, and bags. Campers also go home with basic sewing and nosew techniques.

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WHERE’S MY SUPERSUIT?
12:15–3:00PM

Campers explore superheroes with secret identities like ElastiGirl, Superman, Batman and Frozone. We then use these famous characters as inspiration to create superheroes, supervillians and secret identities of our own. We create gadgets and disguises, go on a secret mission/ scavenger hunt and create a final story. Camp ends with a sharing for family and friends. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines.

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Ages 8 to 10

CIRCUS COCA
12:15–3:00PM

Athletic campers enjoy practicing tumbling and trampoline; working on stilt walking, rola bola, rolling globe, and even tightrope walking! They try their hand at juggling, spinning plates, balancing peacock feathers, diablo, flower sticks and clowning skills. Camp ends with a circus experience for family and friends.

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DC VS MARVEL
9:00–11:45AM

In an epic battle between superheroes, who would be victorious: a DC or Marvel character? Select a DC character like Superman, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, or Green Lantern OR pick your favorite Marvel character such as Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman or the Hulk. We collaboratively create our own epic story, pitting superhero against superhero, creating a background, props and costume pieces to stage our story. Camp ends with a sharing for family and friends. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines.

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DEMO CREATION
9:00–11:45AM

Campers work with a professional songwriter to create lyrics and melodies. Accompaniment on the piano and guitar is provided while other campers sing back-up vocals. We rehearse our songs and record at a recording studio while we design graphics for the CDs and a concert T-shirt for future use. Camp ends with a CD release party with family and friends. Price includes field trip.

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FASHION DESIGN
12:15–3:00PM

Campers learn about the fashion design process through design conceptualization and creating specific ideas for garments. We practice rendering and illustration, learn basic machine and hand sewing techniques, and build some simple garments we design ourselves. The possibilities are endless in this exciting fashion camp.

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GOING GODZILLA
9:00–3:00PM

Create a monster movie! Working in small groups, we collaboratively write, direct and film a creature feature. We build the costumes, props and environment; design and apply make-up and create visual and sound effects to include in the films—such as stop motion or underscoring. Everyone leaves with access to all the films created in the camp. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines. Art and technology supplies and equipment use included in price.

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Ages 11 to 13

FUNDAMENTALS OF HIP-HOP
12:15–3:00PM

Beginning through intermediate level dancers learn high-energy group choreography using hip-hop dance elements such as breakdancing and pop locking. They also explore the element of freestyle, create a hip-hop “crew” name, and design a t-shirt for a final sharing for family and friends.

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SECRET INGREDIENT
9:00–11:45AM

Each day, a new secret ingredient is revealed! Then, as part of a small team, we are challenged to utilize that ingredient in creative ways, combined only with products found in the COCA pantry. No experience is necessary for this culinary experience where quick thinking and creativity are key. Let the battle begin! Please list any food restrictions or food allergies on the registration form under “special needs” or call COCA to provide the information. All culinary supplies and groceries included in price.

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March 23–27 Camps

Ages 5 to 7

DRAW, PAINT, PRINT
9:00–11:45AM

Draw, paint and print using diverse materials and techniques. We explore each of these disciplines while looking to master artists as inspiration for our work. We create several pieces of art in each area—drawing, painting and printmaking—adding imagination and creativity to make our own personal masterpieces.

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FANCIFUL FINGER FOODS
12:15–3:00PM

Create fun and artful “finger foods”—easy to eat snacks like fruit skewers and dip, colorful vegetable pinwheels, and mini-pizza puffs. Along the way, we learn about kitchen safety and practice basic kitchen skills. Please list any food restrictions or food allergies on the registration form under special needs or contact COCA with the information. All culinary supplies and groceries included in price.

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LEGOMATION BASICS
12:15–3:00PM

If your child loves Legos, this camp is their chance to bring Legos to life! We work in groups to develop simple storyboards, stage the building blocks, and learn how to use stop motion animation techniques as we shoot footage to develop into a short film. Everyone receives access to all films produced in the camp. Art and technology supplies and equipment use included in price.

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SING, DANCE, ACT
9:00–3:00PM

Energetic campers are sure to have fun while enhancing their singing, dancing and acting skills. Each day, we explore and practice all three arts disciplines as we work together to collaboratively create a mini-production. Camp culminates in a musical revue from popular, family-friendly musicals including You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Shrek. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines.

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SORTING HAT
9:00–11:45AM

Where would the Sorting Hat send you? Campers enter the world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter as we discover whether we belong in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. We imagine our own student, professor and fantastical creature characters to populate an imaginary wizard school. We create wands, masks and backdrops to perform their tribute to the world of magic. Camp ends with a sharing for family and friends. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines.

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Ages 8 to 10

ARTIST STUDIO
12:15–3:00PM

Campers draw, paint and sculpt in this camp designed to expose them to a wide range of arts materials. Although the emphasis is on enjoying the creative process, the basics of art instruction such as line, shape, value, texture, pattern, space and color are emphasized across mediums. They are encouraged to experiment, adding imagination and a ton of creativity as we make our own personal masterpieces.

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BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTERS
12:15–3:00PM

Campers learn familiar songs from some of Broadway’s biggest hits! They develop vocal technique and gain confidence as a performer while staging songs through simple movement and the use of props. Campers explore material from shows like The Wiz and The Lion King. Camp ends with a sharing for family and friends. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines.

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HOGWARTS: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
12:15–3:00PM

Campers invent new tales of the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley, and the magnificent enchanted castle of Hogwarts complete with original characters, old favorites and magical creatures of all types. We collaboratively develop and rehearse a short script, then craft props, backdrops and costume pieces to embellish the story. The magic of Hogwarts never fails! Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines.

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LEGOMATION
9:00–11:45AM

If your child loves to play Lego video games, they will be inspired by this opportunity to learn and apply stop motion techniques to their love of Legos. We develop simple stories in two person teams, envision and build a Lego cast and “set,” then learn and practice stop motion to tell our stories entirely out of Legos. Everyone receives a copy of the films developed in the camp. Art and technology supplies and equipment use included in price.

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MUSICAL THEATRE MOVES
9:00–11:45AM

Beginner level dancers learn basic musical theatre jazz found in musicals such as Mary Poppins, Annie and The Wiz. We learn steps and vocabulary and work on timing and choreography. We even make and use fun props to add to the show. No previous experience required. Camp ends with a sharing for family and friends.

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ONE INGREDIENT, THREE WAYS
9:00–11:45AM

This camp highlights the creative potential in the kitchen. Each day, campers focus on one key ingredient and create three separate dishes that showcase it in vastly different ways. We might use chocolate as an ingredient in chili; a layered cake and ice cream; or experiment with lemons in bars, chicken and curd. Along the way, work on basic kitchen skills and safety. Please list any food restrictions or food allergies on the registration form. All culinary supplies and groceries included in price.

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Ages 11 to 13

FASHION CHALLENGE
9:00–3:00PM

Aspiring fashion designers, complete a different fashion challenge each day and help decide who solved it most successfully. We practice rendering and illustration, machine and hand sewing and embellishment techniques to complete the garments and accessories we design. Creativity is the key. The possibilities are endless! Campers should have a basic understanding of machine and hand sewing prior to camp.

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Spring Break Camp FAQs

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How do I register?

Registration for 2020 Spring Break Camps is now open! 

Early registration is encouraged; many camps fill up quickly.

Online: Register through COCA’s secure server at cocastl.org.
If you have taken classes at COCA before, you already have an account. Click the “Classes, Camps & Auditions” button to browse and register for camps.

By Mail*: Send your registration form and payment (CHECK ONLY) to:
COCA, Attn: Registration | 524 Trinity Avenue | St. Louis, MO 63130

*Credit card registrations are not accepted by mail.

In Person: Visit the Registration Office during office hours.

Faxed and phone registrations are not accepted.

Registration Confirmation: COCA will email confirmation of your registration. If you have not received confirmation within two weeks, please contact the Registration Office at 314.561.4898.

Registration Deadline: Patrons can register for a week of camp up until the Sunday before the camp starts. Example: For March 16–20 Camps, online registration will end on Sunday, March 15. Any patron trying to register for a camp once a week has started will need to go to the Registration Office.

Parking, Drop Off and Pick Up

7:30AM Before Care drop-off begins
8:50–9:00AM Morning/full-day camp drop-off
11:45AM Morning camp pick-up
12:05–12:15PM Afternoon camp drop-off
3:00PM Afternoon/full-day camp pick-up
6:00PM After Care pick-up ends

PLEASE NOTE: Children waiting in hallways and lobbies before and after camps are NOT supervised by staff or faculty. Unattended children will be placed in Before or After Care and parents will be charged.

Parking Garage:

Free parking is provided across Washington Ave. from COCA in a new parking garage shared with Washington University. To help with traffic flow, please exit the garage by turning right (west).

There is more than enough parking in the new parking garage, however, limited street parking is also available. Please follow all University City parking rules.

Drop-Off:

Mondays Only

  • All Campers: Parents/caregivers must park and walk their campers into the building, beginning at 8:50AM/12:05PM.

Tuesdays – Fridays

  • Campers Ages 7 and Under: Parents/caregivers must park and walk their campers into the building, beginning at 8:50AM/12:05PM.
  • Campers Ages 8+: Parents/caregivers are welcome to drop off their campers starting at 8:50AM/12:05PM at the corner of Trinity and Washington Avenues in the designated Drop-Off Lane, on the south side of Washington Ave. Campers will be escorted inside by a COCA staff member.

Pick-Up:

  • Campers Ages 12 and Under: Parents/caregivers must park and come inside to sign out their campers.
  • Campers Ages 12+: Campers may sign themselves out with a signed Student Release Form. Parents/caregivers should pick-up their campers in the designated Pick-Up Lane on the south side of Washington Avenue.

Camp Parking Map

Is Before & After Care available?

COCA offers supervised Before Care (7:30–9:00AM; 1 day $15; 2 days $30; or full week $40) and After Care (3:00–6:00PM; 1 day $20; 2 days $40; 3 days $60; or full week $75). Register at the same time you register for camps.

What should my child wear?

Campers should wear comfortable clothing in which they can paint, move and play, and closed-toe shoes. Special dancewear requirements, when needed, will be included in the confirmation letter.

Do campers bring their own lunch/snacks?

Full-Day Camps: Whether attending one full-day camp, or
two half-day camps, students should bring a lunch, drink, and
two snacks. A supervised lunch will take place on campus
between camps.

Half-Day: Half-day campers should bring only one snack/drink.
Note: Snack, juice, and soda machines are on-site, however
refrigeration and microwaves are not available.

Does my child's age matter?

Spring Break Camps are for students ages 5–13, and students should be the appropriate age for the camp during the week in which they are participating. Below are reasons why we believe that being the appropriate age is important:

(1) COCA draws from many schools and areas where students tend to be advanced so our ages are pretty true.

(2) The age ranges are broad already.

(3) The quality of camps remains higher if we stay true to the ages and participating campers are closer to the same age socially.

How do I transfer or withdraw my child from camp?

COCA offers the opportunity for students to transfer to another camp if space is available. Transfers must be submitted before the start of the student’s camp. The Registration Office will contact the student if there is a difference in tuition.

Withdrawing from Camp

Tuition fees will be refunded, less a $25.00 processing fee per camp, if a withdrawal form is submitted by March 1, 2020.

When is orientation?

COCA offers evening orientation for families to tour the camp facility, meet the camp manager and learn and ask questions about camp policies and procedures.

THU, MAR 5, 2020 | 6:00–7:30PM

How do I apply for financial assistance?

COCA offers financial assistance for Spring Break Camps. COCA accepts applications for assistance beginning April 1, 2019. Apply early; limited funds available.

Applications available online here or in the Registration Office. Letters notifying applicants of their status will be emailed and registration will be available at that time.