Summer Arts Camps

Ignite creativity at COCA Summer Arts Camps

Campers have the opportunity to learn and experience new things, build their skills, and—most importantly—have fun.

At COCA, we pride ourselves on offering some of the most creative Summer Arts Camps for kids and teens. 


Why Summer Camps at COCA?

Our amazing faculty

Our campers enjoy a unique and fun-filled summer 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 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. Each Friday, campers have an opportunity to spotlight the work created throughout the week.

A longer summer

Our camps start the day after Memorial Day and run through August 19, providing your family with 12 weeks of summer arts opportunities.

No extra fees

All art supplies, culinary camp groceries, technology supplies, and equipment, as well as field trips, are included (when applicable) in the camp price.

A variety of options for summer fun

With hundreds of camps, COCA offers summer arts camp experiences that meet your family’s needs. Choose from indoor, outdoor, and virtual camps, as well as morning, afternoon, and full day camp options.

Create Your Camp Day at COCA

Inclusion Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), COCA provides a variety of auxiliary aids and services to help campers with communication disabilities fully engage in our programs. We ask for as much advance notice as possible, so we can work with the camper’s parent or guardian to determine the best plan of action and have time to arrange for reasonable modifications or services necessary. Contact the Registration Office at registration@cocastl.org or 314.561.4898 for more information.

Tuition Assistance for Camps

Through support from individual donors, foundations, and corporations, COCA offers tuition assistance for qualifying students.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my camper?

Register for camps online, by mail, by phone, or in person. Visit our Camp Registration Information page for more information.

Are Before Care & After Care available?

COCA offers supervised Before Care and After Care for campers ages 5+. Register at the same time you register for camps. An entirely outdoor Before Care & After Care area is available upon request. Some exclusions apply for off-site camps—see specific camp descriptions for details. 

What should my camper 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 your camper’s confirmation letter. Masks are to be worn at all times on the COCA campus in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Do campers bring their own lunch/snacks?

Full-day campers and campers staying for both morning and afternoon camps have a supervised lunch period. Full-day campers should bring a lunch, drink, and two snacks. Half-day campers should bring one snack (soda and juice machines available). All campers should bring a closed, reusable water bottle; water filling stations are available.

There is no refrigerator or microwave. An allergy-free table is available.

Does my camper’s age matter?

Camps are for students ages 3–18. Students should be the appropriate age for the camp during the week in which they are participating. We believe participating in the age-appropriate camp is important because:

  1. The age ranges are broad already
  2. The quality of camps remains higher if we stay true to the ages 
  3. Participating campers are closer to the same age socially

How do I transfer or withdraw my camper from camp?

Visit our Camp Registration Information page for information about transfers and withdrawals.

Is tuition assistance available?

Yes, tuition assistance is available for COCA Summer Arts Camps. Visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information.

How can I get my student added to a waitlist?

For camps that have reached their maximum capacity, students may choose to be placed on a waitlist. To be added to a waitlist for a camp, contact the Registration Office at registration@cocastl.org. Students will be contacted if a vacancy in the program arises.

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