2016 Summer Camps Schedule
This summer, have your child experience the arts by enrolling in Portland Metro Arts’ summer camps! Camps are one of the best opportunities for children to explore their creativity and artistic passion, in depth, that school year schedules may not allow.
Our camps are exciting, educational, engaging and above all FUN! In PMA’s summer camp program, kids learn about, perform and experience an extensive variety of art forms. PMA is unique because we offer camps focusing on dance, music, theatre, visual arts or a combination with multi-arts; unlike other programs dedicated to a single discipline with few options.
Camp space is limited, so be sure to register early. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the blue “register” link is not available next to a camp, the camp is full and you should email us at to be put on the waitlist.
Childcare for Full-Day campers is available starting as early as 8:00am and going as late as 6:00pm, at no additional charge. Half-day AM campers may make use of before camp childcare and half-day PM campers may make arrangements to remain after camp until 6:00pm.All camp specifics are subject to change, should circumstances require. Families who have registered for a summer camp will be informed promptly of any change that may affect their camp experience.
Registration and payment policies for PMA Camps can be found at the bottom of this page.
Preschool Week 1 - June 20-24 Week 9 - August 15-19 School Grades 1-3 Week 3 - July 5-8 School Grades 1-6 Week 1 - June 20-24 Week 2 - June 27-July 1 Week 4 - July 11-15 Week 5 - July 18-22 Week 6 - July 25-29 Week 7 - August 1-5 Week 8 - August 8-12 Week 9 - August 15-19 Middle School/High School Week 4 - July 11-15 Week 5 - July 18-22
Just for kids entering pre-k, kindergarten or 1st grade! We have two weeks this summer with a half-day 4-Arts camps designed for them.
Week 1 - June 20-24 Week 9 - August 15-19
4 Arts Preschool Camp - June 20th-24th and August 15th-19th
A creative half day, arts-based camp featuring Creative Art, Dance, Drama and Music classes taught by specially trained arts professionals. Each Friday we will present a themed multi-arts activity that includes special guest artists and activities. Discover ways to interact and communicate with the world around through the arts. For children entering pre-k, kindergarten, or 1st grade this fall. Morning and Afternoon Camps times available.Morning only
This camp is for children entering first, second, or third grade who have been in a Spanish Immersion Program or are native speakers. Camp runs from 9:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday-Friday, with a supervised lunch break. On Friday campers give a presentation for family and friends to share what they’ve learned.
School Grades 1-3 Week 3 - July 5-8 Campamento de 4 artes en Espanol 4 Arts Camp in Spanish
El Campamento de 4 Artes en Español - July 5th-8th
Este campamento es para niños que ingresan a primero, segundo y tercer grado que han estado en un Programa de Inmersión en Español o que son hablantes nativos. Cada día se explora lo que es danza, música, teatro y artes visuales. Nuestros artistas de enseñanza bilingüe guían a los campistas a través de una variedad de actividades creativas y atractivas que terminan con una presentación para la familia y amigos en el último día.
4 Arts Camp in Spanish - This camp is for children entering first, second, or third grade who have been in a Spanish Immersion Program or are native speakers. Each day we explore dance, music, theater and visual arts. Our bilingual teaching artists guide the campers through a variety of creative and engaging activities that end with a presentation for family and friends on the last day.
We offer several week-long, all day, camps for children in grades 1-6. Camps run from 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday, with a supervised lunch break. On Friday of each week, campers give a presentation for family and friends to share what they’ve learned. Campers will also participate in a field trip or special event, related to the camp that day.
Half Day Option: If your child is unable to join us for a full-day camp, some of our camps have half-day am or pm options.
Week 1 - June 20-24 Week 2 - June 27-July 1 Week 4 - July 11-15 Week 5 - July 18-22 Week 6 - July 25-29 Week 7 - August 1-5 Week 8 - August 8-12 Week 9 - August 15-19
4 Arts Camp - June 20th-24th and August 15th-19th
Experience all the arts! 4 Arts Camp is a great introduction to new ideas where children explore Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art in 5 days of fun! Each day campers participate in special classes in all four art forms that are geared toward young artists. Final presentations on Friday. Grades 1-6. This camp is offered twice this summer.
All About Art Camp - June 27th-July 1st
Create artwork in an atmosphere totally focused on the visual arts. Children with an interest in the visual arts will have the opportunity to experience a broad spectrum of art styles and work with a variety of media. Explore drawing, painting, and sculpture through fun and rewarding projects. Hone your skills by learning techniques to refine your artistic vision. Each day students work in a different medium, style or artistic process. Grades 1-6.
Find your inner star and learn to shine in this fun interactive camp. Campers work together to write, perform in, video tape and edit a music video, a copy of which will be distributed to each camper at the end of the camp. No former music training required to attend. This camp is a fun-filled experience for children, introducing them to singing, acting, dancing, and new media. Grades 1-6
Students of all performance levels and experience work daily with professional performers to create a complete summer theatre experience. Onstage training includes acting, improvisation, and stage presence in a fun and creative environment. Learn the performance techniques necessary for an exciting theatre production. Friday is performance day for family and friends! Grades 1-6.
Let your imagination sprout wings as you explore the world of dragons, super-heroes, villains, and folklore. Read, write, invent, design and bring your own adventure stories to life by creating masks to enhance our final theatre performance. Legends and tall tales from the Titans of Greece to those from all over the world will be visited. Art, Theatre & Storytelling combine to create a legendary camp experience. Grades 1-6.
The King and his court can not find out why all the Princesses wear their shoes out every night. All Kings, Princes and Princesses will enjoy being a part of this Dance Camp. Dance it All! Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Modern, for those with little or no previous experience who want to have fun trying something new and performing this classic story. Grades 1-6.Join us for a wacky and fun musical theatre production for kids. Learn the songs and choreography in a production that has something for everyone from beginners through accomplished performers! Campers will prepare a musical in just one week and perform for family and friends! Grades 1-6.
Students entering grades 6-12 have several options to follow their passion for music, theatre or dance, in intensive workshops designed to hone their artistic technique and creative skills. Workshops run Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. Guest artists, special events, field trips and a presentation for families is included. Some workshops have half- day options.
Week 4 - July 11-15 Week 5 - July 18-22
Fun and interactive. Campers work together to plan, perform in, video tape, edit and produce a music video! No former music training required to attend. Campers develop skills including vocal, dance and performance techniques. If you play an instrument, bring it! Friday is performance day for family and friends! Grades 6-12
Students of all performance levels and experience work daily with talented professionals to create an engaging Shakespeare experience. Take this opportunity to study and understand Shakespeare in a fun, supportive atmosphere that teaches the necessary skills to perform his work. Onstage training includes acting, improvisation, and stage presence. Friday is performance day for family and friends! Grades 6-12
In addition to PMA's standard policies and procedure which can be found here, Summer Camps and Workshops are subject to the following registration and payment policies:
Summer Camp and Workshop Payments:
To Secure a Space— A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required at the time of registration for each camp in which you are enrolling. This deposit goes toward the total tuition of the camp. Any registration submitted without payment of the deposit will not be valid.
The balance of tuition is due no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the first day of the camp. If you wish to pay the balance of tuition sooner, contact our office. Otherwise, payment will be automatically withdrawn from the credit card or bank information listed on your PMA account fifteen days prior to the start of camp.
Early Registration Option: For those completing early registration prior to May 16, 2015, you may choose to make your payment in three installments: the first payment of one-third at the time of registration, the second payment 30 days prior to the first day of camp, and the final payment 15 days prior to the first day of camp. If you would prefer this option please make a note during registration or contact our office and we will be happy to arrange it for you.
For cancellations made fifteen (15) or more days before the start of the camp there are two refund options:
- Option 1: Receive full credit of total amount paid and use it for another PMA camp or Fall School year class. Credit is valid through December 31, 2016.
- Option 2: Receive a refund of total tuition paid, less the $20 deposit.
For cancellations made fewer than fifteen (15) days before the start of the camp there are 2 refund options:
- Option 1: Receive PMA credit for tuition paid, less the $20 deposit. Credit is valid for use towards another PMA camp or Fall School year class, through December 31, 2016.
- Option 2: Receive a refund of 50% of the total tuition paid, less the $20 deposit.
If for any reason PMA needs to cancel a camp, all families registered in that camp will receive a full refund of all payments, including the deposit.