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ART Fun All Year ‘Round

 Looking for a fun ART activity! You’ve come to the right place!



The Paintbrush offers unique camp day experiences on days that CPS is closed. Kids ages 4 through 11 can join in the creativity of a half day or full day of art projects based on our class model of introducing an artist and creating a masterpiece based on that artist’s work. The laid-back camp atmosphere often allows for a second or third project, and/or our beloved free-art play options such as painting the table, creating a group project, face painting and more. Each day we learn something entirely new, so sign up for a day or a week — it’s all fun! See below for more details.


Intro to Improv for Teens

Tuesdays, June 25-July 16


$105/4-week session

ages 15-19

Click to Register!

Improv is the key to success in theatre, film, commercials and everyday life! Knuckleball Comedy presents Intro to Improv, a curriculum written just for teens. Learn the basics of improvisation and performance through fun mind games and interactive play taught by a working comedian.  Gain valuable communication and team working skills, learn to listen and think creatively, and HAVE FUN! No experience necessary!

 Eagle art 2015 Vets day camp 2015

“Lucas is bouncing off the walls just loving your studio! And he is in love with the idea that he can buy his own snacks during camp! He feels like a big kid with his own money. Thank you for introducing us to your wonderful business.” — Carmen, mom of Lucas, 6

“Jalil enjoyed camp and art in the park this week; just wanted to say thanks again for getting us in this week.” — Marcia, mom of Jalil, age

“We asked her which, of all the camps she attended this summer, was her favorite and she said, ‘ART CAMP!'” –  parents of Vida, 5

“Thank  you for pairing up with Code Play Learn for Camp this summer. What a great idea. It’s really STEAM, not STEM that is so important for our kids!” — Carmen, mom of Lucas, 6

“I have aqua at my school, but it’s a crayon.” — Maia, age 4



The Paintbrush offers a unique camp experience for kids who LOVE ART!


9:00-4:00 (full day)

9:00-12:00 (morning only); 1:00-4:00 (afternoon only)

ages 4-12

Click on dates to register.

June 24-28

July 22-26

August 19-23 

August 26-30 


Half-Day Camp (3 hours): $57/day; $275/week (includes t-shirt)

Full Day Camp (7 hours): $90/day;  $435/week (includes t-shirt)


Before-Care: 8:30-9:00 $8/day; $35/week

After-Care: 4:00-5:30 $20/day; $90/week

Before- and After-Care $120/week

(Before- and After-Care registration must be made prior to Camp week)



Campers must be 4 years old by first day of their camp week.


 A Day of Camp at The Paintbrush

8:30-9:00 Before-Care

9:00-9:15 Arrival and Warm-Up

9:15-11:05 A Morning of ART

11:05-11:15 Snack

11:15-11:45 ART Exploration/Stations

11:45-12:00 Clean Up and Organize

12:00 Morning Camp Departure

12:00-1:00 Lunch and Recreation

1:00-1:15 Arrival and Warm-Up

1:15-3:05 An Afternoon of ART

3:05-3:15 Snack

3:15-3:45 ART Exploration/Stations

3:45-4:00 Clean Up and Organize

4:00-5:30 After-Care


“This week was the most fun I have ever had at camp!” — Megan, 9


Meet in various locations around Lincoln Park to discover, observe, draw and paint the beautiful artistic aspects of our city from animals to architecture, flora and fauna. Have a picnic lunch. Space is limited (6 kids max; 2 kids minimum). Follow the clickable links or call or email to sign up for the ART program that takes your kids out in the world to discover art in our neighborhood park.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 10:00-1:00
Ages 5-12; $175/week (includes t-shirt)
Click on Dates to register!

June 18-20

July 9-11

July 16-18 (Mandarin!)

July 30-Aug 1

August 6-8

August 13-15 (Spanish!)


ART in the Park Campers MUST be 5 years old to enroll.

“ART in the Park was AWESOME!” – Onix, 8

Meet in various locations around Lincoln Park to discover, observe, draw and paint the beautiful artistic aspects of our city from animals to architecture, flora and fauna. Have a picnic lunch. Visit the Notebaert Nature Museum every Thursday. What a wonderful city we live in! Space is limited (6 kids max; 2 kids minimum)

Follow the clickable links or call or email to sign up for the ART program that takes your kids out in the world to discover art in our neighborhood park.


“Thanks for allowing Gabriel to participate in ART in the Park. He thoroughly enjoyed himself.” — Sonji, mom of Gabriel, 8

“Jalil enjoyed camp and art in the park this week, just wanted to say thanks again for getting us in this week.” – mom of Jalil, 9

Follow clickable links or call or email to sign up for the ART program that takes your kids out in the world to discover art in our neighborhood park.


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In AMERICAN GIRL LIVE, a new, original, 90-minute musical that celebrates the power of girls and strength of friendship, audiences join five spunky campers and their fearless counselor at Camp American Girl, an overnight camp in the North Woods.  Overcoming fears and obstacles along the way to having the summer of their lives, these brave campers rely on wisdom and advice delivered by Rebecca, Maryellen, Julie, Nanea, Luciana, and Melody – the beloved American Girl dolls they’ve brought along to camp – who inspire audiences in surprising and delightful-musical numbers, each reflecting their historical eras.  Empowered by the stories and conviction of their American Girls, the campers learn that they can overcome anything and achieve their dreams, so long as they stay true to themselves and support one another!


*Offer valid on Tuesday, Wednesday (mat/eve), and Thursday evening performances through May 8 only. Offer ends Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00PM. Valid on all regular seating locations. Not valid on premium or rear seating locations. Subject to availability. Not valid with any other offers or previously purchased tickets. No exchanges or refunds. Normal ticketing fees apply. Other restrictions may apply.


The Paintbrush’s New Weekly Parent/Child Painting Event

Our talented team of teachers will guide you and your child in painting your own acrylic-on-canvas masterpiece.

Or, use your imagination and do your own thing!


Monday, Sept. 10 2:00 Remembrance Day Miss Caroline
Tuesday, Sept. 18 4:30 Glittery Unicorns Miss Caroline
Wednesday, Sept. 26 10:00 Family Names Miss Caroline
Sunday, Sept. 30 9:30 Confetti Cupcakes Miss Carolina
Friday, Oct. 5 6:00 Halloween Pumpkins Miss Anna
Tuesday, Oct 9 3:00 Halloween Pumpkins Miss Anna
Thursday, Oct 18 2:00 Confetti Cupcakes Miss Carolina
Wednesday, Oct 24 5:30 Halloween Candy Miss Caroline

$27 per person includes all supplies, use of smocks, and cookies! Additional canvasses may be purchased for $5 each.

Reserve your spot online, or via phone or email. (If online registration says we are full, please call!)



Kids who want to learn to express themselves through art will love this workshop featuring lessons in IMG_3568standard drawing techniques. No previous experience necessary but experienced doodlers are encouraged to join. You will be amazed what your kids will learn to do. A great workshop for kids who struggle to complete the drawing portion of homework assignments, or for kids who simply LOVE to draw!

Kids can learn the basics of drawing or fine tune their skills in this workshop that focuses on the skill of creating that which we see.

Mondays, 6:00-7:00pm 

10 weeks/$250

Ages 5 and up.

Kids who have attended Drawing Workshop Class had this to say…

“I love this class!”  – Noah, 9 1/2

“She is having a blast!” — Heather, mom of Alex, 8

“I learned a lot in Drawing [Workshop Class]. My new skills will definitely help me in school assignments next year.”  – Seth, 12

“Drawing class is really fun!”  – Bess, 6

Call 773.636.1968 or email if you are interested in this class!



Introduces kids with little or no experience at all to the basic skills of drawing as well as watercolor and acrylic painting.

Fridays, 4:10-5:10

10 weeks/$250

Ages 5 and up



 Sketching AIC 2016  DPAM Childrens Event-1801

Discover and draw the works of the masters at the ART museums around Chicago with The Paintbrush.

Dates by Appointment; Limit 6 students (minimum 2 students)

Ages 6 and up.



Kids from Cartooning Camp in summer 2013 created their own comics as well as puppets to film a “cartoon”! Watch our Cartooning Camp video here!!




For kids ages 3 and up. This one-hour class includes a short lunch period (bring your own lunch). Kids will improve fine motor skills with beading projects, seasonal crafts and more. $250/10 weeks.

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For FROZEN fans of all ages! Call or email to schedule your FROZEN workshop. (Groups of 2 or more.)