Summer Camps for Ages 4 to 5 - SOLD OUT!

Camps for Ages 4 to 5 have sold out. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please email or call 317-923-1331 x490. Please include your child's name and the camps you are interested in attending.

Summer Camps for Ages 4 to 5

Mini sessions allow our youngest campers to spend a whole or a half day at the IMA. Programs focus on foundational art activities, gallery art hunts, stories, themed games, outdoor adventures, making new friends, building self-confidence, and much more.
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June 12-16/ 9 am-noon
$108 Members | $128.75 Non-members per session
Jump on in, the water’s fine! Explore the IMA’s grounds and find rivers, canals, lakes and streams. Create your own seascape using watercolor paints. Sculpt a fish inspired by the Koi fish that live in the IMA’s gardens. Create a boat that floats, and test it out. Read books such as The Rainbow Fish and Hooray for Fish.


June 12-16/1-4 pm
$108 Members | $128.75 Non-members per session

Explore the beauty of rainbows in this colorful camp. Work with one color from the rainbow each day, while making sculptures, paintings, prints and more. Hunt for colors in the gardens and galleries, and learn how artists use color in art. Read books such as Monsters Love Colors and A Book About Color. End the week with a rainbow display of your projects.


June 19-23/9 am-noon
$108 Members | $128.75 Non-members per session
Spend the week painting with anything but paintbrushes. Paint with fingers, toes, bubbles, cotton balls, marbles, string, and more! Make a paintbrush with natural materials found on the IMA’s grounds, and then create a masterpiece. Paint on some unconventional canvases such as foil, sticks, and more! Read the books Not a Stick and Harold and the Purple Crayon.


June 19-23/1-4 pm
$108 Members | $128.75 Non-members per session
What a mess! Explore messy art projects like printmaking with shaving cream and splatter painting on canvas. Build sculptures out of slimy clay and play with moon sand. Play outside at the Virginia B. Fairbanks art and Nature Park and hunt for mud puddles. Read the books Mix it Up and Beautiful Oops. At the end of the week we will clean up by making our own soap.


June 26-30/9 am-noon
$108 Members | $128.75 Non-members per session

Practice your construction skills while learning about designing and building structures of all sizes. Build with blocks, legos, tinker toys, clay, popsicle sticks, and more! Build a tall tower that never falls down. Design a house for your favorite animal friend. Find inspiration by touring different buildings at the IMA, such as the historic Lilly House. Read the books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Not a Box.


June 26-30/ 1-4 pm
$108 Members | $128.75 Non-members per session
Build a road that loops throughout the classroom – don’t forget to make traffic lights and signs. Drive your cars to imaginative places, and make a map so you can find your way home. Draw and design a fanciful car with special features. Take your cars for a ride while you explore the IMA grounds. Read the books If I Built a Car and Go! Go! Go! Stop!.


July10-14/ 9 am-noon
$108 Members | $128.75 Non-members per session
Explore the shapes, textures, patterns, colors, and sounds of bugs! Learn about how artists have been inspired by bugs from ancient Egypt to Art Nouveau. Go on a bug hunt in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Create bug inspired jewelry, paintings, and sculptures. Make a bug habitat for a creepy crawly friend. Read the books Some Bugs and The Bugliest Bug.


July 10-14/1-4 pm
$108 Members | $128.75 Non-members per session
Get back to nature and explore how artists use natural materials in their artwork. Create a collaborative project outside, and take pictures to share with friends and family. Gather natural materials from the gardens and grounds for artworks that you complete in the studios. Think about shape, texture, and color as you put together your nature-scapes. Read the books The Little Gardner and Wild.


July 17-21/ 9 am-noon
$108 Members | $128.75 Non-members per session
Learn about pinch pots and coils and create critters and other clay creations! Learn about clay stamping, drawing, and stenciling techniques as you create sculptures, pots, or whatever you can imagine. Explore the books Stick and Stone and Still Life Stew. Visit the IMA’s permanent collection galleries for inspiration.


July 17-21/ 1-4 pm
$108 Members | $128.75 Non-members per session
Play with paper, paint, inks, and more! Explore different ways to make prints. Print on paper, clay, and fabric. Practice mixing colors, shapes, and textures. Use fruits and veggies like stamps to make fun shapes and patterns. Make your own stamps by carving designs into foam. Leave behind footprints as you explore the gardens and grounds. Read the books The Most Magnificent Thing and The Dot.

General Information

Registration Process

IMA Member registration begins on Monday, January 16 at 10 am online. To sign up for an IMA membership, please click here. Registration opens to the public on Monday, January 30 at 10 am onsite and online. Register online or call 317-923-1331 x490. Class sizes are limited to 15 participants, and registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Camp Fees and Scholarships

Tuition is due in full at the time of registration. All campers are eligible for a full refund 30 days in advance of the program. During the week of camp, refunds will only be issued for campers who are ill or face a family emergency, and the fee will be prorated. Camp sessions are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient enrollment. In the event of a cancellation, campers will be notified and refunded in full. Camps for ages 4 to 5: $108 Members | $128.75 Public per session Camps for ages 6 to 13+: $216 Members | $257.50 Public per session After Care for ages 4-13+: $30 per week


We have a limited number of scholarships to offer campers whose family qualifies for free or reduced lunch through their school. Camp scholarships offer partial tuition assistance. Families are responsible for paying a reduced weekly fee of $25 per person for half day camps or $50 per person for full day camps. Families may use a scholarship for any available camp. Multiple scholarships per family are allowed, but limit one scholarship per child. Scholarships will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about scholarships or to reserve a spot, please contact Cara Lovati at 317-923-1331 x490.

Pick Up and Drop Off

Pick Up and Drop Off occurs in the studio classrooms.

  • Campers, ages 4 to 13 must be signed in and out, by a grown-up, daily. Campers will be released only to those individuals listed on your Pick-Up form.
  • Campers arriving before 8:30 am must be accompanied by a grown-up and will be asked to wait outside of the classroom.
  • Campers must be picked up by 4 pm. Campers who are enrolled in the After Care Program, must be picked up by 5:30 pm. A late fee of $3 per child is assessed for every five minutes of tardiness.


Campers staying for a full day of camp will need to pack a lunch and snack daily that does not require refrigeration or heating. Lunch is supervised by the teaching staff.


Campers staying for a half or full day of camp are encouraged to bring a bottle of water and a snack daily.

Camper Exhibition

On Fridays, friends and family are welcome to join campers for a special exhibition of their artwork. Campers participating in the morning session only will exhibit work inside Studio One at noon. Campers staying for a full day of camp will exhibit work inside their studio classroom at 4 pm. All work will be sent home at the end of the exhibition.