Please join us for art camp with Ms. Tio! Camp will run from 9 am to 3 pm daily. (After care available until 5pm.) On Fridays, we invite families to an art exhibition and reception from 2:30 to 3:00 pm. Each week we’ll also take a field trip!


To register for camp, please click here to print and complete the Art Camp Registration Form 2018, and then mail it with a $50 supply fee deposit to Luisa Tio, P.O. Box 2442, Alexandria, VA, 22301. Please also send four weeks before camp your child’s Emergency Contacts, Health, Media and Walking Field Trip Forms (Summer 2018) and the remaining $325 camp fee. Here is a description of this summer’s camps:


Week One, June 25-29, 2018: Art and Nature

We walk out in nature every day, but we often overlook just how exciting it is. All that will change this week as we use art to explore new ways to observe all of the crazy, fantastic, beautiful and amazing things around us! We’ll get up close with creatures small and large, through drawing, painting, and sculpting. We’ll expand our horizons with different ways to paint and draw landscapes. We’ll even reach for the stars and try our hand at creating cool cosmic images of outer space!




Week Two, July 2-6, 2018: Harry Potter, Second Year

Leave the Muggle world behind and enter Hogwarts for your Second Year. We begin by visiting Diagon Alley to get our school essentials such as magic wands and spell books. After being sorted into houses, we will hone our Quidditch skills. Our “coursework” will include all of the magical arts: divination, spells, care of magical creatures, and potions. We end our camp with a banquet, complete with pumpkin juice and butter beer. Enroll in Hogwarts for a week of art, magic, and fun! Camp will be held on July 4th.


Week Three, July 9-13, 2018: Art of Italy

Let’s immerse ourselves in the amazing art and culture of Italy! Dating back thousands of years, our Italian friends have established traditions in all of the arts. Our exploration will start with the ancient glass and stone mosaics of Pompeii and Venice and we’ll look at the architecture of the ancient Romans. Our journey to the Renaissance studios of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo will inspire us to create our own sculptures and paintings. It is well known that Italy’s great artisans flourished in the arts of mask-making and marbling papers and we will too!


Week Four, July 23-27, 2018: Art of Mexico

We don’t have to travel far to experience some of the most incredible and intriguing art ever made…just head south to our neighbors in Mexico! Let’s visit the ancient Maya and Aztec people and experience their pyramids, weavings, codex books, and sculptures. Campers will sculpt with tin, clay, and papier mache, like the great artisans from Oaxaca and learn about Mexico’s fabulous Day of the Dead celebrations. The great Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera will be our starting point for numerous painting projects. From the past to the present, we will create art informed by the rich history of Mexico!


Director and Instructor.

Luisa Tio will lead each session. Luisa is a full-time art teacher at Matthew Maury Elementary School in Alexandria with many years of experience directing and teaching art and creative camps. She also is a studio artist herself who loves to create, and her teaching experience has engendered a love for large collaborative projects with her students and others. She earned her B.A. in Art from Duke University and her M.A. in Studio Art from NYU. You can learn more about Luisa here.

Registration. To register your young artist for camp, complete the Art Camp Registration Form 2018. Once the registration form is completed, please mail it with a $50 supply fee deposit to Luisa Tio, P.O. Box 2442, Alexandria, VA, 22301. In addition, at least one week before your child’s camp begins, please complete and send to the same address the forms for Emergency Contacts, Health, Media and Walking Field Trip Forms (Summer 2018).

More Questions? Please send Director Luisa Tio an e-mail at or call/text her at 703-599-7923.