Please join us for art camp with Ms. Tio! Camp will run from 9 am to 3 pm each day. (After care is available until 5pm.)


To register for camp, please click here to print and complete the Art Camp Registration Form 2016, 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 2016), which can be found here, and the remaining $315 camp fee. Camp will be held in the heart of Del Ray at the Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 E. Windsor Avenue, in Room 202. Here is a description of this summer’s camps:

FULL! Week One: Imagine, Paint, Build! – June 27-July 1, 2016

This week we are going to think outside the box (or canvas, as the case might be!) Every day we will draw, paint, and sculpt our way through a new creative challenge. Can we paint a rainbow with yarn? Make a map with marbles? Remember to bring your creativity and a sense of wonder! Speaking of wonder, we will travel to the Renwick Gallery to see the “Wonder” exhibit.


A FEW SPOTS LEFT! Week Two: Art of the Americas – July 4-8, 2016

People have been making beautiful art in the Americas for thousands of years. This week we’ll travel through the Americas and through time from the long ago past to the present. We’ll make metal work with the Inkas and weave and carve with the Maya and see how their traditions continue to live today. We’ll make pottery with the Pueblo peoples and tell stories through our art like the peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Our field trip will be to the National Museum of the American Indian.


FULL! Week Three: The Art of Architecture – July 11-15, 2016

Want to learn to paint on canvases as big as houses or make sculptures that are as big as city blocks? That’s what architects do every day! This week it’s our turn. We’ll explore how and why architects design the works of art we live and work in, and we’re going to design, paint, and build! We will be joined by Maury and Lyles-Crouch science teacher extraordinaire, Mr. R (Jason Rutchauskas), who will lead us through fun experiments that will help us test, design, and build better buildings and bridges. We will go to the National Building Museum this week.

IMG_1898FULL! Week Four: Art from around the World: The Mediterranean – August 1-5, 2016

Why did Matisse go to Morocco? Why are there beautiful tiles from Spain to Tunisia to Turkey? The cultures around the Mediterranean have been trading and sharing their art with one another for thousands of years. This week we will follow the different trade routes and create mosaics, tiles and sculptures as well as paintings and calligraphy. Our field trip will be to the Smithsonian Sackler Gallery.

End-of-Camp Gallery Celebration. Each session will culminate on Friday afternoon with a celebration of the children’s art and a show for the children to display and share their work. This camp is for children who love to create!


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 2016. Once the registration form is completed, please mail it with a $45 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 2016).

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