in-studio art camp for kids 8-14 years old

San Francisco: November 22, 23, 24, 26, 2021
 1603 Irving Street, San Francisco CA 94122 (Irving & 17th avenue) map
San Jose:  December 20-23, 2021
700 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose CA 95123 map
Mountain View:
  December 27-30, 2021
2105 Old Middlefield Way #D, Mountain View CA 94043 map

Half day: 

9am-12pm or 
Full day: 


Half day: 

9am-12pm or 
Full day: 


These in-studio camps have been changed in compliance with the latest Health Orders of City of San Francisco and Santa Clara County.

- Sitting in the studio is rearrange to assure 3 feet distance between the students.

- Teachers and kids 7 years and older are required to wear face covering.

- Studio is cleaned throughout regularly, with daily disinfection of active use areas (tables, door knobs, sinks, etc) and shared art materials (if possible). Some art materials are provided for individual use (pencil/eraser/clip boards).

- Air purifier with filters is used in the studio during the camp.

- No students with cold-like symptoms are allowed to participate. Please stay home if feeling sick.

- Students will not be allowed to go out of the studio to buy lunch. Please bring snack and lunch with you.

- Parents drop off and pick up students outside of the studio.

Camp Description: 

Ever had an awesome idea for a story or a picture but didn't know how to make it happen? Come join fellow fans of comics and animated shows to take your drawing skills to the next level! This camp offers a freeform project-based experience where students can create comics and illustrations of their favorite characters, both original or from existing media, while being guided with advice for anatomy and proportion, posing, perspective, composition, color choice, and the process from sketching to inking to coloring.


Sign up times are available for half-day (choice between morning 9am-12pm and afternoon 12:30pm-3:30pm), or full-day (9am - 3:30pm). Full day sign-ups offer more lab time available with the teacher,  lectures will be repeated for the afternoon arrivals to keep everyone on the same page from day to day.

High-quality art materials provided (you can choose to pick them up from our studios, have them amazoned to your place, or to get $30 reimbursement if you use your own).

Refund Policy:

We are not offering refunds for new purchases. However, full credit towards future bookings or transfer to another camp/class will be offered for any cancellations made up to 24 hrs before the camp or class start. 

If camp or class is cancelled due to gathering restrictions or shelter in place order placed by state or county authorities, similar online camp/class will be held instead. Students can cancel their registration if online learning does not work for them, with the full credit towards future in person camp/class.

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Detailed schedule:
Day 1: Introduction
  • Introduction to drawing people. We will go over proportions, structure, and tips for drawing gestures and dynamic poses. The focus will be to create a character or a group of characters each student will use to base their own story around.

  • At this point, students will also brainstorm the plot of their stories that they want to create a comic about. Anything between episodic comics and a continuous story is acceptable. Today is mostly a day for illustrations and brainstorming.

Day 2: Sketching and planning!
  • Composition, Panelling (camera angles), and perspective. Today, we will make the first page of a comic, just to give it a try! We will be doing “choose your own adventure”, where the comic ends on a choice, and the second page is decided by a class vote (comics are passed around and tallied for votes). At this point, just illustrations are also fine.

Day 3: Backgrounds and color/value
  • After creating characters and a story, it’s important not to neglect the environment! Color and tone are important storytelling tools. In addition to backgrounds, colors, and lighting tips, we will go over non-standard panelling and tips for colors in visual storytelling.

  • Today, we begin drafting the pages for our comics! They will be done on 8x11” sheets of paper, folded halfway for a book-format. Today, the goal is to get the entire comic sketched out (or two pages complete).

Day 4: Final touches!
  • Today, we finish the book completely. Create a cover for the little booklet and put on the finishing touches!


If the 4-day camp schedule does not work with your holiday plans, you can purchase individual days of the camp here:

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