SUMMER ARTS Camp: Observational Skills + Drawing Principles (Virtual)

Did you know? During the Renaissance, art students first trained in drawing before going on to painting, sculpture, or architecture!

Dates: Monday, July 20–Friday, July 24, 2020 

Times: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. daily, virtual through Zoom

McColl Center Members: $150; Non-members: $175

11–16 year-olds


Instructor: Chris Clamp

What you’ll do: Learn drawing fundamentals and make your own drawings of common subjects

Tools you’ll use: Pencil

Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing by mastering basic principles, including line, tone, light, texture, composition, depth, and perspective. McColl Center alumnus artist Chris Clamp will lead the group in exploring portraiture, figure drawing, still life, imaginative imagery, and abstraction. Students will discover the secrets behind famous drawings. Artwork created during the week will be shown in a virtual Artwork Showcase on the last day of class.

All supplies for the week will be provided in an art box (Mecklenburg County delivery included).


  • Prior to the camp, each participant will receive all supplies needed and a detailed lesson plan for the week in an art box delivered to their home.
  • The camp will meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. through a secure Zoom link. We ask all participants to connect between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m. to begin instruction promptly by 9:05. A camp-specific Zoom link will be sent to the email address used to register (unless otherwise requested). 
  • Family and friends are invited to the culminating virtual Artwork Showcase on Friday, July 17, at 3:00 p.m.


About SUMMER ARTS Virtual Camps

SUMMER ARTS AT HOME is a series of live, week-long, half-day virtual art camps designed for students ages 11 to 16 to spark imagination, encourage self-expression, and make lifelong connections to many expressions of art. Each student will receive an art box with all supplies needed and detailed lesson plan instructions for the week, delivered to their home.

Each week-long camp will meet daily from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. through the Zoom video conferencing platform, led by a professional artist who will teach skills in a particular medium and give individual support. In the course of the camp, moderated by McColl Center staff, students will develop technical and conceptual skills with their peers while producing an impressive body of work. At the conclusion of each week, family and friends are invited to experience a virtual Artwork Showcase that will highlight the students’ work.

Refund and cancellation information

  • Cancellations made 30 (thirty) or more days prior to the first day of the camp will result in a full tuition refund (less $25 processing fee). 
  • No tuition refunds will be issued after the first day of the camp, when held as scheduled. 
  • All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing to Claudia Gonzalez Griffin at

If you have any questions, please contact Summer Arts We’re happy to help.