One-Week Summer Camps at St. Louis Artists' Guild

The St. Louis Artists' Guild is offering a selection of half-day and full-day summer camps for young artists taught by talented local artists and educators. Our camps are small (limited to 12 students) and provide focused attention from instructors and a teaching assistant. Camps will take place in our gallery and classrooms, unless otherwise specified. Students who will be with us for a whole day can bring a packed lunch and will eat with fellow campers and an instructor. Refrigeration is available.


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Up-Cycled Jewelry
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Up-Cycled Jewelry with Robert Thomas Mullen

Dates: July 15-19

Time: Monday-Friday 9am-12pm

Member: $120 | Non-Member: $140

Using recycled materials and upcycled jewlery, and all sorts of odds and ends, campers will create original adornment that reflects their personal style. Students will learn the basics of jewelry design while creating one-of -a -kind wearable art. Ages 8+

Instructor’s Biography: Robert Thomas Mullen is a professional metal smith, jeweler and photographer as well as an educator.  He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro. His jewelry often features found and natural elements.  Among his many artistic accomplishments, Robert has been Artist-in-Residence and an instructor at Craft Alliance in St. Louis. He teaches children and adults.


Harvested, Dyed and Sewn with Lydia Crespa

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Dates: July 15-19

Time: Monday-Friday 1-4pm

Member: $120 | Non-Member:  $140

Clothing and textile designer Lydia Crespa will let campers in on the secrets of creating natural dyes from plants and insects(!) in order to transform fabric into functional pieces for wearing and display.  Ages 8+

Instructor’s Biography: Lydia Crespo attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) graduating in 2010. She received the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from SAIC upon graduation. Crespo used the funds from the fellowship to start her business, Argaman&Defiance.

In 2018, the Argaman&Defiance studio moved to the Foundry Art Centre located in St. Charles, MO.

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Drawing for the Young Artist- the Summer Camp with Ken Clay

Dates: July 29-August 2

Times: Monday-Friday 1pm-4pm

Member: $120 | Non-Member: $140

This is a perfect half-day camp for the young artist who wants to be fully immersed in drawing. Students will become familiar with three different drawing media (pencil, charcoal and ink) while exploring the fundamentals of representing three- dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. By the end of the week, students will have completed at least one drawing in each of the media types and will have pushed themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of achieving. Age 10+

Drawing for the Young Artist- the Summer Camp
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On Thursday, July 18, students will meet at the St. Louis Art Museum to view artwork and draw in the galleries.

Instructor’s Biography: Ken Clay received his BFA, with an emphasis in drawing and printmaking, from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Afterwards he moved to St. Louis where he earned his MFA in drawing and painting at Fontbonne University. Currently he is actively pursuing his career as a professional painter and educator.


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Exploring Mythical Creatures
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Exploring Mythical Creatures with Luke Firle

Dates: August 5-August 9

Times: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

Member: $240 | Non-Member: $280

In this multi-media, full-day camp, Artist Luke Firle will lead campers in a creative exploration of mythical creatures. Starting with familiar animals, students will invent new creatures through the processes of drawing, printing (mono type & silkscreen), painting and sculpture. At the end of the week, the classroom will be inhabited by a new world of creatures beyond our wildest imagination. Ages 7-10

Instructor’s Biography: Luke Firle is a painter, sculptor and printmaker. He holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2017 and a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2002. Luke’s current studio practice looks at issues of consumerism, capitalism, and Americanism vs. sustainability, conservation, preservation, and reuse combined with repeated histories, acts, and actions and their impacts on one another. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Jefferson College, in Hillsboro, Missouri. He previously taught drawing 1 and Core Concepts: Image at the University North Carolina-Chapel Hill. And Tool and Techniques at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri. And has regularly shown his work regional and nationally.