Mark Arts


Mark Arts STEAM camps emphasize creativity and innovation, linking art to concepts in science, technology, engineering and math.

Camps are geared toward ages 6 – 11, run 1 – 4 p.m. and cost $120 per week ($110 for members).

Each session is limited to 36 students with a maximum of 12 children per instructor. One nut-free snack will be provided daily. Students will be grouped by age and will explore mixed media, drawing, painting and clay according to the week’s theme. At the end of each camp, students will demonstrate and display their work to parents and visitors.  If you would like your child to be grouped with relatives or friends instead of by age, please indicate that in the order notes at checkout.

Payment is required at the time of registration. Refunds, minus a $20 processing fee, will be given for withdrawals that occur more than two weeks before the camp start date.


Need-based scholarships are offered thanks to a grant from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. Click here to apply.


Siblings: The first child is regular price, but save $10 for each additional sibling enrolled. Discount will be applied at checkout. Mark Arts members receive a 10 percent discount on classes and camps year-round. The cost of a family membership is $75.


Mark Arts provides all supplies, including one nut-free snack and water daily. Campers should wear clothes that can get messy as well as sunblock. Be sure to print and sign this Emergency Contact Form and Photo Release waiver and bring it on the first day.



Throughout the week, campers will learn how great artists throughout history have portrayed movement and flight and how the simple tools of observation can teach them ways to depict movement in their own art. Students will build and decorate their own flyers, including kites and simple hot-air balloons. Leonardo Da Vinci’s sketchbooks and inventions, the history of flight, the movement of the human body, and the history of flight technology will inspire students as their creative imaginations take flight.


There’s a whole world in every drop of water, and students will discover it. They will use the images they see under microscopes to create artwork and will make their own water filters, too. Students will learn about the geometry of microscopic nature and about artists like M.C. Escher and Monet. They will also create their own clay Ascidiacea (“filter feeders”) and learn how they filter nutrients out of water at the bottom of the ocean. An Art and Chromatography activity will introduce the idea of polarity to students as they work in groups to decipher a mysterious message in a bottle.

Special guest: Dr. Ron Neugent, 1980 U.S. Olympic Swimmer


Fire ignites imaginations and will be the focus of a week of learning that incorporates photography, dance and glassblowing. Students also will sculpt dragons that will be fired in a kiln. Campers will learn how famous artists have depicted fire through visual color-suggestion and how it makes us feel. Then they will explore the world of light and color wavelengths through spectroscopy light studies. They will also watch a live demonstration of the art of enameling.


Students will study sound and structure — learning how sound vibration influences architects and artists and how to depict them. Young artists will sculpt structures to make their own village and will visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center for inspiration. Geometric challenges and spatial visualization puzzles will give students a taste of the challenges of architecture. We will explore sound wavelengths and the Doppler effect before making our own orchestral ode to architecture and sound.

Special event: Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center Lego Exhibition

Special Guest: Museum of World Treasures


Students will explore water media and create “Great Wave” sculptures of their own.  They will also design clay boats that actually float and learn a Japanese technique for marbling paper (“Suminagashi”). In addition to learning how different artists have depicted water and use water in their techniques, we will discuss natural disasters involving water, the process of desalinization, types of local watersheds, and test the quality of water samples taken from around the city.

Special guest: Ross Janssen and Millie the Weather Dog


Nature provides endless inspiration for budding artists. Our prairie ecosystem will become the students’ palette. They’ll even get to paint with light using the sun, natural objects and photo paper. Students will learn how the prairie where we live was not always dry land, as it used to be part of the “Permian Sea”. Nature installation artist Andy Goldsworthy will be an inspiration for young artists as we learn how his “site-specific” installations use and do not abuse the land on which they are found. Students will even get to make their own site-specific nature installation this week as we learn about how artists are often influenced by the nature around them. We will also have a special furry visitor come to the classroom as they learn about the ecosystems right here in our own backyards.

Special guest: Great Plains Nature Center and a furry friend


This week is about light-bulb moments. Students will learn how the eye sees light and will express that artistically. They also will learn about completing a snap circuit, cooking with the sun, magnets and simple motors. We will make math exciting through light wavelength studies as we explore the different colors in spectroscopy. After learning about circuits and blind contour drawing students will use conductive paint, Lego Mindstorms® kits and 3-D pens to charge up their ideas.

Special equipment: Kansas STARBASE Lego Mindstorms® kits