total arts day camp

Total Arts Day Camp

Total Arts Day Camp, established in 1971, is a unique and memorable experience for any young artist! Join visiting artists and art instructors for an immersive contemporary art experience. Create art as groups and individuals for traditional and experimental projects. Previous projects have included printmaking, life drawing, public art installations, environmental sculptures, photography, painting, stop-action animation, flying machines, and more! The focus of the camp is to introduce creative problem-solving, technical skills, and have fun making art. To celebrate their work with family and friends, each session ends with a mini-exhibition and reception. At the end of summer, instructors curate an all-sessions exhibition, showcasing the highlights of each session.


Sessions fill quickly, so mark your calendars! Each session is limited to 22 students. The grade listed for each session refers to the grade last completed by the student. Instructors will be posted on our website later this spring.

Scholarships are available to families who meet need requirements. Contact Curator of Education Jason Pearson, 507-424-3308 or, for more information. Scholarship deadline: two weeks prior to start date of session.

Tuition for all sessions: $255 member / $305 non-member

Family Memberships to the Rochester Art Center are only $60 for one year. This is a great chance to support Total Arts Day Camp and our education programs throughout the year.

• Registration for Rochester Art Center Members begins Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:00 am
• Public/non-member registration begins Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

Registration deadline: two weeks prior to start date of session.


Registrations accepted by phone or in person Wednesdays - Saturdays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sundays from Noon - 5:00 pm. Call 507.282.8629 to register. Please call or send payment (either in full or a $150 deposit per child) to the Rochester Art Center to make your reservation. No refunds will be issued after the registration deadline; all cancellations subject to a $35 registration fee.

Session I, Grades 1 & 2
June 16 – 27
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Session II, Grades 3 & 4
June 16 – 27
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Session III, Grades 1 & 2
July 7 – 18
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Session IV, Grades 3 & 4
July 7 – 18
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Session V, Grades 5 & 6
August 4 – 15
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Session VI, Grades 7 & 8
August 4 – 15
9:30 am - 3:00 pm


Kids Art Summer Camp

Introduce preschoolers and kindergarteners (ages 4-6) to art making at the Rochester Art Center. In each session kids have fun learning the basics of art. Sculpture, painting, mixed media and other projects will challenge creativity and personal expression. Each session is unique; students may sign up for each session for a new and exciting experience. Class size is limited to 12 (minimum 6).

Tuition: Each Session: $59 member / $79 non-member

Registration Deadline: one week prior to start date of session. Registration for Kids Art Summer Camp is through Rochester Community Education. Please visit or call 507.328.4000 to register for these courses.

Kids Art June
June 9 – 13
10:00 – 11:30 am

Kids Art July
Jully 21 – 25
10:00 – 11:30 am

Kids Art August
August 18 – 22
10:00 – 11:30 am


Call for TADC instructors and artists


TADC on Tumblr: Click here to see what hapened in TADC in 2009!

Click to view the projects created by previous years' day campers!

2008 Session 1 (4-6 graders)

2008 Session 2 (1-3 graders)

2008 Session 3 (4-6 graders)

2008 Session 4 (1-3 graders)

2008 Session 5 (7 & 8 grade)

2008 Session 6 (High School)