Chicago Summer Camps | 2019 Programs

Summer Day Camps For Kids (Age 8-12) & Summer Programs For Teens (Age 13-17)

Top-Notch Instructors

Our instructors can be seen on the International Emmy winning
CBC Kids show Snapshots!
And not only are they established photographers in their fields, but they are trained to be amazing teachers!

Experiential Learning

We ensure an interactive atmosphere that’s perfect for building relationships, developing leadership skills and fuelling creativity through photography.

Before & After Care

We know you’re busy and that’s why for your convenience we offer
Before & After Care!
Starting at 8:00am – 5:30pm
(Monday – Friday)

Safety

Safety is our top priority! As an accredited member of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), we adhere to their standards and guidelines to ensure a fun and safe environment.

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This is my third year at GTA, and I honestly can’t say anything bad about it. The environment is safe and fun and I have made some of my very best friends here. Three years ago I couldn’t operate a camera to save my life, and now it is one of my favourite hobbies. Thanks to all the amazing staff for making this such an amazing place to be 🙂

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Located In The Heart Of Chicago

25 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611
Main Intersection: N State St & E Chicago Ave

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2019 Photography Camps For Kids (Age: 8-12)

2019 Summer Camps Jun 17-21 Jun 24-28 Jul 1-5* Jul 8-12 Jul 15-19 Jul 22-26 Jul 29-Aug 2 Aug 5-9 Aug 12-16 Aug 19-23
Kids Camp 1 (8-12) 8 Spots Left 5 Spots Left Open Open Open 6 Spots Left Open Open Open

Kids Camp 1 is a unique photography program that empowers kids, like no other in the country! Kids Camp 1 introduces campers to their cameras through hands-on demonstrations and interactive field trips! In our program, we cover creative and technical techniques that are engaging and meaningful for kids! Kids leave feeling confident having developed a skill set that they will carry with them forever!

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

$399/$549

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Kids Camp 2 (8-12) 8 Spots left Open

The sky is the limit for our Kids Camp 2 campers! Campers are encouraged to get creative with their images and have fun while breaking the rules of composition! Creative projects and demonstrations will inspire campers to master new techniques, including; silhouettes, bokeh, and black and white photography!

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

$399/$549

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Explore Nature & Animals (8-12) 7 Spots Left Open

Calling all nature and animal lovers! This camp will explore landscape, macro and pet photography while visiting some of Chicago's most beautiful green spaces, including Millennium Park! In this camp, you'll learn to creatively capture a broad range of subjects and scenic views!

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

$399/$549

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Explore Sport & Action (8-12) Open 6 Spots Left

Learn all the tips and tricks for freezing fast moving subjects and blurring motion! In Explore Sport and Action, campers will get active participating in interactive games, and fun filled demonstrations involving art, water and more! Campers will visit Millennium Park and get inspired catching skateboarders in mid-air!

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

$399/$549

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Explore Photo Editing (8-12) 3 Spots Left Open

Explore Photo Editing offers our kids campers the opportunity to get creative with photo editing applications, such as Lightroom CC for iPads! Campers will learn the essential photo enhancement techniques necessary to transform ordinary photographs into something extraordinary! Daily field trips will provide campers with the opportunity to capture a variety of images using their DSLR cameras, which they will later get to experiment with during editing periods!

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

$399/$549

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*There will be no camp sessions running on Independence Day (July 4th, 2019).

Photography Programs For Teens (Age: 13-18)

2019 Summer Programs Jun 17-21 Jun 24-28 Jul 1-5* Jul 8-12 Jul 15-19 Jul 22-26 Jul 29-Aug 2 Aug 5-9 Aug 12-16 Aug 19-23
Teen Camp 1 (13-17) 6 Spots Left 7 Spots Left Open Open 9 Spots Left Open Open Open

Introduction To Photography | Experience photography in full manual mode! Teen Camp 1 encourages teens to develop the essential skill set needed to feel confident shooting with DSLR cameras. Get inspired by visiting and shooting some of Chicago's greatest landmarks, including Millennium Park, Navy Pier, and the Beach! Immerse yourself in a meaningful and unforgettable week, surrounded by others who love photography just as much as you!

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

$399/$549

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Teen Camp 2 (13-17) 7 Spots Left 6 Spots Left Open

Intermediate Photography | Unleash your imagination, anything is possible! In Teen Camp 2, teens are encouraged to experiment with the rules of composition. Explore new and exciting photography techniques, such as painting with light, projection art, and bokeh! Daily field trips will encourage critical thinking and challenge teens to develop creative images like never before!

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

Street & Documentary (13-17) Open 4 Spots Left Open

Grab your camera and experience photo-journalism first hand in Chicago! In this program, students will develop an eye and the critical techniques required for capturing candid human emotion! With practical experience, students will discover how powerful photography can be to effectively communicate a message across and capture meaningful stories!

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

$399/$549

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Lifestyle (13-17) Open 1 Spot Left Open

Become the first contributors of our new GTA Photography Lifestyle Blog, celebrating the vibrant stories of people, places and events happening within the heart of our city! Dive into a variety of lifestyle genres including food photography, architectural photography, candid photography and more by visiting local businesses within the heart of Chicago! In this program, students will collaborate to prepare a series that will be published and exhibited online.

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

$399/$549

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Fine Art & Film (13-17) 7 Spots Left Open

Create artistic images using digital and film cameras! In this program, students will discover photography as a tool for creative expression and visit contemporary art galleries for inspiration! Students will have the opportunity to experiment with 35 mm film cameras (provided) and be able to review their negatives as scans. At the end of the week, favourite shots will be printed for keepsake and exhibited in a gallery form at our exhibit!

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

$399/$549

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Photo Editing 1 (13-17) 3 Spots Left Open Open Open

Expose yourself to the wonders of photo editing! In this program, students will be introduced to two industry leading photography editing softwares: Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Through guided demonstrations, students will learn the key adjustment tools for retoucing and manipulating images within each software. Daily field trips will provide students the opportunity to capture a vairety of images to experiment with during daily editing periods!

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

$399/$549

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CIT (Counsellor in Training)(15-18) Open Open Open

Experience what it takes to become a camp counsellor! In this 2 week, immersive program, Counsellors in Training will be mentored by our CIT Lead, who with coach them through a variety of leadership exercises and placements. Ongoing assessments, feedback and peer evaluations will help to develop the essential skill set and confidence valued by all camp professionals! CITs will walk away having experienced a full mock interview, create and receive feedback on resumes and develop an online portfolio that will set them up for success!

Dates: Click an Open spot to select

*There will be no camp sessions running on Independence Day (July 4th, 2019).

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