Your Time At Camp Kala- In Person 2024

More Info About Camp Kala Summer Youth Arts Program
We are excited to welcome students each week to Camp Kala! Our Kala team of educators and staff are here to support our young artists’ creativity throughout the week. Camps will take place in the Kala Community Classroom & Gallery, Digital Lab, or Print Studio, depending on the camp.

Camp Hours
For camps (ages 6-11), Kala will be open from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm with participant drop off by 9:00 am &  pickup between 2:50-3:00 pm. Extended care will be offered.

For camps (ages 11-17),  Kala will be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with participant drop off by 10:00 am – & pick up between 3:50- 4:00 pm.  

Camp Location: 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley CA, 94702 (front entrance on San Pablo Ave). Directions can be found on our website here.

Camp Group Ages
6-11 yrs* (elementary) & 11-17 yrs (middle school & high school). *Youngest campers must have completed kindergarten before the start of the program.

Some camps can accommodate older or younger students but will feature a curriculum targeted towards that particular camp audience. Please contact to inquire about this.

Classes & Instructors
Classes are small with 14-16 kids. Our instructors are practicing artists, and child whisperers who create a fun, responsive, and supportive studio environment for all young artists. No experience in the artistic discipline is necessary for any camp.

Lunch and Snacks
Please plan to bring your lunch, drinks, and snacks daily. Middle and High School students may take a short walk (supervised) to the Berkeley Bowl Market, which has a wide selection of prepared foods. Snack breaks happen in the morning and afternoon according to the class needs.

Lunch Break / Outdoor Play Time 
Lunch breaks are outdoors on the front lawn, back table areas, or indoors depending on the weather. Younger participants eat and play outside during supervised lunch and break times (weather permitting); Kala staff and campers also walk to San Pablo Park nearby for outdoor group games and free play. Plenty of books and indoor activities are available during studio breaks each day.

Friday Afternoon Exhibitions
At the end of the week,  we will hang students’ work in the community classroom/project space. Families and friends are invited to enjoy an exhibition of student artwork. For Elementary School groups: Fridays, 2:30- 3:00 pm and Middle & School groups, Fridays, 3:30- 4:00 pm.

Daily Schedule for Elementary School
9:00 am                           Participant Drop Off
9:00 am–12:00 pm   Morning studio session, morning snack break
12:00–1:00 pm           Lunch break/ outdoor recreation time
1:00–2:50 pm              Afternoon studio session, includes clean-up
2:50–3:00 pm              Participant Pick-up
2:30-3:00 pm                ** Mini-Exhibition on Friday, the last day of camp
3:00–5:00 pm              Extended childcare (limited spots and must be registered)

Daily Schedule for Middle & High School
10:00 am                         Participant Drop Off
10:00 am–12:30 pm Morning studio session, morning snack break
12:30–1:30 pm            Lunch break/ outdoor recreation time
1:30–3:50 pm               Afternoon studio session, includes clean-up
3:50–4:00 pm               Participant Pick-up
3:30-4:00 pm                ** Mini-Exhibition on Friday, the last day of camp

Extended Child Care for Elementary Participants
We will offer extended care with Camp Kala staff from 3:00-5:00 pm for five-day and four-day weekly camps for campers ages 6-11. Kids will play, read books, and make art in a fun, self-directed, small-group context. Extended child care can be added during checkout for a $155/week flat fee for five days and $124/week for four days. We do not pro-rate for missed days or early pick-ups.

Program Expectations & Notes
During each Camp Kala week, we will create and share artwork, ideas, techniques, and thoughts, cultivating a culture of respect, collaboration, and creativity!
• Participants agree to community guidelines and participate in program activities and projects.
• Kala provides all art supplies unless noted. Please do not bring any unnecessary personal items or supplies.
• Pack and bring lunch and snacks daily. (Middle and High Schoolers may walk to nearby Berkeley Bowl West)
• Families must sign in and sign out their child each day. With signed permission (waiver found in registration) from a parent or guardian, older students/teens may sign themselves in and out.
• Families are expected to be prompt for drop off and pickup. If you’re running behind or early, contact us. Families will be charged $1/minute for late pickups.
• Workshop content and teaching staff may be subject to change.
• Participants must have their immunizations up to date. Masking is optional at Kala San Pablo. Please read our Health & Safety Guidelines for more information before enrolling.
• Participants and parents/guardians must review, and submit the online registration program waivers and agreements before the start of camp.
• Tuition fee is a flat rate regardless of participant arrival/departure, or absence for whatever reason. Classes are not prorated.
• Must be at least 6 years old and have completed kindergarten before the start of Camp Kala.

Contact: Kala Youth Arts Education Program
Tel: 510.841.7000 x203  • E-mail:

Slideshows from Camp Kala 2022 and Camp Kala 2023