Youth Arts Movement (YAM) Summer Program

Join us for an art-filled summer adventure!
Arts on the Block is offering an enriching on-site summer program tailored for middle school-aged young creatives. The YAM Summer Program spans 8 weeks (June 24–August 16) and will feature a variety of engaging art activities to inspire and ignite the imagination. Led by experienced instructors, each week focuses on a different art form, providing hands-on learning and plenty of opportunities for young creatives to discover a new medium and unleash their creativity.
Who can register?

Rising 6th grade–8th grade (middle school) young creatives with a passion for visual art and a willingness to collaborate and explore various art media.


YAM Summer Program will take place on June 24th through August 16th, a total of eight weeks, from 9:00 AM–1:00 PM. 

Registration is open now, for $400 per week.


YAM Summer Program will meet in person at our studio at 900 Wayne Ave, Suite 1A in Silver Spring, MD.

Week 1: Dynamic Drawing Essentials
June 24-28 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Registration fee: $400

Media: Pencils, paper, markers

Day 1: Introduction to elements of art (line, shape, form, texture, value, color, space)

Day 2: Focus on lines and shapes, drawing exercises

Day 3: Exploring value and shading techniques, still life drawing

Day 4: Introduction to color theory, color wheel exercises

Day 5: Composition and perspective in drawing

Week 2: Vibrant Acrylic Adventures
July 1–5 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Registration fee: $400
No class July 4

Media: Acrylic Paint

Day 1: Introduction to painting techniques

Day 2: Color mixing exercises, creating a color palette

Day 3: Still life painting, focusing on composition and lighting

Day 4: Individual painting projects

Week 3: Captivating Cell Phone Captures
July 8-12 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Registration fee: $400

Media: Cell phone camera

Day 1: Introduction to photography as an art form, cell phone camera basics

Day 2: Composition techniques: rule of thirds, leading lines, framing

Day 3: Portrait photography, exploring lighting and mood

Day 4: Nature photography, capturing textures and patterns

Day 5: Editing and post-processing techniques

Week 4: Digital Delights–Procreate Mastery
July 15-19 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Registration fee: $400

Media: iPad

Day 1: Introduction to digital art software, Procreate

Day 2: Drawing and sketching digitally, exploring different brushes and tools

Day 3: Digital painting techniques, creating a digital masterpiece

Day 4: Graphic design basics, typography and layout

Day 5: Interactive session: creating digital collages and mixed media artworks

Week 5: Clay Creations–Sculptural Wonders
July 22-26 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Registration fee: $400

Media: Air Dry Clay

Day 1: Introduction to sculpting materials

Day 2: Basic sculpting techniques, creating simple forms

Day 3: Exploring texture and surface finishes

Day 4: Sculpture in the round, three-dimensional composition

Day 5: Group sculpture project, collaborative installation

Week 6: Bold Block Printing Bonanza
July 29-August 2 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Registration fee: $400

Media: Block Printing

Day 1: Introduction to printmaking techniques

Day 2: Linocut printing, carving and printing simple designs

Day 3: Linocut printing, creating intricate patterns

Day 4: Linocut printing, printing on different surfaces

Day 5: Printmaking project, combining various techniques to create a multi-layered print

Week 7: Collage Craze–Mixed Media Marvels
August 5-9 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Registration fee: $400

Media: Paper

Day 1: Explore collage basics with examples and hands-on practice

Day 2: Collect and incorporate found objects into collages

Day 3: Experiment with mixing various materials in collages

Day 4: Create themed collages using planned compositions

Day 5: Reflect on the week’s creations and exhibit finished collages

Week 8: Tile Triumphs–Mosaic Magic
August 12-16 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Registration fee: $400

Media: Tile

Day 1: Introduction to mosaic art, history and techniques, designing a mosaic pattern, color theory in mosaics

Day 2: Tile cutting and preparation

Day 3: Mosaic assembly and grouting

Day 4: Group mosaic project, creating a larger mosaic artwork altogether

Day 5: Finish Group mosaic