Aga Khan Museum Summer Camps are back this year with a new illuminating program that is packed with art and exploration! The Aga Khan Museum is one of Toronto’s top cultural landmarks located in the heart of North York and is North America’s first museum exclusively dedicated to sparking wonder, curiosity, and understanding of Muslim arts and culture. In their day camps, kids aged 6-12 can explore their creativity and appreciate the Museum’s artworks and artifacts, while making new friends!

Inspired by the Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Light: Visionary Perspectives, the campers will go on exciting artistic adventures, fueling their imagination through creative experiments. Along with  learning more about the exhibition’s enlightening artworks that explore the boundless possibilities of light, camp participants will also create masterpieces using different mediums.

Aga Khan Museum — Summer Camps 2024

Aga Khan Museum Summer Camps run weekly sessions for six weeks (July 2-August 9, 2024) in two age groups, Junior (ages 6-8) and Senior (ages 9-12). Each week, the camps will explore new themes based on the Light: Visionary Perspectives exhibition, which explores the centrality of light and its significance across cultures and contexts as a unifying symbol for the world. (Activities may be subject to change.)

Junior Camp (Ages 6–8)

Week 1 — July 2-5 (Four-day camp week)
The Symbolism of Light — As an introduction, the campers will create various pieces about symbolism as it relates to light, including stained-glass art and tissue paper lanterns. In the process, the participants will also reflect on the things that bring light to their own personal lives.

Week 2 — July 8-12
Light and Science — Campers can get scientific and experiment with light as it relates to science by getting involved with cyanotype printing, shadow art and paper maché. Plus, they get to create their own masterpieces with glow-in-the-dark paint!

Week 3 — July 15-19
Light and Optics — This week, the kids will make their own optical illusions and discuss such exciting concepts as iridescence through art. Then, campers also have the chance to take photos and experiment with colour mixing.

Week 4 — July 22-26
Light and Architecture — The little artists will have a chance to create buildings and tessellations (the covering of a surface using geometric shapes). In addition, the campers will engage in symmetrical shadow art and reflect on how light is used at the Museum.

Week 5 — July 29-August 2
Light in Art — Art is everywhere and this week, the campers will create art and explore both negative space and monochromatic light. They also get to experiment with silhouettes and how light is used in the process of making art.

Week 6 — August 6-9 (Four-day camp week)
Light in Literature and Poetry — Focussing on artwork by Jamelie Hassan, the campers will explore light in literature as well as poetry. Then, they can create their own light-themed poems and shadow puppets. The discussions also consider how light often represents celebration, and the participants can create art as they reflect on the contrast between light and dark.

Senior Camp (Ages 9–12)

Week 1 — July 2-5 (Four-day camp week)
Light and the Natural World — Inspired by natural light, both on Earth and beyond, the camp participants will create art using a variety of mediums such as paint, coloured sand, and ice. With these materials, they can visually demonstrate representations of natural light, both concrete and abstract.

Week 2 — July 8-12
Light and Reflection — This week, the campers will challenge themselves while exploring the theme of light and reflection. Then, the campers will have the opportunity to play with various sources of light and mirrors. Additionally, they can create jigsaw puzzles, painted mirror selfies, gradient paintings, and anamorphic art.

Week 3 — July 15-19
A Window to the World — The campers will create their own reflective creations, pulling inspiration from light movement through windows. These projects include window stickers, stained glass-inspired art, and night lights.

Week 4 — July 22-26
Light and Shadows — In this session, the campers will learn about artwork by Anila Qayyum Agha and explore the balance between light and the absence of light. Afterwards, they will discuss solar energy and get to explore their creativity through shadow puppetry, collages and shadow art.

Week 5 — July 29-August 2
Light: Through a Lens — In this week’s theme, campers will explore light through a lens and the use of perspective through various viewpoints. Inspired by artwork by Ala Ebtekar, the participants will then play with light through different mediums, including photos and photography, cyanotypes, and fabric art.

Week 6 — August 6-9 (Four-day camp week)
Light in Art and Architecture — For the last session, the campers will observe, create, and reflect on human interactions with light all around us. Plus, they will also reflect on the use of light and engage in projects inspired by the grandeur of the architecture at the Aga Khan Museum. Finally, they will engage in building design challenges and art inspired by objects in the Museum’s Permanent Collection and monochromatic paintings.

Daily Camp Schedule

8:45-9:00am: Drop-off (15-minute parking is free during pick-up and drop-off only)
9:00am: Camp day begins
10:30am: Snack break (15 mins.)
12:00pm: Lunch break (1 hour) (Please note: lunch is not provided. The Museum encourages campers to bring their own, plus two snacks.)
2:30pm: Snack break (15 mins.)
3:45pm: Pick-up
4:00pm: Camp day ends (Extended care is not available)


Five-day week: $300 ($270 Sibling Discount); $270 Friends and Patrons ($243 Sibling Discount)
Four-day week: $240 ($216 Sibling Discount); $216 Friends and Patrons ($194.40 Sibling Discount)
All prices are per person per weekly session.

Register your camper for a summer packed with creativity here

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Aga Khan Museum Summer Camps

When: Weekly sessions July 2 – August 9, 2024
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Where: 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto

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