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what parents say

“Just an FYI for mini fashionistas: The fashion programs have sold out the past few years. So enroll stat!” – Time Out Chicago Kids Camp Guide

“I really sweated whether or not to send my 9 yo daughter to a week long camp here. I mean, $350 per week? Park district (if you can get it) is cheaper. Way. As it turns out, the camp my daughter went to was the most worthwhile activity I’ve ever paid for her. Yes it costs, but it’s worth every penny. The activities fostered individual creativity while giving the kids some guidelines with which to work in and mentoring. The pacing was great and my child came home reporting an exciting and engaging list of activities. The camp made her existing interest in arts and sewing burn even brighter! Wishcraft struck a chord with my child and it has left a lasting impression and seeded what I suspect to be long term inspiration and creativity.” -Jill, yelp.com

“My 6-year-old daughter visited 3 summer camps this summer and Wishcraft was her absolute number 1 winner. When I asked her why she simply said “Because they did not cheat on me. They said I would have fun and I did.” Sometimes I had a problem picking her up – she just would not like to leave! Thanks to all Wishcraft team for the wonderful work!” -Ewa, parentsconnect.com

art, design, craft and sewing camps for creative chicago kids

Funordinary Creative Art Camp

February 12-13, February 16-20, April 3, April 6-10

The only thing predictable in this art camp is the fun. Each camp offers a new theme, new skills and new friends. The day’s activities are planned just before the camp date to consider the ages and interests of our enrolled campers. Each day includes multiple art+craft projects, mid-morning snack, outdoor play/hang-out time (weather permitting) and games. All materials are included unless otherwise specified. Grades K-5 suggested. Talk to us about your child. To register for these camps begin by creating a customer account here.

9am-3pm $75/participant ($55 for Crafter-School Students) After-Care 3pm-6pm $25. 9am-3pm camp registration is required for After-Care enrollment.

Pincushion Social Club Camp

FEBRUARY 12-13, February 16-20, APRIL 3, April 6-10

Needles and thread (including the sewing machine) making art, accessories and who knows what else! Each camp offers new projects and new friends. Some days include multiple smaller projects while others include a full-day project. All camps include mid-morning snack, outdoor play/hang-out time (weather permitting) and games. All materials are included unless otherwise specified. No experience required. Grades 4-8 suggested (talk to us about your child.) Bring an ipod and get ready to rock ‘n sew. To register for these camps begin by creating a customer account here.

9am-3pm $85/participant ($65 for Crafter-School Students) After-Care 3pm-6pm $25. 9am-3pm camp registration is required for After-Care enrollment.

Did we miss a day? We might be able to schedule something for your school and your friends. Just ask!

Stylish and STEAM-y Summer Camp 2015 for
Creative Chicago Kids
Grades K-8

June 8- June 12, 2015 9am-12pm

June 15- September 4, 2014 9am-3pm (after-care 3pm-6pm)

Registration opens January 19, 2015 [read our Summer Camp 2015 post here.] To register for summer camps, select any camp below or begin by creating a customer account here. Families with multiple program participants can establish a Family account after creating an account for the parent/guardian using the “Manage Families” button on the Account Details on the My Account page. After-care for the week can also be added by choosing the appropriate program from the Schedule page of your account. Click here for a printable PDF of the schedule. Join our mailing list or follow us on Facebook to be the first to know.

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

summer camp sewing camp fashion camp chicago STEAM

So much to learn and make and do while building confidence and friendships. Wishcraft Workshop campers learn about their world, their style and their own creative voice. Each camp uses a connected-learning approach to keep academic topics like math, history, literacy and science fresh and fun alongside open-ended and age-appropriate creative experiences. Activities take place at our workshop in Chicago’s Northcenter including two floors of fun. Small camp groups ensure lots of learning and attention in a comfortable environment great for the most gregarious or shy camper. The workshop is both planet-friendly and allergy-conscious and natural and peanut-free (and/or gluten-free upon request) snacks are available. Weather permitting, local parks and outdoor spaces are used for lunch and other weatherproof activities.

Camp policies can be found at left– please read them before registering. Register online. Pre-registration is required for Summer Camp as camps tend to fill.

What’s the same?  Like confidence-building bootcamp for blossoming fashion designers (and stylists, fashion journalists, pattern-makers, buyers, accountants, software engineers, artists, authors..) of all genders, campers design and construct clothing and accessories while learning machine- and hand-sewing, embroidery, applique, elements of personal style, silhouette, fit, flat-patterning, garment construction, consumer andlearn to sew with a sewing machine at summer camp at Wishcraft Workshop in Chicago media literacy and industry basics. No previous sewing experience is required and those with experience take on new challenges.

Younger campers learn adult-assisted machine-sewing so the little kids also get to make machine-sewn quality garments. A fashion-show for the campers takes place on the final day of Project Wishcraft camps and both video of the fashion show and image files from the photo shoots are made available for family members to share. As always, campers are welcome to bring their music devices to play DJ and all campers are invited to earn digital badges through our Chicago Summer of Learning in art camps and sewing camps at The Wishcraft Workshopintegration with the Chicago City of Learning program.

*Summer Crafternoons™ 330pm-6pm drop-in and drop-off for Grades K-3
*Pincushion Social Club™ 330pm-6pm drop-in and drop-off for Grades 3-8
June 15- September 4, 2015

$75/week for enrolled campers (*programming and afternoon-snack begin at 3pm for campers) or $95 for a 5-visit drop-in punch-card. Punch-cards make pre-registration unnecessary after your initial visit

What’s new?  [read our Summer Camp 2015 post here] Multiple varieties of Project Wishcraft, our most popular camp, will be offered all summer (Sew Long School and Sew Long Summer versions book-end the season)– it’s Spoolhouse Rock™! Campers can continue to delve deeper into the weekly topics to inspire their ideas and sharpen their skills. Camps include smart and funny industry guest-speakers from around the country (speakers to be announced.) Camps are organized by age into small groups of 10 or fewer with an assigned Camp Counselor to guide them along their creative adventure allowing all campers to enjoy the stylish fun with their peers in a way that is appropriate for their age. Read on for details..

Project Wishcraft- Sew Long School™ (June 8-12)   Let’s kick it off right with accessories to be used all summer long. A week of machine- and hand-sewing is mixed with art+craft techniques. This is the only half-day camp of the summer to invite campers with earlier dismissal dates to get the summer fun started straight away.

Project Wishcraft- The Editor (June 15-19, July 20-24)  Who knows more about fashion than the magazine editors?studying silhouette at Project Wishcraft fashion camp in Chicago Campers become experts by taking a closer look at costume history, how historical events have shaped what we wear and how fashion history continues to influence the designs of today. Campers will design and construct a garment and be able to articulate the historical influence. Includes a vintage prop photo shoot.

Project Wishcraft- The Haberdasher (August 17-21)   Detail, detail, detail! Campers learn about couture fit, features and finishing while designing and sewing a constructed shirt and accessories. Campers modify a pattern for their own measurements for a fit that is their own. Includes a portrait sitting photo shoot.

Project Wishcraft- The Maker (July 6-10, July 27-31)   Design requires a lot of creativity and  a lot of technical expertise. This camp goes into the technical side of the design process including textile selection and flat pattern-making. Campers design and print or paint fabric and construct a garment from scratch using their own measurements and all the tools of the trade. Includes a hand-painted fashion portrait.

fashion merchandising at CRUSH with Wishcraft Workshop summer campProject Wishcraft- The Merchandiser (August 24-28)  How does a garment go from idea to your closet? Campers will learn about the entire fashion life-cycle and the industry while learning how to make a pattern from and reproduce a version of one of their favorite pieces of clothing. Includes an editorial-style photo shoot.

Project Wishcraft- The Recyclista (August 3-7)   Do over! By going back to our (tree) roots as planet-loving fashionistas, campers learn about garment construction via deconstruction and reconstruction. Students study their previously-loved garments and accessories, give them a new story to tell and learn to stylishly loving the earth. Includes a photo shoot with a DIY backdrop.

Project Wishcraft- The Rocker (June 22-26)   Stretchy and shiny? Edgy or colorful? Campers explore their rock star persona and design and construct a head-to-toe look that is both stage-, camera- and campus-ready.  Includes a lip-synch video montage.

Project Wishcraft- The Stylist (July 13-17, August 10-14)  Clothes are just clothes without the unique person that makes them their own. Campers explore developing a signature personal style, getting the most out of what’s in their closets (or the floor) and pulling it all together with accessories and grooming. Campers design and construct a garment that celebrates their personal style. Includes a photo-booth-style photo shoot.

learn to sew at summer camp at the Wishcraft Workshop in Chicago

Project Wishcraft- Sew Long Summer (August 31-September 4)   What better way to welcome a new school year than with a shirt ready for picture-day and accessories made by hand. A week of machine- and hand-sewing is mixed with art+craft techniques.