About Us



The Children’s Arts Institute (CAI) is an arts program for young people.  CAI provides a dynamic, nurturing environment that inspires children to discover their unique, creative talents through a variety of hands-on workshops.  Our summer program offers three sessions of camp.  The program is designed to allow participants to choose their own schedule of workshops based on their interests and desires.


CCS Campus
Children’s Community School, 14702 Sylvan St., Van Nuys, 91411

Westland Campus
Westland School, 16200 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

CCS Campus
Session 1 – June 19 – July 7 (3 weeks) No camp on July 4
Session 2 – July 10 – July 21 (2 weeks)
Session 3 – July 24 – August 4 (2 weeks)

Westland Campus
Session 1- June 26 – July 14 (3 weeks) No camp on July 4
Session 2 -July 17 – August 4 (3 weeks)
*Session 3 – August 7 – August 11 (1 week)
Session 3 will be a one week Travel Camp. We will be taking kids to various field trips throughout the week. Email George, George@ccsteaches.org for more information.

Theatre Camp (Westland Campus)
Session 2 -July 17 – August 4 (3 weeks)


Our summer program hours are from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with extended care available until 6 p.m. You may drop off your child as early as 8:30 am without any additional charge.


Boys and girls entering grades K through 6 may attend our regular camp sessions. Older students may enroll in our Counselor-in-Training or our Design Program. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, national origin, ethnic origin or disability. Parents are expected to evaluate their child prior to enrollment. They should be ready to be at camp for a full day with no parent contact. Parents should think carefully before enrolling a child who has had limited time away from home or is not excited about attending because there are NO refunds after June 5, 2017.


The heart of our program is our staff, made up of professional arts educators – artists who also have experience teaching young people. The passion and expertise they bring to each workshop will spark your child’s creativity and enthusiasm. Our staff is dedicated to creating a fun, educational, and exciting summer experience for your child.


We believe smaller class sizes mean greater opportunity to interact on an individual basis with workshop teachers. All workshops are co-ed with up to 8-20 children per class. Each workshop has one teacher and one workshop assistant.


8:30 – 8:55 AM       Campers arrive
8:55 – 9:00 AM       Morning meeting
9:00 – 10:00 AM     Classes
10:00 – 10:30 AM   Morning Break – snack, outside play and activities
10:30 – 11:30 AM    Classes
11:30 – 12:30 PM    Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 PM     Classes
1:30 – 2:00 PM      Afternoon Break – outside play and activities
2:00 – 2:55 PM      Camp Activities/Special Events
2:00 – 2:55 PM      Pick Up
3:00 – 6:00 PM     Extended Care


Children should arrive before 9:00 am each morning and must be picked up between 3:00 pm – 3:15 pm unless they are joining us for our extended care program. Parents who need to pick up their child earlier should notify our office in advance.


All children must bring their own snacks and lunch.  Please note that we do not provide refrigeration except for medications, so lunches should not contain perishables.


Comfortable clothing is recommended during our summer program. Children should wear tennis shoes rather than open toe sandals if they are participating in woodworking, or any of the dance workshops. Remember, clothes are at risk from paints and inks, so older play clothes are best. Arts Institute t-shirts will be given out to all campers on the first day of camp.


Our summer program hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Extended care starts at 3:00 pm and ends at 6:00 pm. As a convenience for working parents, children may be dropped off at 8:30 am (no earlier) with no extra charge. Should you wish to leave your child with us after 3:00 pm, the cost of this service is outlined in the tuition calculation section on your application and is payable in advance. To register for this service, please complete the appropriate spot on the tuition calculation section of your application.  If you plan to use this service only on a “drop-in” basis you do not need to register now. However, payment for “drop -in” extended care is $20.00 per hour.


Each session ends with a wonderful Open House where you can view our students’ work. Please plan to attend. Invitations will be sent home during camp sessions.


Tuition prices for summer 2017 are posted on the Pricing page.
Tuition assistance is available. Please e-mail george@ccsteaches.org for information.


Director: George Nersisyan
Business Address:
Children’s Arts Institute
14702 Sylvan Street
Van Nuys, CA 91411
On Site: 818-780-6226
Fax: 818-780-5834
Email:  george@ccsteaches.org.

Hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm