San Diego Kids & Teens

Summer Camps

This summer, register for OTL Summer Camps! Our exciting summer camps for San Diego kids and teens dive into digital media topics!

07/11/2022 - 07/15/2022

La Jolla Historical
780 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037


Grades: 6th - 8th
Full-Day: $429.00 (9:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Take it to the Streets

Street photography is about showing people your world, through your eyes. Using a DSLR, you’ll learn techniques street photographers use to capture the moments, objects, and people that they see. Then, you’ll put your new skills into practice as you hit the streets with your camera. Scholarship options are available for families in need. Please contact us at summerlearning@outsidethelens.org for more information.

 
08/01/2022 - 08/05/2022

La Jolla Historical
780 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037


Grades: 6th - 8th
Full-Day: $429.00 (9:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Take it to the Beach

Capture summer through the lens in this weeklong photography workshop! Dive into landscape, portraiture, action, and and underwater photography, and even short films as you become an experienced beach life photographer. Spend a day at the beach capturing your favorite sights and sounds! Scholarship options are available for families in need. Please contact us at summerlearning@outsidethelens.org for more information.

 
07/25/2022 - 07/29/2022

Outside the Lens
2750 Historical Decatur Road Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92106


Grades: 3rd - 5th
Full-Day: $429.00 (9:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Mixed Media

Capture amazing photos, and transform them into unique pieces of artwork with the use of mixed media. We will transfer images onto wood, hand-color images, print images on transparencies and paint them with metallic paints, and make cyanotype sun images. Learn some new artistic techniques and add a new dimension to your photographic work! Scholarship options are available for families in need. Please contact us at summerlearning@outsidethelens.org for more information.

 
06/21/2022 - 07/22/2022

Euclid, Fay, Balboa, Chollas Mead


Grades: Ages 8 - 11

Level Up: Crafty Camera

NOTE: These camps are limited to current students that attend the San Diego Unified School District. Click, create, craft! Join this hands-on class and discover new ways of using photography to make mixed-media images. Draw, paint, collage, and photograph your way to some fun new creations. Perfect for the aspiring artist or young photographer who loves artistic adventures! This non-stop fun, high-quality summer program is for students in grades 3-5. This 4-week program takes place from June 21 - July 22, from 11:30 am - 4:30 pm. Crafty Camera offers Visual and Media Arts learning opportunities with activities for students to develop key photography skills such as vantage points, elements, composition, double exposure, macro/micro photography, and magnification. Learn portraiture, and mixed media line drawing or join a more advanced class with a focus on building film and video skills through activities such as creating short form video and animation content.

 
07/25/2022 - 07/29/2022

Outside the Lens Media Lab + Gallery


Grades: Ages 8 - 11

Level Up: Photos, Fun, Sun

NOTE: This camp is limited to current students that attend the San Diego Unified School District. Photos, Fun, Sun is about showing people your world, through your eyes. You’ll learn techniques photographers use to capture the moments, objects, and people that they see. Then, you’ll put your new skills into practice as you hit the streets. This non-stop fun, high-quality summer program takes place from 9:00-3:30pm. Photos, Fun, Sun offers Visual and Media Arts learning opportunities with activities for students to develop key photography skills such as vantage points, elements, composition, double exposure, macro/micro photography, and magnification. Learn how to capture moments as you see them, telling the story of the world around you!

 
08/01/2022 - 08/05/2022

Outside the Lens Media Lab + Gallery


Grades: Ages 8 - 11

Level Up: Photography + Science

NOTE: This camp is limited to current students that attend the San Diego Unified School District. Come join us this summer and explore the art of science through photography! We will create abstract and innovative imagery while exploring the marvels of science. Projects will include using macro photography to capture the interactions between oil, water and color, and experimenting with the relationship between light and shadow.

 
07/25/2022 - 08/05/2022

UCSD Extension & Outside the Lens Media Lab + Gallery


Grades: Ages 14+

Level Up: Youth Tellers: Photography, Film, and Media Arts Projects

NOTE: These camps are limited to current students that attend the San Diego Unified School District. Be part of the critical conversations taking place today by joining Youth Tellers, a group of teens who create media on a platform that shares and elevates stories by youth, with youth, for youth. Youth Tellers is a community of youth who strive to make their voices heard through media. You will gain access to group mentorship, the Adobe Creative Cloud, technical training, artistic development, and courses in content creation, all of which will bring your photos, videos and digital art to the next level! Students actively engage in the process of creating, submitting and posting digital work and channels of communication are provided for students to discuss and display their work alongside other students via Discord. Youth Tellers takes place Monday-Friday, from 9:00am - 3:30pm

 

Happy Customers!

I can’t really think of any way to improve upon the program, as it seems to have been very well planned and thought through. Each individual piece of the program was well organized and detailed, and each piece transitioned perfectly to the next component and also to the bigger picture ... We all enjoyed every aspect of the program and our family loved the final exhibitions!

– Alison

I knew nothing about photography before I began with OTL, but have also learned many things that I use when taking photos in my own life ... As photographers, the students become more observant of the world around them and see things from different perspectives. They also see that photography is a tool for communicating across the globe.

– Brooke

Thank you for giving our students such wonderful photography ... they had an opportunity to express themselves openly and honestly and they were respected for their work.

– Susan
 

Outreach


Since 2001, Outside the Lens (OTL) has delivered its curriculum to 13,000 children in weekly classes, after-school programs, summer sessions, workshops and teacher trainings. Students tell their unique personal stories through photography, video, and other digital media forms while under the guidance of writers, journalists, filmmakers, photographers, artists and teachers. Our outreach programs target under-served and at-risk youth grades K-12 throughout San Diego County and uses participatory photography and video, a method in which students are given cameras and videos to document the issues that concern them. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, our curriculum reached over 5,000 people in 2013.