Summer Youth Camps

Five weeks of camps for youth ages 5-18 – see all of the details below!

June 22-26 | Show:Tell Creative Writing & Printmaking for High School-Aged Artists (Part One)

July 6-10 | Show:Tell Creative Writing & Printmaking for High School-Aged Artists (Part Two)

9am-2pm (lunch provided)

Modeled after a low-residency MFA program and summer camp, these 5-day workshops provide a generative and serious learning environment for young artists who want to hone their craft, experiment with new forms, create an artistic community, and have a lot of fun along the way.

Youth are encouraged to join us for the two weeks, but can opt for one. Focus areas include poetry, micro-fiction & essays, letterpress, risograph, and screen printing, bookbinding, and the basics of performance as a writer/reader. Each week will include peer-to-peer workshops with teen printmakers and site visits to other print studios in Portland, as well as lessons on the ins-and-outs of being a freelance professional. Many young writers come away with their own chapbook, so it’s helpful to come in with lots of ideas!

Space for 14 youth each week – aged 14-18; $350/week (partial and full scholarships available – email

**High Schoolers who are interested can also reach out to us about being teaching-artists-in-training in the elementary and middle school-aged camps after participating in Show:Tell Camp** 

July 20-24 | Print Camp: Elementary-Aged Printmaking Workshops

9am-12pm (Breakfast and snacks provided)

Kids will learn the basics of printmaking over 5 half-days of fun and age appropriate projects. Using letterpresses, plants, found objects, and even jello, campers will create several solo and collaborative works of art. Each camper will design their own backpack and treasure box to store their materials and projects. Several strategies for constructing handmade books will be introduced. Text will be added to works of art through cooperative storytelling and poetry games.

Space for 14 campers – aged 6-11; $200/week (partial and full scholarships available – email

July 27-31 | Print Camp: Middle School-Aged Printmaking Workshops

9am-12pm (Breakfast and snacks provided)

Youth will learn the basics of letterpress, risograph, and screen printing, as well as how to share their voices and messages they care about. Recommended for any youth who loves, drawing, collage, poetry, and poster-making.

Space for 14 youth – aged 11-14; $200/week (partial and full scholarships available – email

August 10-14 | Comics and Zines for Middle Schoolers

9am-12pm (Breakfast and snacks provided)

What better place to learn about comics and zines than the region’s largest Zine Library? Using the library as inspiration, youth will have workshops in character development, layout, lettering, inking & coloring, and risograph printing. They will produce several original comics and zines by the end of the week.

Space for 14 youth – aged 11-14; $200/week (partial and full scholarships available – email


Applications are now being accepted! We encourage you to apply early as workshops fill rapidly. Applications received by May 31, 2020 are given preference. To register online, click here

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A limited number of partial and full, need-based scholarships are available. To apply, check the scholarship box on the registration and enclose a one or two paragraph explanation of financial need. The deadline for scholarship applications is May 31, 2020.


Summer Youth Camps will be hosted at the IPRC

318 SE Main Street, Suite 155
Portland, OR 97214

Directions to the IPRC

By Bus/Street Car:

The IPRC is located at SE Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. It’s accessible by #6 or by Portland Streetcar A or B Loop. For a TriMet Rail System map, CLICK HERE. For TriMet Trip Planner, CLICK HERE.

By Car:

The IPRC is accessible by I-5 (Morrison/OMSI Exit), SE Main, SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, SE 3rd, and SE Madison. For detailed driving directions, CLICK HERE.


IPRC Phone: 503.827.0249

For more information about IPRC Youth Summer Camps, please email Alley Pezanoski-Browne at

Illustration by Tovah Underwood (Trillium Charter School student/past Show:Tell student)

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