Summer Camp at the NCMA
Enhanced by exploration of the Museum’s galleries and Park, camps include drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture; nature walks; storytelling; and creative movement. Each camp’s offerings are unique, so children may enjoy more than one session. The Museum is also offering workshops for teens and preteens.
Summer Camp for Kids
June 9–August 22
Monday–Friday, 9 am–4:30 pm
$250 Members (per camp)
$280 Nonmembers (per camp)
8 am Early morning drop-off ($30 per camp)
5:30 pm Late afternoon pickup ($30 per camp)
From painting and sculpting to storytelling and music, these fun-filled camps are the perfect place to discover art, both indoors and out. Five-day sessions for ages 6–8 and 9–12.
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Camp 1 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 2 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
Around the World in Five Days
This is your ticket for a whirlwind art-making adventure! Begin each day in a new country and create works of art inspired by the places you visit.
Camp 3 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 4 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
It’s Not Easy Being Green
Join us for a week that will inspire you to use found and recycled objects to create beautiful works of art.
Camp 5 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 6 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 7 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
A Natural Fit
See the sights this summer, from landscapes in the galleries to sculptures in the Museum Park, and create your own original works inspired by them.
Camp 8 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 9 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
Uncover the wonders of ancient Egypt as you find inspiration for your own original art.
Camp 10 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 11 (ages 6–8) Extra session added! SOLD OUT
Camp 12 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
Celebrate the history of animals in art, from ancient times to the present day. Stuff, build, draw, and paint creatures that roam the earth and the outer limits of your imagination.
Camp 13 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 14 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
Adventures in the galleries and expeditions through the Museum Park take you back to Greek and Roman times.
July 28–August 1
Camp 15 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 16 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
Put Yourself in the Picture
Create art that is all about you! Explore printmaking, photographic experiments, mixed media, and other art forms that put you in the picture in a variety of ways.
Camp 17 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 18 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
Experiment with traditional and nontraditional painting—from applying paint and pigment in organized ways on canvas to splattering, dripping, and using everything but brushes.
Camp 19 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 20 (ages 9–12) OPENING AVAILABLE!
Let your imagination soar as you explore the art of sculpture and build your own sculptural masterpieces.
Camp 21 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 22 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
The Power of Paint
Experience painting like never before as you discover the ins and outs of mixing and applying color.
Middle School Workshops
9 am–4:30 pm
$250 Members (per workshop)
$280 Nonmembers (per workshop)
For ages 11–13.
Needle and Thread SOLD OUT
Design your own stuffed animal characters or sew a textile masterpiece. Experiment with thread, fabric, and other fiber materials to explore sewing, weaving, and jewelry making.
Face to Face
Explore images of people in the Museum’s collection, with a special emphasis on portraiture and identity. Create original works using paint, collage, photography, and mixed media. Selected works from this workshop will be displayed in an upcoming NCMA exhibition.
Material World SOLD OUT
July 28-August 1
What is an art supply? Anything and everything in this mixed-media class! Explore the unusual materials that artists in the Museum’s collection use to express themselves, and try your hand at using your own unusual materials.
Wear Your Art Out! SOLD OUT
Explore fashion as art. Drawing inspiration from the Museum’s collection, create your own styles with an artistic flair.
Summer Workshops for Teens
For ages 14–18.
Couture Paper Sculpture CANCELED
Learn basic sculpture and clothing construction skills to create a wearable paper garment using Museum galleries as your inspiration. Open to all skill levels.
The “One-of-a-Kind” Print CANCELED
Explore monotype printmaking using additive and subtractive processes inspired by the prints in Estampas de la raza. Drawing experience recommended. Materials provided.
Summer Camp FAQs
You accept children ages 6-12. Will 6- and 12-year-olds be placed together?
Campers are grouped into two camps with 15 campers in each—one camp with 6–8-year-olds and one camp of 9–12-year-olds. Gallery, Park, and studio activities are age-appropriate.
Do you make exceptions for mature 5-year-olds?
No. Your child must be 6 years old at the start of camp.
What does my child need to bring?
Your child will need to bring a lunch, two snacks, and a drink. You may want to also send a refillable water bottle, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, and a bag or tote to carry these items.
What does my child need to wear to camp?
Campers should wear comfortable and layered clothing that can get dirty or soiled with art materials. Please be aware that some art materials, such as acrylic paint, can be difficult to remove from clothing. Campers should also wear closed-toed shoes.
What kinds of art will my child see?
Campers will view works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection every day. Camp instructors choose the works of art based on the camp theme, and discussions are age appropriate.
What kinds of art will my child make?
Campers will have a chance to use a variety of materials while at camp, including media for drawing, painting, and sculpting. Projects and creative expression opportunities are determined by professional art instructors based on camp themes and inspiration from the permanent collection and Museum Park.
Will my child go outside?
Campers will hike the Museum Park trails during instructor-led walks. Weather permitting, campers will also spend the lunch hour outside, with an opportunity for organized or free play.
How does the registration process work?
Camps are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If there are cancellations, campers from the waiting list are contacted. Confirmation will be sent by mail shortly after all registration information has been received.