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 10–August 23, 2013
Monday–Friday, 9 am–4:30 pm
$240 Members (per camp)
$270 Nonmembers (per camp)
8 am Early morning drop-off ($30 per camp)
5:30 pm Late afternoon pickup ($30 per camp)
Camp 1 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 2 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
Raiders of the Lost Art
Discover legends from the ancient and modern world, decode messages revealed in art and create works of art that tell your own stories.
Camp 3 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 4 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
Explore how artists use color and experiment with your own colorful creations.
Camp 5 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 6 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
The Ancient World
Adventures through the galleries and expeditions in the park take you back to Greek and Roman times.
Camp 7 (ages 6–8) Sold Out
Camp 8 (ages 9–12)
A Week with Nature
Get up close and personal with nature in the park and in the galleries. See how nature inspires artists and find inspiration to create your own memorable masterpieces.
Camp 9 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 10 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
Discover how artists capture movement in painting and sculpture and make your own “moving” works of art.
Camp 11 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 12 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
The World According to Me
Show your creative side in projects that highlight who you are, what you like to do, and what makes you special.
July 29–August 2
Camp 13 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 14 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
Uncover the wonders of ancient Egypt as you find inspiration for your own original art.
Camp 15 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 16 (ages 9–12) SOLD OUT
Stalk wild and wonderful animals from across the globe. Stuff, build, draw and paint the beasts that roam the earth and the outer limits of your imagination.
Camp 17 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 18 (ages 9–12)
Tell your story in your own way! Explore the many ways art is used to communicate ideas and feelings and how your artistic choices reflect your individuality.
Camp 19 (ages 6–8) SOLD OUT
Camp 20 (ages 9–12)
Join us for a week that will inspire you to use found and recycled objects to create beautiful works of art.
Five-day sessions for ages 11–13 or 14–18
Monday–Friday, mornings or afternoons
For more information or to register, call the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923, or register online.
Summer Workshops for Middle Schoolers (ages 11–13)
June 24–28 | 9 am–noon
Experiment with traditional and nontraditional painting, from applying paint and pigment in organized ways on canvas to splattering, dripping, and using everything but brushes.
Pen and Ink
June 24–28 | 1–4 pm
If you keep a sketchbook or always find yourself doodling, come find endless inspiration for your drawing as you explore the Museum galleries and Park.
Not-so-plein air Painting
July 22–26 | 9 am–noon
Find inspiration in the outdoor environment of the Museum Park and the indoor environment of the galleries. This plein-air painting workshop focuses on the natural world to create landscape paintings and more.
July 22–26 | 1–4 pm
Write, draw, and ink your own comics as you explore the world of graphic storytelling and what makes comics tick, pop, and KABLAM.
Summer Workshops for Teens (ages 14–18)
Behind the Lens
July 8–12 | 9 am–noon
Dive deeper into understanding the technical aspects of photography with the Museum galleries and Park as subjects for your own photos. Open to all skill levels. Equipment provided.
July 8–12 | 1–4 pm
Discover the expressive power of the handmade linocut print. Explore traditional relief print techniques using linoleum blocks, cutting tools, ink, and paper to create bold, graphic images.
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.