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Summer Art Camp

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The High Museum’s 2018 camps are now closed. Please check back this winter for information about 2019 camp programs.

Summer Art Camp

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Dive into art this summer and get creative at the High! Young artists will explore, create, and showcase their artwork in a special exhibition each week. Your child will learn about two of the most famous architects in the world, Richard Meier and Renzo Piano; the illustrator known for beloved characters Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore; and self-taught artists who have transformed the definition of art in America.

Each camp is taught by a professional teaching artist who will inspire your child to look closely, experiment with art-making materials, and try new techniques each week. Camps are designed to serve rising first through eighth graders.
Spots fill quickly, so register today!

Members: $300/week
Not-Yet-Members: $400/week
Aftercare (4–6 p.m.): $50/week

For additional information, check out our Camp FAQ
Questions? Email us at HMAcamps@high.org or call 404-800-0547.
The High Museum of Art reserves the right to cancel, change, or alter any program due to attendance.

  • Week 1: Artist’s Toolbox (SOLD OUT)
    June 11–15, 2018

    This week, it’s all about making materials from scratch. Get inspired in the galleries as you discover the interesting supplies artists use to express their creativity. How do you get just the right line from a paintbrush or choose the right thickness of paper? From paintbrushes to sidewalk chalk, campers will create their own masterpieces from start to finish.

     

    Week 2: Book It (SOLD OUT)
    June 18–22, 2018

    Calling all future illustrators and authors! Get ready to practice sketching scenes, telling tales, and binding books. Read favorite children’s stories together and look closely at Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic in our galleries. Then write and illustrate your own short stories with characters you create.

     

    Week 3: Animal Encounters (SOLD OUT)
    June 25–29, 2018

    There are animals in the Museum! Crawl, hop, and slither your way through the galleries to see how artists imagine animal environments and even invent their own new types of creatures. Then grab your art tools to cut, craft, and build larger-than-life animals, imagine new critters, and craft a magical environment for them all to live in.

     

    Week 4: Making a Scene (SOLD OUT)
    July 9–13, 2018

    Take a closer look at how an artist builds a scene and creates a new world out of a flat surface. Travel through the galleries to experience seasons and new locations. Then get ready to paint, draw, and imagine your own new landscapes, seascapes, or space-scapes.

     

    Week 5: Building Blocks
    July 16–20, 2018

    Did you know that the Museum is an architectural work of art? Look inside and outside our buildings for inspiration to model your own super city, sketch an original house, or make a masterful museum. Discover hidden places in the High and look at structures in our galleries to launch your design ideas.

     

    Week 6: Material Mash-Up (SOLD OUT)
    July 23–27, 2018

    Sculpt, paint, and draw with unexpected materials. Explore the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art, where we will see artwork that incorporates found objects, from marbles to aluminum foil. What can you make with the things you discover? Campers will create metal sculptures, textured paintings, and more as they find inspiration in unusual materials.

     

    Week 7: Storytellers
    July 30–August 3, 2018

    Investigate how artists tell stories using objects, portraits, and sculpture; look at storybooks that are considered art; and find clues, surprises, and bits of history in our galleries. Then create your own stories through self-portraiture, abstract painting, and storytelling on canvas.

     
  • Week 1: Inside the Artist’s Studio
    June 11–15, 2018

    What kinds of tools does an artist use? Think about what you would like your art studio to look like and begin to fill it with supplies that you actually make! We will make paintbrushes, crayons, paper, and stamps inspired by the tools that artists in our galleries have used to make their masterpieces.

     

    Week 2: Cover to Cover (SOLD OUT)
    June 18–22, 2018

    Get your book board, bone folding tool, sewing needle, and wax thread ready, because we’re going to bind some books! Learn from some of the best when you check out examples in the exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. Discover how language and illustration work together and then create your own book from scratch, including paper, drawings, and binding.

     

    Week 3: Iconic Icons
    June 25–29, 2018

    Artists have a secret language: they leave clues and symbols in their work to help people understand the stories they’re trying to tell. Put on your super sleuth hat and discover hidden meanings in folk art, architecture, and storybooks. Then develop your own symbolic language to include in the stories you tell through your portraits, paintings, and sculptures.

     

    Week 4: Creative Creatures
    July 9–13, 2018

    Security, there’s an animal in the gallery! Help round up all the animals roaming the Museum. Discover real, imaginary, friendly, and crazy critters hanging on the walls. After your animal adventure, invent imaginary creatures, develop creative environments for them to live in, and build stories around their escapades.

     

    Week 5: The Sky’s the Limit (SOLD OUT)
    July 16–20, 2018

    Escape boredom by crafting your own cityscapes, dreamscapes, and landscapes. Look at foregrounds, middle grounds, and backgrounds in the galleries. Travel to forests, oceans, and outer space in paintings that you can see all in one day and then head to the workshop to paint layered landscapes, imagine a space scene, and dream an inspired place that no one has ever seen. What will you bring to life?

     

    Week 6: Midtown Magic
    July 23–27, 2018

    If you redesigned Midtown, what would you add? Taller skyscrapers? Pyramid-shaped buildings? Look at the Museum and Atlanta through new lenses. Find inspiration both inside the Museum’s award-winning architecture and beyond its walls in the city it calls home. Then dream up your own city, think about architecture, discuss design, and build a model.

     

    Week 7: Material REMIX
    July 30–August 3, 2018

    This week, our art supplies are having an identity crisis. Canvases want to be 3-D sculptures, paintings don’t want to have actual paint, and found materials want to become fine art. Help us sort through innovative and interesting ways to give these supplies new purpose. Head into Outliers and American Vanguard Art for some inspiration from other artists on ways to repurpose materials.

     
  • Week 1: Material World
    June 11–15, 2018

    You can use eggs for more than just an omelet! Spend this week creating your very own art supplies, including egg tempera paint, stamps for block printing, paintbrushes, and more. Learn how artists make their own materials to get exactly the outcomes they want. Explore the galleries to learn about new materials and find inspiration.

     

    Week 2: Build a Book
    June 18–22, 2018

    Learn different paper-folding and book-binding techniques as you build your very own book from cover to cover. Discuss design choices, paper thickness, cover art, and illustrations. Look closely in the galleries for ideas, inspiration, and artistry on display in our Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition.

     

    Week 3: Mixed-Media Mix-Up
    June 25–29, 2018

    Artists push the boundaries of materials, and now you can too! Turn art supplies on their heads in this workshop that takes the traditional and makes it unconventional. Flat becomes 3-D, kitchen tools become fine art supplies, and more. Take cues from artists such as Al Loving, Judith Scott, and David Butler, then put your own spin on art that makes the ordinary extraordinary.

     

    Week 4: Portraits and Selfie-Portraits
    July 9–13, 2018

    Is a selfie worth a thousand words? Put away your technology and learn techniques to paint, sketch, and draw your own portraits. Examine ways that artists in the galleries skillfully use materials and techniques to capture facial expressions, emotion, and character in portraiture work. Then try your own hand at portraying yourself, family, and friends.

     

    Week 5: Faux and Fabulous: Animals, Creatures, and Imaginary Friends
    July 16–20, 2018

    Real and imaginary animal friends are lurking, hibernating, slithering, and galloping through the High’s galleries. Join the expedition of closer looking to discover animals that you might never see in the wild. Dream up environments for these friends in our workshops and create characters and personas for each, just like our friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who stars in his own exhibition!

     

    Week 6: Not Your Mama’s Landscapes
    July 23–27, 2018

    Learn about traditional landscape painting and then make it your own. Gather inspiration in the city around you, from buildings to parks and greenspaces, and explore the High’s award-winning architecture. Campers will dream up their own landscapes, seascapes, and even outer-space-scapes. The sky’s the limit!

     

    Week 7: Under Construction
    July 30–August 3, 2018

    Everywhere you look in Midtown, it seems another building is shooting up. What would you design for a corner of the city? Look at the skyline, explore the High’s award-winning architecture, and observe changes around the city. Then build your own city block, invent your dream house, and create innovative lines, windows, and designs.

     
  • Week 1: Prints and Dyes: Altering Materials
    June 11–15, 2018

    Learn different techniques for altering fabric, including ancient tie-dye methods and printing with unusual materials. Campers will create both functional and sculptural works, from tote bags to two-dimensional forms, using methods including batik, indigo dyeing, and sun printing. Find interesting patterns and designs in the Museum’s architecture and the special exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.

     

    Week 2: Drawing and Sketching: Illustration and Storytelling
    June 18–22, 2018

    Dive into the world of illustration and create your own story, poem, or comic. Find inspiration with old childhood favorites, including Winnie-the-Pooh, as you create your own paper, make a sketchbook, and assemble different types of books.

     

    Week 3: Painting: Tempera and Acrylic
    June 25–29, 2018

    Experiment with different paints in this week of camp focusing on acrylic and tempera. Discover differences between the media, make your own paint, and create a masterpiece after exploring the work of artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Bill Traylor, and Christina Ramberg.

     

    Week 4: Sculpture: Unexpected Materials
    July 9–13, 2018

    Discover some of the surprising materials artists use to create and experiment with metal, clay, and fabric. Take a close look at artworks in Outliers and American Vanguard Art and then create two-dimensional sculptures, mixed-media creations, and much more as you discover how to work with new and different materials.

     

    Week 5: Drawing and Sketching: Architecture
    July 16–20, 2018

    Find inspiration in the High’s special exhibitions, the Atlanta skyline, and the Museum’s buildings as you design, sketch, and paint different architectural forms. Learn about space, scale, and perspective as you discover the works of artists including Charles Sheeler and James Castle, and then create your own interesting compositions.

     

    Week 6: Printmaking: Block Printing and Screenprinting
    July 23–27, 2018

    Take inspiration from the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art Create to create a variety of artwork using block-printing and screenprinting techniques. Explore reduction printing to make Morris Hirshfield–inspired animal prints and discover unusual materials you can use to make your own designs inspired by still lifes, quilts, and other artworks in the Museum’s special exhibitions.

     

    Week 7: Painting: Watercolors and Oil Paints
    July 30–August 3, 2018

    Discover the nuances of watercolors and oil paints as you explore the Museum, compare the differences in these media, and make your own paint. Experiment with both traditional and nontraditional methods of painting—from using standard paintbrushes to changing the texture of paint with unexpected materials. Find inspiration from paintings in our special exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art.