Academy Art Museum’s Summer Camps 2017

The Academy Art Museum in Easton offers summer camps for students age three through high school. Younger children will enjoy camps about creating masterpieces through drawing, painting, collage and printmaking, puppet making, Sumi-e painting, clay sculpture and even medieval castles. The Museum’s signature weeklong Kaleidoscope camp offers exploration of multiple mediums and the opportunity to get really messy.

Middle school and high school students will have a great time at a plein air painting or animal camp, or classes on tie dyeing, papier mâché sculpture, Sumi-e painting, clay sculpture, drawing from life and creating a sketchbook. There are also innovative classes on creative writing for poetry, fiction and short stories and digital media, including Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

To register for any of the Academy Art Museum Summer Camps, visit or call 410-822-2787.

 Summer Camp Listing

Bring Your Drawings to Life with Adobe Illustrator

Grades 6–9 • Instructor: Chris Pittman

June 19–23 • 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Participants learn the basics of drawing by hand and on the computer, learning how to sketch more quickly and accurately and discover the techniques employed by comic book artists, Disney animators and children’s book illustrators. Students will then be able to bring their drawings to life using the program Adobe Illustrator.

Oil Painting Outdoors in Plein Air!

Ages 12+ (Adults welcome) • Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly

June 26–29 • 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Award-winning local artist Diane DuBois Mullaly is eager to show young artists the magic of painting outdoors. This camp is for students who have never painted outdoors in plein air, as well as for those who have some experience. Participants will learn to mix oil colors from the three primary colors, plus white, and then paint skies, clouds, trees, flowers, buildings and street scenes.

Masterpieces from Little Hands

Ages 5-7 • Instructor: Susan Horsey

June 26–30 • 10 a.m.–noon

Young ones will have fun while learning about famous artists and creating their own colorful masterpieces. Activities will include drawing, painting, collage and printmaking.

Animal Art Adventures

Ages 7-13 • Instructor: Dawn Malosh

July 5–7 • 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This fun and exciting camp offers young artists opportunities to draw, paint and sculpt while discovering the wonders of the animal world. Children will learn realistic art techniques, learn about animal artists of the past and study a variety of animals through art. Projects will include animal illustrations, mask-making, animal sculptures and much more. On July 6, an animal handler from the Salisbury Zoo will bring some exotic live animals for the children to draw.

Puppet-Making Workshop

Ages 6–8 • Instructor: Alanna Berman

July 10–14 • 9:30 a.m.–noon

Puppets are part of our lives. Students can learn how they are made at this interactive camp. The camp will get behind the scenes to see how storytelling works and campers will get hands-on experience in creating a puppet and puppet theater and in learning voice acting. On the final day, there will be a grand performance. Campers will take home their puppet and a video of the performance.

Medieval Castles, Art and All the King’s People

Ages 6–8 • Instructor: Alanna Berman

July 10–14 • 1–3 p.m.

This camp will show children how to role play their favorite characters by creating flags, hats and 3-D castles. Campers will even create the monster their character must vanquish or the mythical creature it will befriend.

Fun with Tie Dyeing

Ages 11–15 • Instructor: Katy Trice

July 10–13 • 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Students will experiment with resist dyeing, spray and scrunch dyeing and fold dyeing. On the first two days, they will practice folding, binding and tying small squares of fabric and on the last two days, they will create their own design and dye their t-shirts.

Papier Mâché Sculpture

Ages: 10–13 • Instructor: Theresa Schram

July 17–21 • 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Teaching artist Theresa Schram will show students how to manipulate the materials and create unique pieces of art. Students will complete two projects – a papier mâché animal head using molding templates and a sculpted 3-D animal of their choice. The projects will alternate each day to allow the previous day’s work to dry. The final day will be spent adding paint, fun details and decorations.

Play with Clay

Ages 8-13 • Instructor: Dawn Malosh

July 24–28 • 9:30 a.m.–noon

Students will explore sculpting with different types of molding materials. Aspiring sculptors will learn how to work with different types of clays and sculpting tools, while creating whatever interests them and pushing their creative limits. Various types of ceramic clay, Sculpey polymer clay, salt dough and paper clay will be explored in this exciting 3D art class.

A student enjoys exploring art at one of the Academy Art Museum’s summer camps.

Sumi-e Painting

Ages 8–14 (Adults welcome) • Instructor: Dawn Malosh

July 31–August 4 • 9:30 a.m.–noon

Students in this workshop will learn a unique method to meditate and relax, while painting the “chi” of the nature around them, as Buddhist monks called the Chan did 1,000 years ago. This class will teach a simplified version of the traditional meditative Eastern approach and style to nature painting. Participants will learn about traditional Eastern painting media, such as the bamboo brush, sumi-e ink, rice paper and suzuri inkwell.

Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp

Ages 6+

Week #1 – July 24–28

Instructors: Maria Sage and Theresa Schram

Week # 2, July 31–August 4

Instructors: Maria Sage and Theresa Schram

12:30–3:30 p.m. daily

This signature multi-media camp will feature opportunities each week to explore and develop projects from observation and imagination. Drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and printmaking may be included. Each week is different.

Fun with Photoshop

Grades 5-9 • Instructor: Garnette Hines

July 31-August 4 • 1–3 p.m.

Easton High School’s digital media specialist, Garnette Hines, teaches students the basics of digital storytelling using the industry-standard Adobe Photoshop. In this class, students will try their hand at Photoshop painting, create mythological creatures, learn how to create animated gifs, and transform photos of themselves to create surreal special effects, such as flying and other superpowers.

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

Grades: 7–12 • Instructor:  Katy Trice

August 7–11 • 10 a.m.–noon

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction and Short Stories

Grades: 7–12 • Instructor:  Katy Trice

August 7–11 • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

These are the perfect classes for students who find themselves constantly writing down phrases, stories, stanzas or narratives. Each day students will start with a free-write prompt, move into reading and reviewing each other’s work and then play some creative writing games. The morning session is Poetry and the afternoon session is Fiction and Short Stories.

The Art Studio

Ages 7–10 • Instructor: Susan Horsey

August 14–18 • 10 a.m. – noon

The Art Studio is a complete art experience that blends fun and creativity. Each day will bring a new project, including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, memory jars and more. Art Studio will feature all new projects.

Dive into the World of Math and Art! 

Grades 6–8 • Instructor: Deborah Scales

August 14-18 • 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

This fun and challenging five-day workshop is for any middle school math student who wants to discover an exciting way to learn math through art making. If you like art, you may find that you also find a new love for math. Explore art making through mathematical strategies, skills and problem solving. Use basic operations of arithmetic, algebraic formulas, scientific notation, geometric figures, precision measuring, ratios and proportions, linear-point perspective, transformations and platonic solids.

Sketch it! A Sketchbook Journey 

Ages 8–13 • Instructor: Susan Horsey

August 21–25 •10 a.m.–noon

The ability to quickly sketch an idea or image is a fundamental skill. This camp is for children who love to draw, paint and create, while developing their skills and techniques. A variety of media will be explored, including pencil, pens, watercolors and colored pencils–all in students’ sketchbooks. Together we’ll make art a daily event, drawing inspiration from nature and our surroundings.

Mini Masters Summer Camps (For Ages Three – Four)

All Things Summer!

July 10 – 13 and July 17 – 20 • 9 a.m. to noon

Participants will create art, from building sand castles to making ice cream, splatter painting an ocean mural to sculpting sea animals. The children will explore different mediums to create some favorite summer-time things.

Building and Construction

August 14 – 17 • 9 a.m. to noon

Participants will spend the week building and constructing things out of recycled and other materials. Vehicles, buildings, robots and child-created designs will be some of the items created.


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