Fill Your Summer with Art and Learning!
Stretch the imagination and expand art skills through summer camps at the Taubman Museum of Art! Participants will draw inspiration from the galleries, guest artist demonstrations, and creative exercises while exploring a variety of artistic techniques, styles, and materials. Art made will be displayed at the end of each week for friends and families to enjoy.
8 Weeks of Camp: June – August, Available for Ages 5 - 14
Camps Run Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
$150 for members (per week), $175 for non-members (per week)
Need-Based Scholarships Available. Download an application here.
The Nature of Art
Monday, June 8, 2015 - Friday, June 12, 2015
What can you create with natural materials? Do you like to draw or paint outdoors? Come explore the infinite possibilities that come from combining a love of nature and art in this camp! Perhaps you have a collection of beautiful feathers, rocks or seashells; now you can use some of them in your art. Learn about the ways artists incorporate natural materials in their art to create your own drawings, collages, sculptures, mobiles, treasure boxes and even frames in this mixed media camp. We will combine natural and traditional art materials and techniques by working with drawing materials, clay, paint and the development of drawing skills for your young artist and nature lover. Sketch and paint from the museums balcony inspired by the Impressionist and Plein Air painters in the museum’s collection.
Music, Art and Mixed Media
Monday, July 6, 2015 – Friday, July 10, 2015
Music and art have lots in common! Artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Georgia O’Keefe and Romare Bearden enjoyed trying to capture music in their art; attempting to create the sounds and moods in color and brushstroke. We will be inspired by these artists as well as the examples of contemporary artists like Nick Cave, Simone Paterson and Wayne White. These contemporary artists combine sounds and movement with their visual art. Different styles of music will influence our creations while we experiment with a variety of art materials. We will also learn to create some of our own musical instruments such as shakers and drums; a drumming lesson will enhance the experience. Guest artist, Tom Teasley will join us for an exploration of world percussion!
Make and Take to the Stage
Monday, August 3, 2015 - Friday, August 7, 2015
Do you like to put on plays and play dress up? Perhaps you would enjoy creating your own theatre props and sets! Explore the many ways art and theater intersect by using a variety of materials to create your own sets, props, costumes, puppets and even scripts inspired by the art in the permanent collection and traveling exhibits. Campers will create imaginative stories and character tableaus that bring to life the paintings and sculptures in the collection. Theater games, activities and techniques will combine with visual art projects for a truly multi-sensory experience! Campers will perform an original play in the Cox Communications Theater in Art Venture for family and friends at the end of the week!
Design, Sculpt and Build
Monday, June 22, 2015 – Friday, June 26, 2015
What can you design; what can you build? Do you like to design and create your own buildings or sculptures? This camp explores the way artists, architects and inventors create in three dimensions. Learn 3-D drawing techniques, take a behind the scenes architecture tour of the museum, see a demonstration of our 3-D printer and take an architecture sketching tour of downtown Roanoke! Campers will use a wide variety of materials such as clay, wire, wood and recycled materials to create sculptures, assemblages, mobiles, drawings and more. Campers will work with innovative building materials such as Art Venture’s newest addition, KEVA planks, to create their own city to be displayed during the camper art show.
Art Tells a Story
Monday, July 13, 2015 – Friday, July 17, 2015
What kinds of stories can a work of art tell? You can learn a lot about an artist and a work of art by asking these questions and other visual thinking strategies artists and art enthusiasts’ use. Campers will learn about the many ways art and artists use visual symbols and images to tell a story. Many artists include poetry and writing in their art, some create books and journals and still others leave the story up to the viewer to decipher by using visual clues and references. Paint, clay, pastels, and collage materials will combine to create campers personal stories inspired by memories, dreams, story book illustrations and the art in the galleries. Books, comics, sculptures, paintings and mixed media art will be created in this camp that combines a love of words and pictures.
Journey to Japan
Monday, June 15, 2015 – Friday, June 19, 2015
Explore the rich history of Japanese arts and culture from prints in the museum’s permanent collection to contemporary Japanese anime and manga artists. Artists like Jiha Moon incorporate Asian art historical references in new and exciting ways. Campers will work with a combination of traditional and contemporary materials such as ink, bamboo brushes, watercolor pencils, linoleum and block printing materials and clay to create paintings, sculptures, prints, cards and handmade paper and books. We will make handmade paper, cast paper sculptures, experiment with origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper cutting), learn anime and manga drawing techniques, create our own carved stamps, learn bookmaking techniques and even create our own collaborative mixed media mandala!
Collaborate, Collage and Create
Monday, July 20, 2015 – Friday, July 24, 2015
Campers will be inspired by artist, Vic Muniz’s use of found and discarded objects to create assemblages, sculptures, murals and collages. Campers will work with summer interns and museum visitors to create a large recycled art installation in the museum’s atrium. Learn collaborative artist techniques and practices in this exciting week! Learn to transfer images to a variety of materials including canvas and metal. Experiment with mixed media paint techniques by adding other household materials and mediums to change texture. Create imaginative sculptures and assemblages by combining wood, clay, wire, metal and recycled plastic, CDs and computer parts.
Monday, August 10, 2015 – Friday, August 14, 2015
Do you like to make art out of recycled and found objects? Be inspired by contemporary artists like Vic Muniz, Mark Jenkins, Ralph Eaton and Jiha Moon. We will us bottle caps, old CD’s and fine art slides to create exciting sculptures, mobiles, jewelry, mixed media paintings and more! Make tape or faux fur sculptures, create mobiles, wind chimes and stabiles from clay, recycled bottles, bottle caps, and computer parts. Combine papier-mâché, fabric and old jewelry into new designs. Use fine art slides to create sculptures that incorporate light.
How To Register
Registration opens February 1, 2015.
- Online (follow the class listing links above)
- By phone, call 540.342.5760
- By mail, mail check to Taubman Museum of Art, c/o Children's Education, 110 Salem Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
- In person
Enrollment for each class is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadlines will vary by class - please see individual class listing to verify. Full payment must accompany registration; the Museum accepts cash, check, or credit card. Registered students will recieve a confirmation by email the week prior to the start of class, with details about class requirements, supplies, and museum procedures. Photographers are on duty at museum events to capture images for the museum's archives and publications. If you prefer not to have pictures taken of yourself or family members, please notify the instructor.
Fees are nonrefundable except when the Taubman cancels a class.
Members who register on or before April 15th, receive an extra $10 off multiple camp and sibling discount: sign up for one camp at the regular rate and take $10 off for each subsequent camp or sibling registration!
For more information, call 540.342.5760.
To see more about previous programs, download the flyer of our 2014 summer season here.
Learning & Programs
- Thursday Nights
- First Fridays: Art By Night
- Adult Classes
- Group Tours
- Scheduled Programs
- Yoga at the Taubman
- Children's Classes
- School Partnerships
- Spectacular Saturdays
- Summer Camps
- Teen Workshops
- Tours & Reservations