Art Camps for Ages 4-12 & Teens
Kids will enjoy studio experiences inspired by gallery and garden visits. Come and explore drawing, painting, clay, printmaking, and more! Week-long, half- and full-day camps are offered for ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13-18. Snacks provided. Campers pairing morning and afternoon camps in the same week, should bring a lunch and drink and join the supervised Lunch Bunch, from noon-1 pm.

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Camp T-shirts
 
 
The new camp t-shirt is here! Drawn by Leah, a 2013 camper, this rendering from Joslyn's sculpture garden will look terrific on anybody! T-Shirts can be picked up on your student's first day of camp! 
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Four-day Camps (Monday-Thursday)
Joslyn Members: $50 per camp; General Public: $60 per camp



Pint-Sized Painters
June 9-12; 9-11:30 am

Introduce your pint-sized painter to the world of painting! Campers will learn to use a brush and how to mix colors and they’ll look to artists in the galleries to see how to experiment with unlikely techniques like dripping and pouring paint in new and exciting ways.

Instructor: Stephanie Carlson Pruch


Nature in Art
June 23-2
6; 9-11:30 AM

Art can transport us to the top of a mountain or to the edge of a crashing sea. In this camp we will look at how artists use their work to celebrate the beauty of nature. Campers will create paintings, sculptures, and prints as they learn about the world’s diverse ecosystems and terrains.

Instructor: Ariel Shearer


Sculpture Making
July 14-17; 9-11:30 am

In this camp your young artists will learn to make three-dimensional artworks by building, carving, and modeling to create works of sculpture like those we will see in Joslyn’s galleries and gardens.

Instructor: Ariel Shearer


Artsy Animals
July 28-31; 9-11:30 am

Send your camper on a safari! Children will search the Museum for paintings, prints, and sculptures of animals. In the studio we’ll learn about shape, pattern, and texture as we make artworks of critters and beasts.

Instructor: Ariel Shearer




Half-day Camps (Monday-Friday) – Joslyn Members: $75 per camp; General Public: $90

Snacks provided. Campers attending a full-day camp, or pairing morning and afternoon camps in the same week, should bring a lunch and drink and join the supervised Lunch Bunch, from noon-1 pm.



Special Camp: The Art of Theater Design
Ages 9-14: Monday-Friday, June 2-6; 9 am-4 pm

Joslyn & Rose Members: $185; General Public: $210

Spend mornings at The Rose and walk to Joslyn for afternoons of exploring the exciting world of theatrical design! Discover what it takes to make scenery, costumes, props, lighting, and sound for productions. Meet professional designers and technicians and create lots of hands-on theatrical scenery and props to be used in an upcoming Rose production!

Instructors: Michael Miller & Therese Straseski


Art Safari
Learn drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture skills as you create animals of all kinds. We’ll explore the galleries to see how artists create life-like animals and put our skills to the test to create animals of our own in the studio.

(A) Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday, June 2-6; 9 am-noon (pair with Painting Possibilities (A) to make a full day)


(B) Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday, July 14-18; 1-4 pm (pair with Sketch to Sculpture (B) to make a full day)



Instructor: (A) Carey Hernandez, (B) Cody Wheelock
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Painting Possibilities
The possibilities are endless in this camp that will teach you the ins-and-outs of painting. We’ll learn to mix paint and wield a brush like a master and look to artists in the galleries like Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler to pour paint with control and drip paint with intent. 

(A) Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday; June 2-6; 1-4 pm (pair with Art Safari (A) to make a full day)

(B) Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday; June 9-13; 9 am-noon (pair with Meet the Museum (A) to make a full day)


(C)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday; July 28-August 1; 1-4 pm

(D) Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: August 4-8; 1-4  pm (pair with Do it with Style! (B) to make a full day)


Instructor: (A) CaSandra Johson, (B) Julie Ryan, (C) Therese Straseski, (D) Therese Straseski


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Meet the Museum
Get to know your good ol’ pal Joslyn a little bit better in this camp that will introduce you to some of our favorite artworks and even some of the people who work so hard to make the Museum special. We’ll visit the galleries to see the greatest hits of the collection and make paintings, sculptures, prints and more in the studio. Throughout the week, special guests will stop by to tell us about their jobs in the Museum and we will even get a few peaks behind-the-scenes. 

(A) Ages 9-12: June 9-13; 1-4 pm (pair with Painting Possibilities (B) to make a full day)

(B) Ages 6-8: July 7-11; 1-4 pm (pair with Sculpture (A) to make a full day)

Instructor: Julie Ryan


Special Camp: A Brush with Nature
(A) Ages 6-8: June 9-13; 9 am-4 pm*

(B) Ages 9-12: June 23-27; 9 am-4 pm*

Click here to register at the Lauritzen Gardens Website!

Joslyn & Lauritzen Gardens Members: $185; General Public: $199

Spend time at Joslyn and Lauritzen Gardens in this camp that will explore artists’ love of nature. We’ll trek Lauritzen’s many gardens to learn about plants, animals, and bugs and we’ll sketch what we discover. Visits to Joslyn’s galleries will introduce us to artists like Thomas Moran and Claude Monet who risked bug bites and sunburns in order to paint the perfect sunset or a blossoming flower.

*Days 1, 3 and 5, campers must be dropped off and picked up at Lauritzen Gardens. Days 2 and 4, campers must be dropped off and picked up at the Joslyn Art Museum. Children will have lunch prepared by the Café. Outside food is not allowed in the Gardens except in cases where medical/allergy reasons will prevent the camper from eating what is provided.

Instructor: Therese Straseski


T-Shirts & Textiles
This camp will teach you how artists weave, knot, and decorate fabric to create art to wear and use. In the studio, we’ll create textiles of our own. You will learn to create batik designs, how to dye cloth, and print images to create fashionable objects and clothing. For some projects, students will be encouraged to bring old shirts from home to be altered.

(A) Ages 9-12: June 16-20; 9 am-noon (pair with Modern Masters (A) to make a full day)

(B) Ages 6-8: June 23-27; 9 am-noon (pair with Modern Masters (B) to make a full day)

Instructor: Carey Hernandez


Do it with Style!
If you’re going to make art why not do it with style! This camp will teach you about many popular approaches to art throughout history and encourage you to create with a style all your own. We’ll get started by making paintings, prints, and sculptures patterned after the masters in the galleries and by the end of the week you will debut your original style to the world.

(A) Ages 6-8: June 16-20; 9 am-noon (pair with Drawing (A) to make a full day)

(B) Ages 9-12: August 4-8; 9 am-noon (pair with Painting Possibilities (D) to make a full day)

Instructor: (A) Stephanie Carlson Pruch, (B) Courtney Mimick


Drawing: Beyond the Doodle
Doodles are great. We all love doodles, but this class will teach you to do even more with your pencil or pen. Spend a week in this camp learning to use a variety of drawing tools to draw like an artist. We’ll combine serious studies (like drawing a model) with games and fun exercises (like drawing on bananas) to teach you to draw what you see. 

(A) Ages 6-8: June 16-20; 1-4 pm (pair with Do It with Style! (A) to make a full day)

(B) Ages 9-12: July 7-11; 9 am-noon (pair with Grand-Scapes (A) to make a full day)

(C) Ages 9-12: July 28-August 1; 9 am- noon

(D) Ages 6-8: August 4-8; 9 am-noon (pair with Painting Possibilities (D) to make a full day)

Instructor: (A) CaSandra Johnson, (B) Therese Straseski, (C) Anna Johnson, (D) Rachel Mindrup


Modern Masters
Often it’s the modern or contemporary artworks in a museum that make you wonder, “is this really art?!” Trips to the galleries and art-making experiences will help us figure out what artists are thinking when they get all abstract and conceptual to create paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture that makes people think.

(A) Ages 9-12: June 16-20; 1-4 pm (pair with T-Shirts & Textiles (A) to make a full day)

(B) Ages 6-8: June 23-27; 1-4 pm (pair with T-Shirts & Textiles (B) to make a full day)

Instructor: Kim Reid Kuhn


Grand-Scapes
Nothing’s quite as beautiful as the sunset over the horizon…but we can try! In this camp we’ll learn to capture the beauty of nature through art. You’ll explore a variety of painting, drawing, and printmaking techniques to replicate the wondrous colors, shapes, and textures of plants, rocks, water, and sky.

(A) Ages 9-12: July 7-11; 1-4 pm ( pair with Drawing: Beyond the Doodle (B) to make a full day)


(B) Ages 6-8: July 14-18; 1-4 pm


Instructor: Carey Hernandez
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Sketch to Sculpture
Creating sculpture can be a balancing act! We’ll use an exhibit of sketches, models, and sculptures by Mark di Suvero to gain insight to how an idea grows into a work of sculpture. Find out for yourself by learning to use a variety of materials to transform your sketches into freestanding sculptures.

(A) Ages 6-8: July 7-11; 9 am-noon (pair with Meet the Museum (B) to make a full day)

(B) Ages 9-12: July 14-18; 9 am-noon (pair with Art Safari (B) to make a full day)

Instructor (A): Julie Ryan (B): Therese Straseski


On the Subject
The subject of an artwork is what the artist is showing us. In this camp we’ll learn about some of the most popular subjects throughout art history by visiting the galleries to find still lifes, figures, portraits, narratives, and landscapes. In the studio, we’ll create artworks that tell amazing stories, show views of
faraway lands, and pictures of very special people.

(A) Ages 9-12: July 21-25; 9 am-noon ( pair with Print Shop (B) to make a full day)

(B) Ages 6-8: July 21-25 1-4 pm (pair with Print Shop (A) to make a full day)

Instructor: Courtney Mimick


Print Shop
Printmaking is a hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves kind of art-making that allows you to replicate artistic images again and again. We will learn to print using a variety of techniques and create posters, greeting cards, book bags, and more.

(A) Ages 6-8: July 21-25; 9 am-noon (pair with On the Subject (B) to make a full day)

(B) Ages 9-12: July 21-25; 1-4 pm (pair with On the Subject (A) to make a full day)

Instructor: Therese Straseski


Art Exploration
Not all artists are confined to an easel in a studio. Many artists make their art while exploring the wilderness. Take a look at a special exhibtion of colorful views of Yellowstone for inspiration, then pack your bag and explore! Campers will document their journey in sketchbooks and field paintings created throughout the Museum, galleries, and gardens and use their studies to create finished masterpieces in the studio.

(A) Ages 9-12: July 28-Augsut 1; 1-4 pm (pair with Drawing: Beyond the Doodle (C) to make a full day)


(B) Ages 6-8: August 4-8; 1-4 pm (pair with Drawing: Beyond the Doodle (D) to make a full day)


Instructor: Gabrielle Ganies-Liwaru

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Joslyn Members: $40 per camp; General Public: $50 per camp

Snacks provided. Campers attending a full-day camp, or pairing morning and afternoon camps in the same week, should bring a lunch and drink and join the supervised Lunch Bunch, from noon-1 pm.


Draw!
Monday, June 31; 9 am-4 pm

Draw the day away! Campers will learn technical skills, play drawing games, and create artworks using sharpie, pastels, and charcoal.

Instructor: Carey Hernandez


Paint!
Tuesday, July 1; 9 am-4 pm

Learn how to mix paint, create colors and tones, and how to use a palette knife, as you complete a finished painting on canvas.

Instructor: Therese Straseski


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Print!
Wednesday, July 2; 9 am-4 pm

Kids will make print after print when they create art trading cards, make a book to collect them in, and learn other simple printmaking methods to use at home.

Instructor: Carey Hernandez


Sculpt!
Thursday, July 3; 9 am-4 pm

Explore sculpture in Joslyn’s gardens and galleries before putting your hands to work to build 3-D art from found and reclaimed objects.

Instructor: Therese Straseski



Create on Campus!

Teen camps are held at Creighton University's Lied Education Center for the Arts (2500 California Plz., just up the street from Joslyn) and will give you a taste of the college studio experience. Each camp includes a visit to Joslyn’s galleries.

Optional Wednesday Lunch & Stroll: Bring a sack lunch, or money to buy lunch at Java Jay, on Wednesdays at 11:30 am. We’ll chat about how you might pursue art after high school – during college or in a career - and take a walk around campus.


Wheel-Thrown Ceramics
June 9-13 and 16-20; 1-4 pm
Joslyn Members: $170 General Public: $200

Learn to manipulate clay on the potter’s wheel and create functional wares. This two-week camp will allow you to take your time as you learn each step of making a pot with guidance and encouragement from your instructors.

Instructor: Andy Smith and Kathryn Schroder

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Drawing
June 23-27, 1-4 pm


Strengthen your drawing skills! Through model studies and observational exercises this camp will teach you to accurately render proportion, perspective, mass, and value, using media including pencil, charcoal, and pen and ink.

Instructor: Rachel Mindrup


Sculpture
July 7-11, 1-4 pm

Joslyn Members: $85; General Public: $100

Learn the fundamentals of sculpture and challenge yourself to use found and reclaimed objects to create a work of art with balance and interest.

Instructor: Pamela Hinson



Oil Painting
July 14-18, 1-4 pm
Joslyn Member: $85, General Public: $100

This camp will teach the basics of oil painting. Learn to use a brush, palette knife, and layers of color to create accurate painting studies. Camp meets at Creighton University’s painting studio.

Instructor: Rachel Mindrup

DIY Screen Printing
July 21-25, 1-4 pm


Learn simple screen printing methods you can do at home in the garage to produce t-shirts, posters, and more.

Instructor: Joshua Norton


Printing with a Press
July 28-Augsut 1, 1-4 pm


This camp will focus on making images with the printing press. You will learn to incise lines onto a printing plate in order to create a dry point edition, create one-of-a-kind monoprints, and experiment with combining the two techniques.

Instructor: Maranda Albritten


Alternative Art
August 4-8, 1-4 pm


Sticker design, zine publication, and skate decks are ways to take art out of the gallery and into the real world. This camp will apply art-making techniques and principles to outlets that reach people beyond the traditional art audience.

Instructor: Kim Reid Kuhn