What are Joslyn Summer Camps?
Spend the summer making art! Campers will get inspiration from artworks in the galleries and gardens to create works of their own in the studios.

Camps are offered all summer long for ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 and teens!

Options for full- or half-days are available; snack provided. Full-day campers are asked to bring a sack lunch for a supervised Lunch Bunch.

Click here for a pdf calendar of youth camps.



Four-day Camps (Monday-Thursday)
Joslyn Members: $59.50 per camp; General Public: $70 per camp

How Do Dinosaurs Make Art?
July 23-26; 9-11:30 am
An exhibition featuring illustrations by Mark Teague of dinosaurs going to school and getting ready for bed will encourage us to ask, “How do dinosaurs make art?” We’ll think like dinosaurs as we create dino-portraits, prehistoric landscapes, and other Mesozoic artworks.
Instructor: Ariel Shearer





Half-day Camps (Monday-Friday)

Joslyn Members: $85 per camp; General Public: $100 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

Meet the Museum
(B) Ages 6-8: July 16-20 1; 1-4 pm
(pair with Draw like an Artist (C) to make a full day)
Go behind-the-scenes for an introduction to some of our favorite artworks and some of the people who work to make Joslyn special. We’ll visit the galleries to see the greatest hits of the collection and make paintings, sculptures, and prints in the studio. Special guests will stop by to tell us about their jobs in the Museum and we’ll take a peak into areas off limits to visitors.
Instructor: Julie Ryan





Artsy Animals
(A) Ages 6-8: July 23-27; 1-4 pm
(no pairing camp this week)
Roam the galleries to find paintings that purr and sculptures that bite. We’ll look to see how artists use texture, pattern, and shape to make lifelike animal artworks. After our adventures through the Museum we will make sculptures, paintings, and prints of animals.
Instructor: Josh Brown

Registration for this camp is currently full, please click here to add your name and phone number to a wait list.



Painting Possibilities
(C) Ages 6-8: July 30-August 3; 9 am-noon
(pair with Princely Portraits (B) to make a full day)
Camper will investigate the many ways artists use different brushstrokes to express themselves. We’ll explore painting styles in the galleries and experiment with color mixing and various tools and techniques in the studio to create finished paintings of our own.

Registration for this camp is currently full, please click here to add your name and phone number to a wait list.


Princely Portraits
(B) Ages 6-8: July 30-August 3; 1-4 pm
(pair with Painting Possibilities (D) to make a full day)
Draw and paint people after gaining inspiration from royal portraits in an exhibition of British art. Students will learn the rules of facial structure to accurately capture a person’s likeness, practice figurative proportion to draw regal poses, and adorn their subjects with attributes to elevate their nobility.
Instructor: Therese Straseski





Half-day Camps (Monday-Friday)
Joslyn Members: $85 per camp; General Public: $100 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
Meet the Museum
(A) Ages 9-12: July 16-20; 9 am-noon
(pair with Sculpture Study (B) to make a full day)
Go behind-the-scenes for an introduction to some of our favorite artworks and some of the people who work to make Joslyn special. We’ll visit the galleries to see the greatest hits of the collection and make paintings, sculptures, and prints in the studio. Special guests will stop by to tell us about their jobs in the Museum and we’ll take a peak into areas off limits to visitors.
Instructor: Julie Ryan





Sculpture Study
(B) Ages 9-12: July 16-20: 1-4 pm
(pair with Meet the Museum (A) to make a full day)
Sculptors create three-dimensional artworks using all sorts of materials and methods. Campers will see sculptures in the galleries made from clay, wood, glass, wire, and metal to understand how each artist created a carefully balanced standing structure. In the studio we’ll combine, build, and carve to create sculptures of our own.
Instructor: CaSandra Johnson

Registration for this camp is currently full, please click here to add your name and phone number to a wait list.


Draw Like an Artist
(D) Ages 9-12: July 23-27; 9am-noon
(pair with Princely Portraits (A) to make a full day)
Take your pencil beyond the doodle and start to draw like an artist! Experience a series of artists’ exercises to train your hand to draw what you see and create finished drawings using a variety of tools such as pencil, charcoal, pastels, and more.
Instructor: Megan McLeay

Registration for this camp is currently full, please click here to add your name and phone number to a wait list.


Princely Portraits
(A) Ages 9-12: July 23-27; 1-4 pm
(pair with Draw Like an Artist (D) to make a full day)
Draw and paint people after gaining inspiration from royal portraits in an exhibition of British art. Students will learn the rules of facial structure to accurately capture a person’s likeness, practice figurative proportion to draw regal poses, and adorn their subjects with attributes to elevate their nobility.
Instructor: Therese Straseski

Registration for this camp is currently full, please click here to add your name and phone number to a wait list.


 
Artsy Animals
(B) Ages 9-12: July 30-August 3; 9 am-noon
(pair with Painting Possibilities (D) to make a full day)
Roam the galleries to find paintings that purr and sculptures that bite. We’ll look to see how artists use texture, pattern, and shape to make lifelike animal artworks. After our adventures through the Museum we will make sculptures, paintings, and prints of animals.
Instructor: Josh Brown

 


Painting Possibilities
(D) Ages 9-12: July 30-August 3; 1-4 pm
(pair with Artsy Animals (B) to make a full day)
Camper will investigate the many ways artists use different brushstrokes to express themselves. We’ll explore painting styles in the galleries and experiment with color mixing and various tools and techniques in the studio to create finished paintings of our own.
Instructor: CaSandra Johnson

Registration for this camp is currently full, please click here to add your name and phone number to a wait list.



Half-day Camps (Monday-Friday)

Joslyn Members: $102 per camp; General Public: $120 per camp (except Ceramics)

Teen camps are held at The Union for Contemporary Art (2423 N 24th St, just up the street from Joslyn) or Creighton University's Lied Education Center for the Arts (2500 California Plz) to provide you with a taste of the college life and a fully equipped co-op experience. Snacks provided.

Oil Painting at CU
Teen camp: July 16-20; 9:30 am-12:30 pm
This camp will teach the basics of oil painting. Learn to use a brush, palette knife, and layers of color to create observational painting studies.
Instructor: Rachel Mindrup

Registration for this camp is currently full, please click here to add your name and phone number to a wait list.


Two-Week Camp
Ceramics at the Union
Teen camp: July 23-27 & July 30-August 3; 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $204; General Public: $240
Learn hand-building and wheel-thrown ceramic techniques. This two-week camp will allow you to take your time as you learn from each step of making wheel-thrown pots and hand-built objects with guidance and encouragement from your instructor.
Instructor: Jesse Ross