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.

Members remember! All Joslyn Family level members receive a 15% discount on camps and classes, AND free or discounted admission to education programming such as Art Adventures and Stroller Tours! Don’t miss out on savings and reserve your spot today—Click here to Join NOW!

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Joslyn’s refund policy is as follows: 50% refund for cancellations made up to two weeks prior to the class start date; no refunds for cancellations made less than two weeks before a class begins.


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Half-day Camps (Monday-Friday)
Joslyn Members: $85; General Public: $100

Art Smart, ages 4-5
Monday-Friday: June 8-12; 9 am-noon
Young artists will get “art smart” in this class that will introduce the art elements, vocabulary, and a variety of art media. We’ll visit artworks in the gallery and fill our brains with ideas before creating paintings, sculptures, and prints in the studio.
Instructor: Carey Hernandez



Color Quest, ages 4-5
Monday-Friday: June 22-26; 9 am-noon
Campers will set off throughout the Museum on a colorful adventure as we look at the different ways artists use color to make art. In the studio we’ll make prints and paintings while learning to mix paint, create patterns, and express ourselves using color.
Instructor: Ariel Shearer



Joslyn Who’s Who, ages 4-5
Monday-Friday: July 6-10; 9 am-noon
This camp will introduce little ones to some of Joslyn’s most well-known artists. We’ll visit the galleries to meet Claude Monet, Kehinde Wiley, Helen Frankenthaler, and others. In the studio we’ll investigate each artist’s style while making artworks of our own.
Instructor: Julie Ryan



Small-Fry Sculpture, ages 4-5
Monday-Friday: July 20-24; 9 am-noon
Sculptures in the galleries will show campers how artists create art in 3D. We’ll investigate lots of different materials, tools, and techniques to model, build, and assemble sculptures in the studio.
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 (A)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: June 1-5; 9 am-noon
Pair with Getting Abstract (A)
Get to know some of Joslyn’s favorite artworks and artists and go behind the scenes to meet the people who work hard to make the Museum 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 each day to tell us about their jobs in the Museum and give us a a peek into areas off limits to most visitors.
Instructor: Carey Hernandez



Getting Abstract (A)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: June 1-5; 1-4 pm
Pair with Meet the Museum (A)
Abstract artists can show us everyday subjects in new or even confusing ways. These artists know how to use shape, color, line, or pattern to transform their subjects into puzzles that we put together with our eyes and brain. In this camp we’ll learn to get abstract as we make artworks inspired by visits to the galleries.
Instructor: Amanda DeFazio



Drawing: Keeping it Real (B)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: June 8-12; 1-4 pm
No pairing this week
Learn to draw for real in this camp that will teach you to use techniques and tools artists need to accurately draw what they see. We’ll train our hands and eyes with a series of artists’ exercises and then create realistic drawings using pencil, charcoal, pastels, and more.
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart



Art with Style (A)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: June 15-19; 9 am-noon
Pair with Go Figure! (B)
Great artists have great style! We’ll get to know some of the art world’s most stylish art styles while visiting the galleries. In the studio we’ll create artworks of our own inspired by styles like Cubism, Impressionism, Regionalism, and Abstract Expressionism.
Instructor: Amanda DeFazio



Go Figure! (B)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: June 15-19; 1-4 pm
Pair with Painting Possibilities (A)
Figurative artworks show us the beauty, movement, and complexity of the human body. A person’s clothing, body language, and attributes in an artwork can tell interesting stories. Campers will create drawings, sculptures, and paintings of people. They’ll learn about figurative proportion, movement, narrative, and expression, and become familiar with a variety of art making tools.
Instructor: Stephanie Carlson-Pruch



Painting Possibilities (B)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: June 22-26; 1-4 pm
No pairing this week
In this camp we will investigate the many ways artists in the galleries use paint to express themselves and the world around us. We’ll learn to control color on our canvas, paint on an easel, drip paint from above, and explore different painting tools to discover countless painting possibilities.
Instructor: CaSandra Johnson




MINI CAMPS - AGES 6-8
Day Camps: 9 am-4 pm
Joslyn Members: $42.50 per camp; General Public: $50 per camp
Campers should bring a lunch and drink. Snacks provided.
Draw! Ages 6-8
Monday, June 29; 9 am-4 pm
Draw the day away! Learn technical skills, play drawing games, and create artworks using Sharpie, pastels, and charcoal.
Instructor: Julie Ryan

Registration for this class is currently closed. Click here to add your name and phone number to our waitlist.
Print! Ages 6-8
Tuesday, June 30; 9 am-4 pm
Kids will learn simple printmaking methods to make posters, trading cards, and more.
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart
Mix it Up! Ages 6-8
Wednesday, July 1; 9 am-4 pm
Combine drawing, painting, and sculpture to create mixed media artworks.
Instructor: Julie Ryan (ages 6-8)

Registration for this class is currently closed. Click here to add your name and phone number to our waitlist.
Sculpt! Ages 6-8
Thursday, July 2; 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: Jaim Hackbart

Registration for this class is currently closed. Click here to add your name and phone number to our waitlist.
Paint! ages 6-8
Friday, July 3; 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: Julie Ryan




Artsy Animals (A)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: July 6-10; 1-4 pm
No pairing this week
Roam the galleries to find paintings that purr and sculptures that leap and bound. We’ll look to see how artists use texture, pattern and shape to make life-like animal artworks. After our safari through the Museum we’ll return to the studio make sculptures, paintings, and prints of animals.
Instructor: CaSandra Johnson




Sculptors Sculpt Sculptures (B)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: July 13-17; 9 am-noon
Pair with Sketch to Finish (A)
Campers will explore the galleries and gardens to see how sculptors throughout history have created art in 3D using all sorts of materials and methods. Works by Augustus Rodin, one of the world’s most well-known sculptors, will help us learn to model people in clay and create cast replicas of our hands.
Instructor: Carey Hernandez




From Sketch to Finish (B)
(B) Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: July 13-17; 1-4 pm
Pair with Sculptors Sculpt Sculptures (B)
Ideas can seem to come out of nowhere, and a sketch book is a special place to capture, nurture, and develop them. This camp will teach young artists the creative process from sketch to finish. We’ll learn sketch book exercises to train our brains to think like artists and cook up ideas, then transform our ideas as we take them through the journey of the creative process to create finished works of art.
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart




Drawing: Keeping it Real (D)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: July 20-24; 1-4 pm
No pairing this week
Learn to draw for real in this camp that will teach you to use techniques and tools artists need to accurately draw what they see. We’ll train our hands and eyes with a series of artists’ exercises and then create realistic drawings using pencil, charcoal, pastels, and more.
Instructor: Stephanie Carlson-Pruch




Express to Impress (A)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: July 27-31; 9 am-noon
Pair with Mixed & Mashed (B)
Great art can make us feel powerful emotions or can be an expression of emotions felt by the artist. This camp will explore the different ways artists express feelings and ideas using color, line, subjects, and symbols. In the studio we’ll explore feelings of rage, peace, silliness, sadness, as we make paintings, prints, and sculptures full of emotion and mood.
Instructor: CaSandra Johnson




Mixed & Mashed (B)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: July 27-31; 1-4 pm
Pair with Express to Impress (A)
Mix together a little painting with some sculpture, mash in some printmaking and drawing, and you’ve stirred up a mixed-media work of art. This camp will look to artists in the gallery to see how we can find just the right blend of artmaking techniques, materials, and ideas to conjure up our very own mixed-media masterpieces.
Instructor: Amanda DeFazio




Art Tricks, Tools, & Shortcuts (B)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: August 3-7; 9 am-noon
Pair with Painting Possibilities (D)
Lots of artists use tools, tricks, and shortcuts to help bring their ideas to life! In this camp we’ll learn some of the tricks of the trade to create optical illusions and other mind-bending visual effects. We’ll practice with secret tools used by artists to create images quickly and accurately, then put our bag of tricks to use to create finished artworks of our own.
Instructor: Therese Straseski




Painting Possibilities (D)
Ages 6-8: Monday-Friday: August 3-7; 1-4 pm
Pair with Art Tricks, Tools, & Shortcuts (B)
In this camp we will investigate the many ways artists in the galleries use paint to express themselves and the world around us. We’ll learn to control color on our canvas, paint on an easel, drip paint from above, and explore different painting tools to discover countless painting possibilities.
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart






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


Drawing: Keeping It Real (A)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: June 1-5; 9 am-noon
Pair with Meet the Museum (B)
Learn to draw for real in this camp that will teach you to use techniques and tools artists need to accurately draw what they see. We’ll train our hands and eyes with a series of artists’ exercises and then create realistic drawings using pencil, charcoal, pastels, and more.
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart




Meet the Museum (B)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: June 1-5; 1-4 pm

Pair with Drawing: Keeping it Real (A)
Get to know some of Joslyn’s favorite artworks and artists and go behind the scenes to meet the people who work hard to make the Museum 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 each day to tell us about their jobs in the Museum and give us a a peek into areas off limits to most visitors.
Instructor: Carey Hernandez




SPECIAL CAMP
The Art of Theater Design (A)
(A) Ages 9-14: Monday-Friday: June 8-12; 9 am-4 pm
Joslyn Members: $200.00; General Public: $215
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.
Instructor: Therese Straseski



Go Figure! (A)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: June 15-19; 9 am-noon
Pair with Painting Possibilities (A)
Figurative artworks show us the beauty, movement, and complexity of the human body. A person’s clothing, body language, and attributes in an artwork can tell interesting stories. Campers will create drawings, sculptures, and paintings of people. They’ll learn about figurative proportion, movement, narrative, and expression, and become familiar with a variety of artmaking tools.
Instructor: Stephanie Carlson-Pruch




Painting Possibilities (A)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: June 15-19; 1-4 pm

Pair with Go Figure! (A)
In this camp we will investigate the many ways artists in the galleries use paint to express themselves and the world around us. We’ll learn to control color on our canvas, paint on an easel, drip paint from above, and explore different painting tools to discover countless painting possibilities.
Instructor: CaSandra Johnson




SPECIAL CAMP
The Art of Theater Design (B)
(B) Ages 9-14: Monday-Friday: June 22-26; 9 am-4 pm
Joslyn Members: $200.00; General Public: $215
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.
Instructor: Therese Straseski



Mini Camps, Ages 9-12
Day Camps: 9 am-4 pm
Joslyn Members: $42.50 per camp; General Public: $50 per camp
Campers should bring a lunch and drink. Snacks provided.

Draw! Ages 9-12
Monday, June 29; 9 am-4 pm
Draw the day away! Learn technical skills, play drawing games, and create artworks using Sharpie, pastels, and charcoal.
Instructor: Ariel Shearer
Print! Ages 9-12
Tuesday, June 30; 9 am-4 pm
Kids will learn simple printmaking methods to make posters, trading cards, and more.
Instructor: Amanda DeFazio
Mix it Up! Ages 9-12
Wednesday, July 1; 9 am-4 pm
Combine drawing, painting, and sculpture to create mixed media artworks.
Instructor: Therese Straseski
Sculpt! Ages 9-12
Thursday, July 2; 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: Amanda DeFazio

Paint! Ages 9-12
Friday, July 3; 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: Carey Hernandez



Sculptors Sculpt Sculptures (A)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: July 6-10; 9 am-noon
Pair with Sketch to Finish (A)
Campers will explore the galleries and gardens to see how sculptors throughout history have created art in 3D using all sorts of materials and methods. Works by Augustus Rodin, one of the world’s most well-known sculptors, will help us learn to model people in clay and create cast replicas of our hands.
Instructor: Carey Hernandez




From Sketch to Finish (A)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: July 6-10; 1-4 pm
Pair with Sculptors Sculpt Sculptures (A)
Ideas can seem to come out of nowhere, and a sketch book is a special place to capture, nurture, and develop them. This camp will teach young artists the creative process from sketch to finish. We’ll learn sketch book exercises to train our brains to think like artists and cook up ideas, then transform our ideas as we take them through the journey of the creative process to create finished works of art.
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart




Art Tricks, Tools, & Shortcuts (A)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: July 13-17; 9 am-noon
Pair with Art with Style (B)
Lots of artists use tools, tricks, and shortcuts to help bring their ideas to life! In this camp we’ll learn some of the tricks of the trade to create optical illusions and other mind-bending visual effects. We’ll practice with secret tools used by artists to create images quickly and accurately, then put our bag of tricks to use to create finished artworks of our own.
Instructor: Therese Straseski




Art with Style (B)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: July 13-17; 1-4 pm
Pair with Art Tricks, Tools, & Shortcuts (A)
Great artists have great style! We’ll get to know some of the art world’s most stylish art styles while visiting the galleries. In the studio we’ll create artworks of our own inspired by styles like Cubism, Impressionism, Regionalism, and Abstract Expressionism.
Instructor: Amanda DeFazio




Drawing: Keeping it Real (C)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: July 20-24; 9 am-noon
Pair with Painting Possibilities (C)
Learn to draw for real in this camp that will teach you to use techniques and tools artists need to accurately draw what they see. We’ll train our hands and eyes with a series of artists’ exercises and then create realistic drawings using pencil, charcoal, pastels, and more.
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart (A & B); Stephanie Carlson-Pruch (C & D)




Painting Possibilities (C)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: July 20-24; 1-4 pm
Pair with Drawing: Keeping it Real (C)
In this camp we will investigate the many ways artists in the galleries use paint to express themselves and the world around us. We’ll learn to control color on our canvas, paint on an easel, drip paint from above, and explore different painting tools to discover countless painting possibilities.
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart




Mixed & Mashed (A)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: July 27-31; 9am-noon
Pair with Express to Impress (B)
Mix together a little painting with some sculpture, mash in some printmaking and drawing, and you’ve stirred up a mixed-media work of art. This camp will look to artists in the gallery to see how we can find just the right blend of artmaking techniques, materials, and ideas to conjure up our very own mixed-media masterpieces.
Instructor: Amanda DeFazio




Express to Impress (B)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: July 27-31; 1-4 pm
Pair with Mixed & Mashed (A)
Great art can make us feel powerful emotions or can be an expression of emotions felt by the artist. This camp will explore the different ways artists express feelings and ideas using color, line, subjects, and symbols. In the studio we’ll explore feelings of rage, peace, silliness, sadness, as we make paintings, prints, and sculptures full of emotion and mood.
Instructor: CaSandra Johnson



Getting Abstract (B)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: August 3-7; 9 am-noon
Pair with Artsy Animals (B)
Abstract artists can show us everyday subjects in new or even confusing ways. These artists know how to use shape, color, line, or pattern to transform their subjects into puzzles that we put together with our eyes and brain. In this camp we’ll learn to get abstract as we make artworks inspired by visits to the galleries.
Instructor: Amanda DeFazio




Artsy Animals (B)
Ages 9-12: Monday-Friday: August 3-7; 1-4 pm
Pair with Getting Abstract (B)
Roam the galleries to find paintings that purr and sculptures that leap and bound. We’ll look to see how artists use texture, pattern and shape to make life-like animal artworks. After our safari through the Museum we’ll return to the studio make sculptures, paintings, and prints of animals.
Instructor: CaSandra Johnson




Half-day Camps (Monday-Friday)
Ages 13-18
Joslyn Members: $102 per camp; General Public: $120 per camp
Teen camps are held at The Union for Contemporary Art (2423 N, 24th St.) or Creighton University's Lied Education Center for the Arts (2500 California Plz.) to provide you a fully equipped co-op studio experience and a taste of the college life. Snack provided.


Drawing @ CU
Ages 13-18: June 8-12; 9:30 am-12:30 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: Camille Hawbaker Voorhees



Oil Painting @ CU
Ages 13-18: June 15-19; 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: Laura Nothern



Alternative Art @ The Union
Ages 13-18: July 13-17; 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Learn to take your art out of the gallery and into the real world. Create screen prints, stickers, buttons, zines and other alternative artworks that reach beyond a traditional museum audience.
Instructors: Daphne Calhoun & Andrea Kszystyniak



TWO-WEEK CAMP
Ceramics @ The Union
Ages 13-18: July 20-24 & 27-31; 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Glaze Session: Saturday, August 1; noon-2 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 each step of making wheel-thrown pots and hand-built objects with guidance and encouragement from your instructor.
Instructor: Sarah Jones