Joslyn Art Museum’s 2020 Virtual Art Camps

General Public: $50 per week; Supply Kit: $18 per week
Joslyn Members: $42.50 per week; Supply Kit: $15.30 per week
No camp or supply kit refunds.

Campers will meet daily - via Zoom - from the comfort of home, to explore themes inspired by works from Joslyn’s galleries. Museum studio staff will guide students through art-making challenges and projects ideas related to the weekly camp themes. These 75-minute studio classes will provide students with techniques, tools, and vocabulary that can be utilized for continued, independent learning all summer long. Students are encouraged to work independently while in camp, but adults are asked to remain available to provide art-making or technological assistance.

Follow the links within the camp descriptions below to register today! 

Camp Technical Requirements

Participants will need a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone, and speakers. Connection is via Zoom, a web-based cloud platform. A test connection prior to each scheduled lesson is encouraged. An email with special instructions specific to each camp will be sent one week prior to each camp start date. The email will include a Zoom invitation that allows registered students to log-on and join the camp.

Workspace and Supplies

Camp supply kits are available for purchase through Joslyn and will accommodate all artmaking planned for the week. Purchased supply kits may be picked up from Joslyn between 8:30 am-3 pm the Wednesday and Thursday prior to each camp. (Delivery is not an option.) A material list for each camp will be provided for those who prefer to gather their own supplies. Each student must have all of the supplies listed for each camp to have a successful experience

If possible, students should choose a designated workspace that can be utilized as a “studio” for the week. Please consider each camp’s materials and plan ahead to accommodate any mess. Finding a dedicated space will allow students the flexibility and independence to “work in the studio” as inspiration occurs.

Art Class Scholarships
Thanks to a special fund established by Mrs. Louise Wickstrum, and the family of David S. and Bella Block, financial assistance may be available for class enrollment. If a child’s or adult’s participation is dependent upon financial aid, please call (402) 661-3846. All requests will be held in confidence.

Click here to submit a scholarship application online.

Drawing Together  - VIRTUAL CAMP -
Monday-Friday: June 1-5

Ages 6-8: 9-10:15 am; THIS CAMP IS CURRENTLY FULL
Ages 9-12: 11 am-12:15 pm; THIS CAMP IS CURRENTLY FULL
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Ages 6-8, 1-2:15 pm THIS CAMP IS CURRENTLY FULL
Ages 9-12, 3-4:15 pm THIS CAMP IS CURRENTLY FULL
Zoom in to drawing as we learn new skills inspired by the lines, shapes, and values found in Joslyn’s galleries. We’ll virtually investigate artworks and experiment with new techniques and materials as we learn about looking! Campers will practice with daily sketchbook challenges and build finished drawings by combining techniques throughout the week.

Drawing Together Supply Kit:
  • Pencils 4H, HM, 6B
  • Kneaded eraser
  • White plastic or polymer eraser
  • Charcoal (compressed)
  • White compressed charcoal
  • Willow or vine charcoal
  • White charcoal pencil
  • Scissors
  • Drawing paper: 18” x 24”, one sheet
  • Drawing paper: 9” x 12”, two sheets
  • Grey toned paper: 9” x 12”, four sheets
  • Sketch book

Supplies from home: soft cloth, paper towel

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Registration for Drawing Together, Ages 6-8, 9:00-10:15 AM is currently closed.

Registration for Drawing Together, Ages 9-12, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM is currently closed.

Registration for Drawing Together, Ages 6-8, 1:00 PM-2:15PM is currently closed.

Registration for Drawing Together, Ages 9-12, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM is currently closed.


Painting with the Greats  - VIRTUAL CAMP -
Monday-Friday: June 8-12
Ages 6-8: 9-10:15 am; THIS CAMP IS CURRENTLY FULL
Ages 9-12: 11 am-12:15 pm
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Ages 6-8: 1-2:15 pm *Due to high demand*
Learn acrylic painting techniques with guidance from artists in the galleries. We’ll learn to tint and tone, mix color, experiment with brushstroke, stencils, and masking while looking to great artists like Helen Frankenthaler, Andy Warhol, and Frank Stella to show us how it’s done.

Painting with the Greats Supply Kit:

  • 2" chip brush
  • Large round brush
  • Small round brush
  • Watercolor paper; 9” x 12”, five sheets
  • One Stretched canvas; 12” x 12”
  • Acrylic paint: 4 oz. tubes; white, black, magenta, yellow, blue
  • Palette paper, 10 sheets
  • Tagboard or thin cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Stickers for masking (or masking tape)
  • Butcher paper: 4’ (or drop cloth)
  • Cloth rag
  • Sketch book

Supplies from home: water cup, paper towels, paper plates

Registration for Painting with the Greats, Ages 6-8; 9-10:15 AM is currently full.

Mixed Media: Layers of Meaning  - VIRTUAL CAMP -
Monday-Friday: June 15-19
Ages 6-8: 9-10:15 am
Ages 9-12: 11 am-12:15 pm
Learn to combine drawing, printmaking, and painting methods to create an artwork with layers of personal meaning. We’ll look to Horse Sense (For Advice and Council) by Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and learn to tell a personal narrative with images and symbols.

Mixed Media: Layers of Meaning Supply Kit:

  • Oil pastels
  • Tagboard or thin cardboard
  • Styrofoam insulation; one 4” x 4” square
  • Adhesive craft foam; one sheet
  • Scissors
  • Watercolor paper: 4.5” x 6”, five sheets
  • Watercolor paper: 9” x 12”, two sheets
  • Acrylic paint: 2 oz. tubes; white, black
  • Watercolor set
  • 1” flat paint brush
  • Large round paint brush
  • Newsprint paper
  • Sketch book

Supplies from home: newsprint, sketch paper, old magazines, lids, pencil, water cup, paper towels




Creative Reclaim  - VIRTUAL CAMP -
Monday-Friday: June 22-26

Ages 6-8: 9-10:15 am
Ages 9-12: 11 am-12:15 pm; THIS CAMP IS CURRENTLY FULL
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Ages 9-12, 3-4:15 pm *Due to high demand*
Go on a scavenger hunt throughout your home for found materials and create a mixed media painting on a reclaimed surface like artist Purvis Young. We’ll dig up bits and pieces from the junk drawer and recycling bin to build up a surface and use everyday objects as painting tools to create a finished masterpiece with personal meaning.

Creative Reclaim Supply Kit:

  • Acrylic paint: 4 oz. tubes; white, black, magenta, yellow, blue
  • Two inch chip brush
  • Large round paint brush
  • Small round paint brush
  • Palette paper: three sheets
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Oil pastels
  • Cloth rag
  • Butcher paper: 4”’(or drop cloth)
  • Sketch book

Supplies from home: Reclaimed or recycled items (we will discuss what to look for in our instruction), water cup, paper towels

Registration for Creative Reclaim, Ages 9-12; 11 am-12:15 pm is currently full.




Explore the Museum’s collection online and sketch your favorite Joslyn artwork.

Submit your finished drawing by printing and mailing the 2020 Summer Camp T-Shirt Sketch Sheet to Joslyn Art Museum, Attn: Camp T-Shirt 2200 Dodge St. Omaha NE, 68102. OR, take a picture of your drawing and send it via direct message to our Facebook page along with your name, age, and title of the artwork you have selected.


Joslyn On-Site Art Camps

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 for on-site camps made up to two weeks prior to the camp start date; no refunds for cancellations made less than two weeks before a camp begins or for camps taking place online.



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

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





On-Site 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


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


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






On-Site 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


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

This event has been cancelled. Click here for information.


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

This event has been cancelled. Click here for information.


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