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The Pearl is excited to announce its 2024 Summer Art Camps!

Summer Art Camps will be held each week from June 3 through August 2. Camps offer a variety of themes in all-day or half-day formats, for ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 12.

Each day at Summer Art Camp, children will spend time in the galleries of the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts. This summer, the Pearl is excited to present a brand new exhibition, “The Toy Canvas: Artists at Play.” Surrounded by the magic of play and the infinite possibilities of our imagination, campers
will be inspired to head back to their studio classrooms and create their own works of art.

Campers explore new mediums, techniques, and principles of art through hands-on visual art lessons, outdoor activities, and special instruction from guest artists. Through it all, they learn the principles of art, artistic processes, art history and more.

Treat your child, grandchild, or friend to a gift of art!

Summer Art Camps for 5-8 year olds:

Mini Masters Summer Art Camp

June 3rd-June 7th
Travel back in time through art history to learn about famous artists and their work. Each day we will learn about a new master artist and use their unique techniques to create our own work. 

Creatures Summer Art Camp

June 10th-June 14th
Back by popular demand, unlock your creativity during Creatures week. This week will thematically explore how to create art inspired by dragons, sea monsters, serpents, griffins and other mythical creatures. Students will learn to illustrate their own creatures using traditional mediums like graphite, charcoal, colored pencil and marker. 

Play with Puppetry Summer Art Camp

June 17th-June 21st
Combine performance and creating in our Puppetry camp! Students will create different types of puppets including hand, finger, and marionettes throughout the week. We will learn about famous puppeteers like Jim Henson and iconic puppet characters from pop culture! Students will end the week with a performance using the puppets they created.

Toys in Art

June 24th-June 28th
Create art inspired by our current toy exhibition, The Toy Canvas! Students will tour the museum and learn about the different processes each artist makes when creating their work of art. Then, students will apply this into their own toy creations in the form of assemblages, toy drawings, needle felting, and more.

Art of the Ancients

July 8th-July 12th
Learn where art and archeology intersect! Create artwork inspired by ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. Students will work in both 2D and 3D mediums creating Roman bust inspired portraits, Hieroglyphic prints, Greek vases and more!

Fantasy

July 15th-July 19th
Dive into the world of fantastic forests filled with mythical creatures, create gnome houses, draw fairies and construct magical works of art as we explore the genre of fantasy using mixed media. 

Comics & Character Design

July 22nd-July 26th
Students will focus on storyboarding, designing their own superheroes and learning about comic artists and illustrators. Guest professional illustrators will teach how to create a character reference sheet, how to create narratives for your character and how to accurately draw your ideas. Students will primarily work with drawing materials but also experiment creating a 3D character with modeling clay.

Express Yourself!

July 29th-August 2nd
This week is all about expression through line, color and shape! We are taking inspiration from Modern Artists to express ideas and thoughts through collage, abstract paintings, color washes, and more. Be prepared to get messy and let loose!

Summer Art Camps for 9-12 year olds:

Fashion Design and Illustration Summer Art Camp

June 3rd-June 7th
Want to learn how to turn your inspirations into clothing designs? During Fashion Design & Illustration week students will design and create their own garment. Students will learn how to create patterns and sew fabric. They will also learn specialty skills in jewelry making, embroidery and fashion sketching by guest teachers.

Creatures Summer Art Camp

June 10th-June 14th
Back by popular demand, unlock your creativity during Creatures week. This week will thematically explore how to create art inspired by dragons, sea monsters, serpents, griffins and other mythical creatures. Students will learn to illustrate their own creatures using traditional mediums like graphite, charcoal, colored pencil and marker. Ages 9-12 will learn introductory digital drawing tools and traditional animation techniques to bring their Creatures to life. 

Anime & Manga Summer Art Camp

June 17th-June 21st
Learn the art of Manga and Anime illustration and explore all of the different styles of drawing characters and backgrounds. From the expressions, hair, clothing, anatomy and more students will learn how narratives are expressed in this popular art style. Students will be working with a variety of traditional materials including graphite, colored pencil and copic markers.

Toys in Art

June 24th-June 28th
Create art inspired by our current toy exhibition, The Toy Canvas! Students will tour the museum and learn about the different processes each artist makes when creating their work of art. Then, students will apply this into their own toy creations in the form of assemblages, toy drawings, needle felting, animation, and more.

Sculpture

July 8th-July 12th
If you like working in 3D join our sculpture week. Students will learn different techniques in papier mache inspired by alebrijes (Mexican folk art). We will carve relief sculptures, create animal clay sculptures, make figurines, and more.

Fiber Art

July 15th-July 19th
Have fun with fiber! During Fiber Art week students will learn quilling, crochet, rug hooking, felting, latch hook, embroidery and more. Create your own textured threaded masterpieces!

Intro Traditional & Digital Design

July 22nd-26th
Do you like drawing and digital art and want to learn the best of both worlds? In this camp, students work with both traditional media and digital tools to learn design in various approaches. Learn how to create some of your favorite pop culture characters in both designs and learn how to create your own original characters too!

Lego Brick Club Summer Art Camp

July 29th-August 2nd
If you are an avid Lego builder and designer, then this camp is for you! Create Lego masterpieces with Tim Howell from the Lego Masters season four T.V. series and learn some of his techniques. Projects will range from miniature habitats, mosaics, freeform builds, and architectural designs.

Pearl Fincher summer camp kids showing off their crafts.
Pearl Fincher summer arts camp kids showing off their artwork.
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