Summer Art Camp

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The Tampa Museum of Art offers all-day or half-day art camps where campers can create, learn, and play in our newly constructed education center, in the galleries, and in the Curtis Hixon playground. Camps have different themes based on the Museum’s permanent collection of antiquities, modern & contemporary art, and exhibitions on view in our galleries.

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Camps run June 5-August 4

Registration for Art+ Members begins Monday, February 20, 2023 at 8a.

Are you new to Art+ Membership at the Tampa Museum of Art? Give us a call at 813-274-8130 to learn more about how to access your discount.

Registration for Not-Yet-Members begins on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 8a.

Daily Camp Schedule

8:00 am — 8:30 am: Morning drop-off

8:30 am — 12:30 pm: Morning Camp

12:30 pm — 1:00 pm: Lunch Break | Morning Camper Pick Ups & Afternoon Camper Drop Offs

1:00 pm — 5:00 pm: Afternoon Camp

5:00 pm — 5:30 pm: Afternoon pick-up

Campers will be provided with a snack during each camp.
All-day campers must bring a lunch from home. All campers are encouraged to bring a waterbottle.

Costs

One week camps

  • $175 per camp for Art+ Members
    (Household level membership or above only)
  • $220 per camp for Not-Yet-Members

Two week camps

  • $350 per camp for Art+ Members
    (Household level membership or above only)
  • $440 per camp for Not-Yet- Members
Late Pick Up Fees

Out of respect for the time of Summer Art Camp staff and volunteers, we implement a late pick-up fee to parents/guardians who arrive past the scheduled pick up time.

  • Fee after 5:30 pm: $20
  • Fee after 6:00 pm: $1 per minute
Cancellation Policy
  • 14 days + before the first day of your camp: 100% refund
  • 8–13 days before the first day of your camp: 50% refund
  • 7 days or less: No refund

All refunds will be charged a $15 administrative fee per camp.

Scholarships

Each year the Tampa Museum of Art provides scholarships to make Summer Art Camp a creative and enriching experience available to all children, regardless of economic backgrounds. Needs-based scholarships are available for a limited number of campers. Each scholarship includes a full day of camp.

Scholarship application deadline 1: March 7, 2023

Scholarship application deadline 2: April 1, 2023

Volunteer

Volunteer to assist with summer art camp and get volunteer hours at the Tampa Museum of Art! The Museum is currently seeking High School volunteers, aged 16 -17, to volunteer with Summer Art Camp. Summer Art Camp volunteers help make summer awesome for campers by helping with art making, preparing materials, and assisting with supervision in the galleries and on the playground!

Museum members with a Household Membership or higher benefit from early registration, a 20% discount on camps, and much more! Become a Museum member today by visiting the membership page or contacting us at 813.421.8370 or via email below.

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Ages 6-8

Weeks 1 & 2

Weeks 1 & 2: June 5-16
AM Camp: All About Clay
After an up-close look at sculptures from ancient Mediterranean worlds, learn about all the things you can make out of clay including decorated plates, vases, cups, and figurines.

Week 1: June 5-9
PM Camp: Creature Creators
Take a close look at the animals in both ancient and contemporary art through our galleries, then make your own fantastic beasts. What creatures will you create?

Week 2: June 5-9
PM Camp: Nature Around Us
Get inspired to unleash your creativity by observing both the nature around the museum and the different ways artists have shown the natural world in their art. Go for walks around the museum grounds and scenic Riverwalk area. Discover mixed media art making with a variety of materials and techniques

Week 3: June 19-23

AM Camp: Incog-neat-o
Make creative costumes, masks, accessories, and gadgets based on your favorite characters or ones that you make up.

PM Camp: Art in 3D
Build, mold, and sculpt three-dimensional works of art inspired by the Museum’s galleries.

Week 4: June 26-30

AM Camp: Expanded Photography
In Expanded Photography students will explore a variety of ways to make art that start with photos and go from there. Potential projects include mixed media processes such as drawing or otherwise altering printed photos, digital manipulation and other experimental approaches to photography.

PM Camp: Sculpture: Ancient and Contemporary
Create sculptures inspired by different kinds of sculpture on view, from small animals in the antiquities collection to monumental large-scale abstract sculpture hanging in the lobby.  

Week 6: July 17-21

AM Camp:  Myths & Stories
Legendary journeys embody gods, goddesses, and heroes in our galleries. What myths and stories will you create for your characters in your very own comic book?  

PM Camp: Fun with Flags
Get inspired by the Haitian Flags exhibit and the work in Time for Change. Create your own banners, symbols, and stories.

Week 7: July 24-28

AM Camp: Painting: Animals & Abstract
Make painting projects inspired by all of the paintings you’ll see at the Museum, including paintings of ancient creatures in the antiquities collection, Purvis Young, and abstract paintings from Prelude: An Introduction to the Permanent Collection.

PM Camp: Upcycled Art
Use recycled and repurposed materials to make works of art inspired by current exhibitions at the Museum. Create unique works of art while helping to preserve the environment and using everyday materials you could find at home.  

Ages 9-11

Week 1: June 5-9

AM Camp: Upcycling Printmaking
Produce printmaking masterpieces from recyclable materials while helping to persevere the environment that inspires us.

PM Camp: Upcycled Art
Use recycled and repurposed materials to make works of art inspired by current exhibitions at the Museum. Create unique works of art while helping to preserve the environment and using everyday materials you could find at home.  

Week 2: June 12-16

AM Camp: Super Digital Illustrators
Campers will exchange traditional pencil and paper for digital ones, learn how to draw on a graphics tablet/computer.

PM Camp: Jewelry and More
Sculpted beads, bangles and pendants, this class focuses on using creating jewelry and other functional and decorative personal items such as ring-holders, catch-all trays, and more.

Weeks 3 and 4: June 19-30

Week 3 and 4: June 19-30
AM Camp: Ceramics
After an up-close look at sculptures from both ancient and contemporary artists, learn about all the things you can make out of clay including decorated plates, vases, cups, and figurines.  

Week 3: June 19-23
PM Camp: Photo Explorer
Experience the museum and beautiful surrounding grounds through photographic exploration. Adventure through photography, a scavenger hunt of image-making.

Week 4: June 26-30
PM Camp: Photo: Created Worlds
Photography is not just about capturing the world around us but also about creating imaginary worlds. In this camp, students will create everything that goes into the image: from telling stories to creating miniature scenes.

Weeks 5 and 6: July 10-21

Week 5: July 10-14
AM Camp: Myths & Stories
Legendary journeys embody gods, goddesses, and heroes in our galleries. What myths and stories will you create for your characters in your very own comic book?

Week 6: July 17-21
AM Camp: Animation – Gifs, Glitches, and Cinemagraphs, oh my
Learn to make moving collages on the computer.

Weeks 5 and 6: July 10-21

PM Camp: Ceramic Sculpture
Use clay to build, mold, and sculpt three-dimensional works of art inspired by the Museum’s galleries.  

Week 7: July 24-28

AM Camp:Animation- Stop motion and Walk Cycles
In stop motion animation, actual objects are posed and photographed then put together to create the illusion of movement. A walk cycle is the creation of movement though frame by frame drawings. In this camp students will experiment with both of these classic animation techniques using the computer to animate both drawn and photographed elements.

PM Camp: Art in 3D
Build, mold, and sculpt three-dimensional works of art inspired by the Museum’s galleries.  

Ages 12-14

Week 2: June 12-16

AM Camp: Pattern, Decoration, and Me
Explore and experiment with pattern and decoration. Learn about both organic and geometric shapes and patterns through the works of art in the galleries. Be inspired by art from ancient to contemporary.

PM Camp: Super Digital Illustrators
Campers will exchange traditional pencil and paper for digital ones, learn how to draw on a graphics tablet/computer.

Week 3: June 19-23

AM Camp:  Photo: Created Worlds
Photography is not just about capturing the world around us but also about creating imaginary worlds. In this camp, students will create everything that goes into the image: from telling stories to creating miniature scenes.

PM Camp: Wearable Art
Make creative wearable art, such as masks, accessories, and gadgets.

Week 4: June 26-30

AM Camp:  An Illustrated Life
Create a collection of biographical or autobiographical work using traditional 2D illustration media. Students will create narrative illustrations to tell stories that are real, imaginary, and historical.

PM Camp: Sculpture: Ancient and Contemporary
Create sculptures inspired by all of the different kinds of sculpture on view, from small animals in the antiquities collection to monumental large-scale abstract sculpture hanging in the lobby, and create original works of three-dimensional art.  

Weeks 6 and 7: July 17-28

Weeks 6 and 7: July 17-28
AM Camp: Ceramics
Functional & Decorative: Functional and decorative ceramics – Students will get to build 3d artworks using clay.

Week 6: July 17-21
PM Camp: Animation – Gifs, Glitches, and Cinemagraphs, oh my
Learn to make moving collages on the computer.

PM Camp: Animation- Stop motion and Walk Cycles
In stop motion animation, actual objects are posed and photographed then put together to create the illusion of movement. A walk cycle is the creation of movement though frame by frame drawings. In this camp students will experiment with both of these classic animation techniques using the computer to animate both drawn and photographed elements.

Ages 14-17

Week 5: July 10-13

AM Camp: Upcycled Art
Use recycled and repurposed materials to make works of art inspired by current exhibitions at the Museum. Create unique works of art while helping to preserve the environment and using everyday materials you could find at home.  

PM Camp: Making Identity
Looking at the role of art in ritual, culture, myth, and identity we will create daring work that features narrative, fantasy, magic, and personal place.

Week 8: July 31-August 4

AM Camp: TMA Teen Residency
In this open studio format, campers will meet and work with guest artists while being guided by a main mentor to further explore their artistic interests and to branch out to new approaches. Campers will engage in group critiques, work across media with access and training to ceramic, digital, and multimedia, and exhibit their creations in a group show at the end of the week.

PM Camp: TMA Teen Residency
In this open studio format, campers will meet and work with guest artists while being guided by a main mentor to further explore their artistic interests and to branch out to new approaches. Campers will engage in group critiques, work across media with access and training to ceramic, digital, and multimedia, and exhibit their creations in a group show at the end of the week.

Special thanks to our sponsors

Children's Board Hillsborugh County