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Welcome to the show! Art Cat needs your help putting on the best circus in town. From planning and performing to creating costumes and sets, Art Cat can’t do this without you! Bring your big ideas and be ready to wow the audience; your family is invited to the final performance on the last day of camp.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 6, 2018.

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Take a stroll across Japan by viewing our exhibition of Hiroshige's Tokaido Road. Inspired by this work, campers will map out a journey of their own, creating a traveler's guide and models of stops taken along the route. Where will travelers rest? What is the landscape like? Where does your journey begin and where does it end? Come and get lost with us!

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 6, 2018.

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To make something realistic is just one way to give visual form to your world. Think like an artist as you experiment with a wide range of tools to try out marks, smudges, and textures that can become expressive works of art. Start realistic and discover how nontraditional materials and processes can fuel your creative imagination. Discover artists who think beyond pencils and paintbrushes to use the ideas of drawing and painting in innovative ways.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 6, 2018.

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Push, pull, and squish clay into anything you can imagine—from functional vessels like bowls and cups you can actually use to sculpted figures of your pet or an imaginative creature of your own design! Try out the potter's wheel and learn hand-building techniques inspired by artists in the museum collection. Use colorful glazes to give your work a personal touch. Projects will be fired and available for pick-up three to four weeks after camp.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 6, 2018.

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Do you favor the watery worlds of Monet or the drips of Jackson Pollock? A landscape that looks perfectly real or an abstraction open to interpretation? Get to know great paintings in the museum’s galleries. Discover first-hand the wide range of techniques for applying paint from smooth as glass to thick and textured. Build your skills through experiments with a variety of painting techniques and color mixing strategies. Choose your favorite approach to create your own masterpiece.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 6, 2018.

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Big, bigger, biggest! Design and build a skyscraper, a giant house, or an extra tall school—stretch your imagination to think of how to make it happen. Experiment with peers to find the best ways to build big with different materials. Bring your imagination and your biggest ideas!

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 13, 2018.

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Push, pull, and squish clay into anything you can imagine—from a bowl you can actually use to sculpted figures of your pet, or an imaginative creature of your own design. Try out the potter’s wheel and learn hand-building techniques inspired by artists in the museum collection. Use colorful glazes to give your work a personal touch. Projects will be fired and available for pick-up 3-4 weeks later. Materials fee is included in the price.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 13, 2018.

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Design a house limited only by your imagination. Learn how architects combine functional needs for a building with designs that excite our imaginations. Try lots of creative ways to make a house and represent your dream ideas in a variety of architectural drawing and model-making methods.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 13, 2018.

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Are you fascinated by the possibilities of life on other planets? Making plans for that future reality requires the creative thinking of both artists and scientists, and that means you! Spend a week combining what we know from science with the speculative and creative thinking process of artists to invent what humans will need to eat, sleep, work, and play in worlds we can only imagine. Learn the strategies of design thinking to iterate concepts for what buildings and cities will look like, what our smart clothing will do, and how we will travel around a planet that’s not at all like earth.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 13, 2018.

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Find sunny views of nature by Monet, Cassatt, Renoir, and their friends in our Impressionist gallery. Take your art supplies outdoors and create art en plein air as the French masters did. Learn how to mix colors to show natural light and shadow. Invite your family and friends to a mini exhibition at the end of the week.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 13, 2018.

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Printmaking is a way of making multiple versions of your original image, sometimes making subtle changes from one to the next. Find inspiration in the exhibition Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road and in the museum’s galleries. Learn historical techniques like etching and modern processes like silkscreen. Reuse printed materials to create brand new artworks. Experiment with the printing press to create works in a series.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 13, 2018.

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Painting is a way of expressing your ideas about the world through your personal lens. Learn techniques by comparing old masters to the work of artists who continue to reinvent painting today. Discover which methods suit your expressive goals—smooth brushstrokes or thick and textured impasto? Are you a painting purist or will you incorporate digital or other media? The museum’s collection and exhibitions offer inspiration for your work, with expert guidance from the instructors, curators, and conservators.

Last day to register is June 13, 2018.

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3, 2, 1... Action! Become an art camp filmmaker and collaborate with your fellow campers to create movies that will be complied onto a DVD. Find inspiration from videos in the collection, create stories for people depicted in paintings, and get creative with art materials to create scenery and props for your productions. DVDs of your movies will be mailed home at the end of the summer.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 13, 2018.

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Journey into the wonder of the natural world as an artist and an explorer. Take a nature walk through the museum galleries and discover how artists are inspired and fascinated by the natural world. Sketch freshly plowed fields, watery shores, and the curious creatures that live within these artworks. Venture outside and to Phipps Conservatory to collect found materials, textures, and colors—then make your own observations in your nature journal. Use your senses to paint, sketch, and design, then transform your ideas into your own mixed-media Art Garden.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 20, 2018.

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Lords and Ladies! Travel back in time and experience life during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Try your hand at metalsmithing, heraldry, architecture, and painting as you discover medieval mythology and monsters. If you liked this camp last year, don’t miss the new adventures this summer.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 20, 2018.

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What could be more fun than transforming wet clay into an object of your own design? The art of ceramics combines technical skill with imagination. Learn how to raise a form on the potter’s wheel and practice a variety of hand-building techniques. Make boxes, bowls, and cups, or sculpt animal and human forms that are realistic or abstract. Select and apply glazes to give your work its finished appearance. Find inspiration in the museum’s outstanding collection of ceramic art.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 20, 2018.

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Apply left-brained thinking to a right-brained activity for unexpected results! Observe works of art in the galleries for ideas, hypothesize some ""what-ifs""—then head to the lab for experimentation. Ink, graphite, rubber bands, straws, paint brushes, paper, wood, plastic—let materials take you on a scientific journey! Don't forget to record your process and results in your sketchbook/ field journal. Make a series of pieces based on your findings.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 20, 2018.

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Use your imagination to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary! The studio is your canvas for creating an immersive 3-D art experience. Team up with classmates on large-scale installations that fill the studio, and invite your family to experience our art environment on Friday.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 20, 2018.

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Creativity can be messy, but we’re ready for that. Have some fun making art with all sorts of messy materials—from splatter paint to papier-mâché. Learn new art-making techniques and experiment with inventive ways to express your ideas. You provide the creativity, we provide the smocks!

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 20, 2018.

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Have you ever wondered how graphics are reproduced on T-shirts, posters, or sneakers? Printmaking allows you to create multiple versions of an original image, sometimes making subtle changes from one to the next. To see this art in practice, you’ll visit the museum’s galleries and view examples by master printmakers, learn historical techniques like etching, and modern processes like silkscreen. Learn the types of images and levels of detail that work best for each technique and what curators notice when evaluating prints. You can even reuse your experimental printed materials to create brand new mixed-media artworks. All materials are provided.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 20, 2018.

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