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Become an architect of fun! Climb on the museum’s play sculpture, the Lozziwurm, for research, and get inspiration from sculptures and architectural models in the museum’s galleries. Learn the design process to create the imaginative playground of your dreams from ideas to sketches to physical model.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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If space aliens built a city, what would it look like? Use your imagination and your most far-out ideas to create a city from another planet. What do your outer-space friends need in their city? How is it different from or similar to the world you live in on earth? Study the exhibition of award-winning architects in the galleries to look for interesting shapes, colors, and materials to incorporate into your design.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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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.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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Big, bigger, biggest! Exercise your problem-solving skills to figure out how to build a huge skyscraper, a giant house, or an extra-tall castle—stretch your imagination 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!

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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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 included in price.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Design the house of your dreams! Learn how architects combine the functional needs of a building with designs that excite our imaginations. Does your house have a slide at the back door? Is there a room just for your toys? Explore creative ways to design and build your house using a variety of architectural drawing and model-making methods.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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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 make marks, smudges, and textures that can become expressive works of art. Start realistically 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.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Art Cat is ready to party! Create the ultimate art party with fun and unique materials. Search the galleries for your favorite artworks and artists to invite to your party, and find inspiration for your art party decorations from the collection. Invite your family to an end-of-the-week celebration of all things art!

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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Journey into the wonder of the natural world as an artist and explorer. Take a nature walk through the museum galleries and discover how artists are inspired and fascinated by the world outside. Venture out to see sculptures installed around the museum. Go to Phipps Conservatory to collect textures, shapes, and colors in your sketchbook inspired by nature. Use your senses to paint, sketch, design, and transform your ideas into your own outdoor artwork.

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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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. Projects will be fired and available for pick-up 3–4 weeks after camp. Materials fee included in price.

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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Go on the hunt to see how many creatures you can find in the paintings and sculptures of the CMOA galleries! Study these strange animals and think about where they might live and what they might eat. Visit animal dioramas in CMNH for more ideas. Use these expeditions as inspiration to create your own original creature in its own habitat!

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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Become an architect for animals, a designer for dolls, or a carpenter for cuddly things! From the grandeur of the Hall of Architecture to the museum’s exquisite miniatures, finding ideas to shape the ideal environment for your toys is easy. Make drawings and architectural models to design living spaces that are just the right size for your favorite toy.

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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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. Gain an understanding of the types of images and levels of detail that work best for each technique. You can even reuse your experimental printed materials to create brand new mixed-media artworks.

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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Go on the hunt to see how many creatures you can find in the paintings and sculptures of the CMOA galleries! Study these strange animals and think about where they might live and what they might eat. Visit animal dioramas in CMNH for more ideas. Use these expeditions as inspiration to create your own original creature in its own habitat!

Last day to register is June 26, 2019.

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Go on the hunt to see how many creatures you can find in the paintings and sculptures of the CMOA galleries! Study these strange animals and think about where they might live and what they might eat. Visit animal dioramas in CMNH for more ideas. Use these expeditions as inspiration to create your own original creature in its own habitat!

Last day to register is June 26, 2019.

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Go on the hunt to see how many creatures you can find in the paintings and sculptures of the CMOA galleries! Study these strange animals and think about where they might live and what they might eat. Visit animal dioramas in CMNH for more ideas. Use these expeditions as inspiration to create your own original creature in its own habitat!

Last day to register is June 26, 2019.

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Whether you are a skilled potter or eager to get your hands into wet clay for the first time, this workshop will provide expert guidance to achieve your artistic goals. Learn how to raise a form on the potter’s wheel and practice a variety of hand-building techniques, all inspired by the museum’s outstanding collection of ceramic art. Select and apply glazes to give your work its finished appearance. Visit the kiln room to learn about the firing process. Work will be fired and available for pick-up 3–4 weeks after the workshop. Materials fee included in price.

Last day to register is July 3, 2019.

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Learn from the past and jump into the future to discover ways cities are designed with the environment in mind. Take a tour of places around Oakland and learn how art and technology are used to create sustainable buildings. Study our exhibition of award-winning architects for design inspiration. Complete challenges and work as a team to design and build a model eco-city from the ground up.

Last day to register is July 3, 2019.

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Where will Art Cat lead you on this one-of-a-kind museum quest? Design your quest gear as you travel through space and time in the galleries and explore outside the museum. Overcome obstacles, find clues, and solve puzzles to unlock secrets on this art-filled adventure. Draw a map of your explorations and keep detailed sketches in your quest book. Adventure awaits!

Last day to register is July 3, 2019.

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