Summer art for youth – Tucson Museum of Art

This spring we are profiling youth serving arts organizations that offer programs for kids and teens this summer.

I spoke with Morgan Wells, Curator of Education, at Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) about their 61st annual Summer Art Camp. They were able to hold a COVID safe camp in 2020 and continue this year with a full-day camp for artists ages 4–13, running one camp a week, for each age group, for eight weeks. According to their website, “Summer Art Camp teaches art-making techniques like painting, printmaking and collage while guiding kids to think and talk about bigger ideas, like telling their personal stories with visual media and noticing the patterns and rhythms of nature.”

TMA is committed to holding a safe camp and their health and safety procedures are listed on their webpage. The day of camp for youth is split between a morning theme and an afternoon theme. Themes and mediums are varied and mediums this year include sewing and soft sculpture, 3-D sculpture using recycled materials, and printmaking and wearable art, among others. Color, storytelling and nature are among the themes this year. The camp experience includes an in-gallery museum visit to see and be inspired by the art on display.

Morgan stated one of the main goals of Summer Art Camp is to expose young people to the arts and museums and leave them with the idea that museums are a fun place for cool projects. Their experience will leave an impression that will last into adulthood. In fact, she stated, she has met grandparents who are taking their grandchildren to Summer Art Camp, who themselves went to the camp as children.

You can find more information and instructions on how to register on their website.

Don't forget to see what the Library is planning for tweens and teens this summer! 

by Matt L., Assistant Manager, Woods Memorial Library