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SummerART 2021
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The SummerART team is busy finalizing kids camps and teen classes in-person at MAM this summer with new studio art themes and classes, pottery camp, and more in store!
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Register today!

Member Priority Registration is now open and camps are filling up fast. Become a MAM Family Member to register now.

If your preferred session is full, register for the waitlist by emailing yardschool@montclairartmuseum.org. Plans to expand SummerART are underway.

Public Registration opens April 12.

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Explore the SummerART PDF brochure for full information about camps and classes this summer.

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SummerART Sessions

Session I: June 28—July 9 (no camp on Monday July 5)
Session II: July 12—23
Session III: July 26—August 6
Session IV: August 9—20

When registering for a SummerART camp or class, you will be asked to read and agree to the SummerART 2021 Policies and Procedures. 

Kids SummerART classes

STUDIO ART CAMP (AGES 6–7, 8–9, 10–12)

9 a.m.–3 p.m. offered Sessions I–IV

Our in-person Studio Art Camp encourages experimentation, creative thinking and skill development in a safe, fun, supportive and socially engaging environment with other creative kids. Campers are grouped in age-specific art pods lead by our professional Teaching Artists, with enrollment limited to 12 children to enhance social distancing and increase personalized attention. 

Each session is inspired by a different theme with exciting new projects providing age-appropriate challenges for campers to explore a variety of mediums and techniques in drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, and mixed media. Lunch and recess will be supervised with organized games and activities.  Afternoons will focus on specialized instruction in a different art form, such as comic art or printmaking, so campers can sharpen medium-specific skills and develop their own voice for creative self-expression.  

 

SUMMERART AT VAN VLECK (AGES 6–8)

Morning Camp 9 a.m.–12 p.m. or Afternoon Camp 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. offered Sessions I–IV

Everyone’s favorite art and nature camp is back with SummerART at Van Vleck! Held exclusively at Van Vleck House and Gardens, campers create works of art inspired by the abundant plant and animal life onsite. Flora and fauna abound in this secluded historic garden; from butterflies and beetles, to birds and buttercups, there is so much to explore! Due to safety restrictions, a full day option is not available for this camp.

Camp is held outdoors when weather permits, as well as in Van Vleck's spacious Education Center. MAM’s fantastic professional Teaching Artists lead fun-filled projects featuring a variety of fine art materials and methods such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and more. 

POTTERY CAMP: ON THE WHEEL (AGES 9–12)

9 a.m.–12 p.m. offered Sessions I–IV

Taught in our Ceramics Studio, which has been retrofitted for COVID safety, Pottery Camp is for children who are interested specifically in exploring the tactile art of working with clay. This summer, campers work exclusively on the wheel and gain a solid foundation of throwing techniques while creating bowls, pots, vases and more. All works will be glazed, kiln fired, and treasured for years to come! 

 

DIGITAL MEDIA CAMP (AGES 9–12)

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. offered Sessions I and II

Reboot your summer and learn to use technology as a tool for creative expression and communication in our Digital Media Camp. Level up your production skills working with professional Digital Teaching Artists to learn essential tricks of the trade, while refining your personal vision through a series of design challenges. Develop fundamental and indispensable production techniques and find your own voice in becoming a prolific cultural producer in our increasingly connected world. 

Teen SummerART classes

Teens can choose from an array of classes designed to hone artistic skill while building their portfolio. Morning and afternoon classes are available, but there is no supervised lunch in between.

Ceramics offered Sessions 1–4

Digital Drawing with Graphic Design offered Session 2

Digital Photography offered Session 1

Drawing offered Session 2

Fine Arts Intensive offered Sessions 3 & 4

Illustration offered Session 1

Oil & Acrylic Easel Painting offered Sessions 2 & 3

Teen Workshop offered Sessions 1 & 4

Find descriptions of each class and the availability chart in the PDF brochure.

Health and safety are our highest priorities.
Classes will take place in our spacious studios and outdoors on the museum grounds. All COVID-19 guidelines, including mask-wearing and social distancing, will be followed, for a safe, social, creative experience.
Each camper will be provided with their own art supplies so materials will not be shared with others. In the event that the museum must close or a pod must quarantine, camp will continue online via Zoom, and students will take their supplies home, so they will have all the supplies they need continue to develop their artistic skills.
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Join the creative team

Teens 15+ can apply to be a SummerART Counselor or Counselor-in-Training and gain professional experience in a creative environment. 

Applications will be posted here when they are available.

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available based on merit and financial need. See the scholarship opportunities page for forms and more information.