Summertime Adventures in Art for Kids

Nurture kids’ creativity with Summer Art Camps at the Albuquerque Museum. Each week brings a new and exciting topic for ages 4 – 14. Students work with a variety of media while exploring elements of design, color, and symbols that are utilized in different cultures around the globe.

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Adventures in Art
Ages 4 – 6, $65
Tuesday – Friday, 10 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.


Ink. Paper. Scissors.
June 18 – 21

Add clay into the mix and let the art adventure begin! We will play with simple, yet surprising, ink lines on colorful backgrounds, monsters emerging from a lump of clay and 3D shadow self-portraits. Bring curiosity and nourishing snacks for the journey.
Instructor: Radka Apostalon


Journey around the World
July 9 – 12

Let’s go explore the globe for amazing art! Little hands will construct alebrije (colorful animal spirits) introduced by Mexican artist Pedro Linares, Rangoli (mandalas) of India, Tlingit mask making from the Pacific Northwest and Aboriginal paintings of Australia. Students will learn techniques in clay, construction in paper, and elements of design, color, and symbols used by these cultures.
Instructor: Kimberly Humphries


Youth Studio
Ages 6 – 10 or 11 – 14, $125
Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1:30 – 4 p.m.


Elemental Clay
June 3 – 7 (Ages 6 – 10)

Bring your hands! Together we will learn about the various clay techniques (coil construction, pinched technique, slab work and burnishing) and also lean about wabi-sabi — the Japanese approach to life — on our creative journey. Tile, coiled vessels and hollow forms might find a spot in your permanent home collection.
Instructor: Radka Apostalon


Effortless Way of Clay
June 10 – 14
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Ages 6 – 10) or 1:30 – 4 p.m. (Ages 11 – 14)

Clay has its own way so be prepared for happy accidents and unexpected surprises with air drying clay. Students build on the basic techniques of coiling, pinching and working with slabs. The final piece of art might be a functional candle lamp, animal vessel or a coil based burnished ware.
Instructor: Radka Apostalon


Transatlantic Art Trip
June 24 – 28 (Ages 6 – 10)
Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Local and international artists will be introduced on our flight from Albuquerque to Spain. Albuquerque’s very own Suzanne Sbarge’s fascinating collages, Bill Cunningham’s crazy hats, Miro’s simple, yet intrigued lines. Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms and we will have 10,568 miles and 5 days to explore.
Instructor: Radka Apostalon


Finding Inspiration: Using Our Senses
July 15 – 19
9:30 – 12 p.m. (Ages 6 – 10) or 1:30 – 4 p.m. (Ages 11 – 14)

Each day we are going to explore one of our senses to find ideas for art. What would the scent of roasted green chile look like? What words would we choose to describe our favorite shoes? We will listen to music, read short stories, and walk around the museum with our awareness open for inspiration. Older students will also learn about the process of professional composition. Each day will have a project to complete. Come join the fun!
Instructor: Elizabeth Leggett


Make a Scene
July 22 – 26 (Ages 6 – 10)
Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1:30 – 4 p.m.

In this class, we will explore the different styles of children’s book illustrators, such as “The Lion in Paris” by Beatrice Alemagna. In each class, we will look at a different illustrator’s style and create a small stage set to capture our favorite scene from the story by using clay, fiber, wood, metal, photo collage, drawing and painting. We will study how illustrators utilize space, pattern, perspective and scale to apply to the construction of our three dimensional worlds. Instructor: Kimberly Humphries

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