Summer Camp at Gilcrease Museum is an adventure in creativity and fun as students explore different forms of art, history, leadership and more. It is a time for learning, making new friends and discovering the artist in us all. Each week of camp offers a new, exciting theme designed for a specific age group.
All sessions are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Camp registration fee is $200 for members, $250 for not-yet-members
After hours care available from 4:00-5:00 pm for $25.00/week
Pre-registration and payment are required
Registration for members begins March 25
Registration for not-yet-members begins April 1
Campers need to bring their own lunches each day
Camp capacity for each session is 20 students
Class Descriptions and Dates
Masters of the Americas and Me
Dates: June 10-14
Picasso said that “All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.” This camp celebrates the creative power of children as well as children who grew up and remained great artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Diego Rivera, Thomas Moran, Maria Martinez and Rick Bartow as well as lesser known and unknown masters. Students will visit the museum’s galleries to study artworks up close, explore a variety of art techniques, styles and projects inspired by the works and lives of artists and express their own unique, creative voices in a variety of media.
Essence of the Sun: Summer Solstice Camp
Dates: June 17-21
Gilcrease is teaming up with Under The Canopy to host this special camp that celebrates the magic of the sunshine and coincides with the longest day of the year. Students will harness the power of the sun’s rays through artistic and naturalist expression. Mornings will be spent sketching and studying plant and animal life on the museum’s lush grounds and the diverse terrain of the adjacent Stuart Park. In the afternoons, they will gather ideas from artists’ interpretations of the sun in the museum collections and work in the studio crafting their own creations using the medium of printmaking and assembling science experiments. The camp will conclude with a celebration of the sun on Summer Solstice (the 21st) and a sharing of all the sun works campers have created.
Dates: June 24-28
Calling all students who are ready for adventures! In this camp, students will travel through time and get inspired by objects and historical figures they encounter in the museum through creative, hands-on activities, art making, theatrical opportunities, storytelling and more. The week will conclude with a project centered around building a bright future through our understanding of the past.
Dates: July 8-12
In this playful class, students will be encouraged to dream big! How can the museum’s collections and stories inspire fantastic worlds? What does your dream house look like? What new and unexpected materials can spark your imagination? Campers will explore these questions and more through creative experiences and projects that take advantage of the museum’s unique collection of objects, diverse and beautiful grounds and setting.
Mysteries and the Museum
This camp is for young people who are intrigued by mysteries or who dream of being a detective! Campers this week will learn about and solve mysteries all around the museum, from the galleries to hidden spaces, and interact with staff members who will lead them through fun, hands-on activities inspired by the practical work of curators, conservations and collections managers. At the end of the camp, participants will share mysteries both solved and unsolved with their adult caregivers and teach them fascinating facts about how a museum operates behind the scenes.
Activism & the Museum: A Teen Leadership Camp
Dates: July 22-26
Ages: Incoming High School
In this camp designed specifically for leaders of tomorrow, incoming high school freshman through juniors will be introduced to the causes and leaders woven throughout the museum’s collections and American history and those within our own communities. Students will meet with local leaders and activists, write declarations for modern day causes, work on public speaking and advocacy skills and collaborate to develop ideas for community improvement and a culminating project.
Experiments in Mixed Media
Dates: August 5-9
Move beyond crayons and pencils with this camp that will introduce students to a broad range of materials that spark imagination and inspire confidence. From repurposed and recycled objects, to clay, paint, pastels, mosaics, found objects and more, campers will create multiple projects, both 2-D and 3-D, exploring textures, materials and art concepts that make for one-of-a-kind pieces.
Fiber and Fashion
Dates: August 12-16
What does what we wear say about who we are? In this session, students will explore connections between adornment, identity and community and experiment with fibers and wearable art. With inspiration from the museum’s collections and gardens, students will try their hand at weaving, stitching, felting, dying and beading. At the end of the week, they will be able to model their own handmade creations!