Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp

Education is fundamental to the mission of the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA). We seek to provide quality art learning opportunities throughout the greater Birmingham area, improving the cultural and social wellbeing of our community. The BMA is excited to bring back our enriching summer art camp series this year to continue to nurture the youth in our area and encourage creativity, exploration, innovation, and imagination.

We understand that cancellations may occur as part of summer planning, and we will honor the cancellation policy below. However, we are a non-profit organization and employ local Teaching Artists and counselors according to registration numbers, so, if possible, we encourage you to apply your camp fee to another week of camp, if we have availability during those weeks, to donate to the Museum as a tax-deductible gift, or to send another person under your registration if you cannot attend.

Written camp cancellations must be emailed no later than 10 working days prior to the first day of the selected camp to receive a 50% refund. No refunds can be given for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the start of the selected camp.

Birmingham Museum of Art reserves the right to cancel camps that do not meet minimum enrollment or for other unforeseen circumstances. If a camp is canceled by Birmingham Museum of Art, a full refund will be returned to the registrant. Any payments made toward a week of camp that the Birmingham Museum of Art cancels will be eligible for a refund or can be applied to another camp if space permits.

The window for our limited number of needs-based scholarships has closed, please consider joining us for Summer Art Camp next year.

Summer Art Camp scholarships for Boys & Girls Club Members are still available, please see our tuition assistance form to apply. Be sure to include your Club Membership in the comments section.

 

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Rising 1st through 3rd Graders

June 3-7, 2024 | Costume Basics

The art of costuming is more than just sewing! Campers will get an introduction into costume design, learning basic sewing techniques, sketching, the art of inspiration boards, and styling, all while exploring Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume exhibition.

June 10-14, 2024 | Pattern Play

Campers will dive into the world of textiles to explore the patterns, colors, and fibers of beautiful work meant to be worn and used. They will learn about paper mache, quilting, and other fiber arts from the BMA collection and Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume  exhibition.


 

Rising 4th through 6th Graders

June 24-28, 2024 | Costume Basics

The art of costuming is more than just sewing! Campers will get an introduction into costume design, learning basic sewing techniques, sketching, the art of inspiration boards, and styling, all while exploring Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume exhibition.

July 8-12, 2024 | Stylized Visions

What makes a character a hero or villain? Using the exhibition Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume and our collection, we will discuss basics of costume design. Campers will explore costumes, props, and accessories to show how styling costumes can bring a character to life.

July 15-19, 2024 | Costume Culture

Costumers have long taken inspiration from both pop culture and history when creating their designs. Throughout the week, campers will explore various costumes on display in the special exhibition Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume and from fashion in the BMA collection, creating wearable art pieces through a variety of artistic techniques.


 

Rising 7th through 9th Graders

July 22-26, 2024 | Intro in Special Effects

It’s not just the costumes that make the characters. Various costumes on display in the exhibition Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume also utilize special effects (FX) to bring the characters to life. Campers will be introduced to the world of special effects  through make-up design and application, mask making, and prop making.