Summer Art Academy

Image of two children making art during a workshop, with art supplies on the table.

Looking for something new to do this summer? The Museum’s Summer Art Academy is the perfect opportunity for students ages 5-11 to explore special exhibitions, experiment with hands-on art techniques, and make new friends. Students will stretch their imaginations as they think critically, creatively, and collaboratively about art! Space is limited for each session and reservations are required; please contact the Curator of Education at 860-486-1711 or email to reserve your place. $150 museum members/$160 non-members.

Secrets of the Forest: Faeries and Gnomes (ages 5-7). (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 26–Friday, June 30

Enter a magical and artistic realm of hard-to-find creatures, faeries and gnomes! Students will get creative as they build faerie and gnome dwellings, design magical wands, paint with faerie dust, and sculpt toadstools.

Undersea Fantasy: Art of the Underwater World (ages 8-11)

Monday, July 10–Friday, July 14

Come learn about the different habitats in the ocean and the creatures who call this place home! Students will stretch their imaginations as they print with fish, build coral reefs, construct miniature aquariums, design giant squid, and experiment with watercolor painting.

Nature's Art: Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies (ages 5-7)

Monday, July 17–Friday, July 21

Students will step into the role of a naturalist as they explore the museum’s outdoor sculpture garden and sketch from nature each day. During the week, students will build 3-D nature scenes, construct larger-than-life butterflies, sculpt insects, weave nests, and experiment with sand art.

ArtVenture: Pirates and Mermaids (ages 8-11)

Monday, July 24–Friday, July 28

Get ready to set sail! Students will enter a fantasy world filled with swashbuckling pirates and mythical mermaids. During the week, students will construct pirate ships, build telescopes, design treasure boxes, make maps, and paint life-size mermaids.