Does your child love to paint, sculpt, draw, print, and more? Cultivate their creative abilities in our summer camp. Young artists will observe and explore artwork in the galleries and gardens, experiment with different art media in the studio, and create and show-off their artwork in an open house each week.
- Students entering grades 1 through 6
- Camp weeks are the four weeks of June 2023
- Registration required
- Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- $295 for Members and $350 for Non-Members per week
- Scholarships are available.
Week 1: Garden Adventure with Flamingos – June 5 through June 9 SOLD OUT
Flamingos are on display, at the Cummer today! Did you know that a flamboyance is a flock of flamingos? Campers will become flockstars as they explore Flamboyance! the exhibition of 50 topiary flamingos found throughout the Cummer Gardens. Campers will explore the galleries and gardens in search of other bird-related works and create their own nature and bird-inspired art using the elements of art and principles of design.
Week 2: Art Detectives – June 12 through June 16 SOLD OUT
Investigate the mysteries of the Museum! Examine the Museum’s artworks and gardens to unlock clues to help reveal their hidden stories and histories. Campers will v investigate art movements and artists' techniques and create their own art inspired by what they discover.
Week 3: The World is My Palette – June 19 through June 23 SOLD OUT
The world is an endless source of inspiration and creativity. Campers will explore the Museum campus to observe the colors, textures, and forms of nature and express themselves through painting, sculpting, printmaking, and more.
Week 4: Masterpiece Makers – June 26 through June 30 SOLD OUT
Create a masterpiece every day! Using inspiration from the Museum’s galleries and gardens, campers will practice the techniques used by highly accomplished artists throughout history and develop their own artistic skills. Campers will gain a deeper understanding of art history and will learn to appreciate the artistic processes that have stood the test of time.
PLEASE REVIEW THE CAMP HANDBOOK BEFORE REGISTERING. DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION THAT IS NOT ANSWERED IN THE HANDBOOK OR ON THE WEBSITE? EMAIL US AT EDUCATION@CUMMERMUSEUM.ORG, AND WE’LL GET BACK TO YOU WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters, the Cummer Museum is pleased to offer two scholarships each week of Summer Camp 2023. Scholarships will be awarded to campers based on their interest in art, how much they would benefit from the program and the financial needs of the family. Scholarships cover 100% of the registration cost.
To apply for a scholarship, please complete the Scholarship Application Form. The deadline to submit your application is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 16. Families will be notified of their status on Friday, April 21. Upon receiving a notification that you have been awarded a scholarship, you will receive a Summer Camp registration link for scholarship recipients and will have one week to accept the scholarship and register for camp. If you do not do so, your spot may be awarded to someone on the waiting list. Campers applying for a scholarship cannot register for Summer Camp in advance.
Please note that the camper’s parent/guardian is expected to provide transportation to and from the Museum each day as well as a lunch and a snack each day.
Cave Painting Project
Campers learned about pre-historic images and the stories they tell and that they are important, both for the makers and for present-day viewers. Campers learned about the Lascaux Caves, discussed the importance of storytelling, practiced interpreting images, and created their own cave painting-influenced artwork.
Clay Portrait Project
This project taught students about portraiture and self-portraiture as well as sculpture and ceramic techniques. Campers viewed sculpture and portraiture in the Museum Galleries and Gardens and then created their own low-relief self-portrait with clay.
Museum Education Staff
Dima joined the museum as the Youth & Family Programs Manager in February 2022. She is a professional visual artist who paints to tell stories about the values that bring people together. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Software Engineering, and she is working towards a Master of Fine Art in Visual Arts with Painting as her focus from Jacksonville University. Dima has taught art for over 4 years locally and internationally to different age groups from young children to seniors. In her classes she combines art, history, science, and fun to create the best learning experiences. Dima oversees the museum’s Teens Program, Summer Camps, and the Family Programs and interactives.
Dulcie is the Assistant Director of Learning & Engagement. Using her years of Museum Education experience as well as her experience teaching Early Childhood classes in public schools, Dulcie designs and implements curriculum, and schedules school tours. Summer Camp is a great opportunity for her to develop more in-depth lessons and use fun, messy, and sometimes unusual materials. This summer will be Dulcie’s17th year teaching Camp.
Karl has been a Museum Educator at the Museum since 2013. He oversees the Adult Programs. Additionally, as the “Science Educator” in the art museum, Karl draws upon his experiences in the laboratory and the zoo world, as well as formal and informal education to help integrate the gardens into the Museum's education programs. Karl uses his interdisciplinary background to educate about the natural world through art, language arts, math, and science.
Kim Kuta Dring
Kim Kuta Dring, MS is the Director of Learning & Engagement at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, FL. She oversees the Museum’s educational programs, Docents, and community partnerships. After graduating with degrees in biology, Kim started her career in non-profit education at a nature center in Utah. In 2004 she transitioned to a children’s museum where she worked in education and exhibition development and moved to Florida in 2018 to join the Cummer team. During her time with the Museum, she has implemented new programs for adult learners, created hands-on interactives to complement the visual art on view, and spearheaded the strategic initiative Cummer in the Community. All reflect the Museum’s ongoing commitment to providing experiences that embody the values of quality, access, and fun.
In 2022 Ti joined the museum in the role of Gallery Host in the Visitor Experience department. In 2023 they transitioned to the role of Manager of Community Engagement where their focus is diversity and inclusion as well as establishing closer ties to the Jacksonville community. They are a collage mixed-media artist in their spare time and enjoy using found objects. Before joining the museum, they spent time working as paraprofessional, extended-day instructor, summer camp instructor, and a program facilitator. Their passion has always been in empowering youth to believe in themselves, to express themselves in the way they feel most comfortable, and to always be excited about the future.