Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2019

  • Children entering grades 1 through 6
  • Registration required
  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • $200 for Members and $230 for Non-Members per week
  • AM Care is offered 7:30 to 9 a.m. and costs $30 per week
  • PM Care is offered from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and is $30 per week
  • Scholarships are available.
  • There are six weeks of Camp:

Week 1: Artful Animals – June 10 through 14 (SOLD OUT)
Animals are on the loose in the Museum. Search the galleries and gardens for snakes, butterflies, cats, and other creatures. Explore the hidden meaning of animals in artwork, and create your own animal-inspired art.

Week 2: Land, Water, and Sky – June 17 through 21 (SOLD OUT)
Explore landscapes, cityscapes, waterways, and skies in artwork from the Cummer Collection and from French Moderns: Monet to Matisse. The St. John’s River and the Cummer Gardens will provide active inspiration for budding young artists.

Week 3: Sculpt It – June 24 through 28 (SOLD OUT)
Create three-dimensional artwork using a variety of different sculpting techniques and materials such as clay, wood, and cardboard. Campers will explore artwork in the Museum gardens and the work of sculptor Carlos Rolón.

Week 4: Rhythm and Rhyme – July 8 through 12 (SOLD OUT)
The rhythm is gonna get you while using music and poetry to explore the Cummer Collection and French Moderns: Monet to Matisse. Discover how rhythm and rhyme inspire artists and let it transform your art.

Week 5: Line, Shape, and Color – July 15 through 19 (SOLD OUT)
Explore the basic elements of art by investigating the use of line, shape, and color. Campers will combine their own marks and colors to create unique works of art.

Week 6: Art Around the World – July 22 through 26 (SOLD OUT)
From Egyptian sarcophagi to Meissen porcelain, explore cultures from around the world and create your own art inspired by the Cummer Collection.

Please review the CAMP HANDBOOK before registering. Do you have a question that’s not answered in the Handbook or on the website? Email us at, and we’ll get back to you with additional information.

Please email to be put on the waitlist.



Middle School Camp 2019

  • Students entering grades 6 through 9
  • Registration required
  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • $200 for Members and $230 for Non-Members per week
  • There is no Extended Care
  • Scholarships are available.

Middle School Camp: Printmaking, Paper, and Cloth – July 29 through August 2 (SOLD OUT)
Experiment with a variety of printmaking methods and mixed media collage while being inspired by masterworks in the Museum’s galleries and gardens.

Please review the CAMP HANDBOOK before registering. Do you have a question that’s not answered in the Handbook or on the website? Email us at, and we’ll get back to you with additional information.



Thanks to the generosity of JF Bryan and Jodie and Eric Leach, the Cummer Museum is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships for the Summer Camp 2019. Scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals interested in the arts. If awarded, scholarships cover 100% of the registration cost. Campers applying for a scholarship cannot register for Summer Camp in advance. Once contacted regarding their scholarship status, applicants will be directed to register for Summer Camp through an online Registration Form for scholarship recipients.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must complete a Scholarship Application Form. If the form is not completed, the applicant will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed weekly and applicants will typically hear back within seven days. This is a rolling application and Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to those who qualify. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as camp fills up quickly.

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.



All of the scholarships have been awarded at this time. Additional funding may become available. Please complete an application if you would like to be put on the scholarship waitlist.


HEAL Scholarships

HEAL Foundation, a local nonprofit serving individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders, has underwritten scholarships for children with autism to attend Summer Camp. There are four one-week scholarships available on a first-come, first-served basis for students on the spectrum. For more information regarding dates and themes, please see the section on Summer Camp above. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Summer Camp 2019 Daily Schedule 


Project Examples from 2016 Camp

Cave Project

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.

Cave Painting Project Lesson Plan


Clay Project

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.

Clay Portrait Project Lesson Plan


Middle School ProjectMiddle School Clay Totem Pole Project

Middle School campers learned about totems and their symbols made by the First Nations of the Northwest Pacific to represent and commemorate ancestry, histories, people, or events. They learned about ceramic techniques and used these techniques to create their own totem poles with clay.

Clay Totem Pole Project Lesson Plan for Middle School

Teacher Bios - Education Staff

Dulcie Hause

Dulcie is the program manager for Cummer in the Classroom. Using her years of Museum Education experience as well as her experience teaching Early Childhood classes in public schools, Dulcie designs and implements curriculum, schedules and executes school outreach, and maintains relationships with school staff. 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’s 13th year teaching Camp.


Jeanene Watters

Jeanene has been a Museum Educator at the Museum since 2015. She was an intern and a Docent at the Museum before receiving her Master's in Art History/Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies from Florida State University. She also received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and History from the University of North Florida. Jeanene manages the Docent Training Program as well as the interns and volunteers for the Education Department. She also researches and writes educational content for the permanent collection and special exhibitions.


Karl Boecklen

Karl has been a Museum Educator at the Museum since 2013. He oversees the Junior Docent Program, where sixth- to twelfth-graders create original works, curate their own exhibition, and volunteer hours to the Museum and the community. 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.

Danielle Garcia

Danielle joined the Museum as a Museum Educator in 2019. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Florida with experience in museum education, curatorial work, and studio arts. She primarily works with visitors from diverse communities and with unique abilities through the Museum Access for Kids, Women of Vision, and Florida School for the Deaf and Blind programs. She collaborates with Museum Educators and other departments to ensure that museum experiences are welcoming, inclusive, and accessible to all.


Deborah Pierson

Deborah has been a Museum Educator at the Museum since 2005. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and her Masters in Arts Administration from Florida State University. Deborah oversees all aspects of school tours, including booking, organizing, and greeting every school tour that comes to the Museum (over 18,000 students annually!). Deborah also works with Mary to oversee Camp Extended Care, time in Art Connections, and drop-off and pick-up.


Mary Dolmovich McBride

Mary has been a Museum Educator at the Museum since 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Studio Art, and Museum Studies as well as her Masters in Art History from Florida State University. She oversees the administrative aspects of camp, including Camp Registration and communication with campers' parents/guardians. Mary also works with Deborah to oversee Camp Extended Care, time in Art Connections, and drop-off and pick-up.


Kim Kuta Dring

Kim Kuta Dring began her position as the Director of Education in September. She spent the last 14 years in Connecticut with Stepping Stones Museum for Children, her most recent position being the Director of Learning and Experience. Kim Kuta Dring received an undergraduate degree in Biology from Bradley University and a graduate degree in Biology from Utah State University. During her short time with the Museum she has implemented a new Open Studios event that is part of the Museum’s ongoing commitment to providing experiences that embody the values of quality, access, and fun.


Teen Volunteers

Teen volunteers assist the campers with their studio projects through repeating instructions and giving encouragement. They also help camp teachers prepare supplies for the projects. The teens generally have a background or interest in art and/or working with children. They attend local high schools and have volunteered with camp to build their leadership skills and give service to their community.


Contact Information

If you have any additional questions, please email or call 904.355.0630.