In-person children’s art camps return this summer to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art after a pandemic hiatus, with new offerings, including one that can be enjoyed on the spur of the moment.
New this year, the Greensburg facility will host drop-in day camps August 10-12 for children accompanied by parents, grandparents or guardians. Participants can show up anytime from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on those days.
“We wanted to offer something for intergenerational programming, so we really encourage grandparents to bring the kids, but parents and caregivers, anyone can come to these,” said Erica Nuckles, director of the learning, engagement and the museum. partnerships.
Each welcome day will include two different art activities centered on storytelling, art and imagination, which can be completed at the participant’s discretion.
The fee for each session is $12, or $10 for members, with prior registration. The door charge is $15. The price is per participating child; accompanying adults are free.
“Drop-in day camps offer a unique opportunity for flexible attendance to fit into your child’s summer schedule,” said Michael Carsone, director of programs at the museum’s studio.
Another new offering, Teen Summer Art Camp: Portfolio Development, will focus on creative development and studio practice, helping teens expand their artistic horizons by working in a variety of mediums and exploring art history.
“It’s for teenagers who are very interested in art and want to build an art portfolio eventually, if they’re planning on going to art school,” Nuckles said.
Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 27 to July 1, the camp is aimed at ages 13 to 17, who will have the opportunity to build on their existing knowledge and interests and work in their favorite mediums.
Due to its small size, the camp will allow for specialized instruction and more individualized feedback, to help participants build skills and begin a portfolio suitable for college admissions.
The cost for this camp is $130 or $110 for members. The deadline for parents to register teenagers is June 13.
Instructor LaKesha Silver will lead a series of Shutterbugs Photography Camps for three age groups, with each camp meeting for six Saturday sessions between July 9 and August 13.
Shutterbugs ages 5-9 will meet from 10-11am and focus on architecture. These students must be accompanied by a tutor throughout each session. Fees are $60 or $45 for members.
Pupils aged 10 to 14 will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for sessions on the theme of nature. Fees are $75 or $60 for members.
Formal and informal portrait photography is the theme for students aged 15-17, who will meet from 1-3 p.m. The rate is $75, or $60 for members.
Students must have their own digital camera or phone with a camera. Registration will be available on the museum’s website.
The summer art camp for children: Colored Collisions, scheduled for June 13 to 17 for ages 7 to 12, is already sold out.
Bursaries are available for families in need, who can complete the bursary form available on the museum’s website.
“We’re really excited to try new things,” Nuckles said. “We have great ideas and hope to reach many different ages and interests this summer.
“We encourage people to register as soon as possible as we are limiting numbers in each class,” she added.
Summer art camps are supported by the Lulu A. Pool Trust and the Eugenia Gay Endsley Legacy.
For more information and to register, call 724-837-1500 or visit thewestmoreland.org.