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Huntsville Museum of Art Academy and Camps

Huntsville Museum of Art Academy and Camps

Pink flowers bloom in front of the Huntsville Museum of Art.
A young boy holds a colorful paper flower he created at the Huntsville Museum of Art.
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Pink flowers bloom in front of the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” If you’re a family looking to inspire and nurture that creative spark then what better place to start than the Huntsville Museum of Art. We sat down (virtually) with the museum’s Director of Education Laura E. Smith to ask a few questions about their upcoming classes/workshops and spring break and summer camps.

Pink flowers bloom in front of the Huntsville Museum of Art.
The Huntsville Museum of Art Museum Academy has offered art classes for over 40 years.

Huntsville Museum of Art Camp Details:

Phone: 256-535-6372
Location: 300 Church St. SW (map)
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Grades/Ages of Campers: Pre-K-Grade 8/ Ages 4-14

Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:10

Camp Dates: June and July

Cost: $55-$200

The Summer 2022 Museum Academy Half-Day Art Camp and Class Schedule for ages 4 through Grade 8 will be online the week of April 4. High School and Adult Classes are also offered in drawing, painting, ceramics and much more.

Campers will embrace their own creativity with fun projects.

Is lunch or snack provided if a day camp?

Each camper will bring his/her own snack (no nut products) and a drink for the half-day camps and classes.

What is your camp’s predominant mission/philosophy? 

The Huntsville Museum of Art is a non-profit municipal corporation established by the City of Huntsville, Alabama, and governed by a city-appointed Museum Board. The Museum seeks to foster understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement. The mission of the Museum is to bring people and art together through acquiring, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the highest quality works of art.

The Art Academy has offered creative and engaging hands-on art classes for over 40 years. The Academy’s programs are held in two classrooms on the Plaza Level in the Museum overlooking Big Spring Park. Explore your creative side with studio art classes. The Academy offers workshops and classes in a variety of media year-round. Find something to suit your interests whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist. 

Campers will finish the camp with projects they can be proud of and new friends.

What sets your camp apart from other area programs?

Camps and classes are taught by experienced instructors and teaching artists who use the Museum – working in the studios to the galleries – as an expanded classroom. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity! All materials are provided for the children and teens’ classes. All new projects!

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What activity opportunities exist for your campers?

The education department will provide structure, fun and friends in a safe, stimulating environment. Gallery visits included for inspiration in the camps and classes. Be inspired by original works of art to create, explore and discover a variety of media from drawing, painting, ceramics and mixed media!

Campers will be inspired by visits to the museum galleries.

What protocols are you following for Covid-19?

The Huntsville Museum of Art Academy actively follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Businesses and Employers Guidelines, in addition to the guidelines from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) with regard to holding workshops, camps and classes at the Museum. 

HMA Museum Academy Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Measures

  • Entry to the Museum and Academy is not permitted if you have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Masks will be optional for staff, instructors and students (children and adults) effective March 3, 2022.
  • There will be a limited number of students per classroom.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. CDC signage is located in all restrooms and classrooms.
  • Restrooms, high-traffic areas, hands-on exhibits and classrooms are thoroughly cleaned frequently throughout the day.
  • The Museum Academy is equipped with hand sanitizer containing an alcohol-based formula that kills 99.99% of the most common germs that may cause illness.

For more information about what the Museum is doing to help limit the spread of disease, visit their COVID-19 updates page.

What advice do you have for parents looking for a camp for their child(ren)?

Looking for ways to encourage your child’s creativity and love of art! Join us at the Huntsville Museum of Art Academy for a unique educational learning experience for all ages. Through creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills, students explore and discover art history and a variety of artistic processes during the camps and classes to begin a lifelong interest in the visual arts.


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