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.
Grades/Ages: Grades K-8/Ages 5-13
Instructor/Camper Ratio: 1:10
Camp Dates: Spring Break Half-Day Camp, March 29 – April 2 and Spring Classes beginning in late March through early May. The summer schedule of camps and classes will be available beginning the week of April 5.
Cost: $135 HMA Museum members/$160 non-members for Spring Break Half-Day Camp
$65 to $145 for Spring Classes meeting weekly for six weeks
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 spring break half-day camp.
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.
What sets your program 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!
What activity opportunities exist for your students?
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!
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) and the City of Huntsville and Madison County with regard to holding workshops, camps and classes at the Museum. We will have a limited number of participants and in alignment with guidelines outlined by the State of Alabama.
- Entry to the Museum and Academy is not permitted if you have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
- In addition to the rules laid out by the State of Alabama, the Museum will require all visitors to wear a mask or facial covering until further notice.
- All Museum Academy Staff, Instructors and Students (children and adults) are required to wear masks during workshops, camps and classes until further notice.
- Children’s Camp/Class: A staff member equipped with PPE gear will be taking your child’s temperature with a no contact infrared thermometer at check-in until further notice. In accordance with current CDC and ADPH guidelines, any child with a temperature elevated to 100.4 or higher will not be admitted at the Museum Academy.
- There will be a limited number of students per classroom to allow for social distancing.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Restrooms, high-traffic areas, hands-on exhibits and classrooms are thoroughly cleaned frequently throughout the day.
- Guests are required to cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
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 our site.
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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