2020 Summer Art Camps

Get creative at NOMA’s Summer Art Camp. This summer, NOMA is offering a series of six weeklong, full-day sessions for campers ages 5-7 and 8-10, and a brand new one-week intensive for middle schoolers, ages 11-13! Weekly camps encourage imagination, self-discovery, and learning through a multidisciplinary approach to the development of creative and artistic skills. 

Below, you’ll find the ideas we’re working with this summer at NOMA, including weekly themes. Please note that space is limited to 12 spots per age group for each youth camp session and 14 spots for the one-week pre-teen intensive. Sign your young artist up for one session, or several! Enroll early to ensure your spot.

For additional information, please contact: education@noma.org | 504-658-4128

 

NOMA Summer Camps:

  • are designed for children ages 5-7 and 8-10. Please note your child must meet the age requirement by the time of the camp.
  • are weeklong, Monday-Friday, from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
  • are designed for campers who are accustomed to participating in a full day’s activities without a nap.
  • require campers to bring lunch.
  • do not offer before- and after-care.

 

Sales open to both members and nonmembers

 

ME TO INFINITY: ALL THAT I AM / ALL THAT WE ARE

Here at NOMA, as we look ahead to summer, we’re thinking about the ways in which we are connected to one another. Like a spider’s web, a quilt of many colors and patterns, or a mosaic made of thousands of individual tiles, we are a complex network of thoughts, emotions, creations and questions. Campers will explore the capacity for art and creativity to cross borders, make connections, and promote understanding: within ourselves, between ourselves and those near and dear to us, within our communities, across oceans, and even beyond our world. 

Embark on a journey of self-discovery and an examination of interconnectedness throughout an interdisciplinary art-packed summer at NOMA. Each week, campers will investigate our guiding theme at a different scale: starting with the individual, and gradually widening our scope week by week; even reaching beyond life as we know it! 

The first camp session begins with a focus on the smallest, most intricate objects, and by the end of the summer camp series we will explore larger-than-life works of art that stretch the limits of our imaginations. Each week, campers will look closely at works of art for inspiration, and explore their own ideas and creative responses through a variety of mediums ranging from drawing and collage, to creative writing, movement, dance, and everything in between! 

Campers will explore the museum’s galleries and sculpture garden in depth, and work closely with our teaching artists versed in a range of artistic disciplines to explore greater themes about art, our communities, and our world.


NEW! Pre-Teen Art Intensive: June 8 – 12 
Untold Truths

NOMA is debuting a brand new one-week interdisciplinary camp for middle school students, ages 11-13. Don’t miss this opportunity to work closely with a teaching artist to dive in to storytelling in works of art at the museum.

We often simplify our truths: happy or sad, introverted or extroverted, good or bad. In reality, each of us is incredibly complex, nuanced and ever-evolving. In this week-long art intensive, explore stories within artworks in the museum’s galleries and sculpture garden. Working closely with a teaching artist, participants will work both individually and collaboratively to investigate and break down the many ideas and perspectives held within art and art-making processes, and tell their own stories using a range of mediums including drawing, collage, creative writing, and more!

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 11 – 13


 SESSION 1: June 15 19
Small + Mighty 
Beginning with the smallest and mightiest works in the museum as sources of inspiration, campers will think about the power of an individual to look closely, to ask questions, to play, to draw & to create for an audience of one – YOU! How does making art, dancing, and creating fit into who you are? Small + Mighty explores the beauty and power of small works and small artists, like a single tile in a mosaic mural, within a larger world.

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 5 – 7

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 8 – 10


SESSION 2: June 22 – 26
Just My Size

Campers will examine the unique and special ways we as humans create with our hands and bodies, and use our surroundings to live creatively in our world. In Just My Size, campers will look at works that reveal evidence of the human touch, consider how dancing and movement can be used to make art, and push the boundaries of everyday objects as tools for creativity. Campers will delve into artist’s use of their bodies and movements to make marks on a canvas, explore sculptors’ use of found objects in their homes and neighborhoods to create something new, and demystify some of the tools and processes used to create our favorite artworks.

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 5 – 7

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 8 – 10


(June 29 – July 3:  NO SESSION during the week leading up to the July 4th holiday)


SESSION 3: July 6 10
Ordinary to Extraordinary
Ordinary to Extraordinary explores the endless possibilities of the human imagination! Campers will consider how artists transform ordinary objects, experiences, and ideas into fantastic creations. Focusing on installation and large-scale artworks like those found in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, campers will immerse themselves in larger-than-life works that make us feel like a small part of a vast, mystical world.

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 5 – 7

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 8 – 10


SESSION 4: July 13 17
Humans/Nature
Zoom out a bit further, and think about the forces of nature that shape our lives. In Humans/Nature, campers will think about our unique surroundings in Southeastern Louisiana, the glorious and unwieldy Mississippi River, and ways in which people and artists work with – and against — nature. Inspired by the Impressionists’ quest for capturing the fleeting beauty of a landscape, geologists’ attempts to map the changing course of the Mississippi River in a tangle of winding lines, and architect and sculptors’ efforts to shape land and materials, campers will create their own works about our encounters with the natural world.

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 5 – 7

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 8 – 10


SESSION 5: July 20 – 24
On the Move
Traverse borders between spaces, places and peoples in On the Move, a session about exploration, travel, and exchange. Get inspired by artists that work to cross continents and cultures, creating vibrant new fusions and in-betweens. Using materials like vibrant wax print fabric, stripes and bands of solid color painted on a wall, and observed objects and artifacts represented on canvas as their language, artists have told a multiplicity of stories, like a kaleidoscope of perspectives and histories.

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 5 – 7

PURCHASE NOW,  AGES 8 – 10


SESSION 6: July 27 – 31
Citizens of the Universe 
Traveling an even greater imaginary distance, campers in this session will ponder life beyond Earth in Citizens of the Universe. In this session, campers will think about humankind from a universal perspective. If we were in outer space, looking to the earth and its people, what would we see? Find the humanness and things that unite us in works of art at the museum. Campers will explore modes of communication that reach beyond words, try their hand at documenting the present, and imagine ways of life in other galaxies.

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 5 – 7

PURCHASE NOW, AGES 8 – 10