Summer Camp

When School’s Out, We Get Creative

What You Need to Know

Our summer camps are grounded in experiences with art in NOMA’s collection, special exhibitions, and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Campers explore the galleries and garden to engage in close looking and use conversations about artworks as a launching-off point to develop critical thinking skills, connect with others, and deepen personal identity and creativity.

We emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to creative thinking and art-making. Your young artist will explore various art-making mediums and processes including drawing, writing, movement, sculpture, painting, and more—all guided by professional teaching artists.

Summer camp sessions are based on guiding themes that vary week to week. Sign up for one OR multiple to build a meaningful summer experience!

Summer Camp 2023 Overview

June 5–July 28 (no camp the weeks of June 19th and July 4th). See age groups for each session below.
  • Monday–Friday, 9 am–3 pm
  • Friday end-of-camp showcase each week, 3–5 pm
  • Campers must bring a sack lunch (some snacks provided!)
  • Before- and after-care are not available

What does a day at camp look like?

  • Drop-off at 8:45 am
  • Two 2-hour studio blocks
  • Looking, drawing, and activities in the museum and sculpture garden
  • Collaborative, play, and quiet times
  • Pick-up at 3:00 pm in the courtyard

Summer Camp 2023

Week-long camp sessions offer small-group experiences devoted to a single age group at a time: rising first through third graders (ages 5–7), rising second through fifth graders (ages 8–10), and a one-week Preteen Intensive for middle schoolers (ages 11–13).

Session 1: June 5–9 | Ages 5–7 | Make Your Mark Expression and Impact 
Session 2: June 12–16 | Ages 8–10 | Mirrors & Windows Storytelling and Connection 
Session 3: June 26–30 | Ages 8–10 | Building & Shaping Innovation and Change
Session 4: July 10–14 | Ages 5–7 | Free Flow Play and Exploration 
Session 5: July 17–21 | Ages 8–10 | Human/Nature Environment and Coexistence 
Session 6: July 24–28 | Ages 11–13 | Preteen Intensive: Fashion Identity and Design

Please see the event listings below for descriptions of each summer camp session.


Registration for summer camp opens in early March with a one-week pre-registration window for NOMA members. Please contact if you have any questions regarding the camp program or need assistance with registration.


Member Registration

$300 per camper

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General Registration

$400 per camper
Opens Wednesday, March 8

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Financial Assistance Requests

Sliding scale
Opens Wednesday, March 8

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Note: In order to protect our staff and participants’ safety and accommodate camp families’ interests and needs, NOMA reserves the right to cancel or change summer camp offerings based on safety protocol, registration status, or for any other reason. Registrants will be notified in the event of change or cancellation. 

Member Registration Instructions

In order to take advantage of the presale and discount for NOMA members, make sure you’re signed into your account when registering for summer camp. If member registration is not appearing, make sure you’re logged into the account associated with your membership. If you’re a member and haven’t activated your account, please follow these instructions.

If you need assistance registering for summer camp, please contact

Financial Assistance

Thanks to the generous support of our patrons, NOMA provides a limited amount of financial assistance awarded on a need-based sliding scale on a first-come, first-served basis. The request form to be considered for financial assistance will become available when general registration opens on Wednesday, March 8. Please note that financial assistance may be applied to one week of camp per camper. Please complete the request form before registering for camp.

Summer Camp Session 1: Make Your Mark (Ages 5–7)

Campers will look at works that reveal evidence of human touch, explore how our bodies and movements can be used to make art, and think about the ways artists make their mark on the world. We’ll demystify some of the tools and processes used to create our favorite artworks, and express ourselves through making!
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Summer Camp Session 2: Mirrors & Windows (Ages 8–10)

In this session, we will explore the galleries and garden in search of stories. How can art “reflect” something about you, or help you see yourself more clearly? How do artworks act like windows to peek into others’ lives, or to better understand another time or place? Create your own artworks that tell your story.
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Summer Camp Session 3: Building & Shaping (Ages 8–10)

Art and artists can often help us see new ways of being. How do you want to shape your world? Take on sculptural, world-building, and creative problem-solving projects in this session all about building a better tomorrow. Join us for this 2023 summer camp session at the New Orleans Museum of Art designed especially for ages 8–10.
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Summer Camp Session 4: Free Flow (Ages 5–7)

Explore with materials, cause and effect, and the element of surprise in this playful session! How can letting go of “perfect” lead to amazing artistic creations? Campers will find inspiration in experimentation, imagination, and surprise in the galleries, garden, and studio.
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Summer Camp Session 5: Human/Nature (Ages 8–10)

How do the forces of nature shape our lives, and how do we affect the environment in return? Campers will think about our unique surroundings in southeastern Louisiana, consider the ways in which people and artists work with—and against—nature, and create their own works about our encounters with the natural world.
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Summer Camp Preteen Intensive: Fashion (Ages 11–13)

Fiber, textiles, and adornment take the spotlight in this session on identity and design. Campers will work with teaching artists to explore the special exhibition Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour, draw connections with NOMA’s collection and sculpture garden, build core observational drawing skills, and make their own body of work on self-identity.
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