Summer Camps and Classes at the Denver Art Museum

Summer Classes for Kids

Register online below or call 720-913-0130.

Ignite your child’s inner artist with summer classes where they can get inspired by the artwork at the museum and create their own art. Classes are offered for ages 4–11.

Scroll down for class descriptions organized by age or download this PDF.

Class Prices

Members receive a discount. (Not yet a member? Join today.)

FULL-DAY CLASS:

  • $225 for members
  • $250 for nonmembers

HALF-DAY CLASS

  • $110 for members
  • $130 for nonmembers

Registration

Please have the following information and payment method at the time of registration:

  • Name and phone number of child’s doctor
  • Insurance company name and policy number
  • List of child’s allergies or special needs
  • Your current email address and cell phone number

Please process registrations for one child only per transaction.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available. LEARN MORE >>

Pack a Lunch

If connecting two half-day classes, pack a lunch and stay all day. Supervised lunch fun is available for an additional $30 per week. Please note that the supervised lunch is already included for all full-day classes.

Waitlist

If a class is full and you would like to add your child's name to a waitlist, please call 720-913-0130.

Classes for Ages 4

Exploring Your Creativity Side by Side: Kids & Their Grown-Ups Co-Creating 

June 13–16, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (Age 4)

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Kids and their grown-ups will take on creative challenges, tell stories, and meet new friends—all while discovering the wonders of the Denver Art Museum together. Reignite your imagination and explore creating alongside your child in this engaging and playful class. We are excited to embark on this journey with you both! Please note that one adult family member must attend with each child.  

Storybook Art

Aug. 1–4, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (Age 4)

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Once upon a time... we’ll read some lovely stories—old favorites and possibly some new—and use them as inspiration to explore the museum galleries and create beautiful works of art using various mediums, materials and, of course, our vast imaginations! 

Classes for Ages 5–6

Play Me a Melody

June 20–23, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (Ages 5-6) 

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If you could hear Van Gogh’s Starry Night, what would it sound like? What story would it tell? Join us as we explore the museum, listening for the sounds and words hidden behind the brushstrokes. Let those melodies and stories inspire you to create your own masterpieces. 

A World of Color

June 20–23, 1:30–4:30 pm (Ages 5-6) 

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Is rainbow your favorite color? Learn how you can mix, match, and blend all the colors to create crazy colorful art! Explore works of art in the galleries to see how artists get creative with colors. Find your true colors as we splatter, paint, and roll with a rainbow of colors. 

Safari of the Senses

June 27–30, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (Ages 5-6)

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Calling all explorers! A pair of binoculars and a sense of adventure are a must for this fun-packed journey. Prepare to sniff, listen, and feel your way through the museum engaging all of your senses to discover and create works of art in a whole new way!

Box & Book Art

June 27–30, 1:30–4:30 pm (Ages 5-6)

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Imagine yourself as the author of all kinds of little books and the creator of your very own keepsake box. Make beautiful art projects to hold your memories from your museum adventures using stuff that would normally be thrown away or recycled.

Once Upon a Time

July 11–14, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (Ages 5-6)

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We'll use our imaginations to go back in time and learn about the artists who created works at the DAM. We'll meet painters, sculptors, photographers, and many more. You'll hear fantastical stories and learn tips and tricks to create your very own masterpiece.

Lines that Wiggle, Colors that Scream!

July 11–14, 1:30–4:30 pm (Ages 5-6)

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What if feelings had colors and colors had feelings? What if lines could jump with excitement? Take a wild ride through expression in this class full of fun. We will paint, collage, and create while listening to music and moving to the beat.

Young Masters

Aug. 1–4, 1:30–4:30 pm (Ages 5-6)

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Move over old masters, the young masters are in town! Tackle everything from still life to portraiture in this class devoted to the classic art traditions. We will create our own masterpieces using paper, clay, paint, mixed media collage, and more! 

Hands On!

August 8–11, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (Ages 5–6)

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We all know we can’t touch the art in the museum…but how many times have you wanted to? Students will explore the museum looking for the pieces that beg to be touched, and then explore how the materials in the art feel, smell, and sound. We will explore the galleries and then make art of our own using these materials.

STEAM Engines

August 8–11, 1:30–4:30 pm (Ages 5–6)

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STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Hop on board and explore the many connections between art and the world of science, technology, engineering, and math!

Classes for Ages 7–8

Saving Seymour

June 6–9, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Ages 7-8) 

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Seymour has been taken prisoner by thieves that are intent on stealing the past. He can only be freed if objects from the past are discovered and recreated. Seymour hid a document that holds the secrets of the past and contains hints of the objects to be found. Campers must find the document, travel to exotic lands in search of the objects, and recreate them to save Seymour.

Journey on the Silk Road

June 13–16, 9:30–4:30 pm (Ages 7–8)

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Pack your bags and become a Silk Road adventurer as we cross mountains, explore ancient cities, and meet fellow travelers on our epic trek. Discover the arts of Asia and create masterworks to either trade or treasure at the end of our trip.

Adventures of White Heron Castle, Japan

June 20–23, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Ages 7–8)

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What would it be like to grow up in an eighteenth-century Japanese castle? Follow the adventures of four young lords and ladies, design settings for seashells, embellish a samurai sword, and play the games kids played back then.

Adventures of White Heron Castle, Japan

June 27–30, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Ages 7–8) 

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(See description above.)

Archaeology: The Art of Discovery!

July 11–14, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Ages 7–8) 

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Have you ever dreamed of solving mysteries about the people of the past? Discover tools and master the skills that archaeologists use to learn about different cultures! Explore the artifacts of the art museum while you create artifacts of your own.

The Power of the Story

July 18–21, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (Ages 7–8)

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Explore the Native arts collection and uncover the stories behind the objects from the past and today. We'll make, play, and ignite our imaginations all week through the power of objects.

SPLAT!

July 18–21 , 1:30–4:30 pm (Ages 7–8)

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Embrace color! Be expressive! Discover painting! Let your imagination take over as we seek out paintings of many different styles in the galleries. Become inventive and expand your creativity as you find unexpected ways to move paint across a surface. Learn quirky and remarkable facts about the artists.

Art Mysteries Uncovered

July 25–28, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Ages 7–8)

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Pull back the curtain and discover the exciting mysteries held within the museum walls! Explore the museum through the untold stories of the artworks and solve the “HOWdunits” of artists’ creations.

Modern Mayhem

August 1–4, 9:30 am–12:30 pm (Ages 7–8)

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What is modern art? Where and how do modern artists develop their inspiration? Dive into the DAM's modern art collection and discover the magic behind modern art through painting, drawing, sculpting, and other unexpected mediums.  

Sketch, Doodle & Draw

August 1–4, 1:30–4:30 pm (Ages 7–8)

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Explore the museum collections with your artist's eye, and develop your own signature style of seeing and creating art. Students will use sketchbooks, learn the method behind various drawing and sketching techniques, and see where their doodles take them.

Classes for Ages 7-11

Explorations in Art—Summer Camp for Kids with Autism

 June 13–16, 1:30–4:30 pm (Ages 7–11) 

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One of our artworks has lost its way! Join us as we journey through the museum and discover clues to help our artwork find its way back home. We'll solve puzzles, tell stories, and create our own masterpieces as our travels unfold.

Classes for Ages 9-11

Activiate Your Inner Architects

June 6–9, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Ages 9-11)

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Be an architect in training and explore how superstar architects Daniel Libeskind and Gio Ponti design buildings for art using angles and patterns. Visit great downtown art museums and get inspired to design your own museum.

Design Challenge

July 18–21, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Ages 9–11)

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to re-design an everyday object and make it better. Got a chair at home that just doesn’t feel right? A teapot that spills instead of pours? Pick up design skills like observation, brainstorming, prototyping, and testing and be on your way to designing a better world.

From Painting to Performance

July 25–28, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Ages 9–11)

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Prowl the museum galleries to create an entire production inspired by the artwork. Together we will write, design, and act in a play to be performed at Untitled Final Friday. The students must be available to stay and perform Friday evening on July 28 at Untitled

Calling All Filmmakers!

August 8–11, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Ages 9–11)

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In this stop-motion animation class we will be exploring environment. From nature, the city, or even the museum, learn to construct basic stop-motion animations and Claymation drawing inspiration from around you. We will post your creations to our class website and host a cinema premiere. Please bring a digital camera, blank SD card, and a thumb drive to take your films home. 

  • Registration for Kids Summer Camps and Classes
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    Registration for Kids Summer Camps and Classes

    Summer 2017
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    Kids ages 4-11 can explore the museum and engage in hands-on learning and artmaking at our summer camps and classes. More