Summer is right around the corner and that makes it time once again to enroll for Summer ArtVentures Creative Kids Camp at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. This year’s line-up of week-long courses, from June 16 through July 18, is as exciting as ever, and for the first time expands to include teenagers, ages 13-14.
ArtVentures is offered Monday through Friday with two workshops per day: morning classes are from 9 a.m. to noon; afternoons are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children ages 4-14 choose from many class options for a high quality, intensive art education experiences. All courses are taught by professional artists, and the participants work closely with those respected artists in a variety of mediums.
Campers are divided into three age groups this year, with each course designed for age-appropriate art activities:
* Young ArtVenturers – children ages 4-6 – will use all the materials the big kids use such as clay, paint, colored pens and pencils to learn the basis of creating art through fun activities. Their activities will be on a level appropriate to their age. Classes are also augmented with art-related stories and outdoor activities.
* ArtVenturers – children ages 7-12 – have many courses to choose from including the popular clay course, styles of drawing, texture in 3-D and self-expression through painting.
* TeenVentures in Art – For the first time, teenagers won’t be left out and the artwork they’ll make will be fresh and fun. TeenVentures in Art is a special week, June 30-July 3, just for 11 to 14-year-olds interested in exploring new avenues with new materials in art. The courses will allow the aspiring artists to participate in digital printmaking to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces. They’ll also get to masquerade in their own hand-made masks, while exploring the history behind them.
“Summer ArtVentures is a great camp for kids interested in learning about art from professional artists while making their own artwork to show off to their parents,” said AMSET Curator of Education Sandi Laurette. “For this summer, we’ve also addressed the need for added classes for 13 to 14-year-olds with TeenVentures in Art, and it is going to be great fun.”
The cost for Summer ArtVentures is $75 for members, $105 for non-members for each first class, and then $70 for each additional class. Scholarships are also available.
A complete course description list and sign up forms can be found online at or by calling (409) 832-3432. The deadline for registration is May 30.

Summer ArtVentures 2008 Course Descriptions and Schedule:
Week 1: June 16-20
Morning: 9 a.m. to noon
Symmetry in Clay (ages 7-12)
Campers will learn primitive hand building and firing techniques to achieve extraordinary results in clay. Instructor Tim Robtoy will guide campers in exploring how symmetry and South American style go hand in hand in this fun filled course.
Afternoon: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Drawing with Style (ages 7-12)
In this exciting course, campers will discover their own drawing style by analyzing and experimenting with the art styles of the 20th century. Different art media will be used to create a variety of projects ranging from abstract expressionism to realism with surprising results. Instructor: Kathy Iles
Week 2: June 23-27
Morning: 9 a.m. to noon
Drawing Connections (ages 7-12)
Campers will discover a fun way to learn drawing techniques in this collaborative drawing experience. This course incorporates the art elements and design principles by using drawing games and collaboration to bolster creativity and self-expression. Instructor: Tim Robtoy
Afternoon: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Uniquely ME (ages 7-12)
Campers will discover the FUN and FREEDOM of self-expression and creativity in this radical, new painting class. Through inspiring question and answer exercises, as well as a re-introduction to basic art materials, such as paint, string…and bottle caps, campers will create original works of art that are truly, uniquely theirs. Instructor: Summer Lydick
*Week 3: June 30-July 3 – TeenVentures*
Morning: 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Digital Printmaking (ages 11-14)
Teen artists will love this technology based printmaking course. Students will learn to print Rauschenberg-style using digital imagery and polyester screens to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Instructor: Tim Robtoy

Afternoon: 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Put on a Happy Face – Mask Making (ages 11-14)
From Greek theater to African ceremony, from Japanese Kabuki to Mardi Gras, people have always loved to hide behind masks. In this course, students 11-14 will make, build and decorate masks and learn a little bit about the history behind them. Students should be prepared to bring their imagination center stage. Instructor: Andy Coughlan
Week 4: July 7-11
Morning: 9 a.m. to noon
Young ArtVenturers I (ages 4-6)
Young campers will have the opportunity to work in each of the listed media for our older campers for an overall art experience. Simplified projects will be completed using a variety of materials, including clay, paint, printmaking, and colored pens and pencils. These classes will be augmented with story times (using art related stories) and outdoor activities. Instructor: Celeste Williams
Afternoon: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Texture Meets Form (ages 7-12)
In this course, young artists will gain new hand building knowledge to make unique forms such as orbs and other surprises out of clay.  Campers will also learn how to apply texture from various objects to these creations for an enhanced surface quality that is only limited by their imaginations. Aesthetics and sculptural effects will be discussed for a well-rounded 3-D experience. Instructor: Tim Robtoy
Week 5: July 14-18
Morning: 9 a.m. to noon
Young ArtVenturers II (ages 4-6)
See course description for Young ArtVenturers I.
Campers may repeat this workshop.
Afternoon: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Young ArtVenturers III (ages 4-6)
See course description for Young ArtVenturers I.
Campers may repeat this workshop.
The Mission of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas is to provide education, inspiration and creative vision to the people of our culturally diverse region through our collections, exhibitions, public programs, and outreach in the visual arts.