Hope for parents who need last-minute summer plans: Spots still open in the Mint’s summer camps

Museum doubled its popular camp offerings this year, and is accepting late reservations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 23, 2012) – Just because the school year is nearing its end doesn’t mean the learning has to stop this summer. If parents are still scrambling to fill their kids’ summer schedules, The Mint Museum still has spots to offer in its summer camps.

“The Mint Museum offers unique summer experiences for area children and teens,” said Rita Shumaker, the Mint’s Master Teacher. “All the art activities are inspired by original works of art on view in the museum galleries.  Participants learn about the artist, the style, and the techniques. And then, using their imagination and observation, they create their own original works to take home.  Drawing, painting, ceramics, design, jewelry, book making, and sculpture provide a wide variety of media to be explored.  Classes are taught by area artists and master teachers.”

After many years when its summer camps quickly filled to capacity, the Mint decided to double its summer camp offerings this year, and offer a variety at both of its locations. In particular, the Mint is expanding experiences for middle-schoolers and teens, since those age groups tend to be targeted by fewer camps than the lower-school age group, Shumaker said. Space permitting, the Mint will continue to accept reservations until one week before each camp’s start date (camps for home-schoolers begin June 4; other camps begin June 18).

“As the working mother of a fourth grader, I can attest that The Mint Museum Summer Art Camps are a wonderful alternative to the more traditional sports camps,” said Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson, President & CEO of the Mint. “Your child’s imagination is the only equipment needed. Try something new this year and watch in wonder as this summer camp experience leads to a lifelong love of art, design, and learning.”

For a complete listing of camps and to register, visit: mintmuseum.org/happenings/learning/summer-camps, or call 704.337.2000. A list of the summer’s offerings:



2730 Randolph Road


Mini-Master Art Workshops


10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. OR 1:30-3 p.m. (choose one)

Tuition: $35 member / $55 non-member

Pre-registration required. Materials provided.

Choose between a morning or an afternoon camp. Ages 3 and 4.

Young artists and their adult companions investigate art in a museum gallery, explore fun new art techniques in the classroom, and take home a unique creation.


June 26-28 | Under the Sea

Create an underwater world with watercolor, drawing, and sculpture.

July 31-Aug 2 | Squish It, Sculpt It, Shape It

Make your own funky sculptures with a variety of materials and techniques.




10 a.m.-noon OR 2-4 p.m. (choose one)

Tuition: $65 member / $80 non-member

Pre-registration required. Materials provided.

Choose between a morning or an afternoon camp. Ages 5 and 6.


June 18-21 | Expedition Art

Make your own sculptures using a variety of materials.


July 30-Aug 2 | Art Magicians

Make your own magic paintings to take home.


Basic Art Camps


9 a.m.-noon

Tuition: $130 member / $150 non-member

Pre-registration required. Materials provided.

Use different techniques to explore sculpture, printmaking, drawing, painting and crafts.


June 18-22 OR July 9-13 OR July 16-20 | A Closer Look (ages 7-9) (choose one)


June 18-22 OR July 30-Aug 3 | Art Odyssey (ages 10-12) (choose one)


July 23-27 | Can Do (rising first graders)


Specialty Camps

9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday

Tuition: $130 member / $150 non-member

Pre-registration required. Materials provided.


July 23-27 | Comic’s Canvas (ages 11-15)

Plan and create a mini-comic book as you express your ideas through sequential pictures that tell a story.


Homeschool Camps

Monday-Friday. New art camps designed for homeschool students. Students attend without adults. Pre-registration required. Materials provided.


June 4-8 OR June 11-15 | Art Discovery (ages 6-9) (choose one)

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Tuition: $130 member / $150 non-member

Take a safari through the Museum collection to discover how artists use materials to convey their ideas, and then explore your own creativity in the classroom as you work with a wide variety of materials and processes to create your own unique art works.


June 4-8 OR June 11-15 | Mixed Media Masterpieces (ages 10-14) (choose one)

2-5 p.m.

Tuition: $130 member / $150 non-member

An experiential romp through a wide variety of styles and media promises many surprises for this camp group.


June 11-15 | Fabulous Fives (age 5)

10 a.m.-noon

Tuition: $65 member / $80 non-member

This very special camp session for homeschool kindergarten students will work with both 2D and 3D art processes. Students attend without adults.



500 South Tryon Street

at Levine Center for the Arts


Specialty Camps

Pre-registration required. Materials provided.


June 25 – 29 | Mud Work: Ceramics (ages 10-14)

9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday

Tuition: $130 member / $150 non-member

Use coil pinch, slab, and wheel construction in this clay sculpture class.


July 10-12 | Assemblage: The Hard Truth (ages 15-18)

9 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Thursday

Tuition: $90 member / $110 non-member

Work with assemblage in this sculptural technique class.


July 16-20 | Special Edition Teen Camp (ages 15-18)

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday

Tuition: $130 member / $150 non-member

Designed to assist students in developing an understanding of portfolio requirements for AP and IB programs, this camp focuses on the development of a personal style and consistent direction of exploration.


July 10-12 | Drawing

9 a.m.-noon (ages 14-18) OR 2-5 p.m. (ages 10-14) Tuesday-Thursday (choose one)

Tuition: $60 member / $90 non-member

These camps are designed to increase skill at drawing from observation using a variety of materials and techniques.


Summer Art Camps are just part of the excitement going on this summer at the Mint, where new exhibition openings, educational programs, celebrations, and more continue while school is out. For more information on another exciting initiative, Blue Star Museums, which offers free admission to military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day, visit mintmuseum.org.