Visual Art Classes

Classes are offered during a morning session (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), an afternoon session (1 to 4 p.m.) or full day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break). Classes are varied for students who attend multiple weeks of camp. See Registration for full details. 

Ages 6 – 10


Arts Exploration

Students will experience many different forms of Visual art, as seen through the natural beauty of the garden. Students will manipulate a variety of mediums throughout the week, including painting, collage, and clay sculpting, culminating in a weekly outdoor Art Show. For students taking multiple weeks of camp, class content will be varied to meet student interest and build on past weeks.

The three-hour session will be broken up into multiple parts, exploring different spaces of the garden and different art media throughout the day.

Ages 11 and up


Advanced Art Concepts

Students explore Colors in the Environment, Explorations on Paper, Drawing Foundations and Outdoor Sculpture. The three-hour session will be broken up into multiple parts, exploring different spaces of the garden and different art media throughout the day and culminating in a weekly outdoor Art Show. For students taking multiple weeks of camp, class content will be varied to meet student interest and build on past weeks.

Colors in Environment
Students will explore color theory and learn basic design principles using inspiration and resources from the garden and beyond! Using paint, ink, collage, and more, we will create original artwork informed by the patterns and colors we find in the world around us.

Explorations on Paper
This course is focused on using familiar drawing tools (pencil, marker, pastel, paper) to create and share illustrations, portraits, landscapes and more. With an emphasis on storytelling, students are encouraged to come prepared with their own ideas, experiences, and sense of humor to create characters and settings both collaboratively and independently.

Drawing Foundations
Drawing foundations is dedicated to training the eye and building on the basics of drawing from observation. Students will create still life drawings from fruit and household objects, gestural drawings of figures in action, and landscape drawings from around the garden. We will develop a set of practices that will be useful in all future art projects.

Outdoor Sculpture
Here we will create site-specific projects with found objects and clay. Projects will include miniature houses, painted flower pots, character models, and abstract forms created from the garden.