Junior Docent Program
The Dali Museum Junior Docent Program is a summer camp offered to children ages 9-15. This one-week program encourages students to express their own ideas about Dali’s art, while sharing knowledge gained about Dali on a tour for their families and for the public. Students build a foundation in art by learning how to look at and talk about art through the Dali collection.
As students create their own art, they explore Dali’s techniques, interpret his works in the museum, and become familiar with Dali’s life and interests. They participate in fun, surreal-inspired activities; and they make new friends. The program concludes with a Friday afternoon tour and reception for their families. Ultimately, the Dali Junior Docent Program benefits students by building self-esteem, enhancing their speaking skills, providing opportunities to verbalize personal choices, and bringing families into the museum to share in the students’ accomplishments.
Click here to view pictures of the Junior Docent Summer Programs on our Flickr site.
- June 15-19 New Students (ages 9-12)
- June 22-26 Alumni Students (ages 9-12)
- July 13-17 New Students (ages 9-12)
- July 20-24 Mixed session with New & Alumni (ages 9-12)
- August 3-7 (Middle School SOLD OUT)
9:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Thursday
9:30 am – 5:30 pm Friday includes tour and reception for families beginning at 3:00 pm.
Limited to a maximum of 20 students per session, the 6 hour class meets over the course of one week and culminates in the Friday afternoon tour and reception. Class ratio 1 teacher: 4-6 students.
The program is administered by the award-winning visual arts teachers of Pinellas County as well as key USF staff, in tandem with the Dali Education team.
Junior Docent Program News:
The Dali Museum has completed a 7-year long collaboration with the USFSP Department of Psychiatry in order to document how the Junior Docent Program assists in the development of children’s self-esteem and ability to learn. Not surprisingly, the research confirms our suspicions.
“This study provides preliminary evidence that art programs can be beneficial for the self-concept of children and draws implications for arts education and art therapy programming for diverse needs.”
The article, written by Ryan Kaufman and Eric Rinehardt, was published in Volume 31, Issue 3 (September 2014) of the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.
Read a preview of “The Effects of a Museum Art Program on the Self-Concept of Children”
Junior Docent Summer Camp Fee
The fee includes supplies, snacks, prizes, one T-shirt, and a graduation ceremony-reception.
- Non-Member $250
- Dali Member $200
The Dali Museum awards merit-based scholarships to nearly one third of the program population. The visual arts teachers who participate in the program are given a predetermined amount of scholarships to students from their schools who demonstrate a keen interest in the program. The Museum will award an additional scholarship per week to a qualifying student in need of financial assistance. The Museum will use a lottery system to award these scholarships. To be considered for a scholarship, please submit an application and a request letter via mail, email or in person to Bethany Mead, Education Coordinator at:email@example.com or by phone: 727.623.4730. Submit your application between Feb 10 – Mar 31. Scholarships will be awarded by mid-April and parents will be notified at that time.
Drop off & Pick up
Drop off as early as 9:15 am and pickup promptly at 3:30 pm. Please sign in/out every day. Please be prepared to show identification, for your child’s safety. We do not offer aftercare.
We are located at 1 Dali Blvd, St Petersburg, FL 33701
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Partial refunds (50%) will be granted a week before the start of an assigned camp session. No refunds will be given on or after the first day of camp.
For additional information please contact Bethany Mead, Education Coordinator at:firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 727.623.4730.