A Surreal Summer for Students

March 14, 2016

Dalí Museum Junior Docent Summer Camp Returns for 2016 Season

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA (March 14, 2016) – The Dalí brings back its popular weeklong summer camps, the Junior Docent Program, offered to children ages 9-15 from June through July. Campers make their own art through creative group projects and explore Salvador Dalí’s techniques as they learn to interpret his works and gain inspiration from Dalí’s life and interests. At the conclusion of the week, students ‘graduate’ by providing a guided tour for their families and Museum visitors followed by a private reception.

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As part of the program, students build a foundation in art education by learning how to look at and talk about art through The Dalí’s robust collection. The program is administered by award-winning visual arts teachers of Pinellas County, in tandem with The Dalí’s Education department. The program is not only fun, it builds children’s self-esteem, enhancing their speaking skills, and providing opportunities to verbalize personal choices – plus it brings families together at the Museum to share in the students’ accomplishments.

The Dalí Museum completed a 7-year long study in collaboration with the USFSP Department of Psychiatry documenting how the program assists in the development of children’s self-esteem and ability to learn. An article on the study, written by Ryan Kaufman and Eric Rinehardt for the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association states, “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.”

2016 Sessions

June 13-17: New Students (ages 9-12)
June 20-24: New and Alumni Students (ages 9-12)
June 27-July 1: New and Alumni Students (ages 9-12)
July 11-15: New and Alumni Students (ages 12-15)
July 25-29: New and Alumni Students (ages 12-15)

Daily Schedule

9:30am – 3:30pm Mon-Thu
9:30am – 5:30pm Fri (includes tour and reception for families beginning at 3pm)

Always striving for student engagement, The Dalí will be also be featured in the Pinellas County School Board’s ‘Art Mobile’ program, and will visit all 88 PCSB elementary schools and exceptional student centers over a four-year period from 2016 to 2020.

“The Dalí on the ‘Fly’ Art Mobile” is a themed mobile classroom (container-size, traveling trailer), and will be seen by over 45,000 students, from kindergarten through 5th grade, throughout the life of the program. The Dalí’s mobile museum was created for elementary school art students as an introduction to museum culture and uses a standards-based curriculum, aligning with the Pinellas County Elementary Art Educators’ learning goals. Students are presented with an age-appropriate exhibition focusing on the imagination-shaping significance of dreams, math and science in Salvador Dalí’s art.

For more information on the Junior Docents program or to register, visit TheDali.org/camp, or contact Sarah Fornof at sfornof@thedali.org.

About The Dalí Museum
The Dalí Museum, located in the heart of beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, is home to an unparalleled collection of Salvador Dalí art, featuring more than 2,000 works comprising nearly 100 oil paintings; over 100 watercolors and drawings; and 1,300 prints, photographs, sculptures and objets d’art.

The building is itself a work of art, featuring 1,062 triangular-shaped glass panels – the only structure of its kind in North America. Nicknamed The Enigma, it provides an unprecedented view of St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront. The Museum has attracted the world’s attention, and among the other distinguished awards it has received, it was listed by AOL Travel News as “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime.”

The Dalí Museum is located at One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. For additional information contact 727-823-3767.

Lorin Konchak Augeri, LAugeri@paradiseadv.com, 954.815.2156