Budding Art Lovers Hone their Skills at The Dalí Museum

March 16, 2015

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Junior Docent Summer Camp Program Returns for 2015 Season

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA (March 16, 2015) – The Dalí brings back its popular weeklong summer camp, the Junior Docent Program, offered to children ages 9-15, June through August. Campers make their own art through creative group projects and explore Salvador Dalí’s techniques where they learn to interpret his works and gain inspiration from Dali’s life and interests. At the conclusion of the week, students ‘graduate’ by providing a guided tour for their families and Museum guests 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 Museum’s collection. The program is administered by award-winning visual arts teachers of Pinellas County, in tandem with The Dalí’s Education team. The program is not only fun, it ultimately 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.

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.”

2015 Sessions
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 Students (ages 12-15)

Daily Schedule
9:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday
9:30 am – 5:30 pm Friday (includes tour and reception for families beginning at 3:15 pm)

For more information on the program or to register, visit TheDali.org/camp, or contact Craig Petersburg at cpetersburg@thedali.org or 727.623.4754

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.