Jr. Docent Art Camp
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Become a Junior Docent at The Dalí Museum’s week-long camp, where campers discover new ways to interpret and create art, meet new friends, and have fun. This year, campers will become art detectives, discovering how to decode the artwork of Salvador Dalí. Finding inspirations in Dalí’s mysteries, campers will make their own art each day. Campers will learn the meaning behind Dalínian symbols, decipher double images and answer riddles like, what walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening.
Parents of past campers have called it “A great hands-on experience with the arts — something I couldn’t see any other summer camp providing in such detail.”
The Dalí Museum offers an ideal environment for inspiration, learning and creativity. Having full access to the Museum’s unparalleled art collection and gardens, along with facilitation from award-winning Pinellas County teachers, campers will have unique opportunities to create and interact with art. Not only will campers learn about Dalí and surrealist art, but they will be empowered to think independently about art and express their own thoughts. The week will conclude with a tour and reception for families where campers will showcase their personal voice, Dalí knowledge, and their very own surreal art.
“She would come home every day and tell me of the things she made and the things she learned, smiling as she spoke.”
“Learning, creative art projects, outdoor time and interaction with others – a nice balance.”
In addition to the art, the fun and the games, Junior Docent Art Camp benefits campers by building self-esteem, enhancing their speaking skills and providing opportunities to verbalize personal choices. A 7-year long collaboration with the USFSP Department of Psychiatry documented how the Junior Docent Art Camp assists in the development of children’s self-esteem and ability to learn. “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. “The Effects of a Museum Art Program on the Self-Concept of Children”
“Both fun and educational, which is rare.” Others have said there’s “nothing like it around.”
View pictures from previous Junior Docent Art Camp sessions.
9:30am – 3:30pm Mon-Thu
9:30am – 5:30pm Fri (includes tour and reception for families beginning at 3pm)
(The 6-hour camp session meets over the course of one week and culminates in the Friday afternoon tour and reception.)
A child’s spot in camp is not guaranteed until payment is received.
For additional information please contact:
Denisse De Leon, School Program Manager
Sarah Fornof, Education Coordinator
Are scholarships available for Junior Docent Art Camp?
A limited amount of scholarships are available. Apply here
What is the average class size for Junior Docent Art Camp?
Classes are limited to a maximum of 20 students per session (1:5 teacher:student ratio).
Who administers Junior Docent Art Camp?
The program is administered by the award-winning visual arts teachers of Pinellas County in tandem with the Dali Education team.
What time should students be dropped off and picked up?
Students may be dropped off as early as 9:15am and picked up promptly at 3:30pm. Please sign in/out every day. Be prepared to show identification for your child’s safety. We do not offer aftercare at this time.
I have registered. How do I pay?
After filling out the registration form, you will be directed to the payment page, or you can access the payment page above. Follow the link that corresponds to the week your child is attending. The fee includes supplies, snacks, Junior Docent t-shirt, and a Friday pizza lunch.
What is the cancellation & refund policy for Junior Docent Art Camp?
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.