Summer Art Camps 2018

Discover art in your community at Tacoma Art Museum’s Summer Art Camps for kids entering grades 2-8! Each week, explore the works of art in the museum for inspiration, go on expeditions around town, and create your own art. Take risks with big ideas and new materials, and showcase your work in a special camp art show at the end of the week.

Elementary and Middle school camps explore the same themes, with projects and activities scaled to suit the age of the campers.

  • Elementary School Camps: For youth entering grades 2–5
  • Middle School Camps: For youth entering grades 6–8
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
  • Cost: $295 ($265 for members)
  • Before and After Care available (see below)
  • Scholarships available (see below)


July 9-13

When you look at a building, do you see four walls or a work of art? Learn the artistic process architects use to create new spaces. Investigate the range of art-chitecture at TAM and other downtown structures. Design and construct building models. Work with experts from local Tacoma architecture and design firms. Create an architecture project of your own!

Art-chitecture camps are facilitated in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Southwest Washington.

AIA Southwest Washington

Glorious Glass

July 16-20

Discover the amazing properties of glass! Get inspiration from the work of Pacific Northwest glass artists like Dale Chihuly. Learn more about the use of glass art in our region. Explore many different ways to create art with glass, such as painting, fusing, slumping, and even blowing glass. This camp includes a visit to Tacoma Glassblowing Studio.

  • Register for Elementary Camp (grades 2–5) Sold out
  • Register for Middle Camp (grades 6–8) Sold out

This is Me!

July 23-27

Express who you are through portraits! See how artists use portraits to tell stories about people. Explore portraits in our galleries and around the community. Create a variety of portraits, including family and friends, historical figures, and even yourself. Experiment with different materials and styles to show the world who you are!

Before and After Care

Before care: 7:30 – 9 am
After care: 5 – 6 pm

Extend your child’s art engagement beyond camp hours with TAM’s before and after care. Campers will make even more art during open studio time and play games with their new camp friends, guided and supervised by TAM Camp staff.

Cost: $35 per week for before or after care; $50 per week for both before and after care


Scholarship applications are now closed.

Please Read Summer Camp Fine Print