TAM Summer Art Camps 2017

Explore art in your community at TAM’s Summer Art Camps! Each week, find inspiration in works of art at the museum, investigate how artists are inspired by the world around them, and go on expeditions around town to experience art in unexpected places. Take creative risks with big ideas and new materials. Create works of art to share with family and friends at a special art show at the end of each 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
  • Monday through Friday, 9 am  – 5 pm
  • Cost: $295 ($265 for members)
  • Before and  After Care available (see below)
  • Scholarships  available (see below)


Spaces and Places

July 10-14

Learn how architects, artists, and designers think about the spaces and places in which we all live, work, and play. Experts from local Tacoma architecture and design firms will lead the way. Design and construct your own models inspired by TAM’s architecture and the buildings in downtown Tacoma. Then collaborate to create a cool, new art city!

  • Register for Spaces and Places Camp (grades 2-5)    Registration Full (updated 7/5/17)
  • Register for Spaces and Places Camp  (grades 6-8)    Registration Closed (updated 7/10/17).

Spaces and Places camps are facilitated in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Southwest Washington.

AIA Southwest Washington

Art and Nature

July 17-21

Explore art in TAM’s galleries and around town. Adventure into the outdoors to discover the relationship between art and the natural world. Use natural materials to create land art, make prints powered by the sun, and work as a team to sculpt a larger-than-life forest.

  • Register for Art and Nature Camp (grades 2-5)    Registration Closed (updated 7/17/17).
  • Register for Art and Nature Camp  (grades 6-8)    Registration Closed (updated 7/17/17).

Glorious Glass

July 24-28

Explore the transformative properties of glass! Find inspiration from TAM’s world-class studio art glass collections including works by Dale Chihuly, Paul Marioni, Cappy Thompson, and many other Pacific Northwest glass artists. Paint, fuse, slump, and even blow glass to create one-of-a-kind works of art.

  • Register for  Glorious Glass Camp (grades 2-5)    Registration Full (updated 6/23/17).
  • Register for  Glorious Glass Camp (grades 6-8)    Registration Closed (updated 7/12/17).

Before and After Care

Before care: 8–9 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

Register for Before and After Care


Tacoma Art Museum believes art should be for everyone! TAM offers a limited number of full and partial scholarships to cover tuition, lunch, snacks, before and after care, and transportation costs.

Register for a Summer Camp Scholarship

Please Read  Summer Camp Fine Print


Support of Summer Art Camps is provided by AIA Southwest Washington.

AIA Southwest Washington