Children can reveal an artistic temperament at a young age by spattering ice cream on white tablecloths and denying that a pacifier is a pacifier. Encourage an early brush with greatness with this Groupon.
$39 for a One-Week Summer Art Camp (Up to $95 Value)
Children grades 1–5 embark on one of six summer camps including Natural Science, Art, and the Environment, where they explore the local woods and render their experiences in an art journal; or Chinese Art, where they draw from the museum's Silk Road exhibit to craft shadow puppets, paintings, and clay works. Students grades 6–8 can mold sculptures inspired by art in the museum using found materials and clay in 3-D Transformations; practice painting outside in Watercolor and Acrylic Painting; or depict photographs, still-life compositions, and their own imaginations using a range of dry media in Drawing and Illustrating. Each day camp spans one week, ensuring that children get ample time to explore their chosen topic without having to shadow one of the museum's paintings for a day. Sessions for kids in grades 1–5 last two hours, while kids in grades 6–8 will be in class for an additional half hour.
The University of Mississippi Museum
Author William Faulkner, satirist Stark Young, and art collector Mary Skipwith Buie share something in common—they've all lent their legacies to The University of Mississippi Museum. Originally opened in 1939, the complex encompasses the one-time home of Faulkner, Rowan Oak; registered Mississippi landmark Walton-Young Historic House, which housed famed satirist Stark; and a historic art museum built around Buie’s private collection. Today, the museum uses its three sites to preserve and showcase the artistic past and cultural heritage of the American South through exhibits, demonstrations, and education. Guides lead scheduled tours though the historic homes and the museum exhibitions to avoid waking napping sculptures.
Rotating exhibits center on genres such as Southern folk art by self-taught painters, ancient Chinese ceramics art, and mixed-media works by modern artists. The four permanent collections provide a home for lasting assemblages of 19th-century scientific instruments; Greek and Roman works of art; pieces by American modernists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, and John Marin; and a range of Civil War relics, antique costumes, and letters penned by George Washington and John Adams. As part of the museum's focus on education, instructors lead adult studio workshops on topics such as outdoor nature photography, woodcut printmaking, and watercolors. They also let younger artists explore exhibits, use studio space, and question German expressionism's use of forced perspective in ArtZone and summer camp programs.