Children's Art Camps & Workshops

SAMA’s museums in Altoona, Bedford, Loretto and Ligonier Valley offer children’s art camps every summer. The art camps are facilitated by Museum staff and professional visiting artists. The camps are taught in small, informal groups to foster the child’s creativity, personal growth, and interest in the arts. Additionally, the camps provide children with exposure to a museum setting, as well as ample opportunities to work with a variety of artistic media.

We appreciate the opportunity to photograph/videotape your child participating in activities at SAMA. By documenting the creative arts process from beginning to end and capturing the energy, enthusiasm, focus, and pride reflected in each student’s artwork, we are better able to share the value and importance of the arts to the education of all students. Click here to view the full Photograph and Media Release Form to print and bring to your SAMA workshop to provide or deny consent to photograph you or your child. 

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To register, visit the event list page or contact the museum at or

(814) 946-4464. 

Altoona Summer Art Camp with Sarah Jubeck

Ages 6 - 12

July 26th – 30th & August 2nd - 6th

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This year’s art camp will explore color theory weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This camp will delight students ages 6 – 12, as they learn a basic understanding of color theory and its applications. The cost for this camp is $175 per child, which includes all materials and snacks. Registration should be received no later than July 16th and includes a $25 non-refundable deposit. Following this art camp, artwork created by the students will be on display at SAMA Altoona to celebrate their artistic achievements and experimentations. We look forward to the flutter of activity of this year’s summer art camp at SAMA Altoona!

In addition to furthering an understanding of color, students will also study light and its effect on color through a variety of exercises and activities in the downtown Altoona museum as well as in the community during walks and excursions. This art camp will last ten days, and it will be largely contained within our downtown Altoona facility. Students will engage in collaborative group projects as well as individual activities to stimulate their creativity.

Local artist, Sarah Jubeck, will lead students through exercises in abstract painting, collage, marbling, the science of color theory, color wheels, and more. This art camp will coincide with an exhibition of work by local artists Tony Porter and Michael Allison, both of whom create colorful abstractions. Their work will fill the Detwiler Education Center, where the students will receive their instruction and participate in daily art exercises. Jubeck, owns and operates the Altoona business known as “Paint Party by Sarah”, where she offers art classes in canvas painting, ceramic painting, watercolor classes, foundations of art classes, and more. Jubeck has a BFA in painting and drawing. She has also developed curriculum for teaching art in various settings and with a diverse population.















To register, visit the event list page or contact the museum at or

(814) 589-3020. 

Bedford Summer Art Camp with Linda Callaway

Ages 6 - 12

August 3rd – 26th *see ten day specific dates below

12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

Cost is $150 per registration. For those who cannot attend the full camp, individual kits including materials, inspirational images, and instruction sheets can be purchased for $20/kit with specified date and project title. Click here to download the list of projects and materials by day to order your $20 art kit.


This year’s ten-day art camp will explore a variety of materials on Tuesdays and Thursdays in August from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The dates are every Tuesday and Thursday plus a few extra days, for the following schedule: August 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 25th, and 26th.


· August 3rd – Day 1: Victorian Era people drawing/painting.

· August 5th – Day 2: Australian Aboriginal Lizard

· August 10th – Day 3: Picasso-esk Face

· August 12th – Day 4: African Silhouette

· August 13th – Day 5: Van Gogh Sunflower

· August 17th – Day 6: Frida Kahlo Portrait

· August 19th – Day 7: Llama Painting

· August 24th – Day 8: Painted Newspaper Flowers

· August 25th – Day 9: Paper Mache Jewelry Making Part I (based off of current exhibition)

· August 26th – Day 10: Paper Mache Jewelry Making Part II (based off current exhibition)


This camp will delight students ages 6 – 12, as they learn a basic understanding of art materials. The cost for the full day camp is $150 per child, which includes all materials and snacks. In-person reservations are limited to 20 students. Registration should be received no later than July 26th at Every day the lessons are created as a kit if in person experience is not possible.








To register, visit the event list page or print, fill out, and mail the registration

brochure with check to SAMA Ligonier. For more information, please call the

museum at 724-238-6015.

Around the World in 10 days with Ms. Rita Haldeman

Ages 10 – 16

July 12th – 23rd

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

During this 2-week camp, students will be introduced and explore a multitude of countries and cultures through art. The students are going to travel through several countries and immerse themselves in all art aspects. They will learn about the “art” of food, written language, famous artists and techniques and much more. Journey to such places like Thailand, and New Zealand. Students get your passports ready! Reception date: July 23, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.


Heads and Tails: Animals in Art with Ms. Amy Roadman

Ages 5 – 9

July 5th – 9th     

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Pets, and animals in general are huge components in our lives. During this weeklong camp, students will focus on animals and how they can be reflected in art. Each day, the group will focus on a different species and use different artistic techniques to share their newly learned facts. The children will use their imagination and skills while painting, printing, collaging, and sculpting their favorite creatures. They will also explore the beautiful gardens surrounding the Museum and see what wildlife they can discover in the local environment. This camp will provide social interaction, collaboration, and imaginative engagement through artistic exploration. Reception date: July 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. 












To register, visit the event list page or contact the museum at or

(814) 472-3920. 

Nature Art Camp

Ages 6 - 12

July 26th – 30th 

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Let’s make art with nature! Using things around you, you will create beautiful works of art and fun craft projects with things like rocks, flowers, leaves, berries, and more! Instructor, Sarah Baumbach is the owner of Maker Studio. She will assist campers in completing five or more projects during camp. A showcase exhibition at the end of camp will highlight each camper's unique projects and friends and family are invited! Here is a list of projects:


  • Seed Bombs: We’re kicking off camp by creating seed bombs! Recycled paper and seeds are combined to create a fun way to plant flowers.

  • Rock Painting: Rock painting is a never ending activity! We’ll first paint rocks and then talk about how to hide and share them in the community.

  • Smashed Flower and Greens Tote: We’re creating one-of-a-kind tote bags. Perfect for carrying summer essentials!

  • Berry Painting: Who says you need paint for painting?! We’re smashing berries for this fun art project!

  • Sun Art Paper Collages: A little art, a little magic… this art project is going to seem to appear out of thin air!


2021 Summer Fine Arts Pottery Camps with Bob Zabrosky

July 12th – 16th & 19th - 23rd

Grades 7th - 12th from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Adults from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please visit to register for this art camp. 

SAMA in Loretto has teamed up with Saint Francis University to offer 2021 Summer Fine Arts Pottery Camps. The ten-day art camps will span the weeks of July 12th through 16th and 19th through 23rd. SAMA’s art camps are taught in small, informal groups to foster creativity, personal growth, and interest in the arts.

This camp is being taught by artist Bob Zabrosky. Two sessions will be offered: the morning session from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for students who are currently in grades 7th through 12th and the afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. for adults. Pre-packaged snacks will be provided daily. The cost for this camp is $175 per person, which includes all materials and snacks. Space is limited to 20 people per session and registration is required at

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Registration Brochure

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Adult Workshops


SAMA intermittently offers a variety of studio art programs and workshops. Programs may include lessons in various painting techniques, clay, photography, basket-making, or wood-carving. The programs are intended to further the public’s appreciation for the creative process while assisting in the development of their own artistic talents. See the Calendar Page for upcoming events.