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.


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. 

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Registration Brochure

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.