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Camps & Classes for Kids

  • Kids-in-Residence
    Kids-in-Residence is Lux’s in-depth, after-school art program offered to young artists in conjunction with each artist residency. Each 5-week session is based on the ideas, style and technique of the current artist-in-residence.
    Ages: 8-14
    When: 3:30pm-5:30pm select Wednesdays
    Cost: $160 members/ $185 non-members
    More Information: Learn more here.
    Art Out Loud is a Saturday morning workshop featuring a kid-friendly discussion, art tour and hands-on art project.
    Ages: 6-8
    When: Select Saturday mornings
    Cost: $10 members/ $20 non-members
    More Information: Learn more here.
    Lux’s popular six-week Summer Art Camp allows kids to explore, make and exhibit art in a museum setting. Each week of camp is based on a different theme or discipline, including drawing, book arts, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking, and painting.
    Ages: Artists entering grades 1-11
    When: July and August
    Cost: $190 non­-members; $170 members per week. Discount for all six weeks. Limited free-tuition scholarships available.
    More Information: Learn more here.
    The Junior Art Board is comprised of a small group of junior-high age art enthusiasts from throughout San Diego County. Students meet weekly after school to make art, meet artists and museum professionals, and plan events and activities for their peers.
    Ages: 11-16
    Cost: Free thanks to the generous support of the Ackerman Foundation
    More Information: Learn more here.
    Lux Kids Blog

    Check out our Education Programs in action! Admire the creativity of Lux Kids, preview upcoming projects, get a behind-the-scenes view, and stay up-to date on promotions and events!




  • Kids-in-Residence is Lux’s in-depth, after-school art program for young artists ages 8-14. Each 5-week session corresponds to the Lux Residency schedule and is based on the ideas, style, and technique of the current artist-in-residence.

    The curriculum allows kids to get up-close and personal with professional artists by studying their work, experimenting with similar techniques and materials, and following the artists’ progress in the studio from start to finish.
    2013/2014 Season Schedule

    Matthew Cusick
    Ages 8-10 - SOLD OUT!
    Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm; September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23
    Ages 11-14 - SOLD OUT!
    Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm; September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24

    Melora Kuhn
    Ages 8-10 - SOLD OUT!
    Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm; November 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18
    Ages 11-14 - SOLD OUT!
    Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm; November 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19

    Marcus Kenney
    Ages 8-10 - SOLD OUT
    Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm; January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12
    Ages 11-14 -  SOLD OUT
    Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm; January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13

    Jarmo Mäkilä
    Ages 8-10 & 11-14 (two concurrent classes) -  SOLD OUT
    Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm; March 26, April 2, 23, 30, May 7
    Cost: $185 non-members; $160 members

    Beverly Penn
    Ages 8-10 & 11-14 (two concurrent classes)
    Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm; June 4, 11, 18, 25
    Cost: $150 non-members; $130 members

    To sign up & learn more: Click here to register your child for the current session and learn class details. Space is limited and waitlisting is expected.

    For more information: email or visit the Lux Kids Blog.

Art Out Loud

  • Art Out Loud is a special Saturday morning art tour and workshop just for kids ages 6-8. Students are led by a Lux educator through the outdoor nature trail, followed by a tour of the current exhibition of Lux's artist-in-residence. Inspired by the exhibit, participants create a hands-on project using similar techniques or concepts as the artist-in-residence.


    9:00-10:00 am: Sculpture hunt & Studio tour
    10:00-10:45 am: Hands-on art project

    Season 2013/2014 Calendar
    September 14 & 28, 2013
    November 9 & 30, 2013
    January 18, 2014
    April 5, 2014
    June 21, 2014
    Space is limited and waitlisting is expected. This is a drop-off program for kids only. It is supervised by a Lux staff educator and two adult volunteers.
    $10 for members, $20 for non-members
    For more information: email and check out the Lux Kids Blog.


Junior Art Board

  • Lux Art Institute launched its first Junior Art Board during the 2012/13 school year with the support of a grant from the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation. The Junior Art Board has kicked off its second season with a group of 12 junior-high-age art enthusiasts from all over San Diego County. The students will meet weekly after school at Lux to make art, meet artists and museum professionals, and plan events and activities to get their peers involved at Lux.
    Throughout the 2013/14 school year, the Junior Art Board members will be planning and hosting events for teens and tweens. Film screenings, artist meet & greets, peer-led exhibition tours, art parties and an art show featuring t{w}een artwork are ahead! For junior-high age students interested in attending these events, follow the Junior Art Board blog or Facebook page!


    T{w}een Art Show

    Exhibit your artwork in a museum setting! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of the 2014 exhibition of work by artists 11-16 – submit your work for review by the Junior Art Board now!

    Last year’s T{w}een Art Show was the first ever peer-reviewed art show for kids ages 11-16 at Lux Art Institute. It featured over 40 artists and nearly 80 pieces of unique artwork that was hand-selected and solicited by the 2012/2013 members of the Lux Junior Art Board. View photos from the 2013 exhibition and party here and here.

    Learn more about the submission process and important dates online here.

    For more information:
     Visit the Junior Art Board blog and Facebook page or email


Summer Art Camp

  • Camp is bigger and better than ever! Now being offered in the new Education Pavilion, there is more space to expand. We've added an additional week, another age group, and another three hours of instruction to each week! Dig into art making in 2014!
    Lux’s popular six-week Summer Art Camp allows kids to explore, make, and exhibit art in a museum setting. Each week of camp is based on a different theme or discipline, including drawing, book arts, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking, and painting. Classes meet four days a week (for a total of 12 instruction hours per week) and feature creative projects, nature walks and studio tours. The camp culminates with a professionally-hung art show in the Artist Pavilion and Education Pavilion, where students invite family, friends, and teachers to view work created during the camp.

    Sessions are available for students who have completed grades K-11. Students are placed in sessions based on the grade they completed in the 2013/2014 school year.

    Grades K-1: Monday-Thursday, from 9am-12pm - weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4 sold out! Waitlist here.
    Grade 2: Monday-Thursday, from 9am-12pm
    Grades 3-4: Monday-Thursday, from 9am-12pm -
    week 4 is sold out! Waitlist here.
    Grade 5: Monday-Thursday, from 1:30-4:30pm
    Grades 6-7: Monday-Thursday, from 1:30-4:30pm
    Grades 8-11: Monday-Thursday, from 1:30-4:30pm

    Week 1 (July 7-10) Drawing: Investigate mark­making instruments including graphite, charcoal, ink, and unconventional materials to make works on paper.

    Week 2 (July 14-17) Book Arts *Never before at Lux!*: From story telling and character development, to illustration and zines, from pop-ups to flip books — delve into the world of book art.

    Week 3 (July 21-24) Mixed Media: Explore what happens when painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking collide. This is a Lux favorite!

    Week 4 (July 28-31) Sculpture: Use new tools, materials, and techniques to create art in 3D.

    Week 5 (August 4-7) Printmaking: Cut, carve, ink, press, and print to create lino­cuts, foam prints, and silkscreens. 

    Week 6 (August 11-14) Painting: Discover the possibilities of paint­ from fundamentals to experimentation, and from abstraction to realism.

    Summer Art Camp Student Art Show

    Reception and Art Party: Saturday, August 23 from 1pm-­4pm — bring the whole family, neighborhood, and school to admire your work and participate in festivities!
    On Exhibit: Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22 from 1pm-­5pm — for visitors unable to attend the Saturday reception.
    Check out last year’s exhibition of masterpieces created by Lux Kids!

    Camp Details
    Individual weeks: $190 non­-members; $170 members (12 hours of class instruction, one more day than 2013!)
    All six weeks (save $40 and get a free camp t­-shirt): $1,100 non-­members; $980 members
    Camp t-­shirts are an additional $15
    To sign up:
    Summer Art Camp sells out fast, so register quickly!

    For more information:

    Review the camp registration form for important details on camp and policies. E
    mail with additional questions.

    Summer Art Camp Scholarship

    A needs-based scholarship is available for select students whose families cannot afford the Summer Art Camp fee. Funding for scholarships is limited in 2014, and we regret that not all applicants will receive a scholarship.

    To apply:

    The deadline to apply is April 25, 2014.

    To support the Summer Art Camp Scholarship program and help send a child to camp:
    Make a donation online, or call Colleen Ennis at 760-­436-­6611 x209.

    Summer Art Camp Internship

    Each year, Lux Art Institute looks for enthusiastic, artistic high school and college students to assist with Summer Art Camp.

    See Summer Art Camp in action: Visit the Lux Kids Blog!



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