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Camps & Classes for Kids & Teens

  • AGES 6-10
    Roundabout Portrait
    Saturdays, September 6, 13, 9:30am-noon

    $40(c), $50

    Focusing on identity, visiting artist Michelle Montjoy engages participants in an exploration of self. Integrating techniques in acrylic paint, collage, colored pencil, and paper cutting, participants will represent various aspects of themselves by creating an eight-part painting shaped into a hanging sphere. Online registration required.
    GRADES 8-12
    Teen Collective

    Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 17, December 1, 8, 15, January 5, 12, 3:30-5:30pm

    $425(c), $525

    Designed to challenge young artists to strive for their highest possible artistic potential, each semester-long session will have 12 students delve into intensive visual art practices to create two portfolio pieces and culminate in a student-installed exhibition. The work will be professionally published, providing each student with a resource for college entrance and scholarship applications.  Open Studio included for Teen Collective students. Online registration required.

    AGES 5-12
    Wednesdays, September 10, 17, 
    October 1, 8, 15, 3:30-5:30pm

    $160(c), $185

    Young artists get up close and personal with the work of artist-in-residence Ye Hongxing and create a range of art projects. Online registration required.


    AGES 13-18
    Ruban d'Emballage
    Thursdays, September 18, October 2, 9, 16, 23

    $80(c), $100

    Visiting artist Kelly Schnorr leads this class in creating life-size figurative sculptures inspired by contemporary art practices using lightweight, minimal materials. Participants will explore design principles of form and scale while learning basic techniques for molding and modeling. Online registration required.

    AGES 16+
    Open Studio
    Fridays, September 19, October 17, 1-4:30pm

    $5(m), $10 per session

    Materials and a thematic set-up will be provided for this un-facilitated, unstructured time in the studio. No registration is required but payment is due upon arrival. 

    AGES 6-8
    Art Out Loud
    Saturday, September 20, 9-10:45am

    $10(c), $20

    Make your artistic voice heard through a studio tour and Q&A session followed by a hands-on art project inspired by artist-in-residence Ye Hongxing. Space is limited. Online registration required.

    AGES 4+
    Family Friday
    Friday, September 26, 1-4pm
    admission: free(m), $5
    Participate in a kid-friendly tour of the studio and a project inspired by artist Ye Hongxing's crystal sticker collages. Free for up to two children per paid adult admission, additional children are $5 each. No registration required but payment is due upon arrival.
    Open House
    Saturday, October 18, 11:00am-3:00pm
    Free admission, guided tours, live music, and art projects make this a not-to-miss day at Lux.
    Sponsored in part by the U-T San Diego, and funded in part by the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program.
    GRADES K-6
    EUSD Fall Camp

    October 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 
    October 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 

    $250(c), $275 per week

    Choose one or both of these unique week-long sessions to keep kids working their creative muscles during the fall break from the Encinitas Union School District. Students will explore a variety of materials to create several different projects each week.  Extended day art-making until 3pm is available on a daily basis for an additional charge of $20 per day per child. Online registration required.

    Film Screening

    Tuesday, October 28, 6:00-8:00pm

    Free, $5 suggested donation

    This event is part of ART21 Access '14, a worldwide initiative providing unprecedented access to contemporary artists through preview screenings of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7. No registration required.


    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.
    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)-  SOLD OUT
    Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm; June 4, 11, 18, 25
    Cost: $150 non-members; $130 members

    2014/2015 Season Schedule

    Coming in late summer! Kids-in-Residence classes for the 2013/2014 season have ended. Registration for the 2014/2015 season will open in late summer. Sign up for the Lux mailing list for program announcements.

    To sign up & learn more: Registration is closed for the season, stay tuned for program announcements. 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
    Season 2014/2015 Calendar

    Coming in late summer! Art Out Loud classes for the 2013/2014 season have ended. Registration for the 2014/2015 season will open in late summer. Sign up for the Lux mailing list for program announcements.

    To sign up & learn more: Registration is closed for the season, stay tuned for program announcements. 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.
    Cost: $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 have planned and hosted 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 were available to hundreds of teens and t{w}eens! For junior-high age students interested in attending these events, follow the Junior Art Board blog or Facebook page!


    Be on the Junior Art Board: The program is an application-based annual commitment for art enthusiasts. Sign up for the Lux mailing list for the recruitment announcement for the 2014/2015 school year in late summer 2014.

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

Summer Art Camp

  • Lux 2014 Summer Art Camp was bigger and better than ever! Lux officially broke in the new Education Pavilion, where there was even more space to expand. We added an additional week, another age group, and another three hours of instruction to each week!
    Lux’s popular six-week Summer Art Camp allowed kids to explore, make, and exhibit art in a museum setting. Each week of campe was based on a different theme or discipline, including drawing, book arts, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking, and painting. Classes met four days a week (for a total of 12 instruction hours per week) and featured 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 were available for students in grades K-11.

    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!

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

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



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