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At ArtVenture Camps children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history, and creative problem solving. All camps include a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to learn about and be inspired by original works of art. The Museum's exceptional team of Teaching Artists include painters and sculptors, a children's book illustrator, a ceramicist, a graphic designer and an art historian who are all experienced art educators.

ArtVenture Camps take place at the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, the Museum's off-site facility dedicated to hands-on art education for children. The site offers programs for students age 5-12 during winter and spring break, and for children age 5-14 during the summer, in an atmosphere where creativity, studio art practices, and fun combine to create an enriching experience.

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1st Thursday
Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm

Family 1st Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8pm.

July 3
Abstract Acrylics
Left Coast

Paint bold and richly textured geometric shapes over layers of translucent acrylic wash to create abstract forms resembling urban grids and mountains made of stained glass, inspired by the work of Steve Roden.

August 7
Color Field Landscapes
Left Coast
Apply a color base coat with liquid tempera using a palette knife, then overlay transparent sheets of contrasting hues to create a “heat sensor” landscape, inspired by Jack Goldstein’s Untitled.


Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
Sundays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside to the Museum’s Family Resource Center.

All participants receive a Free Family Pass to the Museum.
Front Steps of the Museum

July 13
Left Coast
Reimagine a setting for Elad Lassry’s Wolf (Blue) by making ink drawings of what you think is inside the box the wolf is standing on. Assemble the drawings and a transparency of the wolf into a shadow box.

August 10
Air-Dry Clay
Left Coast
Build and paint a tower of wood and clay blocks inspired by Brian Bress’ video portrait The Architect.


Claude Monet, Charring Cross Bridge (detail), 1899. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Katharine Dexter McCormick in memory of her husband, Stanley R. McCormick; John Divola, 74V62 (detail), from the series "Vandalism", 1974. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Artist. Al Held, Brughes II (detail), n.d. Acrylic on canvas. SBMA, Gift of Carol L. Valentine.

New Family Resource Center Installation: Sci-Art
What happens when art meets science? Learn more about the Museum's permanent collection and participate in hybrid hands on activities designed by our team of Museum Teaching Artists and their scientific "lab partners."

The Sci-Art installation is equal parts scientific laboratory and art studio. How do we see color? What can running dogs teach us about physics? How can a bag of flour emulate the stars?

Learn, discover, build, and create as we explore the thread between imagination and reality.

Family Resource Center



Free Family Guides: Now Available at the Visitors Services Desks
Free family guides for the permanent collection and special exhibitions help parents and children explore the galleries together. New guides are produced several times a year that feature guided looking questions, gallery games, sketching activities and family friendly information on artists and exhibition themes.


Free Family Days
Día de los Muertos
October, 2014
For the 24th year, the Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries and back plaza including music and dance performances, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.

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Free Family Days and all other Family Programs are made possible through the generosity of the Schlosser Family Trust.


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our donors for their
contributions to the Museum's Education Programs:

Schlosser Family Trust

Bank of America, Jane and Ken Anderson, Gwen and Henry Baker, Jill and John C. Bishop, Jr., Patricia and Richard Blake, Sheila and Richard Bonsignore, Shelby Bowen, Susan D. Bowey, Business First Bank, California Arts Council, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Estate of June Celmayster, Gordon B. Crary, Jr., Suzanne and Tom Deardorff Family, Julia Delgado, Jane Eagleton, Echelon Video, Betsy and Roy Edwards, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Christine and Robert Emmons, Lois and Robert Erburu, Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan, Estates of Jean and Howard Fenton, Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation, Martha and John Gabbert, Dorothy and John Gardner, Paul Guido, Astrid and Lawrence T. Hammett, Perri Harcourt, The Hearst Endowed Fund for Education, Lorna S. Hedges, High Tide Foundation, Shirley Ann and James H. Hurley, Joan and Palmer Jackson, Susan and Palmer Jackson Family, Gina and Joe Jannotta, Kirby-Jones Foundation, June and William Kistler, Jacquelyn Klein-Brown, Beryl and Neil Kreisel, Judith Little, Little One Foundation, Lucifer Lighting Company, The Luria Family Foundation, Marilyn Magid, Jennifer and John Markham Family, Siri and Bob Marshall, Sheila and Frank McGinity, Susan McMillan and Tom Kenny Family, Gretchen and Marshall Milligan, Montecito Bank & Trust, Mosher Foundation, Rita and Steven Moya, Françoise and James Park, Joanne Pearson, Ridley-Tree Foundation, Regina and Rick Roney, Santa Barbara Foundation, Savoir Faire Catering, SBMA smART Families, Maryan and Richard Schall, Susan and Arthur W. Schultz, Laura and Craig Shelburne Family, Sneh Singh, Southern California Edison, Marianne and Norman F. Sprague III, Mary Lynn and Warren Staley, Steele Family Foundation, Connie Frank and Evan C. Thompson, The Towbes Foundation, Jeanne G. Towles, U.S. Bank, Union Bank, Patricia J. Van Every, Susan and Hubert Vos, Tim Walsh and Mike Healy, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas N. Weber, Wells Fargo Foundation, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Linda and Doug Wood, donors to the Museum Fund for Excellence, and anonymous donors.



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