UMLAUF Summer Art Camps offer one of a kind learning experiences in a natural oasis! Each week campers will embark on a new adventure in learning about the intersection of art and nature. Class sizes are small (no more than 15 students per camp) so students will get plenty of one on one attention from our highly trained Teaching Artists and Teaching Assistants.

All art supplies are included and campers will be able to take their work home. Camps are 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  Half day and full day camps are available. Campers can bring a lunch and stay all day. For added convenience, early drop off (8:30 AM - 9:00 AM) and late pick up (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM M-TH) are available. Registration for Summer 2019 is now open. If you register your camper before April 15 you’ll receive complimentary early drop-off or late pick-up.

June camps for students who have completed K - 2nd Grade, July camps for those who have completed 3rd - 5th. Each camp ends with a Friday art exhibition for family and friends at the UMLAUF.


tuition rates

$185 for half day / $370 for full day (non-member)

15% discount for UMLAUF Members*


$40 Early drop off per week (8:30am M - F) FREE before 4/15

$40 Late pick-up per week (5pm M - Th) FREE before 4/15

*e-mail to receive the discount code

June: K - 2nd graders

Week 1: Recycled Art (June 10 - 14)

AM: Trashy Art

Using recycled materials as primary media, campers will learn how to repurpose trash into art and explore the impact of using recycled materials on the environment.

PM: Art for the Good

Campers will learn about makers who are using art to further environmental causes, and create their own artwork advocating for environmental justice.

Week 2: Urban Gardening (June 17 - 21)

AM: Landscape Architecture

After exploring the UMLAUF's landscape architecture, campers will create and execute their own architectural designs.

PM: Planted Art

Campers will create artwork specifically for their gardens, e.g. plant labels, concrete stepping stones, and plant care guides.​

Week 3: Naturally Inspired (June 24 - 28)

AM: Art that Grows

Exploring the relationship between living things and their environment, campers will create interactive artworks that change with time.​

PM: Flowering Art

Campers will make plant presses from natural materials and press pickings from the UMLAUF Garden, leading to discussions on curating plants, weeding, and using plants to create art.

July: 3rd - 5th graders


Week 4: Art Repurposed (July 8 - 12)

AM: Art for Environmental Justice

In this camp students will explore the role art can play in environmental activism. They’ll learn about artist activists working in the field and create their own art for environmental justice. 

PM: Using Recycled Materials

Can using recycled materials really make a difference for the future of the environment? Campers will explore this question and put it into practice as they create art with materials recycled from the Museum and their own homes.

Week 5: Curating A Garden (July 15 - 19)

AM: Garden Art

Campers will investigate basic plant biology and create artistic plant care guides for the plants in their take home gardens. Campers will also take time to explore and create other garden artwork (plant labels, pots, flower arranging, etc.)

PM: Landscape Architecture

Campers will study the landscape architecture of the UMLAUF Garden before designing and executing their own Garden designs. Students will create smaller scale take home gardens, applying their design knowledge to the layout.

Week 6: Art from Nature (July 22 - 26)

AM: Pick & Press

After foraging for plants and weeds around the UMLAUF Garden, campers will press their pickings in a handmade plant press. Students will explore concepts around using natural materials to create art, and the role of the artist in creating and/or labelling art.

PM: Art in the Environment

While exploring and defining the concept of “environment”campers will create artwork that changes with time and location. Campers will uncover the connection between plants and their environment through these projects.

Campers can be registered for full or half day camps. There is a reduced rate for UMLAUF Members. Read more about Membership here or give us a call. Scholarships available. Please e-mail Sara Athans, Director of Programs,, for more information regarding scholarships. There is a 20% penalty for cancellation up to 14 days before the camp begins (the UMLAUF will retain 20% of fees, refunding you 80%). If you need to cancel less than two weeks before the camp begins no refunds will be issued.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.