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Summer camps at the Ogden
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New Orleans offers of a multitude of museums and attractions to entertain, educate and inspire tourists and locals alike. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Camp Street, just off of Lee Circle, is one of those treasures. You may be familiar with the multiple programs, events and shows the Ogden offers that tend to be geared more toward adults. For example, Ogden After Hours offers live music every Thursday evening, 6-8 p.m., until the end of July. These nights offer a wonderful combination of viewing art, listening to local musicians and enjoying a signature cocktail. But when you’re considering summer camp options for your children, the Ogden might not be the first place to spring into your mind. Well, think again! The Ogden offers a unique collection of art-inspired options in June and July for children entering grades two through 12.

The Ogden offers Fashion Camp for fifth through eighth grades, and Advanced Fashion Camp for grades nine through 12. In both camps, students go through all phases of the design process, including research, sketch and construction, and end with a style show where their one-of-kind pieces make it way down the runway. These full-day camps, which run 9 a.m.-3 p.m., range in length from one to two weeks and vary in cost.

The Ogden also offers a two-week Art & Drama Camp and a Fine Art FUNdamentals camp for second through fifth grades. The Art & Drama camp is under the direction of Andy Vaught from Cripple Creek Theatre Company and Suzanna Ritz. Students don’t just “put on a play;” rather, they create the script, scenery and costumes, and perform their original production on the last day of camp. In the FUNdamentals camp, students will explore traditional fine art techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture, but then also delve into comics, animations and screen printing and 2D and 3D media. Perfect for your creative child!

If photography is your child’s passion, you’ll find two Photo Camp options, one for students entering sixth through eighth grades, and one for older students. Both full-day camps meet for two weeks. The first week is spent learning the basics of photography, including the composition of a picture, proper exposure settings and the functions of a camera. During the second week, students get the chance to put what they’ve learned into practice in the field as they advance basic photography into photojournalism, portraiture and more. During the course of the camp, students create a portfolio of their work and have the opportunity to participate in a museum exhibition of their work during White Linen Night. Both camps are under the direction of portrait photographer Aubrey Edwards.

The specific dates and prices of each camp session are available on the Ogden’s website, Considering a membership in the Ogden is always a great idea, but it also makes these camps even more appealing as members receive a discounted rate on camp registrations. So whether you have visiting grandchildren, children looking to get out of the New Orleans summer heat or just kids interested in doing something creative and different this summer, check out the summer camp lineup at the Ogden.

Just the Facts

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Advanced Fashion Summer Camp
Grades 9-12
June 6-10

Art & Drama Camp
Grades 2-5
June 13-24

Fine Art Fundamentals:
Grades 2-5
June 27-July 8

Photo Camp:
Grades 6-8
July 5-15

Fashion Camp:
Grades 5-8
July 11-22

Photo Camp:
Grades 8-12
July 18-29



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