This Philbrook Art Camp is a whole new Art Camp. We are thrilled to offer workshop-style camp sessions where children and artists make meaningful connections. Fewer camp sessions during the summer will allow us to ensure our artists have the support they need to facilitate deeply impactful camp sessions. To that end, keep an eye out for brand-new camp sessions during Fall and Spring Break!
Philbrook Art Camp
Real Artists. Real Fun.
Philbrook Art Camp offers a unique opportunity for children ages 5-14 to work with acclaimed working local and regional artists from a variety of fields and disciplines. Move beyond lanyards and popsicle sticks, give the children in your life an unforgettable summer experience exploring ideas, getting messy, and making art with real artists.
Why are there fewer camp sessions offered this year?
Why are some sessions more expensive than others?
For most price differences between sessions, the difference between costs is directly related to the duration of the camp. Some camps are slightly more expensive to factor in specialty supply fees as well as smaller class sizes.
How many children will be in each camp session?
Philbrook Art Camp strives to ensure each child has a meaningful and impactful summer. All of our camp sessions enroll 20 or fewer children per camp. Sound and Music in the Stained Glass Cabin enrolls just 15 tweens to ensure a magical and deeply impactful experience.
Why are the age ranges for each session different this year?
Our age ranges are designed to accommodate each child’s developmental level, and best nurture the relationships formed within each group of children. For the majority of our camps, children are elementary school aged.
My schedule is tricky. Is there childcare available before and after camp?
Yes! We offer before care from 7:45-9 AM, and aftercare from 4-5:30 PM. You may sign up for either, or both, when you register for camp.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes! We offer a variety of scholarships based on financial need. To apply for a scholarship, please submit our online Scholarship Application.
Are there camp shirts this year?
We love our beloved camp shirts! This summer we will be spending a large amount of time exploring and making art outside in our beautiful gardens. Each camper will receive a custom Art Camp water bottle. However, we will still offer Art Camp shirts as an optional add-on. You may purchase a t-shirt on either the first or last day of your camp session!
Why are children receiving water bottles instead of t-shirts this year?
This summer we will be spending more time making art, having fun, and exploring in our beautiful gardens. These custom-made and durable Art Camp water bottles will not only look cool, but will help your child stay cool and hydrated all week long.
How do I purchase lunches?
For your convenience, Philbrook now offers kid-friendly lunches in two portion sizes: A small portion and a large portion. Lunch packages will be sold during check-in on the first day of camp. Lunch packages will include the first day of camp.
What is the difference between a “small portion” and a “large portion”?
We know there is a big difference between the appetite of a five year old and a fourteen year old. For bigger appetites, a large portion is 50% larger than the small portion.
What kind of food is in a purchased lunch?
Kitchen27 offers a variety of freshly-prepared kid-friendly lunch options each day. While the choices appeal to children’s palettes, all food is prepared in-house and not frozen. A sample menu includes Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque, Turkey and Bacon Sandwiches with carrot sticks and a cookie, and chicken strips with French fries.
I’d like to purchase lunches, but my child has an allergy. Is this possible?
With notice ahead of time, we can accommodate vegetarian lunches as well as lunches for children with gluten allergies. As a rule, none of our lunches or snacks include peanut products.
Can I send my child to camp with a lunch from home?
Of course! If you would like to send your child with a lunch you are welcome to. Please do not send lunches that need to be refrigerated or warmed up in a microwave. Further, Philbrook Art Camp is a peanut-free camp. Please do not send peanuts or peanut products.
Can I send my child with a lunch that includes peanuts or peanut products?
For the safety of those with peanut allergies, Philbrook Art Camp is a peanut-free camp. Please do not send your child with any peanuts or peanut products for their lunch or their snack.
Do I need to send a snack for my child?
Each camp session includes a snack midway through the day. Philbrook provides goldfish or pretzels for snack. However, caregivers are welcome to send their child with a different snack.
What do I need to bring with my child on the first day of camp?
We’re making art! Please ensure your child arrives at camp in clothes that can get messy. We will also be spending a good deal of time in our gardens. Please ensure your child arrives to camp wearing sunscreen. You may also provide your child with aerosol sunscreen and insect repellant. Snack is provided by Philbrook, but if your child cannot/will not eat goldfish or pretzels, you are welcome to provide a small snack as well.
How will pick-up/drop-off work?
On the first day of camp, caregivers should arrive 15-20 minutes early in order to sign in their children. All children under the age of 12 should be walked to their studios and be signed in by their caregivers. Pick-up will occur at each child’s studio or designated meeting place (for outdoor camps). All caregivers picking up children, regardless of age, will be asked to verify their identity by showing their State-issued ID or driver’s license.
Can my child walk themselves to and from their camp?
We ask that caregivers accompany all children under the age of 12 to and from their studios each day of camp. For students enrolled in outdoor camps, caregivers will accompany their children to a designated meeting place for drop-off and return to the meeting place for pick-up.
Someone besides my child’s immediate caregiver will be picking up my child from camp. Is there anything I need to do?
Please include their names and relation in the online registration form. If you would like to add names to your designated pick-up list, please email Evan Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will my child get messy?
Philbrook Art Camp is all about exploring ideas and materials while working with real artists. Artmaking and outdoor exploration is messy and fun. Please ensure your children are prepared to get messy!
How will my child stay hydrated?
This year, each camper will receive a custom-designed aluminum water bottle to ensure each child stays hydrated and feeling good all week long. Campers will take their water bottles home at the end of the week.
My child needs to take medicine during the day. How does that work?
Please bring any medication in a plastic bag, labeled with a name. All medication will be stored in a locked safe. Please note, we do not have a nurse on site to administer medication.
Kalyn Fay Barnoski
Kalyn Barnoski is a Cherokee musician and visual artist from Tulsa, OK, now residing in Fayetteville, AR. She is currently at the University of Arkansas both as an instructor and as a candidate for a master’s degree in printmaking. She has worked with museums all over the US, as both a performer and an artist, and enjoys sharing knowledge about songwriting, art-making, and indigenous peoples and stories.Learn More
Cheyenne Butcher studied at the Art Institute of Colorado where she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Photography in summer 2010. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Chicago where she worked as a showing artist and photo assistant.Learn More
Katy Bruce is an artist who was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She has been creating art since she was a young child, and it has always guided her life. She has been a jeweler for the past 7 years using wire and gemstones. She loves children and enjoys teaching child-led workshops. She also plans events and art shows in Downtown Tulsa.Learn More
In her studio practice, Julianna Clark tells stories about natural spaces and home through the lens of memory. Clark combines collected photographs, created images, and objects to bring forth narratives about how familial relationships form perceptions of the landscape, and vice versa: how the land shapes viewpoints of how humans relate to one another generationally. Using both the past and present, real and fabricated, Clark invokes comparisons between people and nature, life and decay, creation and destruction.Learn More
Lydia Cheshewalla is an Osage artist living and working in Tulsa. She graduated from OU with a BFA in painting and ceramics, and has since expanded her artistic exploration into social practices. Her work focuses on blending traditional methodology and rituals with modern material and process, keeping in mind sustainability and accountability. She draws inspiration heavily from her Indigenous background, referencing both earth and the unknown through repeated symbol and motif.Learn More
Kia Dorsey received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Oklahoma State University in May of 2016. She signed with Magna Talent Agency in the fall of 2012, which started her journey in the film world. She is currently the Speech & Drama teacher at Glenpool High School. Her favorite theatrical credits include: “Almost, Maine” (Oklahoma State University), “Neat” (Theatre North), “Ragtime” (Theatre Tulsa), and “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play” (Theatre Tulsa).Learn More
Abbey Haughey studied Art Education at Northeastern State University. She has a love for teaching, art, and traveling. From Fall 2013 to Spring 2014, Abbey taught English in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on a Fulbright Scholarship. She focused on integrating art into her lessons, and noticed huge success.Learn More
Briana Hefley-Shepard is a self-taught textile artist, adult English as a Second Language professor, and mother of a six-year-old. She enjoys approaching large-scale or multi-phased projects with respect for the craft, appreciation for every stage, and trust for the process.Learn More
Mark D. Kuykendall is an Oklahoman artist/teacher (under the moniker “The New Honey Shade”) who is involved in all things audio-visual: recording and producing music, running an experimental music label (Unknown Tone Records), mastering and engineering, sound for films (OST), album cover design, directing videos, film photography, and mixed-media formats such as collage and sound art (Bio Sonification).Learn More
Mandy Messina is a South African artist and writer who lives in Oklahoma City. They come from a long line of idea smugglers.Learn More
Russell Roberts is a Tulsa artist with thirteen years of teaching experience. He has taught for Tulsa Public Schools and Tulsa Community College, and is currently teaching at Booker T. Washington High School. Russell has been working with the Philbrook Summer Art program for five years and is committed to providing young artists with a creative and inspiring atmosphere.Learn More
Hailey Shoemaker is a current teacher and practicing artist. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, with a Printmaking Emphasis, during her undergraduate career. Shoemaker primarily creates mixed-media artwork and utilizes acrylic transfers in her pieces. She is fascinated by collage and believes it allows separate pieces of our world to be both juxtaposed and connected in order to elevate and explore human narrative.Learn More
Aaron Whisner is co-founder of Clean Hands, a Tulsa-based mural and design crew. Aaron has been actively painting since the mid 90’s. With roots in graffiti and street art scenes, Whisner’s work draws inspiration from hand painted signage, street textures and type. Bold use of imagery and technique is used to capture public attention while maintaining balance with surrounding environments. With each project, progression is the goal.Learn More