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Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. ET

Born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland, young Araminta Ross faced adversity from an early age. These hardships transformed “Minty” into Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, and her childhood knowledge of the geography of the Eastern Shore played a key role in her success in ferrying more than 70 people to freedom by 1860. Historian Anthony Cohen uncovers the saga of Tubman’s life by exploring significant sites in the region where she was raised—and that shaped her dreams of freedom and equality.

Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Online Studio Arts Course

In this once-a-month class on the essentials of starting a sketchbook habit, practice “close looking” exercises as you fill your sketchbook with meditative contour drawings, watercolor sketches of the natural world, and quick but evocative images from your travels, past or present.

Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

The words Gilded Age capture it all: A golden era of opulent architecture, extravagant fashions, stunning art, and above all, the wealth that made it possible. Art historian Bonita Billman examines the art, architecture, fashion, and interior design of the upper crust during this period between 1870 and 1912 and explores the dramatic distance between their lives and those on the other end of the social and economic scales. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
In-Person Studio Arts Workshop

In this workshop, beginners are introduced to surface freestyle hand embroidery. In this style, the stitches are applied freely, disregarding the weave or structure of the ground cloth. Students learn how to select and prepare fabric using a simple design, ready their hoop, and begin stitching.

Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Online Studio Arts Workshop

Learn to use the iPad, Apple Pencil, and Procreate for illustration and animation. With this minimal toolset, artists can create a wide range of visuals. Students get an introductory lecture on the basics of digital art production, demonstrations, and experience drawing in Procreate on an iPad.

Monday, July 22, 2024 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET
In-Person Camp - Before/After

Parents must bring campers to the assigned Before-Camp room in the Ripley Center to sign in daily. At 9 a.m., campers will be brought up to Drop-off and then to their camps.

Monday, July 22, 2024 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Do you see a pattern here? Campers search for designs in art, architecture, and nature as they explore a variety of traditional and modern printmaking techniques in and around the museums on the National Mall. They express their creativity while experimenting with color, lines, quirky patterns, and whimsical images on potato prints, monoprints, gyotaku (Japanese fish printing), collagraphs, and screen prints (on paper, T-shirts, and bags) to demonstrate that printmaking is indeed a versatile—and fun—art.

Monday, July 22, 2024 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Astronauts, prepare to take off! Campers spend the week exploring outer space, training to be an astronaut, and learning amazing things about our solar system. They tour the National Air and Space Museum and Udvar-Hazy Center to explore the moon and the stars, planets, and the galaxies that fill our universe. The future explorers create crafts, experience simulations, conduct experiments, and take part in other exciting activities with an eye on space.

Monday, July 22, 2024 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Through the eyes of artists, under the scientific microscope, and through the lens of culture, campers explore the gardens surrounding the Smithsonian museums, on the National Mall and within the U.S. Botanic Garden. Campers discover the Smithsonian’s Victory, Butterfly, and Rose gardens. Campers design a garden, create a terrarium, investigate wriggly critters, and plant and harvest vegetables. The week rounds out with a trip to discover a secret garden in the shadow of the Capitol.

Monday, July 22, 2024 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

Campers explore paleontology from the formation of Earth through the Ice Age. They visit the Deep Time exhibition at the Natural History Museum to discover how paleontologists work and the tools they use. They learn about the Earth’s history, ancient plants and animals, and how changes in climate and environments affected living creatures. They also create timelines, become fossil hunters, and dig for 3D-printed dinosaurs.