Spring & Summer Youth Art


In-Person & Virtual Week Long Summer Art Adventures (ages 5-11)
This year, Summer Youth Art is being offered on-site at the Museum as well as virtually from home.  Each week features a different theme and on Thursday evenings children and their families are invited to participate in Family Night, an exclusive evening performance and activity.

July 13-17 – ART: Express Yourself
July 20-24 – NATURE: The Wilds of Waterbury
July 27-31 – HISTORY: Peek Into the Past

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with Family Night on Thursday until 6:00 p.m.
Full and partial scholarships available. Pre-registration required. Contact Heather Whitehouse at x117 or heather@mattmuseum.org for more information.

Registration Form Scholarship Application

At Rose Hill, participants will join museum educators in a series of guided activities. Collaborate on large-scale group projects; experiment with printing, photography, painting & more; and enjoy plenty of indoor and outdoor playtime. After lunch, talented teaching artists will lead in-depth, workshops designed to engage curious minds. Children will wrap up each day with healthy DIY snacks and an afternoon art journaling session.  The Mattatuck Museum is following all state guidelines for a safe, and a clean environment. No more than 10 children will be in attendance each week, implementing social distancing strategies. All employees will wear cloth face masks and the Mattatuck will implement hand hygiene and will continue with protocols for intensified cleaning and disinfection.

$200 1st Child & $175 each additional child (Members: 20% discount)

If you choose to participate from home, each week is packed with live and recorded art activities, creative snack recipes, and daily opportunities to engage with other kids and teachers virtually. Every participant will receive their very own “Studio in a Box,” a mailed kit filled with all the art materials you’ll need to keep crafting and artmaking all summer long. Daily activities are designed to keep participants busy from morning through the afternoon, and will include: a virtual warm-up activity to get creative juices flowing, two guided art projects for which all supplies will be provided, a kid-friendly snack recipe with basic ingredients included, and a virtual wrap-up session and drawing prompt to end each day in a mindful way.

Virtual Studio in a Box (Week 1) Includes: Sketchpads, Pencils, Scissors, Tacky glue, Glue sticks, Crayons, Gel pens, Paint sticks, Watercolor trays, Paint brushes, Sidewalk chalk, Watercolor paper, Colored paper pack, 6 rolls of different color Washi tape, Duct tape, Black marker, White t-shirt, Fabric markers, Elastic cord, Plastic needles, Foam board, Clipboards, Fabric scraps, Wooden skewers, Poster board, Pencil sharpener, Apron, Wooden chopsticks, and a bag of Misc embellishments

$100 per week (Members: 10% discount)

ART: Express Yourself

July 13-17

This week is all about YOU! Adventurous artists will search for inspiration in the Museum and embark on creative DIY projects each day: define your own brand with upcycled accessories; get creative in the kitchen with homemade snacks; explore your interior design aesthetic; and design puppets that are entirely YOU-nique. Participants will experiment with tools that artists use in creative fields from photography to costume design.

Family Night – Puppet Show: The Fairy Circus
Thursday, July 16, 4:00-6:00pm

Enjoy a virtual performance combining art, acrobatics, and marvelous music with the Tanglewood Marionettes featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes. These turn-of-the-century-style trick puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, and fly through the air, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers.

NATURE: The Wilds of Waterbury

July 20-24

Learn about the extraordinary working creatures that inhabit the natural world. You’ll meet goats, police horses, and therapy dogs. Participants will create projects inspired by the great outdoors: design a fairy garden or bug habitat: learn about clouds as you explore landscape paintings with a meteorologist; paint a flowerpot and fill it with edible dirt; and make a mixed-media canvas featuring your favorite animal.

Family Night – A Farm-tastic PJ Party with Goats
Thursday, July 23, 4:00-6:00pm
In-person and Virtual participants are invited to Rose Hill to cuddle with a pair of pajama-clad goats from Bradley Mountain Farm. End the night with one of their favorite bedtime stories and a Q & A session with a goat farmer before sending the goats back to the farm for bedtime!

HISTORY: Peek Into the Past

July 27-31

Travel back in time to learn about the storied past of Waterbury: build a time machine to take us back to the 1800s; solve a “History Mystery” by searching for clues in the neighborhood; go on an architectural scavenger hunt; and build a miniature dream home inspired by Rose Hill Mansion. Participants will also create silhouette portraits and giant paper dolls; play colonial games from Noah Webster House; and put on a play with Vintage Soul Productions.

Family Night – Susan B. Anthony: Failure is Impossible
Thursday, July 30, 4:00-6:00pm
A virtual evening performance with activist and historical superhero, Susan B. Anthony. Actor Sheryl Faye will recount Anthony’s passion for justice and commitment to the Suffrage Movement. Learn about her fight for women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Design your own “Votes for Women” sash.
Supported in part by CT Humanities.

Summer Youth Art supported in part by:



Registration Form Scholarship Application




Participate in adventures in art and history with The MATT. Join us for our week-long art adventures for children ages 5-13.

Contact Rachel Lima at x114 or rachel@mattmuseum.org for more information.