Summer camps Give Aspiring Young Artists an EDGE

For Immediate Release
June 26, 2012
Media Contact:
Chris Potash
(610) 432-4333 ext. 125


Fantastic Fun for Ages 3 through 12 at the Allentown Art Museum

Allentown, Pa—The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is offering several unique summer camps beginning in July. Preschoolers can develop their visual literacy skills, while aspiring artists aged six through twelve will make friends and hone their creative talents through half-day and full-day camps that are led by museum professionals, with guest appearances by a professional working artist in a setting of museum-quality art. These lucky campers will also get an unforgettable, behind-the-scenes look at how the Allentown Art Museum brings special exhibitions like its exciting summer show, At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic, to life.

Wonderfully Whimsical, a half-day art camp for ages six through eight, will transport young campers into a world of fantasy where they can exercise their imaginations. Running from July 9 through July 13, 2012, this camp will explore centuries of incredible paintings, sculptures, and drawings from lands near and far. Victor Stabin, the artist featured in the Museum’s Art Ways Gallery and creator of the new A-B-C book Daedal Doodle, will work with budding artists to help them create their own whimsical illustrations and stories. Wonderfully Whimsical is $85 for the children of Museum members; $115 for non-members (fee includes a nut-free snack.)  Camp runs 9 a.m. to noon.

Far-Out Fantastic is a full-day camp for ages nine through twelve that runs from July 16 through July 20, 2012. This camp encourages older children to savor the unexpected in the wildly diverse works hanging in the Museum’s special exhibition At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic as well as in the Museum’s deep permanent collection. An artist demonstration from Victor Stabin will teach campers how to create their own fantastic creations. Campers will be treated to a backstage tour of the galleries and vaults to see what happens in the day-to-day operation of the Museum. Far-Out Fantastic is $185 for the children of Museum members; $215 for non-members (fee includes all materials, participants should bring a nut-free lunch and two snacks each day.) Camp runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Young at Art Preschool Program is held every Wednesday at the Museum, July 25 through August 22, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity for parents to look, learn, share, and create with their three- to five-year-old child. Each ninety-minute session encourages thoughtful interaction with original works of art through meaningful dialogue, stories, games—and fun! The Young at Art program is designed to promote visual literacy, language development, and socialization skills as well as provide the opportunity to make creative choices through art-making activities that are based on early childhood learning standards. Each weekly session complements the previous sessions and includes a hands-on art experience in the classroom. The final session includes a Celebration Reception for the young artists and their guests. $50 members (child and adult; each additional child $15); $60 nonmembers (child and adult; each additional child $20). Registration is required by July 6.

Enrollment is limited for each camp, and advanced registration is required. For more information and registration please contact the Allentown Art Museum’s Education Department at 610-432-4333, ext. 132. Pre-care and post-care are available for an additional fee of $35 for both. A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be offered for each camp session.


About Victor Stabin

Artist Victor Stabin with some of his creations.

Victor Stabin was raised in New York City and began his drawing education at the Art Students League when he was thirteen. His illustration work has appeared in Time magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and other publications, as well as on nine U.S. postage stamps and the Kiss Unmasked album cover. Working now as a painter, he creates eco-surrealistic imagery using other species and his family as his muse. Victor resides in Jim Thorpe, PA, with his wife, Joan, and their two young daughters, Skylar and Arielle.

On view in the Museum during At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic (June 3 through September 9) is an exhibition of Stabin’s work, Daedal Doodle: An Extraordinary Journey through the Alphabet. Inspired by reading many A-B-C books to his young daughters, his love of words, and his incessant doodling, Stabin set out to create a book that would smash the A-B-C status quo. He ultimately read through eight thousand pages of dictionaries culling obtuse words to create alliterations that he illustrated as the fantastical word inventions that inhabit Daedal Doodle. The exhibition includes working sketches, doodles, dictionary word lists, and prints used in the making of the book.

The exhibition will also present the collaborative work of students from the Panther Valley School District in Daedal Doodle 2.0. Stabin received an artist-in-residence grant and worked with seventy students ranging from elementary through senior high school to create their own version of the alliterative book. The grant was made possible through the Arts in Education Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and administered locally by the Allentown Art Museum. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Media Inquiries:

For interviews regarding the Museum’s summer camps or with artist Victor Stabin, call 610-432-4333, ext. 125, or email Chris Potash cpotash [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org