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Welcome to the Appleton Museum of Art’s 2024 Summer Art Camp program! Please read below for important information about the program and the details of your child’s registration.

Registration and Attendance

  • Registration begins on Monday, March 4, 2024.
  • Enrollment is taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • To guarantee a place in camp, payment must be received in full at the time of enrollment.
  • Campers applying for a scholarship cannot register for Summer Art Camp in advance. Please submit your scholarship application first, and wait to hear back from a member of our education team. (Scroll down for more information on scholarships.)
  • To receive a members discount on camp, children must be part of an Appleton Family/Dual level (or above) membership. Those who are members at the Individual Level must upgrade their membership to receive camp discounts. If a discrepancy is found, an invoice will be issued. If you are unsure about the status of your membership, contact Colleen Harper,
  • Campers must be in the age group listed for the camp. If a camper is younger or older then the stated age group in which they are enrolled, the museum reserves the right to cancel the registration and a refund will be issued.
  • The museum reserves the right to cancel any camp if the minimum enrollment is not met. Those already enrolled will be notified by email and/or phone, and refunds will be processed at the time of cancellation.
  • The museum follows the College of Central Florida, Marion County and City of Ocala weather advisories for hazardous conditions and does not provide make-up classes due to such weather-related closing or other emergency closings.
  • Please note that the instructor of record for a camp can change without notice.
  • No fees will be returned for failure to attend a camp, and make-up classes are not offered.
  • It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian of any minor child to inform the Appleton, in writing, of any and all medical conditions, medications and/or allergies of said minor.


  • All registration cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing (an email is fine) a minimum of one week prior to the start date of the camp.
  • In respect of everyone’s health and safety, please do not attend a class if you are ill. In the event of illness, refunds will be given up to the first day of your child’s camp.
  • There is a $15 processing fee for all refunds.
  • Refunds will be issued via original method of payment, or by check.
  • Be advised, refunds may take several weeks to process.


  • Need-based scholarships for children (ages 5-17) are available for our Summer Art Camp program, with the exception of the two-week Dig Into Clay Camp and the offsite camp at CF Vintage Farm. Scholarships are not available for those two camps.
  • Applicants are only eligible for scholarships for art camps in their age range.
  • The application process is now online, and the form will open on Monday, April 15, 2024. Scholarship Application 
  • Do not register for Summer Art Camp if you are applying for a scholarship; please submit your application first and a member of our education team will contact you with next steps.
  • The deadline to submit your scholarship application is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Families will be notified of their status on Friday, May 10, 2024.
  • Applications will be reviewed by museum administration. From there, the approved applications will be randomly selected to fill the available spots.
  • Upon receiving a notification that you have been awarded a scholarship, you will receive a Summer Art Camp registration link for scholarship recipients and will have one week to accept the scholarship and register for camp. If you do not do so, your spot may be awarded to someone on the waiting list.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Information

  • The museum is closed to the public on Mondays, but Summer Art Camp is Monday through Friday.
  • Enter and exit Summer Art Camp directly through the exterior education rotunda doors, located to the right of the museum’s main, lobby entrance.
  • The rotunda doors will be unlocked 15 minutes prior to the start of camp, and locked 15 minutes after camp begins.
  • Children must be dropped off and picked up by an adult and checked in/out by Appleton staff.
  • Minors who are 16 and 17 years old with a driver’s license and have driven themselves to the museum are allowed to check themselves out.
  • When the camper is being signed in, please write the name of the individual picking them up that day. This name can be changed each day, as needed.
  • The person picking up must be the named individual on the sign in/sign out form and a photo ID is required each time for verification.
  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes early for camp, in respect of the instructor’s time.
  • In case of sudden illness or misbehavior, an adult must be immediately available to pick up the camper.
  • Adults must arrange for their child to be picked up within five (5) minutes of the camp ending time. Instructors cannot be responsible for children past this period and Appleton staff should not be expected to supervise children.
  • The Appleton reserves the right to charge a late fee to adults who are excessively or consistently late for pick up. If outstanding circumstances prevent prompt pick up, adults must call the Appleton (352-291-4455) before the end of the class to inform staff of a reasonable arrival time for pick up of the camper.

Supplies/Personal Belongings

  • Your camper does not need to bring any supplies; all materials are provided.
  • Tuition includes one free Summer Art Camp T-shirt for the first art camp attended. You will have the option to purchase additional T-shirts for $10, but it is not required.
  • Art can be messy, so we recommend your child wear old clothing and closed-toe shoes.
  • Our classrooms can be cold; bringing a jacket or sweater is suggested.
  • The museum is not responsible for any artwork or personal items lost, stolen or left in the classrooms. Items left behind may be subject to disposal.
  • Phones should be off or silenced.

Food and Beverage

  • Water is the only drink allowed in the classroom and should be in a container with a closeable top.
  • Campers are provided with a nut-free snack and water during snack time in the café. Campers are allowed to bring their own nut-free snack or lunch.
  • Campers are not allowed to share food.
  • Campers are not allowed to use the vending machines.
  • If a camper is enrolled in both a morning and afternoon camp the same week, Appleton staff will supervise lunch between camp sessions in the Artspace. Don’t forget to send a lunch.

Health and Safety

  • Museum staff cannot administer or monitor any medications, vitamins or other medically required products, including epi-pens.
  • In the event of a serious illness, accident or injury that would require medical attention, 911 will be called.
  • Appleton staff are not permitted to assist students in the restrooms in any way. If a student is found to be unable to use the restroom on their own, the Appleton will require a caregiver or aide to be onsite to assist with these needs. Adult aides must undergo a Level II Background Check through the College of Central Florida prior to the start of the first class, just like other adult volunteers.


  • Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs or concerns when you register.
  • If you need an American Sign Language Interpreter for a class, please give us a minimum of two weeks advance notice.
  • If a child needs to have their own adult aide attend with them, the museum requires the adult aide to undergo a Level II Background Check through the College of Central Florida prior to the start of the first class, just like other adult volunteers.

Behavior Expectations

  • The Appleton Museum of Art cannot provide constant, one-on-one supervision or care in situations where prolonged or extreme behavioral issues are present. The staff is not trained or qualified in behavioral therapy.
  • The Appleton Museum of Art may dismiss a camper at any time in consultation with senior staff and security, should it be determined that the conduct of the camper is not in the best interest of the Museum, staff, other campers and visitors. The parent/guardian will be notified as soon as possible.


  • Registration and/or participation in any Appleton Museum of Art (AMA) class means you agree not to hold the AMA, College of Central Florida, or any of its employees or agents responsible for any injury occurring to your child in an AMA program.
  • It also gives the Appleton permission for your child to be photographed or video recorded for use in the promotion of the museum and its programs.
  • The Appleton retains the right to use and has a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to photograph, tape, reproduce or otherwise use or display any student artwork made in one of our classes for marketing, promotional, archival, reference, research, classroom, educational and other purposes.


My child is a gifted artist. Can they be in an older age group?

No. It is imperative that your child is in the appropriate age group. We have found that even though younger children might be amazing artists they have a shorter attention span and require more attention from the instructor, potentially compromising the experience for the older students.

How can I tell if a camp is full?

Please check our camp schedule page. It will either say “Class Full,” and/or the online registration form will indicate that it is no longer taking submissions.

Can I sit in on my child’s camp?

No. For the safety of all our campers, we only allow registered campers to participate and attend camp.

Can I visit the museum or explore the Artspace while my family member is in a camp?

Yes. If you would like to visit the museum before or after Summer Art Camp, and the museum is open to the public at that time, please exit the museum through the Rotunda doors and re-enter the museum through the main entrance and check in at Visitor Services. Nonmembers will need to pay the regular museum admission fee. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

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