Summer Art Immersion

Hands-on Art for Children & Teens


The museum’s hands-on art camps, designed for aspiring artists ages 5-15, provide a wonderful opportunity for children and teens to learn new artistic techniques and explore the collections. In addition to completing special themed projects, participants will also paint outside in the museum’s garden, develop a portfolio and tour the special summer exhibitions: The Gaze Returned: Portrait  Studio, Lost Gardens of New England and Launchpad of the American Theater.

Cost: $150 members/$170 non-members
All camps meet Monday-Friday from 9:30am-12:30pm

Session #1:  July 6-10  Bumblebees, Butterflies & Blossoms (ages 5-7)
After daily animal eye-spy tours of the collections, participants will explore the garden as they design insect collages, sculpt creatures out of clay and paint with acrylics.

Session #2:  July 13-17   Nature & Art: Painting, Printing & Pastels (ages 8-11)
After a daily animal drawing lesson, participants will paint with brushes, rollers, pipettes and even toothbrushes to create nature-based artwork. A variety of pastel and printing projects will also be completed outdoors in the museum’s garden.

Session #3:  July 20-24   Knights and Princesses of the Roundtable (ages 5-7)             
After daily eye-spy tours of the galleries, participants will be transformed into kids in King   Arthur’s court as they build 3-D castles, design shields and crowns, paint stained glass windows and create dragon puppets.                                             

Session #4:  August 3-7   Advanced Art Salon (ages 12-15)                                                   
Participants will explore shading and perspective through charcoal and pastel drawing, learn about painting composition and master positive/negative space through sculpture construction.

Session #5: Aug. 10-14  Faces & Places: Exploring Portraits and Landscapes (ages 8-11)                                     
Participants will design and create a variety of 2-d and 3-d portraits and learn how to develop landscape compositions from both memory and en plein air (outdoors).

For reservations: please contact the Education Department at 860-443-2545 x110 or email

Petals & Blossoms at the Lyman Allyn

Please Join us for an Elegant Evening of Dining and Entertainment
1974.273 Unknown
Saturday, April 25th
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The evening’s festivities inside the Lyman Allyn will feature a silent auction of art by esteemed local artists, an illustrated talk by renowned landscape designer, Louis Raymond, and a seated dinner in our enchanted garden.

6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:15 p.m. Louis Raymond “Lost and Found: Takeaways from Vanished Gardens”
8:00 p.m. Dinner

Proceeds from the event support the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and the Museum’s Education Program

Chrysanthemums, ca. 1892, unknown American artist, oil on canvas
Gift of Esther and Julia Bower, 1974.273

Musical Evening with Phred & Friends Jazz Quartet


Thursday, April 9
5:30 – 7:30pm

Phred Mileski has been described as “one of New England’s finest song stylists.” Her astonishing vocal range and engaging stage presence have earned her critical acclaim and airplay in the U.S. and across Europe. Her extensive performance experience includes Celtic, folk, classical, opera, jazz, cabaret, and musical theater. 

Phred & Friends: Phred Mileski (vocals), Rufus Davis (keyboard), James Hunter (bass), John Moore (drums).

Reservations required: $15 members / $20 non-members
Please contact the Museum at: 860.443.2545 x129 or email