Summer art classes ongoing at MGMoA in Shawnee

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star
Two students making artwork during the Creative Creep Cool camp with Alisha Weston.

Summer is here at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art and Summer Art Classes are in full swing. The next Creative Arts Camp will be pARTy Animals with Lynn Pollei, a local Shawnee art teacher, on June 24th-28th for ages 5-13. Pollei has taught many summer art camps and classes at the museum.  Animals are the theme for this camp as students will create artwork based on a variety of animals, inside and outside the museum to inspire their art pieces, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, owls, wolves, and much more. Students will have the opportunity to have live animal models with therapy dogs, and a rabbit named Mousse to help inspire students’ art creations!

Lynn Pollei has been teaching for over 15 years. She teaches art at Pleasant Grove School and is very passionate about the arts. Lynn adores animals, as well, and is very excited to be teaching this Creative Arts Camp. She will also be teaching another Primary Partners class on July 30th for ages 3-6, where children can create a piece of art with their adult partner!

Coming after, pARTy Animals, is Heroes, Myths, and Legends of Ancient Greece, with artist and teacher Patrick Riley from July 15-19th. Students will create art pieces based on ancient Greece. Then Brick by Brick – STEAM Camp with Thick Descriptions on July 22-26th where students will create art out of LEGOs and incorporate technology, art, and much more.

The museum also offers a Teen/Tween Watercolor Clinic for ages 11-18 with artist Susan Beth Wilhelm on July 8-12th. Students will learn a variety of different techniques and learn more in depth about watercolor paintings. There are two more Primary Partner classes as well for ages 3-6 with an adult partner, on July 2 and July 30.

Summer Art Classes are held at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art at 1900 W. MacArthur, Shawnee, on OBU’s Green Campus, near St. Gregory’s Abbey. Camp tuition varies on each camp, and scholarships are available for students who receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year.  All supplies are included. Registration is required and it is recommended that students enroll early as camps fill up quickly.  Registration is available online at or call 405-878-5300.