Summer Camps

Explore camp offerings below. Fee-based camps come at a minimal cost and require students to provide their own materials. The Bowman Free Summer Camps are completely free with supplies provided. Please direct any questions to

All camps and programs are virtual.

All fee-based summer camps are closed for registration. Please see below for free camp offerings.

Free Bowman Summer Camps

The Free Bowman Summer Camps come at no cost to you and all supplies are provided. All camps will be virtual via Zoom. Children may be registered for one camp. Registration is first come, first served. Children must be in elementary school (grades 1 – 5) to be registered for the Free Bowman Summer Camps. This program is sponsored by the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund.

How to register:
Registration is now closed.

Joshua Johnson: Portraits

Tuesday, August 3
10 – 12 AM
Instructor: Payton Brown
Age group: Grades 1-5
Capacity: 20 students
Students will learn how to draw portraits by creating self-portraits including symbolism that emphasizes important aspects of their identity. Joshua Johnson was a portrait artist who included a great deal of symbolism into his works and the artists in this camp will be doing the same thing! These artworks will be unique to each person, giving them the opportunity to develop artistic skills and create an artwork that represents who they are.

Colorfully Collaged Beetles

Wednesday, August 4
10 – 12 AM
Instructor: Melissa Gibson
Age group: Grades 1-5
Capacity: 20 students

Identity and Community

Thursday, August 5
10 – 12 AM
Instructor: Samir Razzak
Age group: Grades 1-5
Capacity: 20 students

Abstract Scenic Landscapes

Friday, August 6
10 – 12 AM
Instructor: Virginia Warwick
Age group: Grades 1-5
Capacity: 20 students

Let’s Go Wild! Animals and the great Outdoors

Saturday, August 7
10 – 12 AM
Instructor: Priscilla Howard
Age group: Grades 1-5
Capacity: 20 students

Meet the Camp Instructors


Ruby Bassford


Hello, I am Mx. Ruby! I have a background instructing art to preschool age children and am a practicing artist who dabbles in painting, children’s illustration, and photography. I look forward to seeing your self-portraits!


Payton Brown

Payton Brown is an artist and worked for the museum as the Jean Cushwa College Intern in 2020.

Melissa Gibson

Melissa Gibson

Melissa Gibson is an artist and art teacher based in Hagerstown. She has been the teacher of the museum’s Saturday Morning Youth Program for over ten years, as well as countless other children’s art classes.


Priscilla Howard

Priscilla Howard is a visual art educator in Washington County, Maryland. She currently teaches at Clear Spring and Maugansville elementary schools. She has 26 years of experience with all age levels. Priscilla is an artist specializing in enamel and acrylics paints on a broad range of surfaces from canvas, walls or everyday objects. She enjoys sharing the diversity of art with her students.


Samir Razzak


I have been teaching art for over 6 years and have worked with people of all ages and backgrounds. I am a recent UMD graduate with a BA in Studio Art and a BA in Art Education. I specialize is Assemblage art and paintings with sculptural elements. Art is my biggest passion next to teaching. I bring high energy with fun and creative lessons that inspire and elevate artistic creations.


Virginia Warwick


Virginia Warwick was born in 1982 and grew up in Frederick, Maryland. After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, she soon entered Rinehart School of Sculpture and was part of the Artscape Outdoor Sculpture Competition for two consecutive years. Since graduating from Rinehart she has been showing consistently. Virginia currently lives in Frederick, where she creates and teaches art. She also teaches art at Visarts at Rockville and throughout the DMV areas.