Operation Imagination Winter Camp

Explore art from different periods of history, from ancient art to modern art. The camp kit includes supplies for 12 hands-on art projects and an art history journal.

Each day includes three painting, drawing or mixed-media art activities and then a virtual afternoon session with IMAS camp staff. The campers create the art projects on their own and then we all come together during the virtual session!

View the full program schedule here or visit our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Recommended for 3rd-6th graders. Registration required, limited supply. Kit pickup via curbside at the museum Wednesday, December 23 from 2-5 PM and Saturday, December 26 from 10 AM-1 PM and 2-5 PM.

Scroll down for free online lessons to do at home and share with us using #IMASartist on social media.

Free Online Lessons

Fauvism Landscape

Learn about Fauvism and recreate a landscape inspired by the fauvist art style. Download and view or print the PDF of the full lesson here or click on the landscape image.

Design a Greek Vase

Design your own vase inspired by Greek art with this template! Download and view or print the PDF of the full lesson here or click on the image of vases.
Design a Greek Vase IMAS Winter Art Camp

Optical Art

Learn about “Op Art” and create artwork inspired by artist Bridget Riley. Download and view or print the PDF of the full lesson here or click on the image of optical art.

Faux Stained Glass

Create your own faux stained glass art and learn about the origins of this art form. Download and view or print the PDF of the full lesson here or click on the image of stained glass windows.
Stained Glass IMAS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Virtual Winter Camp is $25 per camper. One kit includes 12 hands-on art projects, a big camp shirt as an apron, an art history journal, and a paint palette for one camper. IMAS Members receive a 20% discount. When registering online, please log in before registration and the discount will be applied at checkout. The IMAS has a no refund or credit policy on camps, admission, and workshop fees. If the discount does not appear, please call during business hours at (956) 681-2800 for assistance on registration. 

Kits are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Free content to do at home will be available for download through our website. 

Virtual Winter Camp will be held online. Campers will complete lessons at home on their own and then meet in the afternoons for webinars. Free content may be accessed through the museum’s website. Camp webinars will be held via Zoom each afternoon. 

For those who opt in for the paid camp kit, a parent/guardian will need to pick up the kit from the IMAS via curbside. Kit pickup is on Wednesday, December 23 from 2-5 PM and Saturday, December 26 from 10 AM-1 PM and 2-5 PM. The museum is closed December 24-25. 

Address for kit pickup:
1900 West Nolana Avenue
McAllen, TX 78504  

International Museum of Art & Science IMAS


The winter camp kit includes supplies and guided instruction for 12 hands-on art projectsan art history journal, and a suggest at-home activity for continued learning. Activities are to be completed independently at home. In addition, purchasing a kit includes access to daily webinars with IMAS camp staff through Zoom each afternoon. 

Campers of all ages are encouraged to learn with us! However, lessons are developed for 3rd through 6th graders. Camp kit content can certainly be completed by older campers. Some activities may require more support from adult supervisors for younger campers. 

Free camp lessons are adaptable for younger (and older) children to complete at home. 

Purchase kits through the links provided above. Our system will require registration, or you may use a previous account if you have ever purchased workshops, event tickets, or registered for a membership online previously. The cost is $45 regular price and discounted to $36 for members. 

Alternately, you may call the IMAS at (956) 681-2800 and register over the phone. Modified hours at this time are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Kits are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A parent/guardian must acquire the kit from the museum during kit pickup. Kits are unable to be mailed. 

Virtual Winter Art Camp will run Monday, December 28 through Thursday, December 31. Kit pickup is Wednesday, December 23 from 2-5 PM and Saturday, December 26 from 10 AM-1 PM and 2-5 PM. 

Operation Imagination Winter Camp Schedule

A suggested daily virtual camp schedule is listed below. Camp webinars sessions, which are accessible with purchase of a kit, will be from 2:00 to 3:30 PM on Monday-Thursday. Wcan’t wait to see your work from the week! 

Mornings: Lesson 1 & 2 


Afternoons: Lesson 3 

Operation Imagination Winter Camp Schedule

2:00-3:30 PM – Webinar Sessions via Zoom w/ IMAS Camp Staff (for registered campers, kit purchase required) 

Campers may participate in online and digital activities with IMAS camp staff and affiliated speakers. All online webinars will take place through the meeting platform Zoom as scheduled below. 

Monday-Thursday (2:00-3:30 PM) 

1:55 PM – Parent/guardian helps camper join webinar through private invite. Camp staff moderator mutes all campers and monitors incoming participants, while camp staff facilitator verbally welcomes campers and leads discussion. Video is optional but encouraged. 

2:002:30 PM – Webinar Activity: Campers participate in a Webinar Activity that encourages critical and quick thinking, such as charades, Pictionary, I Spy, etc. 

2:30-3:30 PM – Show & Tell: Campers take a turn showing what they made and sharing what they learned that day. 

Campers will need internet connection and a computer/tablet to access these sessions. An invitation to join these sessions will be sent to the parent/guardian’s email provided on the Camper Information Form. The links and instructions for joining webinar sessions will be sent the first day of the camp week. There is no additional cost to access Zoom webinars for camp. 

The webinar experiences are created for campers to work independently with camp staff and other campers, though an adult should be present in the room with the camper in the event of an emergency. 

To maintain a positive camp experience and ensure online safety, all parents/guardians are asked to follow the following privacy guidelines. 

  • The IMAS encourages an adult be present in the same space/room as the camper when attending live webinar sessions with camp staff. 
  • Webinar sessions are designed for campers. To prevent disruptions, parents/guardians should not actively participate in the sessions, although parents/guardians should assist their camper with technical issues and remain in the same space/room. 
  • Do not video record, audio record, photograph, live stream, or transmit in any other way any part of the webinar sessions, including not posting on any social media platform, so camper information remains confidential. 
  • You are responsible for your camper’s use of digital resources. 

We understand that a household may have more than one child. While it may be okay to all listen in on the meetings, only the registered child may participate actively in the webinar. You are granted access to the number of camp kits you’ve purchased (example: 2 kits = 2 campers on webinar). We welcome campers in the same household to use a single computer/tablet to prevent audio feedback. 

The IMAS has a no refund policy. All proceeds benefit the IMAS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and cancellations or no-shows will be retained as a donation to the museum. 

For virtual camp, you can tune in at any time after free content is posted to complete the camp activities. For paid kits, single days will not be offered. The kit is being sold in its entirety.