Families staying put during the school holidays, a voucher program and a diverse new exhibition have contributed to MAMA's best school holiday art camp in years.
Ten days of activities have been completely booked out, with 170 kids taking part.
The unprecedented interest prompted co-ordinators to add more sessions to the art camp, which has run every school holidays since 2016.
Wiradjrui artist Bethany Thornber led the group on Monday, with activities based around MAMA's summer exhibition, 20:20.
"We always try to do an activity that relates to one of the artists," she said.
"We talk about their work and do a tour of the museum."
Thornber has created the installation on MAMA's roller-door, of a thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), which was estimated to have last walked on the mainland more than 2000 years ago.
With her guidance, Lavington's Zoey Taylor, 8, picked a specific painting from the work of Mary Jane Griggs for their activity.
"I liked the pattern," Zoey said.
"I made a clay necklace last Thursday."
Griggs has been an artist and teacher in Albury for 32 years and her work at MAMA involves abstract paintings challenging traditional approaches to the art form.
20:20 features the work of 20 Australian artists and what the unprecedented year imparted on them, from events like the Black Lives Matter movement to personal struggles.
MAMA's Annie Falcke said the art camp and upcoming after-school art classes in term two, now open for expressions of interest, were about embedding skills in enjoyable activities.
"We really want to build a program that's based on skill acquisition," she said.
"They can do fun things [in the classes], but they're still fundamental in learning.
"Parents being willing to invest in art education external to school ... that's a really positive sign."
Ms Falcke said there were more families accessing the NSW Creative Kids vouchers and others who were attending MAMA for the first time.
The NSW government program, accessible through Service NSW, provides parents and carers with a voucher valued up to $100 for each student aged 4.5 to 18 years old enrolled in school.
It can then be redeemed through registered activity providers like MAMA.
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"People are still learning how to use them and how to access them," Ms Falcke said.
"We have pretty high rate of return in the art camp.
"But there's certainly a lot of new faces in this holidays."
The 20:20 exhibition runs until February, with artist talks talking place tonight and next week.