ArtBuzz Kids Camp FAQ's
Q: What is the age range of Art Buzz Kids Camps?
A: We recommend 5 and up, but we have had children as young as 4 in our camps!
Q: Can my preschooler join? What about my middleschooler?
A: Our art based curriculum does require sitting still to create art for 30-40 minutes at a time over the course of a day...so we reccomend that your child has either completed or is currently enrolled in kindergarten. (Please call if your child loves art, but is not yet in Kindergarten) While the average age of our campers is 7, we find that many older kids enjoy Art Buzz as well. Our curriculum is intended to be individually adapted to meet each child's needs, so while a 7 year old might focus more on painting leaves neatly, a 12 year old might focus on creating the shadow under the leaves. We also encourage the leadership our older campers often take while interacting with our younger campers!
Q: Should I pack a lunch or snack?
A: We break at 11:00am for lunch every day, so we reccomend packing a lunch for all campers, and an additional snack for Full day campers. Due to allergies...please NO NUTS!
Q: Can I sign up for just one day?
A: YES! We offer single days for both half and full day! Single half days are $45 each and single Full days are $65. Please call the studio to sign up for a single day!
Q: Do you provide early drop-off or after-care?
A: YES! Early Drop-Off:(8:15am) $5 per day ($25 per week) Late Pick-Up (MUST Be signed up for FULL DAY Camp): (4:30pm) $5 per day, $25 per week. We transform our space to a "paint and sip" class set up after camp each day, and are unable to accomodate campers after 4:30.
Q: Can someone else pick up my child?
A: Yes! Many of our campers carpool or have grandparents pick them up. We simply need parent authorization on our consent form and a valid id presented at pick-up. In the event of emergency, we can take authorization over the phone.
Q: Do you offer single day camps during teacher workdays?
A: YES! During Montgomery County Traditional Teacher Workdays and most holidays (such as MLK Day) we offer a mini-camp from 9am-3pm. Keep an eye on our calander for upcoming single day camps!
Q: What kind of projects will my child do?
A: We focus mainly on acrylic painting on canvas, but we also explore many other styles of art…including drawing, mixed-media collage, watercolor paint, colored pencil, and chalk. We also explore 3 dimensional art using recyled pieces!
Our half day campers will complete 4-5 16x20” canvases in a week (often with mixed media glued on top) and a smaller messy art day project. Full day campers will complete an additional 4-5 projects, often involving drawing, mixed media, woven materials, and collage. Occasionally we also create our own art supplies (rubber stamps, side walk chalk paint, and sketchbooks.
Q: What will my child learn? What is the curriculum like?
A: Each week is focused around a unique, “kid approved” theme…such as “Under the Sea” or “Ancient Artists”, so they will have a short lesson each day about the theme. In our “Under the Sea” camp, we painted the creatures at different depths of the ocean, so each day we learned about the coral reefs, deep sea trenches, etc. Occasionally the lesson will be enriched with an online element, such as a virtual tour of a cave or a short video animation showing the oceans depths.
In addition to the educational element, your child will learn acrylic painting fundamentals such as blending, shading, application techniques, color theory and brush handling.
Most importantly….we strive to see every child succeed and be proud of themselves in creating. The very process of creating involves problem solving, teamwork, encouragement, patience, and self confidence…all of which we love seeing kids develop and grow in!
Q: What kind of paint do you use? Is it washable?
A: We use non-toxic, fast dry acrylic paint. While it easily comes out of skin and hair, it dries quickly on clothing and can be difficult to remove once dry. We try to intervene as quickly as possible when we see a sleeve get splattered, but recommend dressing your child in clothes you don’t mind getting a little more…colorful!
Q: What is “Messy Art Day?”
A: We set aside Wednesday of each camp week as our “Messy Art Day”. This is a day entirely devoted to the messier art projects….drip painting, splattering fingerpainting, “paint bombs”, etc. While we won’t cover your child entirely in paint, we do recommend that you dress your child in clothes you don’t mind getting a little splattered!
Q: When can I bring my child’s artwork home?
A: We recommend leaving all your child’s painted artwork (drawings and woven crafts can go home as you choose!) at Art Buzz until your last day of camp! If your child is enrolled in a full week of camp, they will put together an Art Show on Friday with all of their paintings.
Q: What is the “Art Show” and how does it work?
A: Every Friday, we put together a mini art gallery of your child’s artwork. Each child has a table filled with easels of their work, and we create posters and signs for the show. We recommend arriving a few minutes early to take your time viewing the artwork (and taking a tour guided by your little Picasso!) All art can go home after your tour! Bring your camera….the art show is a great photo-op! We open the show for viewing for half-day families at 12:45, and for full day families at 3:30!