FAQ - Art Camp
SUMMER ART CAMP 2024 FAQ
What are the dates for Children’s Pavilion Art Camp in 2024?
Our camp dates correspond to the Miami-Dade County Public School calendar for recesses.
Spring Camp 2024 is held in 1 week-long session from March 25 – 29, 2024.
Registration for Spring Camp is open! The final deadline to register your child is March 22, 2024. Please be sure to review information below about our cancellation/refund policies prior to registering your camper(s).
Summer Camp 2024 is held in 8 week-long sessions from June 10, 2024 to August 2, 2024.
Please note that camp will not be held on scheduled federal holidays, June 19, 2024 and July 4, 2024.
Registration for Summer Camp will open on January 13, 2024!
What is the Art Camp’s curriculum? Are there different projects planned in different sessions? How are campers grouped together?
Our teachers lead campers to explore various art techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpture, paper mâché, and much more. Campers tour the Lowe Art Museum with their teachers to learn about artists, art periods throughout history, and the application of art mediums. Many art projects planned by our teachers are inspired by works in the Lowe’s collection, providing campers with context and a rich experience. Camp teachers vary projects and aim not to repeat in subsequent sessions during the Summer Camp in order to provide new art experiences to campers who attend camp over multiple weeks.
Students in our camp range from ages 5 to 12 years old. The older children, ages 9 to 12, are usually grouped together depending on the overall ratio of ages who are registered for a session. Friends can usually stay together as the camp takes place all in one large room.
My child is not quite 5 (or is 13), may I still register?
Our projects are designed for children who are ages 5 and up. Sometimes it is harder for younger children because they need to use their motor skills and be able keep up with the group as far as skill level and emotional readiness. Children who are under 5 years old should be able to sit with the group, understand instructions, and execute the design. If you would like to enroll your child a few months before they turn 5 years old, please contact our camp organizers to discuss. Please bear in mind that if either the teacher or you as the parent decide that it is too much for your child and withdraw after the week’s classes have begun, a refund of the week’s fee is not available.
If you would like to register your 13-year-old child for our camp, please note that they will be the oldest in the classroom, and the projects are designed for younger children. You know your child the best and if you think they will be happy in that environment then we will try it out.
To register both children younger than 5 and older than 12, please contact our coordinators via email at email@example.com to register your child, as our system’s age limits for registrants must be overridden manually.
What is the daily schedule for camp?
Drop Off Procedures:
For the first day of each new camp session (Mondays), camper check-in is from 8:30 to 8:55 a.m. outside the front doors of the Lowe Art Museum. Parents may pull into the circular driveway.
For Tuesday – Friday, drive-through drop off is from 8:45 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. in the circular driveway of the Lowe Art Museum.
8:45 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. – Arrival
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Lesson 1
10:30 a.m. – Snack
10:45 to 12 noon – Lesson 2
12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break/Recess
(Note: Our camp is nut free. Please do not send food items with any type of nuts.)
1:00 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. – Completion of Morning Project or Lesson 3.
2:40 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Clean up Time and Dismissal
Parents may pick up their children between 2:40 and 3:00 p.m. Campers will be brought to the circular drop off area at front of Lowe by our teacher and placed in your car. You will receive a “pick-up” sign on the first day of each new camp session that you must put into your car window. Everyone who picks up a child must be registered in advance in our system as approved by the camper’s parent/guardian to pick up and provide identification to our teacher upon arrival.
Our class time begins at 9:00 a.m. If you must drop off your child after 9:00 a.m. please call our classroom at 305-284-5886 to advise the teacher you have arrived, and s/he will walk out to the circular drive to meet you. Similarly, if you must pick up your child from camp early, please advise the teacher in the morning at drop off and indicate what time they will be picked up and by whom on your approved pick-up list. At the time of your child’s early pick up, please call our classroom at 305-284-5886 to advise the teacher and s/he will bring your child to you at the Lowe’s circular driveway.
Do I need to provide any type of art supplies?
No, you do not need to provide any art supplies. All art supplies are included as part of your child’s registration fee.
What should my child wear to camp?
Children should wear comfortable clothes that parents do not mind may get messy. Please select clothing that is commensurate with our activities in an art classroom environment. Children are requested to wear close-toed shoes for safety. Please do not send children in flip flops or sandals.
Do I need to pack a lunch for my child?
Yes, please send a lunch with your child! We are a nut-free classroom. Our camp provides a light, dry snack to children each day. Please be sure to note any allergies on your child’s registration form. Please also remember to pack your child a filled water bottle every day.
What are my payment options and where can I register?
You may register online HERE. We accept payment at time of registration via our online system (active.com).
Are there any discounts?
We offer a 10% discount on the registration fee to Beaux Arts Members, Lowe Museum Members and University of Miami employees. To obtain the current discount code, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you work for UM and are requesting an employee discount, please email us from your UM email account.
As well, we offer a discount to families who register more than one sibling to attend in the same session (the discount applies to 2nd sibling). The sibling discount is automatically applied through the registration system.
All proceeds from camp registration fees benefit the Lowe Art Museum.
When do I receive my registration confirmation for my child?
You will receive an e-mail confirmation from active.com as soon as you complete the online registration form and full payment has been processed by our system.
Is there a waiting list?
Once a session becomes full you may request that your child be placed on the waiting list. Please email us at email@example.com to make a request. If a space becomes available in the session of your choice, we will contact you via e-mail to confirm. Once we have reached capacity, we cannot take any more children due to limitations on the number of children we may have at one time in the Children’s Pavilion classroom. The only way a space becomes available for a child on the waiting list is if a there is a cancellation by a registered camper.
What is the refund/cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel your child’s registration, please do so more than 14 business days (2 weeks) prior to the first day of their registered session week in order to receive a full refund. Otherwise, a $25 cancellation fee will apply that will be deducted from your registration fee refund. No refunds will be processed after the first date of your child’s registered session week. Additionally, we do not refund registration fees for “no-shows.” (A “no show” is a non-appearance by a camper with no prior notice to camp organizers.)
I have already registered my child, but I need to change the registered session week. Is this possible?
If you wish to change sessions after your initial registration, you may do so by contacting camp organizers via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that a $25 change fee will apply if the date of notification to change sessions is less than two weeks prior to the first date of the registration session.
May I register my child for a partial session and pay a prorated fee?
We do not prorate registration fees by day. Regardless of how many days your child will attend the full week’s registration fee will apply for the space you have reserved for your child in that session of camp. (Please see above re: our waiting list.)
Are there make-up classes?
We do not offer make up classes for days your child has missed in later sessions of Summer Camp. Spring and Winter Camps are one to two weeks in duration so there is no opportunity to make up missed days.
What is your policy on illness and masks?
We request for parents to use their best judgement about your child’s health and the health of other campers and teachers in the classroom when deciding to send a child to camp. If a child has a fever or any symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, malaise, etc. we respectfully request that you please do not bring your child to camp. If our teacher notes that your child exhibits any of these types of symptoms that are typically associated with illness, they will contact the parent on file and request they pick up their child from camp.
The University of Miami has published the following guidelines on mask usage on its campus:
Effective March 1, 2022, and in accordance with CDC guidance, masks are no longer required in indoor spaces on the Coral Gables and Marine campuses. (The Medical Campus should continue to follow guidance issued by UHealth communications.)
While masks are now optional, they are helpful in preventing infection and will continue to be needed in certain circumstances:
- Immunocompromised individuals or those who are at high risk for severe illness should continue to wear high-grade masks.
- Individuals who test positive must wear a high-grade mask at all times around others for a period of five days following their isolation period.
- Individuals who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, regardless of test result, should wear a high-grade mask around others.
- Individuals who are identified as close contacts of COVID-positive subjects should wear masks until they have tested negative according to the protocol.
- There are different levels of vulnerability. Individuals who wish to wear a mask for their protection are encouraged to do so, and that decision should be respected by all members of our community.
Expectations for Classroom Behavior and Mutual Respect
If a child behaves in a manner that is disruptive to the classroom and to the teacher’s ability to teach the lesson plan, or if a child is disrespectful to the teacher or other children in the classroom, whether in a manner that is verbal or physical, our camp organizers will contact the camper’s parent and request they pick up their child immediately from camp. The camp’s organizers reserve the right to determine, based upon the circumstances of the incident, if it is in the best interest for the classroom learning environment and safety for the child to return to camp. Prorated refunds of tuition for unattended days of camp are not available.
What is the policy for tropical storm or hurricane warnings in our area?
For any tropical storm or hurricane that is approaching our region during camp sessions, we follow the Hurricane Advisories that are communicated by our local government to all Miami-Dade residents. We will announce any closure of a camp session day(s) due to a tropical storm or hurricane, as well as our re-opening plans, via an email communication. If a full week of camp has been cancelled out of necessity due to a tropical storm or hurricane, any information about registration refunds will be communicated via email.
My teenager would like to volunteer as a classroom teaching assistant. What are the specifics about this volunteer program and how do teens apply?
Teen volunteers must be at least 15 years old by June 1, 2023. We accept up between 2 and 4 teenage classroom volunteers per week-long session of camp. The final number of teen volunteers needed per session will vary based on camper enrollment numbers.
The role of our teen volunteers is to provide general support to our classroom teacher as requested and to help our campers. Tasks may include organizing art supplies, helping the campers with their art projects, cleaning up the classroom, helping the teacher prepare components of future art projects, etc. Teen volunteers are role models for our campers and are expected to behave in a friendly, respectful, and mature manner. Cell phone use is not allowed during classroom time by campers or teen volunteers, and personal photography of any kind is not allowed. Teen volunteers will be assigned to a lunch time camper group each day and asked to each lunch with their camper group.
There is a minimum time commitment of two (2) full week Summer Camp sessions expected from each volunteer. Teen volunteers’ attendance is expected for all days of the Spring and Winter Camps (which are each one weeklong, less any federal holiday closures.) If for any reason a volunteer cannot attend a day of their scheduled camp session(s), we request to receive advance communication in a timely manner commensurate with the reason for absence (i.e., illness, a scheduled doctor’s appointment, etc.) so that we may plan coverage as needed.
After our deadline to apply for volunteering, we will review all applications as a whole and place our volunteers according to their stated time slot preferences to the best of our ability. Then we will contact our applicants to confirm their acceptance, the dates of their session placement, and communicate additional information on next steps. Per University of Miami policy, all teen volunteers must submit to background checks and fingerprinting in advance of their start date. Information on where to have these two items done will be provided to all teens by our camp organizers. There is a mandatory training session that all teen volunteers must attend; the date/time of this training will be announced at time of their acceptance notification.
Please keep in mind when deciding to apply that the position is voluntary and monetary compensation is not available. However, our camp will provide documentation of volunteer credit hours completed by each teen at the end of the summer, which may be submitted to schools in fulfillment of volunteer requirements. Volunteers record their hours daily by signing in and out each day of camp, and their times are signed off by the classroom teacher.
Our deadline to apply for Summer Camp 2023 volunteer positions is May 15, 2023. To access our application form online, please click here.
I am an art teacher, and I would like to apply to teach at your camp. How many positions are available each year? How may I submit my resume?
We offer two paid teaching positions for each cycle of camp through the year: A Lead Teacher and an Assistant Teacher. Camp is held in three blocks throughout the year: Spring Camp (1 week session), Summer Camp (Sessions are over 8 weeks, with closures for Federal Holidays) and Winter Camp (Sessions are over 2 weeks, excluding Federal Holidays). The dates of our camps correspond to the Miami Dade County Public School planned recesses.
To receive more information about requirements, salary, or to apply for the Lead Teacher or Assistant Teacher position, please send an email of interest with your resume to: email@example.com. Preference will be given to applicants who have availability for the entirety of a camp’s planned sessions, or for at least one sequential half of the sessions in Summer Camp. This is in order to maintain consistency for our campers, and ease in our coordination of camp session teaching coverage and curricula.
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