COVID-19 UPDATE and Art Spark’s Guidelines
Dear Parents and Guardians,
You will be receiving an e-mail in the next couple of days regarding the status of your children’s camps along with regulations and information regarding camp options.
If you have questions, please correspond through e-mail only. (We are not in the studio at this time.) Our e-mail address is : email@example.com
COVID-19 Regulations in Place for 2020 Summer Camp:
1. Arrival Procedure: As campers arrive please stay in your car. Text the number that is sent to you via e-mail before camp begins. There will also be a sign on the fence with that phone number if needed. A teacher will escort your camper into our studio, take their temperature with a no-touch tempural thermometer (temperatures 100 degrees or over will not be admitted) and take them to a handwashing station as required by state law. If parents need to get out of the vehicle for any reason, please wear a mask. Each staff member will also have their temperature taken upon arrival and be monitoring their own health.
2. As mandated by the state, class sizes will be reduced based on the square footage of our classrooms. (Each child is required a space that is 35 square feet.) All pre-school camps will have 1 teacher with 3 students. All siblings camps will have 2 teachers with 8 students.
3. All staff members will be wearing masks throughout camp with the exception of lunch and snack time. While campers are not required to wear masks to camp, it is encouraged. Please speak with your child before camp about the importance of not touching their face, or others. Please also explain why the staff is wearing masks if they have not been in contact with people doing so.
4. Children will be encouraged to socially distance themselves from one another. Seating will be spaced out within each classroom. Each child will have an individual caddy of art materials prepared by teachers to limit exposure. Art materials will be sanitized before and after class each day. Hand sanitizer and clorox wipes are will be available as needed.
5. Children are required to wear an art shirt or clothing that can get paint or non-washable art materials on them. We will not be using our smocks.
6. Each child is welcome to bring a disposable snack and drink (and lunch if full day camper). All campers will wash hands before and after snack. (Please pack in brown paper bag or plastic bag). Please make sure all contents can be thrown away after snack to limit contamination. Campers will have designated snack spots to store their snack in and will eat outside weather permitting. Snack times will be staggered to keep groups small. Pre-School campers will eat from 10:00-10:15 AM. Sibling Campers will have snack from 10:45 -11:00 AM. Preschool campers will eat from 2:00-2:15 PM during afternoon camps. Sibling campers will have snack from 2:45-3:00 PM. Please do not pack unnecessary items for your camper that are not disposable.
7. There will be no show at the end of the week for parents to attend. In place of this, student art work will be taken home in a decorative bag, but please check out our online exhibitions-which will be posted to Facebook and Instagram. Instagram: @theartsparkclassroom Facebook: www.facebook.com/theartsparkclassroom
8. Leaving Procedures: Students will wash hands at the end of camp and be escorted one at a time from their classroom. Please text the same number you texted upon arrival when you are present at pick-up. Your child will be brought to your car. Please do not get out of your car.
9. Zero Tolerance Policy: If your child is exhibiting ANY symptoms of sickness please do not send them to camp. Specifically: fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, rash, frequent sneezing, runny nose, etc. Our staff is very excited for summer camp, but consists of teachers who are pregnant, diabetic, and over 60. We call ourselves the “dream team.”
Our summer camp schedule for 2020 is available! Enrolling and payment is easy on this page. (Scroll down for the enrollment form. The form is also on each camp description page.) We will be offering camps for 3-5 yrs. and 6-10 yrs. Below you will find questions and answers about our camps.
Wondering what we do at camp?
Children create projects both independently and as a team while at summer camp. They work together to brainstorm ideas and ignite imagination centered around an idea. Sparklers will work with a variety of art materials including: paint, clay, markers, watercolors, crayons, beads, jewels, plaster, pipe cleaners, fabric, watercolors, paper mache and so much more! Sparklers will have projects to take home, and projects we created as a team at the end of each camp.
How long is one camp?
Each camp is one week long. Monday-Friday from 9-Noon, 1-4 PM, or you can sign your child up for a full day from 9 AM – 4 PM.
How much does one camp cost and how do I pay?
-Half-day camp cost is $190 depending on materials used in camp. (Monday-Friday/9-Noon OR Monday-Friday/1-4 PM) -Full day camps are $375 for the week (Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM)
Questions & Answers
How do I sign my child up? In order to secure a spot for summer camp, you must enroll your child through our website. Scroll down this page to view and fill out the form. Once the form is complete it will show you Payment options at Paypal.
It is not necessary to set up a Paypal account—you can use guest checkout and use a credit card. If you do not submit payment with the form immediately, please e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with information on your payment method. Payment submitted as checks will be charged an additional $15 convenience fee. Forms submitted without payment are deleted within 10 days. If you do not have a paypal account, do not fear! You can easily use a credit card as well and check out as a guest. Just select the option circled in pink when you are prompted: Once I enroll my child, what will I hear from you?
- We will send an enrollment confirmation, with your form attached.
- A few days before your child attends camp, we will send an e-mail reminding you of camp details. The details are also all listed below.
Where are the camps located? *NEW* All camps will be held at our studio: The Art Spark 9430 Main Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45242
Our Studio What time do doors open for camp? Doors open for 9-Noon camp at 8:55AM. Doors open for 1-4 PM camp at 12:55 PM.
What is the teacher/student ratio? 3-5 Year Old Camps: 4 students to 1 teacher. We accept 8 campers per camp with one teacher and one assistant. All lead teachers have degrees and have studied art & education. 6-10 Year Old Camps: 5-7 students to 1 teacher. We accept 12 campers per camp with one teacher and 1-2 assistants based on size.
What makes your staff special? Teachers at The Art Spark all have a passion for teaching, art, & education. All teachers at The Art Spark have degrees in art, education, OR are currently in college studying education! We truly love what we do-to learn more about our staff click here.
What should my child wear to camp? Please send your child in clothes they can get messy in. We might be mixing up slime one day or painting with our hands and feet the next!
We cannot guarantee that the paint will wash out of your child’s clothing. Some students wear the same “camp” outfit everyday, which is a great idea! Does my child go outside during camp? We may do some extra messy projects outside in our fenced-in yard at our Main Avenue studio. We will eat snack outside if weather permits. We will spend most of our time inside the studio.
What should my child bring with them? We will tell campers this, but due to allergies children at The Art Spark are not permitted to share snacks. Half day campers:Pack a snack and drink. FULL DAY CAMPERS: Pack 2 snacks and a lunch. Or a large lunch that can be split up for snack times. They should wear clothes that can get messy. We cannot guarantee paint will wash out.
When do campers take projects home? Each Friday of camp, parents arrive 15 minutes early for pick-up to see what their child has created. This is also the day when campers will take all their projects home with them!
How does pick-up work each day? Monday-Thursday pick-up please come to the white picket fence at pick-up time. Campers will be dismissed one at a time to their grownup to ensure that each child is supervised in the parking lot & with the correct person. Please do not come inside at pick-up time, (unless you need to use our bathroom or are picking up at a time other than the end of camp!) we use the last few minutes to clean-up, plan our ideas for the next day of camp, and line-up. If you would like to come inside and see what we were up to after dismissal, feel free to come see our creations!
Fridays: please come into the studio 15 minutes early to see our art show! Campers will be so excited to show off the exhibit they have been working to create all week.
Behavior Policy-Specifically designed for Preschool campers, but true for all campers:
We are so excited to have your little one(s) joining us for Art Spark camp! We realize that our campers may be experiencing their first summer camp with us and we hold that in high regard. Our little campers will learn all about art and creativity while at the same time grow to be more independent. We know this can be a lot for them and always strive to teach with patience and kindness. We use a myriad of different art supplies with the children and as teachers we are sometimes handling hot glue guns, sharp scissors, box cutters, etc. We keep these away from the little ones, but if the camper refuses to listen they could get hurt. We try to maintain an extremely safe atmosphere and listening to the teacher is number one in promoting a secure environment. To help create this environment, we ask that you speak to your child(ren) before camp to encourage good listening, not putting found objects into their mouth, importance of sharing, and staying with the teacher at all times. If your camper seems to be experiencing behavior issues we will follow our 1,2,3 policy below.
Step 1: Take action within the camp to change the behavior.
Step 2: If the behavior doesn’t positively change we will reach out to our camper’s parent or guardian to address the issue.
Step 3: If said behavior continues to persist, we will unfortunately have the student stop camp and refund the remaining time.