Q: What is the age range of Art Buzz Kids Camps?
A: We recommend 5 and up!
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. 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, an 11 year old might focus on creating the shadow under the leaves. We also encourage leadership of our older campers to interact with 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 your half-day campers and an additional snack for full-day campers. Please pack a water bottle as well. Due to allergies we are a NUT FREE studio!
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 $47 each and single Full days are $65. Please call the studio to sign up for a single day!
Q: Can someone else pick up my child?
A: Yes! Many of our campers carpool or have grandparents or babysitters pick them up. We simply need parent authorization on our consent form and a valid ID to be presented at pick-up. In the event of an emergency, we can take authorization over the phone.
Q: Do you offer single day camps during teacher workdays?
A: YES! During Mecklenburg County traditional Teacher Workdays and some holidays (such as MLK Day) we offer a mini-camp from 9am-4pm. Keep an eye on our calendar 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 multiple 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 16×20” 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 “Wizard Academy”. Kids will have a short lesson each day about the theme. In our “Under the Sea” camp, we paint the creatures at different depths of the ocean and we discuss coral reefs, ozygen reaching the deep and light reaching in the ocean at different depths and the effect on the habitat. 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 being artistic and crafty. To experience art in a fun way stimulates imagination and that a mistake is the opportunity to see opportunity. 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 each other and for themselves!
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 we recommend dressing your child in clothes you don’t mind getting a little more…colorful!
Q: What is “Messy Art Day?”
A: We try to 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, a very important day for each child. Please try to attend!
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!
Q: Can I see the projects my kids will do before I sign up?
A: Our curriculum is specifically designed for Art Buzz Kids, and due to the award winning nature of our program, we do not release our curriculum online. However, we will ocassionally offer short descriptions of some of the projects we create in our calander descriptions! We promise, your child will love it!
Q: What does the full day program consist of?
A: After our half day campers head home, our full day campers will create another project that focuses on additional artistic skills, such as drawing, patterns, mixed media, etc. Full Day campers will break for a snack at 2:30 pm and then spend the last hour of the day rotating as they please through our Choice Based Art Stations.