All Camps (2022)
Students should bring a small bag, a nut-free lunch/snacks, a water bottle, and extra masks. On the first day of camp, students will be given VisArts tote bags that can be used to bring finished projects home each day. Students should bring this bag each day to camp. Please note, storage space at VisArts is limited, so please do not send your child with full-sized, or wheelie backpacks.
Students should wear flat, closed-toed shoes to camp, as well as comfortable clothing that they can easily move and play in. Please keep in mind that while VisArts provides all students with aprons, students will be working with paint and other materials that may stain clothing.
While not mandatory, VisArts highly encourages universal indoor masking at camp. If your child tests positive for COVID-19 but is asymptomatic, they must wear a mask while at VisArts. Please note, masking may be temporarily recommended or required in local outbreaks, high-risk situations, or, more broadly, when COVID-19 community transmission is high. Please see our Health and Safety Policy for more detailed information.
In the event of a positive result of COVID-19 by any staff member or student, VisArts will be following the guidelines laid out by the CDC. VisArts will not close down in the case of a positive test result of a camper, teacher, or staff member. We will inform families of the possible exposure and recommend a monitoring period of several days in which students’ symptoms and well-being is monitored. If a student tests positive but remains asymptomatic, they may continue attending camp while wearing a mask and observing other required safety protocols. If any student begins to show symptoms of COVID-19, they should be kept at home and be tested. No refunds or credits shall be given in case of a positive COVID-19 test.
VisArts has several outdoor spaces available for camp play/movement time. Weather permitting, VisArts campers will eat lunch and have recess outside as much as possible.
Students will eat lunch in a designated lunch space, separate from their classrooms. There will be two different lunch periods throughout the day and students will be with one or two other groups during their designated lunch/recess period. VisArts has several outdoor spaces available to us, we will take students outside for lunch and recess as much as possible, weather permitting. Teen and tween students do NOT have a lunch/recess period.
Please pack your child a nut-free lunch, a water bottle, and some nut-free snacks for throughtout the day.
VisArts is located at 155 Gibbs Street. Camp pick-up/drop-off will take place on the corner of Gibbs Street and Beall Avenue. Students will be dropped off and picked up in the designated safe zone. Please see this diagram for more details. Families may also park their cars and walk to VisArts to pick up or drop off their children. VisArts uses Procare, a child care app that allows you to check your child in and out of the camp from the comfort of your own car. VisArts will invite you to Procare via email prior to camp starting, it is not necessary to download it until then. Invites will be sent to all parents/guardians of each camper, please be sure to provide emails for all parents/guardians who will be responsible for your camper. Once you receive the invite, please download the app and make an account using the 10-digit code provided in the email. Be sure to add the names and contact information of ANY adults who may be picking your children up. Please see below for drop-off/pick-up times for each camp.
Artistic Adventures/Young Artists:
Arrival: 8:30 – 8:50 AM
Dismissal: 4:00 – 4:15 PM
Arrival: 9:45 – 10:00 AM
Dismissal: 12:00 – 12:15 PM
Arrival: 12:45 – 1:00 PM
Dismissal: 3:00 – 3:15 PM
Authorized pick-up people will be given a unique 4-digit pin number that they may use to sign their child in and out of camp. This number is randomly generated and cannot be changed. Please keep the pin number handy for signing students in and out. For more detailed instructions on arrival and dismissal procedures, please see our Arrival and Dismissal Instructions here.
Artistic Adventure campers will attend several different classes throughout the day, each focused on a separate medium. Each class will last roughly 50 – 60 minutes, and students will rotate through each class throughout the day. Classes are capped at 15 students. Young Artists will not rotate through classrooms, but will have all of their classes in one classroom. Tween and teen classes will be held in 2-hour sessions. Morning and afternoon sessions are available in a variety of media, and students will remain in one classroom for their class. All camps are two weeks long. Please see each respective camp home page for details on which media will be included in each class.
Students attending the same camp (Artistic Adventures, Young Artists etc.) may request to be in the same group as friends, siblings, family members etc. If you would like to make a friend request, please make sure to fill out the name of the student you would like your child(ren) to be with in the health forms. Please note, campers are grouped by age, those friend requests with more than a 2-year age difference will be placed in the younger group. Students in different camps cannot be grouped together. We will do our best to fulfill all friend requests, but cannot make any guarantees.
If there is space available, transfers may be made between camps. Families will be responsible for paying the difference before the transfer is confirmed, if applicable. Those transferring to camps of lesser value will receive a credit worth the difference that can be used toward any future camp program.*
The charge for the transfer will depend on timing. Please see below for pricing schema:
Up to four weeks prior to start date – no transfer charge
Two – four weeks prior to start date – $25.00 charge per change
Less than two weeks prior to start date – $50.00 charge per change
*Restrictions may apply
For cancellation requests up to four weeks prior to start date – 100% refund less $50.00 non-refundable registration fee, per ticket.
For cancellation requests two – four weeks prior to start date – 50% refund less $25.00 non-refundable registration fee, per ticket.
For cancellation requests less than two weeks prior to start date – No refunds
As a reminder, camp purchases made using an early bird discount are non-refundable.
*Valid only for registrations after January 31st – coupon restrictions apply.
Refunds will be issued in the same manner they were paid, tuition paid
for using credits will be refunded in the form of a credit.
All of our teachers are either Montgomery County Public School art teachers or working artists with teaching experience. All teachers have passed background checks and fingerprinting screening. Please see our staff page here for more information on our teachers and their experience.
VisArts is a safe place for people of all ages, sexes, ethnicities, beliefs, and orientations, we therefore have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying. In the release forms families are required to fill out online, you will find the code of conduct that both you and your camper must sign. If we feel your camper is in any way violating the code of conduct, based on the degree of seriousness, we reserve the right to not invite them back for the remainder of camp.