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VisArts Arrival & Departure Procedures

In order to ensure your child’s safety and well-being, VisArts has instituted the following procedures for daily drop off and pick up. Please contact us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Please note: You can either park your car and walk your child to the VisArts front door at 155 Gibbs Street or pull up in your car and wait for VisArts staff to assist you.

Drop Off Procedure

  • Where: 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850 ~ this is front door at VisArts
  • When: Drop off is between 8:30 am and 8:45 am.
    —You may not drop off your child before the camp start time. If you are dropping off your child after the drop off time you must park your car and escort your child to the VisArts main office on the 3rd floor. Children may not be dropped off at the VisArts front door unless a VisArts staff member is present to receive them ~ no exceptions! If you need to make special arrangements with the VisArts office please call 301-315-8200 ext 104
  • Who: VisArts staff will wait at the curb and escort your child upstairs to his/her first art class.

Please Note! Gibbs Street is a ONE WAY street and new street and often times will not ‘exist’ through online mapping systems and GPS locator systems. Please use the map and directions included in this packet.

Pick Up Procedure

  • Where: 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850 ~ Same as the drop off point.
  • When: Pick up for: Summer Camp is between 3:00 pm and 3:15 pm. Harvest & Winter Camp is between 5:00 pm and 5:15 pm.
    • If you pick up your child after the designated time, you must park your car and come to the VisArts 3rd floor office to sign your child out of camp. VisArts will not dismiss your child to anyone other than those adults designated on the Transportation Release Form ~ no exceptions! You must notify VisArts of all carpool arrangements or changed dismissal plans in writing.
  • Who: As you arrive on Gibbs Street, VisArts staff will dismiss your child to you at the front door.

Transfer Policy

You may transfer your child(ren) between any camps of the same value before camp starts, only if there is space:

  • Up to 4 weeks transfer can before start date – $0
  • Transfers from 2-4 weeks before start date – $25
  • Transfers less then 2 weeks before start date – $50

If the value of the camp is less than the camp you are transferring from, there will be a refund processing fee. 10% of the value that is being refunded.

Withdraw & Refund Policy

The Camp Refund Policy is as follows

Summer, Winter and Spring Camp: (week long+ camps)

  • $50, non-refundable registration fee per registration
  • Up to 6 weeks before start date – 100%
  • Cancellations from 4-6 weeks before start date – 50%
  • Cancellations less then 4 weeks before start date – 0%

Harvest, Winter & Spring Camp: (individual day camps)

  • $10, non-refundable registration fee per registration
  • Up to 2 weeks before start date – 100%
  • Cancellations from  1-2 weeks before start date – 90%
  • Cancellations less then 1 weeks before start date – 75%

*If Early Registration or multi sessions discount was applied, you can only receive a credit for the amount paid.

Late Pick up

We understand that there are circumstances beyond your control that might delay pick up, but to be fair to our staff, the following late pick up policy will be enforced:

  • 15 minute grace period.
    • Example: if camp ends at 3:00 pm, the grace period would end at 3:15 pm, no penalty will be assessed.
  • After the 15-minute grace period your child will be in the extended camp room and a $5 fee will be charged for every 5 minutes thereafter.
  • Payment must be made at time of pick up.

Illness, Emergency or other Contingencies

Please notify VisArts if your child will not attend camp due to illness, emergency or other contingencies. You may leave a detailed phone message by calling the VisArts office at 301-315-8200 ext 104.

How are the children grouped?

Children are grouped by age, depending on number of enrollments in the session.

How do you handle lunch?

Each camper should bring a non-perishable lunch and a drink. Due to concerns about food allergies, campers may not share food! Please do not include nut products in lunches or snacks. *If you have any questions or concerns please contact the camp director.

What should I pack for my child and what should I leave home?

What to bring?

  • Wear play clothes and sneakers (closed toe shoes).
  • Pack water and a non-perishable lunch. If needed, your child can use a small backpack. * No nut products
  • An extra shirt or shorts may be needed occasionally if an art project gets especially messy.
  • Full Day Young Artist –  There will be a scheduled snack time, pack a drink and snack.  Half Day Young Artist are welcome to pack a snack as well, but there is no scheduled snack time. * No nut products

What NOT to bring?

  • Toys, iPods, handheld computer games or other electronic entertainment systems.
    • *** Campers will not be allowed to use any of these items during the camp day and VisArts cannot be responsible for them if they are lost. ***
  • Shoes with wheels and open toe shoes are strictly prohibited.

Do you provide transportation to and from camp?

No. Each child must be brought to the camp and checked in/out each day by either a parent or those individuals named on the Transportation Release Form. We will not allow children with anyone not named on the Transportation Release Form.

Spring Camp

Do you offer before care and extended care camp?

No. We do not offer before care or extended care for spring break camps.

How do you handle lunch?

Each camper should bring a non-perishable lunch and a drink. Due to concerns about food allergies, campers may not share food! Please do not include nut products in lunches or snacks. *If you have any questions or concerns please contact the camp director.

What does a typical camp day look like?

Camp is from 8:30 am — 5:00 pm

Each Spring Break camper with his/her group will be expose up to four different art activities throughout the day.

Arrival: VisArts staff will be waiting at the curb to receive your child and escort him/her upstairs to his/her first art class.

Departure: As you arrive on Gibbs Street, VisArts staff will dismiss your child to you at the front door with projects ready to load in your car.

** Parents please pack a nut free lunch and afternoon snacks.

A typical day might look like this: (classes and schedule subject to changes)

  • 8:30 — 8:45 :: Arrival
  • Project 1
  • Project 2
  • 12:00 — 12:45 :: LUNCH
  • Project 3
  • Project 4
  • Snacks
  • Finishing up
  • 4:50 — 5:00 :: Clean Up and Pack Up
  • 5:00 — 5:15 :: Departure / Pick Up

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Letter to Parent

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

 

Welcome to VisArts Kids Create Summer Camp! We are always very excited to have your child(ren) here with us. Our multi-media curricula are designed to encourage our students to be as individual as possible with their self-expression. We are a skill-building camp and our main objective is to help campers develop and enhance their skills and foster creative and out-of-the-box thinking.

 

VisArts camp instructors are experienced art teachers, many of whom are MCPS teachers. VisArts teachers are supported by numerous high school volunteers who are constantly with the children, guiding them through their day-to-day activities. All volunteers receive safety and child-care training to ensure that our programs run smoothly and your children are safe.  VisArts office and camp administrative staff are CPR and first-aid certified and every camp employee must pass a background check.

 

VisArts camp classrooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floor of our Gibbs Street building and are fully equipped with all camp materials and first aid kits. In addition, we use the spacious Buchanan Event room on the 2nd floor for lunch and activity hour for full-day campers. Both floors have several accessible bathroom stalls and water fountains.  Campers are escorted at all times in the building by teachers or volunteers.

 

Health and Release Forms

VisArts is doing its part to go green and help cut down paper waste, so all health and release forms are done online.

Returning families should log in to their camp account and update forms from previous years, making sure to update all terms and agreements, and adding in any new health issues.  New families must log in to their account to fill out the health and release forms.  No doctor’s notes/visits are required, and you can come back and edit your forms online any time you wish! Please notify the camp department of any updates that are done within two weeks before start date of your camp. Any problems/questions with accounts, including trouble logging in, adding a user to your account, or remembering your password can be addressed with our camp staff via phone or email Camp Director Diana Tsai at dtsai@visartscenter.org.

 

Different camps/programs offered at VisArts:

 

Before-Care: (Can be added to any Full day or AM programs)

Before-Care drop-off starts at 7:30 am. Parents must drop their children off in the 3rd floor office –do not leave your child at the front door of VisArts.  Children will be supervised while playing games until camp begins for the day.  If parents wish, they may provide their campers with a snack/small breakfast.

 

Extended Care: (Can be added to any Full day or PM programs)

Extended Care begins immediately after camp and lasts until 6 pm.  Daily and weekly slots are available.  Healthy snacks and drinks are provided and children can play games and work on mixed media art projects. Additionally, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, weather permitting, camp staff brings the Extended Care campers into the Rockville Town Square to have frozen yogurt and play in the fountain from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.  We ask that parents pack their campers all the essentials for the outdoor activity; including a bathing suit, towel, an extra change of clothes, water shoes (if desired), and sunscreen. You may pick up your child(ren) at anytime from Extended Care (but no later than 6:00.) To pick up your child from extended care, parents must park and come to the 3rd floor, where there will be a sign indicating which classroom the extended care campers are in for that day.  The pick-up person must be someone designated on the health forms and must sign their child out with the extended care staff present. If you come on a Tuesday or Thursday between 4:00 – 5:00 pm, your children may be in Town Square for check-out. A sign will be posted on the front door of the building, if they are in the Square.

 

Young Artist program:

Young Artists camps are one-week programs for children ages 5-6.  Campers work on fun mixed media projects that immerse them in the world of art.  Young Artists projects range from small hand-building clay projects, to painting and drawing, to mixed media recycled art.  Most of the Young Artists materials are prepared for them, and it’s their job to put it together in their own creative and individual style!  Because of their young age, Young Artists do not switch classrooms and do not work with wood shop projects. Please pack a snack and a change of clothes for your Young Artist to keep in their locker or cubby shelves.

  • Full-Day Young Artists start their camp day with drop off at 8:30am and pick up at 3:00 pm.  In addition to the many art projects they work on throughout the week, they have snack time and are also given daily time for movement games, where they have a chance to move around and play with their fellow campers. Full-day Young Artists campers attend lunch with the rest of the full-day campers.
  • Half-Day Young Artist camps run from 8:45am to 11:15am and from 12:30pm to 3:00 pm, this does not include drop off or pick up time.  Half-day Young Artists will be dismissed from Gibbs Street front door.

 

Art Intensive:

Art Intensives are one and two-week programs for children ages 6-12 to receive intensive attention in one specific media. All Art Intensives are taught by experienced teachers and this program is designed to help your child hone their skills in a particular media.  Some Art Intensive options include Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Wood Working and Ceramics.  We offer morning (8:45 am – 11:30 am), afternoon (12:30 pm – 3:00 pm), and late afternoon sessions (4:00 pm – 5:30/6:00 pm).  You are welcome to pack a snack for your half-day campers, but there is no designated snack time.  Any campers attending back- to-back camps are welcome to eat lunch with our Full-Day camp or use our extended care services free of charge, for the hour between classes. Arrival and dismissal will be from Gibbs Street front door.

 

Art Quest Program:

Art Quest is a one-week full-day program for children ages 7-12 with drop-off at 8:30 am and pick-up at 3:00 pm. Students will rotate between four classes and gain experience in several different media (depending on the week) including fused glass, painting and drawing, wood working, clay hand-building, mixed media, and sculpture.  The campers will have a break halfway through the day for lunch., but it is highly recommended they bring extra snacks with them in case they get hungry before or after.  Full day Campers are grouped according by age, 6-8/9 year olds will be in one group, while the remaining 9-12 year olds will be in the other.

 

Artistic Adventure Camp:

Artistic Adventure is a two-week full-day camp designed to build skills in multiple media over a longer period of time.  This program is for campers ages 7-12 years with drop-off at 8:30 am and pick-up at 3:00 pm. Campers rotate throughout the day between four different classes in various media, including fused glass, painting and drawing, wood working, clay hand-building or wheel, mixed media, and sculpture, depending on the week.  Artistic Adventure are also grouped by age, 6-8/9 year olds and 9-12 year olds.

 

Friend Requests:

VisArts is a great place not only to meet new people and make friends, but also to come with friends and share great experiences.  If your camper will be attending the same session as a friend and would like to be in the same group, friend requests can be made. In order to make a friend request, simply fill out the name of the child(ren) your camper would like to be with.  Please make sure to confirm with the parents beforehand that your children will be in the same session and the same camp program.  For example, children in the two-week (ex: Artistic Adventure) camp will not be able to be in class with a camper from a one week camp (ex: Art Quest), as the projects are different and are designed specifically for the length of that particular session. Also, for friend requests made for children of two different ages, if the ages are different enough that they would originally be placed in two different groups, the older child will be moved down to the younger group.

 

Arrival and Departure Procedures:

When dropping your kids off in the morning, please proceed up Gibbs street into the front three parking spots, our designated safe zone, in front of VisArts, as close to the curb as possible. Or you can park and walk up.  VisArts staff will be there waiting to escort campers upstairs to class.  VisArts staff is curbside from 8:30 – 8:45 am. If you are late, do not drop off your child if there is no staff curbside; you must bring them to the 3rd floor and sign them in with staff.

 

Dismissal is a very hectic time, as it is a time when many summer activities in the square are beginning or ending and we are working to dismiss your children in a compressed period of time. Gibbs Street is a one-lane, one-way street, and traffic can get backed up during this time; we ask that you have patience and bear with us as we navigate the hectic/heavy traffic. Your children’s safety is our number one priority at VisArts, which is why we have a designated safe zone for campers to be loaded into their cars.  A map of our arrival, dismissal, safe zone, and car lineup will be mailed to your home with your pick-up pass to help with this process.

 

Two weeks prior to each camp session, parents will be mailed a bright colored pick- up pass with drop-off and pick-up instruction and a map; this will have your campers name(s) on it, along with any other carpool pick up passes.  When pulling up in your cars, please have the pick-up passes for ALL THE STUDENTS YOU WILL BE PICKING UP clearly visible in the dashboard.  A camp staff member will be standing on the side of the street by Dawn Crofton’s Dance studio relaying the names to our staff so campers may be escorted to the safe zone to await their car.

 

If you park and walk up to pick up your child, please come to the grey door next to the hair salon and have your pick-up pass visible to show to staff. Please keep it visible until you receive your child(ren). While this may feel cumbersome, we do this to guarantee that only authorized people may pick up our campers.

 

Our campers are not available for pick up between 2:50 and 3:00 pm as this also is a very hectic time and children are being moved for dismissal at that time.

 

If you are interested in a carpool, you may use the carpool database found on the VisArts website; keep an eye out in your emails for more information on this.  Coordinating this is completely at the discretion of the respective parents, VisArts is not responsible for organizing carpools. Also, if you are carpooling, you must list the carpool adults on the online pick-up form as a person authorize to pick up your child(ren). As previously stated, the campers’ safety is our number one priority, this includes who they are going home with.  If you or the designated pick up person forgets their pick-up pass, you or they will be asked for identification.

 

Parents who drop campers off early will be charged for Before Care. Campers who remain after dismissal is done (3:15 pm) will join Extended Care campers and the daily fee for Extended Care will be assessed, $30-$35.

 

If you need to pick you child early, please make sure to send a note the day of the early pick-up giving the necessary details.  Early dismissal children will not be taken to the curb; parents will need to park and come upstairs to sign out. We do not do early dismissal between 2:50 and 3:00 pm.

 

Parents who wish to allow their children to sign themselves out at the end of the camp day may do so by designating it on the health forms. This release is for students who walk home or are meeting their ride in a different location (ex: Library, Starbucks, Movies…). Once the child signs out, VisArts is no longer responsible for their care.

 

 

Typical Camp Day:

FULL day:

  • 8:30 — 8:45 :: Arrival Campers are taken to the Buchanan Room to gather; where they can relax, socialize and play games until class starts.
  • 8:55 — 10:05 :: Class 1
  • 10:10 — 11:20 :: Class 2
  • 11:25 — 12:15 :: LUNCH/Special Activity
  • 12:20 — 1:30 :: Class 3
  • 1:35 — 2:45 :: Class 4
  • 2:45 — 3:00 :: Preparing for Dismissal
  • 3:00 — 3:15 :: Departure / Pick Up

** On Thursday and Friday of every week we have Lunch and a Movie. Movie list is listed in your Release form under “Account User.”

 

HALF day

Morning session:

  • 8:30 – 8:40 am: Arrival, volunteers will be waiting to escort campers directly to class.
  • 8:45 – 11:15 am: class
  • 11:15 -11:30 am: dismissal

 

Afternoon session:

  • 12:15 – 12:25 am: Arrival, volunteers will be waiting to escort campers directly to class.
  • 12:30 -3:00 pm: Class
  • 3:00 -3:15 pm: Dismissal

 

4 pm session:

  • 3:45 – 3:55 pm: Arrival, volunteers will be waiting to escort campers directly to class.
  • 4:00 – 5:30/6:00 pm: Class
  • 5:30 – 5:45 pm or 6:00 – 6:15 pm: Dismissal

 

** Remember, half day students DO NOT have lunch hour, please send your campers to camp with nut-free snacks in case they get hungry during the day.

 

Lunch rules:

Because of some campers with extreme allergies, we ask that all parents pack campers a nut-free lunch.  For those who forget, we will have a designated nut table where those campers who have brought any nut products in their lunch can eat and immediately after be escorted to wash their thoroughly.  We also request packing a cold lunch, nothing that requires being heated up as we are not equipped with the proper materials for hot lunches.  During lunch on the last two days of each week, campers will watch a movie during their lunch time; the movie is chosen by the camp directors and is always watched beforehand to ensure it is age – appropriate, G or PG rated.   If you do not want your camper to watch the movie, or if they do not want to watch it, we have plenty of alternative supervised activities, such as  board games, puzzles, and small art projects, which will be held in another room.

 

What should I pack, and what should I leave at home:

All student will have a locker or a cubby in which to put their belongings. Lockers are 12″W x 11″L x 14″D.

Full day campers should be sent with a nut-free lunch each day. In addition, Young Artists should also pack a snack.

If your child takes medication during the day, please be sure to hand it directly to the Camp Director or assistant director.

For our younger campers, an extra change of clothes is recommended for them to keep in the lockers. If you feel you would like your child to lock their lockers, please provide them with their own lock, however we have never had an issue with theft from our camp lockers.

It is requested that campers leave all electronics at home. Electronics are not permitted during class time; however, if they wish to bring them to play with/use during lunch, they are more than welcome to, but they must be kept in the lockers during class time. VisArts assumes no responsibility for any lost electronics. In general, we suggest that you keep anything precious, valuable or irreplaceable at home.

 

Code of conduct:

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 your health and release forms 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.

 

Medical/weather emergencies:

Please review our emergency action plan on our website under FAQ.  The first day of each new camp we go over emergency procedures with the campers, including running through a fire drill, and what to do in case of any emergency. We are located right around the corner from a fire station and have excellent first responders in the area.

 

End of camp/left over projects:

Because your campers will be making so many wonderful projects here, it is possible some things will be forgotten or not ready to be taken home at the end of the session. If a project is not ready (in particular fused glass or ceramics pieces that must be fired in a kiln), it may be picked up in the 3rd floor administrative through September 15th.  Office hours are Monday-Fridays 9:00 am -7:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Sundays noon-3:00 pm. We will donate all left-over camp projects after September 15th.

 

 

Sincerely,
Diana Tsai

Camp Director

Do you offer before care and extended care camp?

Yes. Before Care runs from 7:30 am — 8:30 am and Extended Care runs from 3:00 pm — 6:00 pm. Please register for this when you sign up for camp.

View Before Care Options

View Extended Care Options

What kinds of Art will my child(ren) be exposed to?

Artistic Adventure campers *

  • Fused Glass
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Ceramic
  • Scuplture
  • Wood Working

Art Quest campers *

  • Fused Glass
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Clay (air dry clay or sculpey clay)
  • Scuplture
  • Wood Working

Young Artist camper *

  • Fused Glass
  • Mosaic
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Clay (air dry clay or sculpey clay)

Art Intensive campers

This camp individual medium based classes.

  • Wheel (throwing on the wheel with clay)
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Scuplture
  • Mixed Media
  • Wood Working

 

*medium are subjects to change

How do I pick up my child from Extended Care?

Students remaining for extended care will be in the Extended Care classroom on the third floor (Mixed Media Classroom). On designated days, campers will be outside in the Town Square fountain and fro-yo (Berry Cup) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. A note on the door of the Administrative Office will relay where campers are on any given day. Also, a sign will be posted on the front door of the building if they are in the square. Campers will only be released for pickup to parents or those other adults who are listed on the Release form filled out at the beginning of each camp session.

Does Before Care and Extended Care provide snacks?

Before Care

No, we do not provide snacks for Before Care, but camper are welcome to bring food.

Extended Care

Yes, we will provide snacks and drinks for After Care. Snack includes an assortment of juice, water, fruits, chips, pretzels, goldfish, and fruit snacks. Campers are welcome to bring their own snacks.

Please do not include nut products in lunches or snacks.

What does a typical camp day look like?

Camp is from 8:30 am — 3:00 pm

Artistic Adventure and Art Quest camper rotates with his/her group through four different art activities throughout the day.

Arrival: VisArts staff will be waiting at the curb to receive your child and escort him/her upstairs to his/her first art class.

Departure: As you arrive on Gibbs Street, VisArts staff will dismiss your child to you at the front door with projects ready to load in your car.

A typical day might look like this: (classes and schedule subject to changes)

  • 8:30 — 8:45 :: Arrival
  • 8:55 — 10:05 :: Class 1
  • 10:10 — 11:20 :: Class 2
  • 11:25 — 12:15 :: LUNCH/Special Activity
  • 12:20 — 1:30 :: Class 3
  • 1:35 — 2:45 :: Class 4
  • 2:45 — 3:00 :: Preparing for Dismissal
  • 3:00 — 3:15 :: Departure / Pick Up

For more info please look in Letter to Partent

How do you handle lunch?

Each camper should bring a non-perishable lunch and a drink. Due to concerns about food allergies, campers may not share food! Please do not include nut products in lunches or snacks. *If you have any questions or concerns please contact the camp director.

Teen Art Institute

How does camp end?

Teen will take all work home as they finish and regular dismissal procedure will be followed, unless parent’s made other arrangements.

Due to kiln firing schedule and dry time for some projects some camp might need to come back to pick up their work:

  • Wheel: May need to come back 10 business day after the last day of class to pick up their remaining work.
  • Wood: May need to come back  business day after the last day of class to pick up their remaining work.

 

Work can be available at VisArts Main Office: 155 Gibbs Street, Suite #300, Rockville, MD 20850. Please call to before you come. 301-315-8200.

How qualified are the teachers that you hire?

All of our teachers are either Montgomery County Public School art teachers or professional artists who have taught students at other venues in the DC-metro area.

How many students per group?

Classes are kept to no more than 15-20 students, depending on the class.