Mixed Media & Pottery Camps

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Our fun & enriching programs educate, inspire & entertain your creative young artists! Variety is the spice of life so all of our camps offer a wide range of project topics and supplies that will spark their creativity & expose them to a stimulating mix of age-appropriate art techniques each day.

Summer camps give us time to dive into larger-scale, more grandiose projects like papier mache, batik painting, sculpture & printmaking!  For our die-hard campers who return year after year (or week after week), we catalog all projects students complete & make every effort to avoid repeating projects!

Location & Age Options

HALF + FULL DAY OPTIONS:

Weekly half day Mixed Media Camps (9am-12p or 1-4pm) for ages 4-14 include painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, printmaking, chalk pastel, & more!   10% Early Bird enrollment ends March 1, 2019.

We also offer weekly half day Pottery Camps (9am-12pm or 1-4pm) for ages 6-14 that includes the pottery wheel + hand building! 10% Early Bird enrollment ends April 1, 2019.

Full Day Pottery + Mixed Media Camps camps are 9am-4pm, and include lunch time childcare (students bring a light morning + afternoon snack and a lunch).

MIXED MEDIA CAMPS
WHAT

Imagine combining your wildly imaginative children with impressive art supplies, phenomenal art teachers, oodles of fun & a dash (or 8) of glitter. All you need to worry about is deciding where you’re going to display your new art collection!

We strive to create a welcoming environment that fosters your child’s creativity and individuality, where new friendships blossom and kids get time to collaborate with other camp-mates as well. Each day, we plan a well-paced line up of projects, involving a wide variety of materials, subjects, and art principles. We might start the day with a watercolor painting project, and then finish a papier mache project from the day before. Throughout the week, students could have the chance to explore decoupage, painting, drawing, chalk pastel, oil pastel, sculpture, papier mache, collage, printmaking or batik making! As necessary, students are split into age groups to work on age and developmentally appropriate projects.

A short break half way through each day allows for a healthy snack & giggle break. Your budding super stars are washed up and ready to go right at pick-up. Be prepared, as they will have (slightly drippy) projects in hand that they are beaming to tell you about!

AGES

All camps are DROP OFF for a mixed age group from 4-14.

Our mixed age group format works very well during the summer given the low student:teacher ratio. Artists are split into groups to work on age-appropriate projects. Students might all work with the same materials (for example chalk pastels) but the project and/or techniques are modified for age as necessary to ensure that students are appropriate challenged.

WHEN & WHERE

South Charlotte Studio:

HALF DAY, weekly M-F, 9am-12pm or 1-4pm. Starting the week of June 10, 2019, ending the week of August 19, 2019. No camp the week of July 4. All weeks are Mixed Ages 4-14 except for the week of June 24 – 28 when we’ll be hosting a special “Making It” camp for tweens/teens ages 11-15 (inspired by the popular tv show!).  8025 Ardrey Kell Rd. #103, Charlotte, NC  28277

FULL DAY Pottery + Mixed Media camps are available M-F, starting the week of June 17 through August 12th, 9am-4pm.    Our Mixed Media camp is held at our main studio in the Fountains Shopping Center (8025 Ardrey Kell Rd.) and Pottery Camp is held a hop, skip & a jump through the breezeway at 8155 Ardrey Kell Rd.  Lunch time child care is provided and students walk through the breezeway from one location to the other with our staff.

Note:  We do not offer a full day Pottery only camp or full day Mixed Media only camp, because in our experience a full day of only one or the other just isn’t enough variety and kids would burn out on it!

Offsite Myers Park Mixed Media camp location:

Myers Park Presbyterian Wellness Center, 1073 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC  28207

Weekly M-F, 1-4pm. Starting the week of June 17, 2019, ending the week of August 12, 2019. No camp the week of July 4. All weeks are Mixed Ages 4-12ish

 

COST

$235/WEEK

DISCOUNTS

Our 10% Early Bird promotional discount runs through March 1, 2019!  Enroll as many siblings in the family for as many weeks as you’d like and save 10% off the total – no limit!   The discounted Early Bird pricing of $211.50 for a week of camp is already reflected in our lower online enrollment tuition fee.  After March 1, 2019 the weekly camp rate is $235, and a 10% sibling discount is automatically deducted from total for additional children from the same family.

Discounts cannot be combined. Please call to discuss which discount is most advantageous for your situation.

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POTTERY CAMPS
WHAT

Pottery camp is a great opportunity for older children to explore the mess, the joy, and the challenges of working with clay. No picking pre-made pottery off a shelf to paint here! Each artist experiences the entire process of sculpting, beginning with wet clay and ending with kiln fired ceramic pieces! They will absorb fun factoids about kiln temperatures, the history of pottery making and practice rolling coils, building slabs, pressing textures, & throwing on the wheel. It’s very exciting to see these kids transform a blob of wet mud into a hand thrown bowl they can actually use!

A short snack break half way through each camp day allows your artist to socialize with new friends & recharge.

Parents, prepare yourself for ceramic awesome-ness! At pick up, you may wonder if we took your kids on a mud run through the woods and then hosed them off, but we just consider that a successful day in the clay studio! Finished & fired pieces are ready for pick up the following week.

AGES

Our Pottery Camps are geared towards students ages 6 – 14. Students must be mature enough for the challenges associated with working with clay, and physically large and strong enough to work with the pottery wheel (reaching the foot pedal, centering the clay, working with tools while the wheel is moving, etc.). While we can easily work with students older than 14 to make sure they are appropriately challenged and enjoying themselves, that is not the case for younger students who are too small or lacking in strength and/or patience for the pottery wheel.

WHEN & WHERE

We offer both Half Day and Full Day Pottery + Mixed Media options.

HALF DAY Pottery is weekly M-F, 9am-12pm or 1-4pm starting the week of June 17 through August 12th, 9am-4pm.  Pottery Camp is held a hop, skip & a jump away from our main studio in the Fountains Shopping Center (in the former Funkytown space, 8155 Ardrey Kell Rd).

FULL DAY Pottery + Mixed Media camps are available M-F, starting the week of June 17 through August 12th, 9am-4pm.   This combination makes for the perfect full day of creativity ~ pottery camp is all clay, and Mixed Media camp is everything except clay (painting, drawing, collage, chalk pastel, etc.).   Our Mixed Media camp is held at our main studio in the Fountains Shopping Center (8025 Ardrey Kell Rd.) and Pottery Camp is held a hop, skip & a jump through the breezeway at 8155 Ardrey Kell Rd.  Lunch time child care is provided and students walk through the breezeway from one location to the other with our staff.

We do not offer a full day Pottery only camp or full day Mixed Media only camp, because in our experience a full day of only one or the other just isn’t enough variety and kids would burn out on it!

 

COST

$235/WEEK

DISCOUNTS

Each year in January we open summer camp enrollment with an Early Bird promotional discount!  Be sure you are on our newsletter list so you receive that announcement.  We also have a10% sibling discount automatically deducted from total for additional children from the same family.

Discounts cannot be combined. Please call to discuss which discount is most advantageous for your situation.

Pottery Camp Video

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HAPPY KIDS

Each day we send you home with an excited & proud paint-smudged artist & a frame-worthy pile of loot! They might look like they just did the Color Run 5k but on the bright side – no sunburns or skinned knees!

THREE HOUR DROP OFF

Mixed Media camps are three hours a day in the mornings (9am-12pm) or afternoons (1-4pm). Drop off, ages 4-14. Pottery starts at age 6 and is 2-5pm. Sign up with a friend, make new ones, or both!

MULTIPLE UNIQUE PROJECTS

Students create original & unique fine art projects (a mix of open-ended and guided lessons). We have been known to take on some pretty ambitious projects, so clear some wall and shelf space!

PACK A SNACK

Send a light NUT-FREE snack in the original package so we can verify the ingredients. Fresh fruits & veggies (especially pickles) make great art camp snacks!

LOW STAFF:STUDENT RATIO

Each child feels supported & challenged as we strive to maintain a ratio of 1:8. We always have at least two teachers, regardless of how small the group is.

AGE APPROPRIATE GROUPS

If warranted, artists are separated into age appropriate groups. Students may be using the same materials at the same time but the project and/or techniques are modified for age.

Summer Camp Cancellation Policy

A non-refundable $100 deposit, per child, per camp session, is required to register. The full balance (less your deposit) is due no later than the first day of camp. We will send you an email reminder the week before camp with a link to pay the balance due online. If you need to cancel and have already paid for the session, your payment (less the non-refundable deposit) will be refunded if we are notified in writing seven days prior to the start of camp (info@smallhandsbigart.com). There are no refunds for last minute cancellations less than seven days prior; however, we’re happy to consider any special circumstances and offer a studio credit at our discretion.

If you’d like to change the camp dates & times, please submit a change request via email at least one week prior to the start of camp to info@smallhandsbigart.com, and we will be happy to accommodate your request, space permitting.

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