1. How does a half-day and a full-day camp work?
A half-day camp is either a morning camp running from 9am-12pm, or an afternoon camp running from 1-4pm. Each half-day camp focuses on one medium, such as Painting, or Sculpting and includes one (approximate) 20 minute snack/outside break.
A full-day of camp would be the combination of two half-day morning and afternoon camps so campers would work in one medium in the morning and then a different medium in the afternoon. 9am - 4pm camps include two (approximate) 20-minute snack/outside breaks (one in the morning, the other in the afternoon) along with a Noon-1pm lunch hour.
The exception to this is our All-day Friday Pottery camps, which run every Friday from 9am-4pm. Friday Pottery camps will have the same number of breaks as a full-day camp schedule but the day will be spent working entirely with clay.
2. Do you serve lunch?
No, we do not serve food, nor do we have any food available for students at our facilities. If your child is staying for the lunch period (Noon-1pm), please pack a nut-free lunch for your child or he or she will be very sad and hungry!
3. What do campers do at lunch?
Along with eating their packed lunch, campers can play a variety of table-top games, socialize with new-found friends, or watch a (G rated) movie during the lunch hour.
4. Do campers go outside at all?
Yes, weather permitting we take an approximate 20 minute mid-morning break in our 9am - 12pm camps, and an approximate 20 minute mid-afternoon break in our 1pm - 4pm camps to go to a nearby park, eat packed snacks, and run out some energy. A full-day camp includes both breaks, morning and afternoon.
5. Where is the park?
At our Issaquah location, we take the campers on a 5-minute walk to Confluence Park. The park has a play-scape, picnic tables, water fountains, and restroom facilities. We'll also go to the open grassy area directly next door to our studio. In Redmond, campers take a short walk to the play area at Anderson Park.
6. Do I need to pack a snack?
Yes. Please! (We find campers can get a little grumpy without their snacks.) If your child is attending a half-day camp, we will have one snack break; if attending a full-day, we will have two snack breaks. Please pack accordingly or your little one will be very sad watching the others eating snacks without them.
7. Can I bring my child early? / Can I pick up my child late?
You are welcome to drop your child off up to 10 minutes early and to pick up your child up to 10 minutes late. If it will be over that 10 minute mark, you will need to enroll in Early Arrival or Extended Pick Up (available at our Issaquah location only for each week of camp when you enroll). Lunch Hour serves as Extended Pick Up for morning camps, and as Early Arrival for afternoon camps.
We can only extend the early drop off and late pick up for up to 1 hour, so 8 am is the earliest a child can be dropped-off, and 5 pm is the latest for pick up.
8. Can I sign up for only one or two days of Extended Stay or Early Arrival?
Yes, just be sure to write the specific date(s) that you will need the extra service in the comments section upon enrollment and you will only be charged for those days.
9. What is "Mixed Media"?
Our Mixed Media camp allows campers to work with a bit of everything! Mixed media is the general study of various art materials, so in our camp, we try to take mediums from different artistic areas and give our campers exposure to a variety of learning and skill-building working with a combination of the different visual artistic mediums in a successful art piece. This might include painting, drawing, sculpting, collage-making, printmaking, weaving and more! Take a look at some examples of projects from past Mixed Media camps here.
10. Do campers need to wear their Museo Purple Shirt every day?
Yes! Campers will receive a purple Museo shirt on the first day of camp and will wear their shirt over their first-day-of-camp clothes. Campers are required to wear their purple Museo shirt on the other days of the week as well to make sure that they don’t get their own clothes messy and to be easily recognized and highly visible when we go to the park.
11. How does the Buddy Discount work?
You can save up to $50 per camp with our Buddy Discount. Just mention your buddy's first and last name when you sign up. Once both buddies' families (or more) have enrolled, the appropriate discount (or refund) will be applied to your account.
12. What type of shoes should my child wear to camp?
Tennis shoes/shoes that can be played in at the park. Preferably no sandals and please no flip flops!
13. Can I stay and watch?
We do ask that parents refrain from spending time in the classroom, as we have limited space available and find having parents in the classroom often disrupts the focus of the class. However, parents are welcome to peak into the classroom and to hang out in our lobby within earshot and close proximity for as long as you feel is necessary for your child to feel comfortable.
13. Can someone else pick up my child for me?
Yes, but if that person is not on your family's account information, we need written permission from you before it happens. But don't fret! This is simple and can be done online in seconds! Fill out our Permission to Pick Up Form here, or find it under our "Student Resources" tab at the top of our website.
14. When do campers get to take their artwork home?
With the exception of the Pottery camps that have items created with ceramic clay that needs to dry and then be fired in a kiln, campers will be able to take all their artwork and creations home on the last day of camp.
For Pottery camps, it will take about 3 weeks to properly go through the process of drying the clay and then firing the items. We will send out a follow-up email letting you know when your items are finished and ready for pick-up at our studio.
We hope these have been helpful! Have more questions that weren't answered here? Feel free to email us at MuseoArtAcademy@live.com or give us a call at 425-391-0244.
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