Q&A with the Indianapolis Art Center Summer Art Camps:
What makes Indianapolis Art Center Summer Art Camps unique?
Our camps are all taught by Teaching Artists. We offer camps onsite as well as online to accommodate those who want to participate in art, but may not feel onsite is the best fit for their families. Our online classes have been taken by kids as far west as California and as far east as Delaware. Our art camps a variety of art mediums beyond just painting and drawing. The Art Center offers camps in clay, wood, photography, printmaking, fashion, glassblowing, book arts, and more, all in professional-quality studios. With our camper’s safety and well-being in mind, we have taken preventative steps to help ensure everyone’s safety while still providing all the fun that comes with attending camp at the Indianapolis Art Center.
What activities are offered at Indianapolis Art Center Summer Art Camps?
Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Jewelry, Digital Arts, Glassblowing, Book Arts, Photography, Printmaking, Fashion, and more!
What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?
Camper-to-counselor ratio is 10-to-1.
How much time do the campers spend outside?
The Art Center incorporates a 45-minute break into every camp where we get the campers outside, weather permitting. If campers are on site all day, for a combination of a morning and an afternoon session, they will have two 45 minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch break to be outdoors. Some camps may also be taught outdoors, like our Photography, Art in the Park, and Nature + Art camps.
Does the camp provide lunch/snacks or do parents need to provide them?
No, the Art Center does not provide lunch or snacks for campers. We ask that campers bring snacks and/or lunch, depending on if they are attending all day, that does not need to be refrigerated. Campers are also asked to bring a refillable water bottle.
What is the typical daily schedule for campers?
Campers check-in and have some warm-up activities before lessons begin. After their lesson/art history session, campers get to work on their art until they have break. After their break, campers will have additional time for art making.
How old are the counselors and how are they trained?
Counselors ages can vary from college-age students and up, who have been involved in the arts or our art community. We look for counselors who have experience working with children and art. We have training days to accommodate counselors with info on how we manage camps, challenges they run into, conflict resolution, positive reinforcement, and CPR.
What accommodations are made for campers with special needs?
We can make custom accommodations to the class based on the unique need of the student. Accommodations can be discussed with either the Camp Director, Rachel Thomas-Celmins, or the Youth + Teen Programs Manager, Jheny Nieto.
What are you doing to keep Indianapolis Art Center Summer Art Camps safe this summer?
At the Indianapolis Art Center, the safety and well-being of our campers, students, patrons, and staff is our highest priority. In all of the onsite camps, the Art Center is practicing social distancing, mask-wearing, hand washing, cleaning and sanitization of equipment, curbside drop-off and pick-up, standing spaces and directional routes throughout the building, and limited capacities on class sizes. The Art Center is also offering online camps for every age group with included material kits available for curbside pick-up.