FAQ

What will my child do during the camp?

Our camps are taught by professional artists and teachers and are geared towards exploring different artistic techniques and mediums such as acrylic painting, sculpture, ceramics (downtown campus only) photography and printmaking to name a few. Individual lessons focus on different elements of art: colour, line, form etc. Major figures, trends, and periods in art history often serve as inspiration, and a trip to the National Gallery of Canada is part of most courses offered at our downtown location. Focused studio work, an exploration of art history, and critical analysis of their own work, encourage older students to develop personal expression and expand aesthetic awareness. Supported by a team of summer technicians and volunteers our teachers will pass on their passion for the arts in a dynamic and stimulating environment. Young artists have the opportunity to celebrate their success through exhibition of their work on the last afternoon of class.


What are the camp dates and age groups?

Our summer camps for 2017 are running from July 4 until August 25 with a total of 8 weeks of camps.

Our camps for children are grouped as following: 6-7, 8-9, 9-11, 11-12

Our camps for teens are grouped as following: 13-15


Are you a nut-free school?

Due to the fact that some of our students have allergies, we are a nut-free classroom (peanuts and tree nuts). All snacks sent in with your child must be free of tree nuts, peanuts and peanut oil (this includes peanut butter). We cannot guarantee a 100% nut-free zone, however, we make every effort to ensure the safety of children with allergies.


How many children can be enrolled in a camp?

Most camps hold a maximum of 15 children at the downtown campus. Some courses using specialized studios have a smaller maximum classroom size. Each camp holds a maximum of 12 at the Orleans campus.


What is the ratio of camp instructors to children?

For the camps aged 6-12, there is 1 instructor, 1 technician and 1 volunteer. For the camps aged 13-15, there is 1 instructor and 1 volunteer.


What does the camp cost?

Camps range in price from $215 – $265 depending on material costs and if there are models during the camp.


Can I still register my child if they fall outside of the age range for the camp?

Each camp is designed for children within a specific age-range. In order to ensure the best experience for everyone, students must fall within the indicated age range for the camp. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding this. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the instructor.


Will my child leave the OSA during your day camp?

Various field trips are held throughout the camps: ByWard Market, National Gallery, museums, parks, etc. Please ensure your child has the appropriate outerwear to go on these excursions.


Are pre- and post-care available?

PRE & POST CARE is available for a flat rate of $30.00 for the week. You must be registered in a camp to take advantage of the pre & post care
Pre-Care (mornings): 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Post-Care (afternoons): 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm (downtown)
Post-Care (afternoons): 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm (Orleans)


Are the camps bilingual?

Many of our camps are offered in both official languages. Camps that are bilingual are marked either with a French Description or with a (B). A (b) indicates that the instructor has limited bilingual abilities.


How can I reserve a spot for my child?

Registration begins Wednesday March 15, 2017. You may register online, in person at reception, or by calling 613-241-7471.


How do I register?

You may register in person at the reception desk, by phone at one of our two campuses or online. For the Orléans campus, you can also register online on the Shenkman Arts Centre website at shenkmanarts.ca.

When registering in person, you may pay by cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, or Interac; by phone or online, we accept Visa or MasterCard only.

Payment in full must be made at the time of registration. The Ottawa School of Art accepts cash, cheque, VISA or MasterCard credit cards and INTERAC debit cards.

NOTE: There is a $25 administration charge (+ HST) on all NSF cheques. We urge you to register early, at least two weeks prior to commencement of the course. Space will not be reserved without full payment. The Ottawa School of Art reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

Please note that as a not-for-profit organization, the Ottawa School of Art charges an annual family membership fee of $30 (plus tax). The membership entitles you to take classes at the school, take part in members’ exhibitions, sell artwork through the school store, rent studio space and facilities. Membership fees are not refundable.


What is your cancellation policy?

If for any reason, you wish to withdraw from a course for which you have registered, you must contact the Ottawa School of Art as soon as possible, with the following in mind:

Prior to the start of classes (up to the starting date of the class) the student receives a refund of the course fees, less a $25 (+ HST) administrative charge.
Prior to the start of the second class, the student receives a refund of one half of the course fee, less a $25(+ HST) administrative charge.
No refunds or credits will be provided once the second class has been delivered, whether attended or not; if a student has suffered an illness a credit toward future courses may, however, be negotiated at the discretion of the school when provided with a doctor’s note, less a $25 (+ HST) administrative charge, as well as a charge for each session from the starting date of the class to the student’s withdrawal date.

If for any reason you wish to transfer from a course for which you have registered to another course, and your request can be accommodated; a $25 (+ HST) fee will be charged for transfers made prior to the start of the classes; and a $25 (+ HST) fee will be charged for transfers made once the first class has taken place.

If for any reason the Ottawa School of Art cancels a course, every attempt will be made to identify an alternative course that will be suitable to the student. If this is not possible, the course fee will be fully refunded, with no administrative charges applied. If, over the duration of a course, a class is cancelled, every attempt will be made to arrange a ‘make up’ class. If this is not possible, the class portion of the course fee will be fully refunded, with no administration fee applied.


Could a camp be cancelled?

On rare occasion, a camp may be cancelled due to low enrollment, however, every effort is made to transfer any students registered in that camp to another similar camp.


Are summer camp fees tax-deductible?

An educational receipt can be e-mailed upon request if the parent or guardian contacts us. The receipt will be issued to the person who registered the participant(s). Please e-mail program_officer@artottawa.ca