Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is excited to announce our first Digital Summer Art Camp! Though we are unable to spend the summer physically together in the classroom, we are thrilled to offer fun and engaging content centered around the visual arts for your young campers to enjoy at home.

View the video above for a teaser of what to expect from GRACE Digital Summer Camp!

GRACE Digital Summer Art Camp will mirror much of what is offered in our in-person program:

  • Weekly camps will run for six weeks between June 29–August 7, 2020. 
  • The program’s camp themes will remain the same. They will continue to focus on many aspects of art-making while encouraging children to expand their artistic vocabulary and creativity through hands-on art activities.
  • Activities will be taught and led by a professional art educator.

       

New to the program this year:

  • All activities will be visually demonstrated in short, pre-recorded videos of 15 minutes or less and will be accompanied with easy-to-follow written instructions. All activity instructions and videos will be made accessible online through a private link.
  • Each camper will receive a “camp-in-a-box” kit that will include most of the special materials required for the activities. A list of basic items for families to have at home (see list here) will be available prior to the start of camp. Please consult this list to ensure you have these items in advance.
  • The camp kits will be prepared with supplies and materials that GRACE staff members have ordered online. Both the shipment boxes from the online purchases and camp kits will be handled by a PPE-wearing GRACE staff member (masks, gloves, ect.). Camp kits will be available for contact-less, no-touch pickup each Saturday between 12pm–2pm at GRACE. Masks will be required as parents approach the building for pickup.
  • Designed with the busy parent and caretaker in mind, camp kits come with a suggested daily schedule to help keep campers engaged throughout the day. For those who want more fluidity in the schedule, we will continue to offer the pre-recorded lesson videos for 30 days after camp has begun, so that campers can go back to activities they might have missed (or repeat the ones they really loved!).

   

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON JUNE 1ST, and will close one week before the start of each camp.

For further questions, inquiries, and information please contact Sarah Berenz, Education Manager, at sberenz@restonarts.org or call 703-471-9242.


HOW TO REGISTER


Step 1. Select a session from the list. Use the active link to register and complete payment.
You will receive a payment confirmation email upon completion. Greater Reston Arts Center is pleased to offer a discount to GRACE members. If applicable, select the member payment option.

MY MOM WOULD NEVER LET ME DO THAT!
Explore the possibilities of art with our most popular camp, adapted for our new digital camp model. Using a variety of materials, this session combines scientific exploration and the creative process to create the messiest and silliest of art projects.

June 29–July 3 (Ages 5–7)
Member Registration | $200
General Registration | $220

July 6–July 10 (Ages 8–10)
Member Registration | $200
General Registration | $220

FUN-TASTIC FORTS!
In this camp, kids investigate all things 3-D! From blankets to boxes, we cover the basics of building the best forts ever! Campers will spend their days creating new spaces to explore and will walk away with a basic understanding of engineering, and a personalized fort of their own!

July 13–17 (Ages 6–10)
Member Registration | $200
General Registration | $220

FIBERS & FRIENDS!
Have you ever wondered how a spider builds its web, how a bird weaves a nest, how your friend made such an AWESOME key chain? Become a wonder-weaver as we explore all things fiber!

July 20–July 24 (Ages 5–7)
Member Registration | $200
General Registration | $220

July 27–July 31 (Ages 8–10)
Member Registration | $200
General Registration | $220

ART & MOVEMENT
Who says art-making has to be stationary? This camp session focuses on all the ways art can get you moving and features 2-D and 3-D projects, which will utilize movement and art-making in innovative ways.

August 3–August 7 (Ages 6–10)
Member Registration | $200
General Registration | $220


Step 2. Fill out and sign the Registration & Waiver form HERE. Return the completed forms via email to sberenz@restonarts.org. Upon receipt of the Registration & Waiver Form, you will receive camp registration confirmation email (please allow up to 24 hours for processing). This email will include log-in details to access the password-protected page where the pre-recorded video lessons and activity instructions will be readily available. The password protected page will become available on the first day of each camp session.

Step 3. Choose a time slot to pick-up your camp-in-a-box kit from Greater Reston Arts Center HERE.

Step 4. Carefully read the camp-box-in a box pick up procedure HERE. Please note, masks will be required for all pickups.

Step 5. Review the list of required materials HEREThis short list of items will be necessary for campers to have on hand when creating projects.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


I have registered for camp. How do I access the digital content? 
Upon registering, you will be sent a confirmation email with information for a password-protected link. Once available, you will find all pre-recorded lesson videos and written instruction PDFs for your selected camp week. 

What is included in a camp-in-a-box kit and what do I need to provide? Are kits different each week? 
Each camper will receive a “camp-in-a-box” kit that will include most of the special materials required for the activities. Materials within the kits will vary from week to week depending on the theme and/or age group. In addition, a list of basic items not included in the kits is required for families to have at home. Please consult this list to ensure you have these items in advance (link). 

How are camp-in-a-box kits put together and how do I receive mine? 
All camp-in-a-box kits will be prepared with supplies and materials that GRACE staff members have ordered online. Both the shipment boxes from the online purchases and camp kits will be handled by a PPE-wearing GRACE staff member (masks, gloves, ect.). Camp kits will be available for contact-less, no-touch pickup the Saturday prior to each camp between 12pm – 2pm at GRACE. Please note that Week 2 of “My Mom Would Never Let Me Do That!” has two pick-up date options: Wednesday, July 1 and Saturday, July 4. Parents must sign up for a timeslot HERE. Masks will be required as parents approach the building for pickup. 

How is the camp day structured? 
We know that parents are busy! Therefore, we have designed a suggested daily schedule (link) to help keep campers engaged throughout the day from 9am – 4pm. However, our digital camp experience also allows for flexibility by offering the pre-recorded lesson videos and instructions for 30 days after camp has begun. With this option, campers can go back to activities they might have missed and even repeat the ones that they enjoyed. 

How much screen time will my child have per session? 
All activities will be visually demonstrated in short, pre-recorded videos of 15 minutes or less, thereby keeping screen time to a minimum (less than five hours total per week). In addition, each lesson will be accompanied with easy-to-follow written instructions on our password-protected webpage. Breaks are encouraged between pre-recorded videos so that campers can enjoy a snack, eat lunch, go outside for a walk with family, ect. 

Will I need to help my child with setup and/or activities? 
It is recommended that a parent/guardian or caretaker help campers to set up their workspace (cleared table with newspaper or protective cover) and to facilitate access to the pre-recorded videos. After this, campers may work independently by watching the pre-recorded videos with visual/verbal instructions or by reading the instructions for each lesson. Campers can pause or rewind the videos as necessary. Some children, especially younger campers, may need additional assistance to locate materials, to understand activity instructions, or for other tasks. 

On which devices can my camper watch the lesson videos? 
Pre-recorded video lessons can be accessed on desktop and laptop computers, as well as on tablets and phones. Desktop and laptop computers are the most compatible with our website and video format. 

What if my child has a question about a project? 
We are here to help! If you or your camper have any questions about the directions for an art project, please contact Education Manager, Sarah Berenz, at sberenz@restonarts.org or call 703-471-9242. We will be available Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm. Please allow up to 24 hours for a reply. For a quicker response, please direct your inquiries during our daily “office hours” from 2pm – 4pm (Monday-Friday). 

What is your refund policy? 
All sales are final and are not eligible for refund. If available, camp themes may be exchanged up to one week prior to the close of registration for the camp into which one transfers. (See camp exchange policy below). 

What is your camp exchange policy? 
Subject to availability, exchanges can be made between camps up to one week before registration closes for the camp into which one transfers. Parents/guardians will need to reschedule their camp-in-a-box kit pick-up. 

For further information, please contact Education Manager, Sarah Berenz at sberenz@restonarts.org.