Camps

General Information

Virtual Camp Information

We’re so excited to bring art to you with our virtual summer camps! Before your camper(s) attend one of our virtual summer camps, please review the information below to answer any of your questions:

Where will they be held: All of our virtual summer camps will be streamed in a well lit, professional setting from a studio on Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media’s campus. We will be using Zoom as our chosen meeting platform. All campers will be sent two Zoom meeting invitations three days prior to the camp’s date. Please note, these emails will be sent to the email address we have on file. One invitation will be for your chosen camp’s sixty-minute class (11:00 am to 12:00 pm) and the other invitation will be for a thirty-minute virtual art show and critique (called Share Day). Campers should have picked up and prepared their supply kit prior to their camp’s designated day and time. All camps and Share Day events will be recorded and placed into PCA&M’s archive; by signing your camper(s) up for a virtual camp you’re agreeing to having them recorded while on Zoom.

How will Share Day work: In past years PCA&M held end-of-the-week art show on Fridays for campers to show their creations to friends, family, and other campers. Since we cannot hold an in-person art show, we’ve decided to offer campers an opportunity to share and discuss each other’s finished artwork during Share Day. Campers should have their finished artwork ready to share when prompted. Elementary school campers’ (who had their camp on Monday) Share Day will be from 11:00 to 11:30 am, middle school campers’ (who had their camp on Tuesday) Share Day will be from 11:40 am to 12:10 pm, and high school campers’ (who had their camp on Wednesday) Share Day will be from 12:20 to 12:50 pm. Campers are encouraged to attend Share Day.

What is a supply kit: Every camp will have a supply kit specifically created for the art medium and project it focuses around. Supply kits will be created by PCA&M’s staff using quality materials and will be made available for pickup a week prior to the camps’ start date. When supply kits are ready for pickup you will receive an email regarding instructions on how to pick them up. Please note, guardians should pick up their camper’s supply kit from the Scaife Building’s front desk during the designated time. Please do NOT bring your camper(s) when picking up your kit, for we are limiting the amount of people who come in and out of this building. You will be required to wear a face mask upon entering the building.

In-Person Camp Guidelines: COVID-19

We’re so excited to see you this summer! Before your camper(s) attend one of our summer camps, please note that our summer camps are running differently than in past years to meet safety regulations. Please review the information below to answer any of your questions about our summer camps.

Where will they be held: All in-person summer camps will be held in the Annex Studio, a self-contained studio with its own bathroom, plenty of space for distancing, and a ventilation system. Campers should report directly to the Annex Studio upon arrival to be signed in by their parent or guardian. Parents/guardians should report to the Annex Studio for dismissal to sign their camper out. NO camps will be held in the Marshall or Scaife Building.

When will they be held: All of our in-person summer camps run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Campers can begin to sign in at 8:50 am; if you arrive prior to this time, you’ll need to wait outside of the Annex Building until your instructor prompts you to enter. Please note, Pre-Camp and Post-Camp will NOT be offered this year. All campers must be picked up by 12:00 pm daily.

What safety precautions are PCA&M taking for summer camps: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media strives to provide a fun, artistic, and safe environment for all campers and staff. Daily, all high contact surfaces and supplies will be disinfected using cleaning products that are proven to kill COVID-19. PCA&M is keeping all camp sizes to ten campers to avoid large interactions between campers, supplies, and instructors. Campers will have their temperature taken prior to entering the studio, and they will be required to wear masks. All staff and instructors will wear face masks while on campus. Hand sanitizer and handing washing stations  will be provided for students to use frequently. This year students are NOT permitted to bring or eat food while on PCA&M’s campus; campers will not eat lunch at PCA&M like in past years. Students are allowed to bring sealed water bottles labeled with their first and last name. As always, please make us aware of any health conditions or allergies or adaptations your camper(s) may need.

What should I do if my child is feeling sick: If your child is feeling sick, we ask that they please stay home. Due to the circumstances, our refund policy will be more flexible this summer. If your camper needs to stay home due to COVID-19-related symptoms, we will issue you a full refund, regardless of when you notified us of your camper’s absence.

Age Ranges

Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media is dedicated to the best practices in arts education, including developing and implementing age-appropriate visual and media arts curriculum for our students. Each child, teen, and family program is designed to meet the unique social and developmental needs of children in each age bracket. There are also different equipment use guidelines for each age group. Students will not be allowed to attend educational programs outside of his or her age.

Medication

Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media staff is not allowed to dispense non-emergency medication to students. If a student is unable to administer his/her own non-emergency medication, a designated adult must come to PCA&M to dispense it. Emergency medication must be labeled with the student’s full name and given to the instructor at sign-in. Emergency medication will be stored in the child’s classroom and taken on any field trips.

Special Needs

Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media is committed to providing an enjoyable art-making experience for all students and strives to create an inclusive and welcoming artistic community. Please share information about your child’s allergies or other special needs on the Emergency Information and Authorization Form. Parents or guardians are encouraged to contact the Summer Camp Director to discuss any needs a student may have which would impact his/her participation in an educational program. Parents/guardians of students with behavioral or developmental issues should complete the Special Needs Form on the back of the Emergency Information and Authorization Form. This form must also be completed if a TSS will be accompanying the child to camp.

Photo Consent

Your child’s image may be photographed or reproduced on Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media promotional materials. You can indicate whether you do or do not authorize the use of your child’s image on the Emergency Information and Authorization Form.

What you should bring & keep at home?

Unless specifically stated in your program’s description, all supplies are provided for child, teen and family programs. Students in studio arts camps often use messy materials; you may send your child with a labeled apron or smock to wear during camp. For a full-day camp, send your child with a non-perishable lunch and two snacks, labeled with first and last name. For a half-day camp, send your child with one snack. Please leave toys, MP3s and other valuables at home. Cell phones may be used in emergencies but must be kept on silent during camps.

Daily schedule

Sign-in

Students may be may be signed-into camp 15 minutes before camp starts. Parents who wish for their 11 – 14 year old child to sign him or herself out from camp must initial the Emergency Medical and Authorization Form. Students attending a high school program may sign themselves in and out without an adult. A parent or guardian must sign students aged 6 – 10 into the studio classroom. Students ages 6 – 10 may not sign themselves in and may not be left unattended.

Lunch and Scheduled Breaks

Students attending a full-day camp will have a 30 minute lunch/recess period from 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM as well as breaks throughout the day. Please provide your child with a non-perishable lunch and drink labeled with first and last name. We suggest that campers also come prepared with additional snacks.

Sign-out

Students should be signed-out from his/her studio classroom. Only individuals listed as a parent, guardian, or authorized adult on the Emergency Medical and Authorization Form may sign students out and must come prepared with a photo ID. Parents who wish for their 11 – 14 year old child to sign themselves out from camp must initial the Emergency Medical and Authorization Form. Students may not be left unattended. Accounts will be charged $20 for every 15 minutes that students are not yet signed-out following the end of scheduled sessions.

payment & financial aid

How to pay

  • Online: Enter your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express information on the registration form
  • By check: Make checks or money orders payable to: Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media (a $35 fee is charged for returned checks)

Financial aid

A limited number of financial awards are available for students demonstrating financial need. Students who have never applied for an award must fill out an application and submit proof of income. Students who have previously submitted a current year proof of income need only submit the application. Proof of income must be updated every year, and you must notify us if your income has changed.

financial aid application

Cancellations, Withdrawals, and Transfers

Cancellations
Occasionally camps and workshops are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In such cases, the Registration Office will notify you approximately 3 days before the camp or workshop was scheduled to begin & the full tuition will be refunded by check or credit card, depending on the date of registration and the original payment method.

Withdrawals & Refunds
Students may withdraw from a camp or workshop by calling the Registration Office. A $25 charge applies to all withdrawals, regardless of when it occurs. No camps will be refunded with less than one week’s notice. One-day family workshops, pre- and post-camp, and membership fees are non-refundable.

Transfers
You can transfer from one program to another for $15, plus or minus the difference in the cost of the camp or immersion. Transfers may only be made within the same term and cannot be accepted with less than one week’s notice.

Wait Lists
Wait lists are maintained for full camps and workshops. You may call to request to be placed on the wait list. There is no cost to be placed on a wait list. Waitlisted students will be notified in the order that they were added if a space becomes available.