Summer 2017
Day Camps

at the National Gallery of Canada

About the Summer Day Camps

Camp registration begins on Tuesday 7 February 2017

Spend a week with the National Gallery of Canada as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Explore the masterpieces in the brand new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries and the Canadian Photography Institute. Get a new perspective on art made in Canada from past to present, from ancient carvings to Group of Seven paintings, from Inuit sculpture to contemporary photographs. Then head to the studio for drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and other activities. Join us for a fun-filled week of creative projects and activities at the Gallery!

Day camps run from 9 am to 4 pm daily. 
Bilingual. Maximum 30 participants.

Cost
$299 per 5-day week (Members $269). All materials included. 
Pre- and post-care from 8 to 9 am and 4 to 5 pm available for an additional fee of $49 per child. (Members $44).

$239 per 4-day week (Members $215). All materials included. 
Pre- and post-care from 8 to 9 am and 4 to 5 pm available for an additional fee of $39 per child. (Members $35).

Camp registration begins on Tuesday 7 February 2017
Registration required: Online, in person or by phone at 613-998-8888

Two-step Registration

Step 1: Select Your Week + Submit Payment


Step 2: Download these forms

Participant Information Forms Complete and Return

Camp Information
For Your Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Participants visit different galleries each day while they learn about art and artists. In-gallery visits include looking activities, games, treasure hunts and sketching. In the studio, participants experiment with painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and photography.

Outdoor time doing art or playing active games is included each week, and the lunch hour takes place outside, weather permitting. A variety of differently paced activities are planned each day to ensure the participants are always fully engaged and entertained. We conclude each week of camp with an art-opening event, where family and friends are invited to view the children’s masterpieces!

The weeks of 4–7 July, 17–21 July, 31 July–4 August and 21–25 August 2017 are for children aged 6 to 10.

The weeks of 10–14 July, 24–28 July and 14–18 August 2017 are for children aged 8 to 12.
Day camps run from 9 am to 4 pm daily.

The maximum number of participants for each week is 30.

There is one adult animator for every ten children.

$299 per 5-day week (Members $269). All materials included. Pre- and post-care from 8 to 9 am and 4 to 5 pm available for an additional fee of $49 per child (Members $44).

$239 per 4-day week (Members $215). All materials included. Pre- and post-care from 8 to 9 am and 4 to 5 pm available for an additional fee of $39 per child. (Members $35).

The Members price is $269 for a 5-day week ($44 for pre- and post-care), $215 for a 4-day week ($35 for pre- and post-care).

Activities are designed for children within a specific age-range. In order to ensure the best experience for everyone, participants must fall within the indicated age range for the camp.

When weather permits, the lunch hour will be spent outside on Gallery grounds. Outdoor art activities are also planned. A sketching and painting session will be held in Major’s Hill Park, and a photo shoot will take place in the streets and interior courts of the nearby ByWard Market. Educators have carefully planned these outings and will accompany participants at all times.

Pre-care from 8 to 9 am and post-care from 4 to 5 pm are available for an additional fee of $49 per child (Members $44) per 5-day week, and $39 per child (Members $35) per 4-day week. This price includes both pre- and post-care. For post-care, a late fee of $10 for every 5 minutes will be applied.

Camp activities are offered in both official languages, and all camp animators are bilingual.

Registration begins on Tuesday 7 February 2017. You may reserve online, in person at the Gallery, or by calling 613-998-8888.

Payment is due in full at the time of registration. You may register online, in person, or by calling the Gallery’s reservation line at 613-998-8888. Payments online and by phone must be made by credit card.

In the event that you wish to cancel your registration, refunds will be issued up to 3 weeks prior to the start of camp. After this date, no refunds will be issued.

In the case of insufficient registration, the Gallery reserves the right to cancel a camp with 3 weeks’ notice. A full refund will be issued.

Yes, a tax receipt will be mailed in January 2018. The receipt will be issued to the person who registered the participant(s).

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Activities

What type of activities have you planned?
In-gallery visits include looking activities, games, treasure hunts and sketching. In the studio, participants experiment with painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and photography. Outdoor time sketching and taking photographs, playing active games and eating lunch is offered daily, weather permitting.

What is the difference between the camps for children ages 6 to 10 and ages 8 to 12?
Both camps offer the same activities but their complexity is adapted to the abilities and interests for each age group. Art-making projects are more complex for the 8 to 12 age group. The camp for children aged 6 to 10 incorporates more play time and games.

Does my child need prior experience with drawing, painting, printmaking and photography?
Absolutely not! Our animators demonstrate each of these techniques and help your child master each step of the art-making activities.

Who animates the activities?
The Gallery’s interpreters animate the camp. Interpreters are well-trained adult staff that deliver educational programs, such as tours and workshops, throughout the year to a wide variety of visitors of all ages, abilities and interest and knowledge levels.

Does my child need to bring art supplies or a camera?
All the art supplies and equipment are provided.

 

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Logistics

Where do I park to drop off or pick up my child?
Underground parking is accessible via the driving circle in front of the Gallery on Sussex Drive. A 30-minute grace period will be provided for pick-up and drop-off, after which regular parking fees apply.

Once I’ve parked, where do I bring my child?
Campers are dropped off and picked up in Sketches, next to the Tour Group Lobby. A parent or guardian must sign their child in and out of the camp every day. If you arrive late and the group is no longer in Sketches, please report to the Information Desk in the Tour Group Lobby. They will assist you with finding the group and signing in.

What does my child need to bring?
Your child needs comfortable clothing and shoes, a hat, a bottle of water and sunscreen. Be aware that although we provide smocks to protect clothing during art-making activities, art materials can stain or damage clothing. Please provide your child with a peanut- and nut-free lunch and two snacks each day. We do not offer access to a refrigerator or a microwave. Please don’t forget to label your child’s belongings.

Will snacks from the vending machines in Sketches be available during the camp?
No. The vending machines will not be accessible to help ensure participants’ safety as some of the treats in the vending machines may contain peanuts and other nut products. However, we cannot guarantee that Sketches is a peanut-free environment as many visitors have access to this space on a daily basis to eat brought lunches.

Where will my child eat lunch?
Outdoors, on Gallery property, when weather permits. At other times, Sketches is to be used.

Safety

What if my child has an allergy or medical condition?
You will be asked to complete an Emergency Information Contact Form to advise us of allergies or other medical conditions, and to let us know how to reach you in case of emergency. Your child’s safety is important to us. We have trained First Responders on site who will provide First Aid according to standard First-Aid Protocols. We do not guarantee a nut-free environment.

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