It is with regret the National Gallery of Canada has decided to cancel its summer day camps for 2020, in an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of campers, staff and volunteers.
The Gallery is developing exciting new activities and programming for families to enjoy as soon as it is safe to reopen.
While you wait, please visit Virtual NGC and the Gallery’s social media channels for an array of fun art-making activities to do at home. The Gallery looks forward to welcoming you back soon.
Art Camp: Ages 6–9
|July 6–10||$349 — 5-day camp (Members: $314 )||Sold Out|
|July 20–24||$349 — 5-day camp (Members: $314 )||Sold Out|
|August 10–14||$349 — 5-day camp (Members: $314 )||Sold Out|
|August 24–28||$349 — 5-day camp (Members: $314 )||Sold Out|
Art Camp: Ages 9–12
|July 13–17 ||$349 — 5-day camp (Members: $314)||Sold Out|
|August 4–7 ||$279 — 4-day camp (Members: $251)||Register Now|
|August 17–21 ||$349 — 5-day camp (Members: $314)||Register Now|
Photography Camp: Ages 12–14
|July 27–31 ||$349 — 5-day camp (Members: $314)||Register Now|
Have a question about Summer Camps? Contact us at [email protected].
|Until May 31, 2019||Full refund minus a $30 cancellation fee per child|
|From June 1, 2019 until the start date of your child’s camp:||50% refund minus a $30 cancellation fee per child|
|On or after the start date of your child’s camp||No refund|
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 camp runs daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Drop-off is between 8 am – 9 am and pick up between 4 pm – 5 pm.
The maximum number of participants for each week is 30.
There is one adult animator for every ten children.
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. Children must be the required age by the July 1, 2020. Proof of age may be requested on the first day of camp.
Camp activities are offered in both official languages and all camp animators are bilingual.
Registration begins on Monday February 24, 2020 at 9 am. You may reserve online or by calling 613-998-8888. In-person, on-site registration begins at 10 am on the morning of Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
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.
|Until the 31st of May, 2020||Full refund minus a $30 cancellation fee per child|
|From the 1st of June 2020 until the start date of your child’s camp:||50% refund minus a $30 cancellation fee per child|
|On or after the start date of your child’s camp||No refund|
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.
The Gallery does not maintain a waiting list. In the event that spaces become available , these will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis through the website, by phone, or in- person at the Box Office.
Yes. A tax receipt will be mailed in January 2021. The receipt will be issued to the person who registered the participant(s).
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.
Both camps offer similar activities but their complexity is adapted to the abilities and interests for each age group. For example, art-making projects are more complex for the 9 to 12 age group and the camp for children aged 6 to 9 incorporates more play time and games
Absolutely not! Our animators demonstrate each of these techniques and help your child master each step of the art-making activities.
The Gallery’s Interpreters animate the camp. Interpreters are professional 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.
All the necessary art supplies and equipment are provided.
All activities are held at the National Gallery of Canada. When an activity is scheduled outdoors, the group remains on the Gallery’s property. Children have the opportunity to visit most of the public spaces to see various artworks. Art-making activities take place in the Studio. When the weather permits, the lunch hour will be spent outside on Gallery grounds.
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.
Campers are dropped off and picked up in the Studio, next to the Tour Group Lobby. An adult must sign campers in each day. Only adults indicated on camper information forms may sign campers out at the end of the day. Identification will be requested. If you arrive late and the group is no longer in the Studio, please report to the Information Desk in the Tour Group Lobby. NGC staff will help you to locate the group.
Your child needs:
Please note that we do not offer access to a refrigerator or a microwave for packed lunches. Although we provide smocks to protect clothing during art-making activities, art materials can stain or damage clothing. Please don’t forget to label your child’s belongings.
You will be asked to complete a Participant Information 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.