Summer Camp 2022 Schedule

We open for 2022 registration CLICK HERE TO BOOK!

Thank you so much for your interest in Vortex Studio summer camp. This year we are excited to offer 7 weeks of camp June 27th – August 19th. This year we are running 2 groups of Art camp and 2 groups of Fun camp per week. Please see more info below about how we run camp and logistics. You can also see the full 2022 schedule

2022 Vortex Studio Camp

Location: Vortex Studio – 903 River Side Drive – In backyard, in wedding tents

Time– 9:00am-3:00pm 

Before and after care: available for a fee – Start time 7:30am – 5:30pm (see info below)

Cost- Full day camp – $350 per child- Plus online booking service fee $10. All supplies included *unless it is a specialty camp and another price is listed.

– Note we do not issue R24 forms as we are not a full time daycare

Discount: Unfortunately N/A for 2022

Number of Groups on grounds: 1-5 per week.

Camp age – We welcome campers age 5-14 at Vortex however, each week and group have different age requirements please see the schedule for more information 

Language: We run camp instructions in English. We can definitely offer a French junior counsellor as a translator if required and advance notice is given.

Contact info– Stella Pagani or Manager – Britney Amarica

artatvortexstudio@gmail.com

416 629 6504 

http://www.vortexstudio.ca

We will be doing solely online booking this year. That means we will not be taking any bookings through email or phone, it will only be done through the online portal. Please call us prior to booking with any questions. We can not hold any camp spots without payment. 

If you are interested in a week that is full please email us to join the waiting list. With the date and theme you are interested in. artatvortexstudio@gmail.com

Epic Art Camp – This is our best known art camp we have been running for 5 years. Campers spend 90% of their time getting creative and messy! We make new and exciting art and craft projects all day. Trying everything from drawing and painting, to clay, 3D crafts, nature crafts, collage, spray paint, beading, sewing, messy day, and SOO much more! This camp is for your art loving kid. They get to try so many projects and work at their own pace and difficulty. We spend our full day making, usually only stopping to eat, lounge in hammocks under the tree, and clean up. Please note this camp does not include much play or non-art games or include lots of physical activity. We have tried but all these students want to do is make art! This is important to note when booking so that you find a good fit for your child. It is also an amazing time for your child to meet like-minded new creative friends! All art projects can be geared towards different skill levels and abilities.  **Please note these campers tend to come home with lots of art! Please make sure you have an empty car on Friday for pick upWhen looking at our schedule the Epic Art-based camp will be the groups with the leaders – ‘Zebra’ or ‘Leopard’ – Below all Art Camp titles will have the blue highlighted title of their leader.

Themed art camp – Every year we offer themed weeks. Different kinds of art based camps with projects that lend themselves to a particular theme or subject or they are geared towards a particular age group. These weeks often produce less take home artwork as there are more group projects or installations showcased at vortex studio. Similar to “All of the Art Camp” we still spend 90% of our time making artwork and still try all different kinds of mediums its just they are directed towards a certain kind of idea or goal. When looking at the schedule below these camps will be highlighted in blue, and will be run by the leader Zebra or Leopard. 

Fun time camp! – THIS IS NOT ART CAMP – Fun camp is for all the amazing kiddos that are looking for the whimsical Vortex experience but without the art element. If you have siblings where one loves art and the other loves play this is a great way to keep them at the same camp! Fun time camp is a unique silly camp that embodies creative outside play, lots of games, nature exploring, getting messy, wild, and weird! Campers will enjoy our freestyle play area with all the games you can imagine, tell stories, and our counselors will run all kinds of playful activities. For 2022 we will have light self-directed craft projects available however it will be a very small part of the week (about 10% unless an indicated theme week). In 2022 we will have more emphasis on physicality and spontaneity, while still embodying the visual Vortex landscape. Our fun camp tents will be in the very back zone of Vortex in the ‘woods’,  set up with couches instead of assigned tables with game zones and a craft table. We have lots of sport options in our big field as well as hammock chill zones for rest time. When looking at our schedule the Fun Time Camp will be highlighted in green, with the leader Unicornor Koala

Themed fun camp – Similar to the above description of fun camp we will also be running themed fun camp. Children will get all the joys of fun camp but also be offered a special theme that will bring like minds together. During these weeks we might put more emphasis of the theme and activities pertaining to it vs freestyle play and other games. But we definitely make sure that everyone has time to do activities they are excited for.  When looking at our schedule the Fun Time Camp will highlighted in greenwith the leaders Unicorn or Koala

Specialty Camp by leaders in their field. Note* These are independent contractors renting Vortex tents and not Vortex staff, however we love them and stand behind their programming 100% ! However you will need to contact them directly to discuss any questions pertaining to their camps. Please see more info in camp description in the schedule. – Yoga Glow, Girls Empowerment week with Lori Morrison age 9+ $360 July 18th-22nd. Graffiti camp with Jimmy Baptiste age 10+ When viewing their camp in the schedule it will be in Flamingo tent and will be highlighted in orange. 

Understanding the names of the groups and why we do them. 

We have 5 wedding tents at Vortex Studio that we run camp in each week. Each group has a different counsellor and theme as to what they are doing. We have decided to name each tent so that parents know what group their child is in. When booking you know what to tell friends to ensure your children will be together as the tents to not mix as activities are drastically different. This also aids when dropping off and picking up the children you can easily see your leader in the parking lot as they are dressed up so you can pick them out in the crowd. 

When its time to book on the square site you will see the tent’s name first beside the date. EG – June 27-30 Zebra-Murals and public art, to make sure you are booking the right camp. 

Leopard, Zebra – Art camp

Koala & unicorn – Fun camp

Flamingo – Specialty camp by industry leader 

Camp Schedule 2022

All summer camps are $350 + $10 booking fee unless otherwise stated. We can not hold spots without payment

If you are interested in a week that is full please email us to join the waiting list. With the date and theme you are interested in. artatvortexstudio@gmail.com


Week 1 June 27-30th (No camp july 1st)

June 27-30th- Public art with Leopard age 7-12 $350

Please note: Murals and Public Art Camps tend to have less take home projects as campers disperse them throughout Wakefield and the studio. We will be working on larger collaborative projects that encourage unexpected public engagement such as: Chalk murals on the bike path, painted murals outside Vortex or on the wall of a community business, or a flower land art piece in the backyard of Vortex, land art in our backyard and much more. We acknowledge this is a 4 day week and is the same cost as full week camp. This is due to the extremely elevated cost of materials this week. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO CAMP ON CANADA DAY

June 27-30th Fun time camp with Unicorn 5 -12  $298 4 day week

Campers will get to play, make, and explore. See more details above in fun time camp description. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO CAMP ON CANADA DAY


Week 2 July 4-8th

July 4-8th – All of the art with Leopard age 5-12

Vortex Studios most well known camp! All of the art sees campers try all kinds of supplies from paint to 3D sculptures. See more info above in the ‘Epic Art Camp’ block.

July 4-8th – All of the art with Flamingo age 5-12

Vortex Studios most well known camp! All of the art sees campers try all kinds of supplies from paint to 3D sculptures. See more info above in the ‘Epic Art Camp’ block.

July 4-8th Tweens and teens intermediate and advanced art week with Zebra age 9-14 

Intermediate and advanced art week is for the tween/teen that is really ready to slow down and advance their skills. We will work on fewer projects this week. We slow down and focus on detailed ones that challenge what they already know and build skills in new mediums. We will do plein air (landscape) in the backwoods of Vortex, painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, ink work, soft crafts with wool, and much much more. Note all projects are open to be made as hard or simple as the creator likes. We welcome all levels of creators that are willing to push their creative boundaries with lots of artistic support and encouragement. 

July 4-8th Fun camp with Unicorn age 5-12 

Campers will get to play, make, and explore. See more details above in fun time camp description 

July 4-8th Crafts and play with Koala age 5,6,7 

This week is for our younger campers that love creating and making but also really need to move and play! 40% art & craft, 40% play and 20% surprise…

July 11-15th

July 11-15th Plays, props and theatre week with Zebra age 7-14

This was one of our most beloved camps pre covid, and it’s back! This week is great for all kids that like to work together towards one great end project. Students put on a simple play based on a children’s book, they all make the props and sets for the characters and then showcase it at the end of the week to the families. This is a great camp for all kids whether extroverted or shy as we have a role for everyone! Some will want to be the characters in the play and some will prefer to just help build the sets and be in support roles. We always want everyone to feel comfortable! Note there will not be many take homes this week as a lot of work will be put into sets and costumes. NOTE* The play will take place on Friday from 3:40-4:30 please note this when planing pick up if you would like to see the play.

July 11-15th Plays, props and theatre week with Flamingo age 5-12

This was one of our most beloved camps pre covid, and it’s back! This week is great for all kids that like to work together towards one great end project. Students put on a simple play based on a children’s book, they all make the props and sets for the characters and then showcase it at the end of the week to the families. This is a great camp for all kids whether extroverted or shy as we have a role for everyone! Some will want to be the characters in the play and some will prefer to just help build the sets and be in support roles. We always want everyone to feel comfortable! Note there will not be many take homes this week as a lot of work will be put into sets and costumes. NOTE* The play will take place on Friday from 3:40-4:30 please note this when planing pick up if you would like to see the play.

July 11th-15th All of the art age 5-12

Vortex Studios most well known camp! All of the art sees campers try all kinds of supplies from paint to 3d sculptures. See more info above in the Epic Art Camp block. NOTE* The play from the art groups will take place on Friday from 3:40-4:30 please note this when planing pick up if you would like to watch the play. We welcome all families

July 11th – 15th Fun camp, Stories, dress up, and performance with Koala age 5-12

This is a great week for kids that love the spotlight and being glitzy and playful, but don’t want to make a ton of sets and still want to spend time playing games and relaxing. We will spend lots of time playing dress up, putting on skits, making stories, playing drama games and maybe – if covid allows – partnering with the plays and theater group. At the end of the week children will have the choice to showcase anything they would like to the families at the plays and theater week’s performance. Note* All kids are welcome even if they are shy and don’t want to perform outside of a small group. We will ALWAYS include and make every child comfortable. NOTE* The play from the art groups and some of this group will take place on Friday from 3:40-4:30 please note this when planing pick up if you would like to see the play.

Fun time camp with Unicorn 5 -12

Campers will get to play, make, and explore. See more details above in fun time camp description. NOTE* The play from the art groups will take place on Friday from 3:40-4:30 please note this when planing pick up if you would like to watch the play. We welcome all families

July 18th – 22nd

July 18-22  All of the art with leopard  5-12

Vortex Studios most well known camp! All of the art sees campers try all kinds of supplies from paint to 3d sculptures. See more info above in the pic art camp block.

July 18-22 Fairytales and all of their silly creatures – Art and storytelling camp with Zebra  5-8 

This week will be a lot like epic art camp week but with the theme of magical mythical ideas. We will make stories, characters, and art that is made to play with later. Students are encouraged to share the ideas and stories of the projects with friends during the sharing circle if they want to, and we will have a dress up day! To attend your child MUST be able to use a hot glue gun alone as all of the projects will require it.

July 18-22nd Fun camp – Mythical creatures and stories Epic art camp with Koala 7-12

This week will be a lot like epic art camp week but with the theme of magical mythical ideas. We will make stories, characters, and art that is made using creative thinking and imagination! Students are encouraged to share the ideas and stories of the projects with friends during the sharing circle if they want to, and we will have a dress up day! To attend your child MUST be able to use a hot glue gun alone as all of the projects will require it.

July 18th – 22nd Fun time camp with Unicorn 5 -12

Campers will get to play, make, and explore. See more details above in fun time camp description 

July 18th – 22nd Yoga Glow, Girls Empowerment week with Lori Morrison. In flamingo. age 9+ $360

Confident Me — Girls Empowerment Week with Lori, Ages 9+ The goal for camp is to learn through play, nature, movement and most of all FUN! The success of last years summer camp theme to empower girls to live their authentic selves, brought up some interesting concepts. Specifically, the internal dialogue that plays out in each of our heads all day long. This Summer our theme is exploring the inner dialogue; the critic and the champion. The intention is to allow the girls to explore a deeper awareness of their strengths and provide them with the tools to cultivate integrity, self-worth, confidence and awareness. We will explore how our critic leaves us feeling less than, and how to provide space for our inner champion to win. We will explore these concepts by actively engaging in the world around us, and within ourselves, through movement, Yoga, art, music, and nature and more! Lori will begin each start the day with a grounding yoga and movement class, followed by a creative art project, Nature walks will be incorporated into morning activities. After lunch will offer some quiet time, listening to music, and exploring the topic of the day (topics include, but are not limited to, building ‘I AM’ boards, understanding how language and words can build us up, sculpting our super herself, and more).. NOTE- Lori is an independent contractor to Vortex you will have to book and pay by going to her website Vortex will not be booking this campl open feb 24th 7:00pm CLICK HERE TO BOOK LORIS CAMP

July 25th – 29th

July 25-29th  The building challenge. Minecraft inspired art camp with zebra age 7-13

Young builders and problem solvers this is the camp for you! This Minecraft inspired camp is part art camp, part individual challenge camp. Wonderful for the self directed creative thinker that loves to build things with their hands and develop a large idea, but also loves the constant challenge of overcoming new roadblocks and obstacles when building. This week campers come up with a concept for something large to build eg a rocket ship or town. They decide what materials to use and then as they make it their counselor will continuously draw new challenges for them to overcome. Students will learn skills with problem solving, artistic materials, math (as they receive “money” to source and purchase “building supplies”) they will also practice being resourceful as we will challenge them as they go, offering twists and turns at every corner. Depending on what supplies they decide to use will determine if they bring home their project. (it will be part of the challenge 😉 )

July 25-29th  The building challenge. Minecraft inspired art camp with flamingo age 7-13

Young builders and problem solvers this is the camp for you! This Minecraft inspired camp is part art camp, part individual challenge camp. Wonderful for the self directed creative thinker that loves to build things with their hands and develop a large idea, but also loves the constant challenge of overcoming new roadblocks and obstacles when building. This week campers come up with a concept for something large to build eg a rocket ship or town. They decide what materials to use and then as they make it their counselor will continuously draw new challenges for them to overcome. Students will learn skills with problem solving, artistic materials, math (as they receive “money” to source and purchase “building supplies”) they will also practice being resourceful as we will challenge them as they go, offering twists and turns at every corner. Depending on what supplies they decide to use will determine if they bring home their project. (it will be part of the challenge 😉 )

July 25-29th All of the art age leopard 5-12

Vortex Studios most well known camp! All of the art sees campers try all kinds of supplies from paint to 3d sculptures. See more info above in the epic art camp block.

July 25-29th Crafts and play fun camp with Koala age 5,6,7 

This week is for our younger campers that love making but also really need to move and play! 40% art & craft, 40% play and 20% surprise..

July 25-29th Fun time camp with Unicorn 5 -12

Campers will get to play, make, and explore. See more details above in fun time camp description 

August 1-5th

*Yes we have camp on the holiday

August 1-5 All of the art age Flamingo 5-12

Vortex Studios most well known camp! All of the art sees campers try all kinds of supplies from paint to 3d sculptures. See more info above in the epic art camp block.

August 1-5  Animals and nature inspired art with Leopard age 5-12

This week campers make all kinds of art inspired by and with nature’s materials as well as arts and crafts materials. Students might have less take-homes, as some projects might be land art or live in the vortex woods.

August 1-5 Crafts to play at home with Zebra  age 5-8 

This is a great week for Younger campers to make projects that they can play with later at home,
Dolls and doll houses, markets, stuffys, costumes, games and more. It falls under epic art camp but for a younger crowd so 65% art 35% play with the items they have made!

August 1-5 The great mystery fun camp challenge with Koala age 7-13 

Spend the week solving multiple mysteries and challenges though group games and clues. Inspired by escape rooms. This is the week for kids who love to problem solve and a good challenge as well as physical exploring and team work. Students explore the vortex studio grounds as well as wakefield village looking for clues and hints. Campers will also have lots of chances to have freestyle play and make their own games if they want. 

August 1-5 Fun time camp with Unicorn 5 -12

Campers will get to play, make, and explore. See more details above in fun time camp description 

August 8th – 12th

August 8-12 All of the art with Zebra age 5-12

Vortex Studios most well known camp! All of the art sees campers try all kinds of supplies from paint to 3d sculptures. See more info above in the epic art camp block.

August 8-12  All of the art really messy edition! 

This camp will leave you throwing out their clothing for the week, spraying them down before they get in the car and laughing at the photos. We know you know art is messy. We are kicking it up a notch and making it the goal this week. Dirty messy paint pour, paper mache, chalk pastels, paint water balloon baseball, splatter painting, pollock painting, finger painting, amazing obstacle courses, glitter, and more. This is everything you never want to allow in your home. We will have some take homes this week but really your child will be the ultimate piece of work! 

August 8-12 FUN CAMP, Messy addition- crafts and play age 5-12

This is fun camp mixed with messy paint obstacle corses and games. It is about 30% art and 70% play. This camp will leave you throwing out your Childs clothing for the week, spraying them down before they get in the car and laughing at the photos. We know you know art is messy. We are kicking it up a notch and making it the goal this week. Dirty messy paint pour, paint water balloon baseball, splatter painting, pollock painting, finger painting, amazing dirty obstacle courses, glitter, and more. This is everything you never want to allow in your home!

When campers are not getting messy they will be taking part in fun camp please see outline

August 8-12 Fun time camp with Unicorn 5 -12

Campers will get to play, make, and explore. See more details above in fun time camp description 

August 15th – 19th

August 15th-19th Graffiti and lettering art camp with Special teacher Jimmy Baptiste- age 10-15 $375

This graffiti workshop introduces participants to different typographies, lettering styles, lines, textures, fun printing techniques, and colour harmony to create a graffiti that represents their creativity. Participants will also explore various elements of design; awareness of composition using selected principles of design, a variety of techniques and materials to generate two and three-dimensional works of art.

August 15-19th All of the art with Leopard age 5-12

Vortex Studios most well known camp! All of the art sees campers try all kinds of supplies from paint to 3d sculptures. See more info above in the epic art camp block.

August 15-19th Fun time camp with Unicorn 5 -12

Campers will get to play, make, and explore. See more details above in fun time camp description

July 25-29th Crafts and play fun camp with Koala age 5,6,7 

This week is for our younger campers that love making but also really need to move and play! 40% art & craft, 40% play and 20% surprise..

If you are interested in a week that is full please email us to join the waiting list. With the date and theme you are interested in. artatvortexstudio@gmail.com

Plays and theatre week photo from 2019