Summer Camp INFO AND 2023 SCHEDULE

Summer camp 2023!

Booking opens February 22nd at 7:00pm at this time you will be able to click here to buy your spot at camp.

Thank you so much for your interest in Vortex Studio summer camp. This year we are excited to offer 8 weeks of camp June 26th – August 18th. This year we are running 3 groups of Art camp and 2 groups of Fun camp per week. 


Please see more info below about:

  • Camp location,price & contact info 
  • How to book – Booking open’s february 22nd at 7:00pm
  • Waiting list 
  • Kinds of camps we offer art & fun camp
  • Information about groups and group names 
  • Full Schedule
  • extreme weather
  • Before and after care
  • Refund policy 
  • Forms needed 
  • What to bring to camp 

Vortex Studio Summer Camp 2023!

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 – $360 per child- Plus online booking service fee $9. All supplies included – Note we do not issue R24 forms as we are not a full time daycare

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

Camp age – We welcome campers age 5-15 at Vortex however, each week and group have different age requirements please see the schedule for more information 

Language: Camp instructions are given in English. We can definitely offer a French junior counselor as a translator if required and advance notice is given.

Contact info– Stella Pagani owner or Manager TBD

artatvortexstudio@gmail.com

416 629 6504 

http://www.vortexstudio.ca


Booking Summer camp

Booking opens Wednesday February 22nd at 7:00pm Online. The above pink link will take you to our square space page where you can book and pay for camp.

Notes about booking frequently asked questions

-Please call or email us with any questions 416 629 6504 artatvortexstudio@gmail.com.

-Note that sometimes when booking on a phone square (booking site) freezes so we recommend using a computer vs tablet if you are in a rural area. If you have problems still after refreshing the page call us and will try and do it on the back end.

-If you would like your child to be in the same group as a friend PLEASE make sure you both book the same animal eg- flamingo. Our groups do not mix and we can not move children once camp is booked unless you refund your spot and re book it in the new group if there is availability.

-If you are trying to get a large group of friends in one camp group we recommend one parent books all the spots and then sends an email CCing the parents to vortex to let us know. This is the only way you can assure it won’t sell out and let people down.

-We do Require forms ASAP once you book camp please click here to get them.

Please read all the info below about camp before booking


-If you are interested in a week that is sold out please email us to join the waiting list. With the date, theme and animal you are interested in.


PLEASE READ To better understand our camps, themes, and groups

-We have 5 wedding tents at Vortex Studio that we run camp in each week. 

-Each group/tent has a different animal name, counselor and project theme. 

-The groups of children in each tent do not tend to spend time with other tents as they are doing different projects. 

-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 with a sign and stuffy 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- epic art, to make sure you are booking the right camp. 

-We have also colour coded everything to easily see what you are booking art- blue vs fun – green

Leopard, Zebra, Flamingo – Art camp

Koala & Unicorn – Fun camp

Unicorn- Specialty camp by industry leader


Epic Art Camp – This is our best known art camp we have been running for 6 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’ , ‘Leopard’ or flamingo  – 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. 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 light blue, and will be run by the leader Zebra, Leopard or Flamingo. 

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, every toy you can imagine lots of games, nature exploring, getting messy, wild, and weird! Campers will enjoy our freestyle play area with all the games, tell stories, and our counselors will run all kinds of playful activities. For 2023 we will have light self-directed craft projects available however it will be a very small part of the week about 10%. 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 will be 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 light greenwith the leaders Unicorn

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 camp programing. Please see more info in camp description in the schedule. When viewing their camp in the schedule it will be with leader unicorn and will be highlighted in yellow. Note pricing might vary for these camps.


Camp Schedule 2023

June 26-30th 

Zebra- Youth/teen art challenge- interactive public art, murals & mixed-media epic art with Stella age 10- 15

This is a really hands-on makers week, We will be focusing on 3D and 2D large immersive public artworks for the outside and inside of Vortex campgrounds. Youth must be ready to slow down and problem solve, work in a group and advance their skills with all different kinds of art supplies from traditional markers to recycled materials. We will work on fewer projects this week and most will stay at vortex. We slow down and focus on detailed pieces that challenge what they already know and build skills in new mediums. We will do mixed media murals, an entryway sculpture 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 from Vortex owner Stella. Note- This week we wont have any take home projects as they stay at Vortex as installations. 

Lepard- All of the Epic art age 5-12- 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

 Koala- Fun camp age 5-12

Campers will get to play and explore. See more details above in the fun time camp description. Note campers don’t really make any art in this camp. 

Unicorn – Yoga, art & movement with lori age 5-10

Come spend the week with Lori Morrison. You know her as the kids yoga teacher from the schools. This week she will be encouraging kids to move their bodies with game-based movement, crafts and play. This gentle and fun week will make wonderful memories. 



July 3-7th 2023

Flamingo- All of the Epic 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

Zebra- Large scale painting/mixed media-  spray paint, acrylic, watercolor and more age 7-14

Please note:This week camps tend to have less take home projects. 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. This week campers learn to use paint in a way that is geared towards filling large scale spaces and canvases. Students learn to slow down and plan art works. They also are encouraged to push their materials in new ways and challenge concepts and share ideas with collaborating partners in the group. 

Leopard –Creative art camp- LGBTQ+ and ally addition age 8-13

This is a new camp geared towards LGBTQ+ identifying youth & allies. We wanted to create a special week that highlights amazing creative makers in the LGBTQ+ community!  Following our epic art camp structure of creating lots of fun new art we will also bring in LGBTQ+ identifying adult artists, crafters and creatives to share their work and lead unique new projects in a fun safe space. Please note: We find it of the utmost importance to offer a safe space to all our campers at all of our camps. This camp is different in the way that we wanted to offer extra sparkle to the group and bring in some amazing LGBTQ+ artists.. 

Unicorn –Crafts to play with at home – crafts and play FUN camp age 5-10

This is a great week for Younger campers to make projects that they can play with later at home, Dolls and doll houses, markets, stuffies, 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!

Koala- Fun camp age 5-10

Campers will get to play and explore. See more details above in The Fun Time Camp description. Note campers don’t really make any art in this camp.



July 10-14th 

Flamingo – Fairytales & silly creatures ART camp- age 5-8

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

NOTE – These campers will be making art for 85% of the day. If it’s too much please sign up for the FUN camp version of this camp. 

Leopard- Mythical creatures & fantasy epic art camp age 7-12

This week will be a lot like epic art camp week but with the theme of magical mythical ideas and creatures. 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. We will have a show and tell day for our favorite fantasy book or movie 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.

Zebra- Epic art camp 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

Koala- Fun camp age 5-10

Campers will get to play and explore. See more details above in the fun time camp description. Note campers don’t really make any art in this camp.

Unicorn – Fairytale- dress up, crafts and play FUN camp age 5-8

NOT ART CAMP- 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 17-21st 

Flamingo- Youth and teen epic art 9-14

This 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. 

Zebra- Disney inspired art making, painting, drawing, crafts, dress up, sing along age 5-12

We all know that Disney has some of our most memorable and loved artworks from childhood. This week we are using those images as inspiration. We will paint, draw, decorate, play and dress up. All while listening to our favorite Disney jams! We also might welcome some special glamorous visitors. 

Leopard – Epic 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

Unicorn – Move your body fun camp – age 5-12 

This is the camp for the kiddos that LOVE to move. They will play body moving games, go for walks, play sports games, do dance and workout routines and more. This is a great camp for the physical kiddos, See more details above in fun time camp description. Note campers don’t really make any art in this camp

Koala- Crafts and play fun camp age 5-10

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 24-28th 

Leopard – Epic 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

Zebra- Cool bedroom crafts age 7-13 

Let’s decorate everything! This is a wonderful week for those who love a creative cool space and love to make it their own. We will work on everything from paintings for the wall, to hanging mobiles and soft crafts, to bedazzled laundry baskets and garbage cans. Parents, be sure to come with an empty car, as you will be going home with LOTS of useful stuff! 

Flamingo- Super hero epic art age 5-10

This week all our art projects are magical and super hero themed! We talk super powers, share stories have 2 dress up days and make epic costumes and art revolving around our most favorite heroes and ones we would make up!

 Koala- FUN camp age 5-10

Campers will get to play and explore. See more details above in the fun time camp description. Note campers don’t really make any art in this camp. 

Unicorn- Fun camp – Games lovers addition age 5-12 

This week we dive into games of all sorts. More structured than normal fun camp we play lots of organized games from soccer, monopoly, capture the flag, and more. We will also have lots of free time but will definitely have ALL of our many many games available to play with as a group or in teams. Campers will get to play and explore. See more details above in the fun time camp description. Note: campers don’t really make any art in this camp.



July 31-august 4th 

Zebra- Epic 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

Leopard- Glitter, Glue guns and gold- Epic craft camp age 6-12

The glue guns are plugged in this week and we will be using them! All of our projects are craft based this week: 2D, 3D, painting, and bedazzling. This week is for the camper that loves freestyle access to lots of supplies and room to experiment with their own ideas. Campers MUST be able to use a glue gun alone as it will be on all week.

Flamingo- Animals and nature epic art age 5-12 

This week campers make all kinds of art inspired by animals and nature’s materials as well as arts and crafts materials. Students might have less take-homes, as some projects could be land art or live in the vortex woods. We also hope to have a visit from some special animals!

Koala- Nature lovers fun camp age 5-12

Campers will get to play and explore. See more details above in the fun time camp description. Note campers don’t really make any art in this camp

Unicorn- Glow girls camp with Lori age 9-14

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 year’s 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 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 camp open feb 24th 7:00 pm CLICK HERE TO BOOK LORI’S CAMP



August 7-11th 

Leopard- Epic 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

Flamingo- Jurassic park inspired art making age 7-12 

Does your child LOVE dinosaurs and art? This is the week for them! No need to say any more! Note: we will be watching the first movie for inspiration. 

Zebra- Little diva/divo epic art & craft camp – The dramatic dress up fashion lovers camp! Age 5-12

Vortex Studio LOVES a little Diva/ Devo dress up/ glam glitter loving kiddo! The more over the top the better! This week we have our glue guns out and we are ready to bedazzle everything. Most of our projects will be geared towards dress up items or fashion based. We will make jewelry, costumes, hair and hat accessories, tie dye, paint clothing and bags, do a fashion show and get really glam. 

Unicorn- Pottery/art camp with bhajan age 8-12-  $391.40

Come get your hands dirty with amazing local potter Bhajan. She will spend the week working with clay and other 3D and 2D art supplies to make fun unique works of art. She will teach students hand building & wheel  based pottery as well as other unique art projects. Note- some projects will need to be picked up at a later date then the end of camp. 

Fun camp age 5-10

Campers will get to play and explore. See more details above in the fun time camp description. Note: campers don’t really make any art in this camp.



August 14-18th 

Zebra- Epic 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 

Leopard- Messy messy art! Age 5-12 

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! 

Unicorn- Move your body fun camp – age 5-12 

This is the camp for the kiddos that LOVE to move. They will play body moving games, go for walks, play sports games, do dance and workout routines and more. This is a great camp for the physical kiddos, See more details above in fun time camp description. Note campers don’t really make any art in this camp


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


Forms

When booking camp we will require that you fill out:

-A child emergency contact form. We need this as soon as you book camp to hold your spot at camp to get forms please click here

We will need these forms at least 2 weeks before camp starts – If applicable

– A before and after care form if needed – you can book last minute however elevated fees apply

– Child pick up form if relevant for friends and family to safely pick up your child

– If relevant – Medical release form for any medication that needs to be taken or issued on site including an epi pen or inhaler


Vortex is a peanut free location – please do not pack nuts in lunches


Single Camp group sizes will depend on age groups. 

We will be respecting the government’s child care ratio guidelines.


Camp will be fully outside and open air in wedding tents.

Washrooms are inside Vortex studio building. We take campers throughout the day on washroom runs.


In the case of extreme weather

-Thunderstorm- tornado warning ect.. We will bring the children inside the studio. If it is persistent, really extreme or dangerous we will call parents to pick up the children.


Siblings

Can Siblings be in two different camp groups? Yes definitely. We request that you fill out two emergency contact forms. One for each child for paper work purposes.


Booking:

-All booking will be done online this year

-As of February 22nd at 7:00pm we will be taking online bookings for 2023 camp. At this time you can click on the book now tab at the top of this page and it will bring you to our online store where you can choose and pay for your camp.

Refunds or exchanges will also be online. Stella is unable to change a date of camp in office you will have to do it by emailing us and requesting a refund and then rebooking the new selection online.


Before and After Camp Child Care.

  • Before and after Camp Child Care will be available but is priced based on how far in advance you book it. Please make sure to fill out a before and after care form as soon as you know you will need care. We will send you an invoice at the beginning of the following week for your care.
  • – There will absolutely be no staff present to watch a child unless booked ahead of time unless it is an emergency after care if that is the case we charge an emergency fee for the care. 
  • Emergency care absolutely not available in the mornings as we do not have staff on site until 8:15 unless we have advanced before care requests. 
  • You must submit a before and after care form if requiring care. Click here to get form -Please indicate your camp group and date as well as the Childs name and name on credit card when booking camp so we can pair it with your online file. 
  • Before and After care if booked in advance is $15/hour for one Child, OR $10 per hour PER SIBLING. It must be booked TWO WEEKS before their care date to get this rate.
  • You must pay for the full hour regardless if you pick up halfway through. If you have requested care. You will be billed for the hours requested as well as any additional care used. Please let us know ASAP if anything changes on your form as we will need to notify staff.
  • Before Care is available starting at 7:30am This MUST be booked at least a week before because no one will be onsite at this time unless they are scheduled.
  • After Care is available until 5:30 pm
  • -> If booking care the same week as camp it’s $20/hour per child (with little notice we cannot guarantee this will be available because of staffing). 
  • If childcare is needed the same day without notice it is $25 an hour. We will consider this emergency care. If we do not hear from you we will call emergency contacts if we cannot get ahold of the guardian.

Age groups.

  • Our age groups are very structured for camp due to project difficulty or theme. It’s non negotiable, we are extremely sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 
  • Vortex Studios camp requires campers to be at least the minimum age required on the schedule the first day of camp. For example child turns age 5 on june 29th but the first day of camp is the 28th. That child can not join that group until its birthday because of insurance.
  • All art campers MUST be able to use a glue gun alone, tie a knot, and be able and willing to work on art projects for at least 90 minutes.  
  • The minimum age for a camper at vortex studio is 5 years old for insurance.

Covid 19 And summer camp.

  • TBD – we do not know what or if the government restrictions will be at the time of summer camp 2023. We will follow them and always keep everyone’s safety first. We will send registered families more information if anything changes when we are closer to camp starting. 

● We will always be following Quebec Government Covid-19 guidelines and we will adapt and change as they change.

Summer 2023- We will not require staff or students to wear masks unless the government mandates them. We understand every family has there own personal feelings towards masks and we welcome your child to do what your family thinks is best – be it “to mask or not to mask”.


Refund policy 2023

Refund policy UNRELATED to Covid government shut downs

-We offer full refunds up to 5 weeks before summer camp start date.

-We will be offering 75% refunds minus the booking fee of $10 up to 4 weeks before summer camp. 

-3 weeks before camp we can offer a 50% refund.

– Any time after 14 days before camp unfortunately we can not offer a refund or credit of any kind.

-In the case of your child or someone in your household has covid 19 OR hand foot/mouth we kindly ask that your child stay home as to not potentially spread to other campers or staff. When  missing camp due to extreme sickness we offer the “camp art kit for each day missed” OR a 50% vortex gift card to be used towards vortex programming or art kits. 

We are sorry we are not able to offer a refund or larger credit. We understand this policy is not ideal, however because of our unique programing there are extremely high expenses and supply costs, staff prep work, that go into running camp. We hope that you understand. 

In the event your child can not attend camp -We are happy to transfer a camp spot to another child that you have facilitated if you are no longer able to attend, as long as that child meets the age requirements of the group and we receive notice that the change has been made, and we receive their emergency contact form 7 days before the camp start date. Please note in this case the person holding this camp spot must make all the arrangements, Vortex studio will not take responsibility for finding a replacement. We also need an email with both party’s explaining the transfer and contact info as well as emergency contact forms. 


Government issued COVID closure refund policy (relevant February- September 1st 2023)

  •  -In the case that the government does not allow any camp at all due to regional shut downs we will refund 85% of payment until May 15th. 
  • -After May 15th we are in full planning and ordering mode and will only be able to offer 65% refund, even if there are any government issued closures or capacity restrictions. 
  • -After June 5th we can only refund 50% upon a government closure. 
  • -Please note in the case of a government shut down we are unable to supply the camp art kit that is only for: positive covid cases, a child awaiting results, or a covid case in the child’s group causing shut down.
  • We are sorry we are not able to offer a refund or credit towards another year. We understand this policy is not ideal, however because of our unique program there are extremely high expenses and supply costs, staff prep work, and covid expenses that go into running camp and if we don’t implement this policy we would not run camp at all this year. We hope that you understand. 

What to bring to camp

coming soon


We are really looking forward to spending another creative, happy, healthy, safe summer with all of you!

Plays and theatre week photo from 2019