Plein Air Camp
I'm thrilled to share my solution to in-person art in our post COVID world, our very first Plein Air Camp!
En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air”, and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist's subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works.
Based on that, it s my intention to create an intimate, outdoor camp with social distancing factored in. We will make various art projects outside just like the great masters of our time through outdoor instruction and Plein air techniques. Using the backdrop of our city and parks (Riverside and Central) Spark artists will be given the opportunity to be outside, enjoying fresh air while taking advantage of space, having fun and creating like never before while following guidelines.
Week 1 - July 6th - July 11th - SOLD OUT!
Week 2 - July 13th - July 17th - SOLD OUT!
Week 3 - July 20th - July 24th - 6 SPOTS LEFT
Week 4 - July 27th - July 31st*- 6 SPOTS LEFT
Time: 10:00am - 2:30 pm
Location: (@72nd Street)
Camp size: EIGHT KIDS ONLY*
Cost: Single - $500
Cost: Siblings - $800
($150 to place deposit)
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Please email listing child's name, age and desired week.
Then follow suit with deposit via desired payment method above
Prior to the start of camp, you will be asked to fill out this waiver attesting to your child's health for the previous 14 days prior to camp. This form will also include a release to make sure that Spark is accounting for the risks and health for all involved. If your child is currently sick at time of camp, they will not be able to participate in camp.
Check our Plein Air Camp Checklist to ensure your child has everything they need prior to starting!
You will also be required to sign and complete this waiver prior to camp start.
What is the age range?
Why only 8 kids?
Based on the nature of this camp, hygiene and the outdoor intention of this this camp , this camp is for artists ages 7+ and up!
**Due to demand, I will open up the last week of July 27th - July 31st for 5 year olds.**
Spark has always maintained smaller camps for greater interaction, learning and this has led to our camp being like no other. In light of the pandemic, this core camp intention is strictly being followed to ensure safety. As a result, this is a first-come, first-serve basis. If you miss a week because of demand, please try for another week.
What will they learn?
Spark has prided itself on innovative lessons based on self study and growth. This camp is a combination of our love affair with New York City, nature and art. Each week will contain the general basics of what Plein air art is all about. We hope to set up shop in the park and give children the opportunity to make art outside. We will teach fundamentals of painting and bringing a scene to life. Our lessons will vary lessons each day to allow children to learn new techniques and paint personal stories.
Will yoga and meditation be a part of this camp?
Of course. What better place to practice than the outdoors ? We will connect our wavelengths with nature before we tap into our fonts of creativity.
What if it rains?
Should there be severe inclement weather, we will use the Spark studio at 72nd street while maintaining safe social distancing, hand washing, and sanitization. That said, our intention is to be outside as much as possible, let's face it! Our children have been inside for too long!
What do we need to bring?
* Comfortable sneakers (we will be walking!)
* Masks ( while outside and socially distance, it will not be mandatory but for all other closed quarters, it will be needed
* Appropriate attire & sunscreen based on weather
* Day lunch and water bottle and a small throw blanket or sheet (no sharing)
• Backpack to carry art supplies easier
Where is pick and drop off?
Upon registering, you will be emailed the weekend before camp starts all instructions on where to pick up and drop off. For planning, it will be circa West 72nd Street by (1,2,3 train ) station. We will explore staggering times to reduce the number of families who need to gather at the front of the building.
How can you ensure the safety of my child?
Following this quarantine, my intention to to get back to making art while being outside with respect to social distance guidelines. This also means getting them moving, being around other kids, breathing the fresh air and giving them a chance to be kids, see their friends and have fun. By doing this we will be giving them something they have sorely lacked and can't be administered solely via a screen.
Practices we will implement during the camp:
• Camp rules and restrictions explained to the children on first day of camp. No exceptions.
• No shared supplies or snacks
• Hand-washing and sanitization whenever possible
• Walking to and from parks with space (we don't hold hands at Spark)
• Social distancing inside the studio (stations spaced out for 8 kids.)
• Daily disinfecting /cleaning of studio before and prior inside classes (Building has been operating at since March)
• Using the stairs (not elevator) to access studio
• Using the bathrooms in Park (Riverside) with rigorous hand washing pre and post bathroom use.
• Child safe 6 foot zones when outside to maintain distance (this is inherent with Plein Air Art)
Kindly put, if you are uncomfortable with any of this or you are not ready (which is fine!) then this camp isn't for you.
We have lots of virtual classes and programs for your kids. that they can participate in.
If camp is cancelled due to any circumstances relating to COVID-19, will I get a refund? What if we cancel?
If parent/child cancels, deposit will be rolled into any future Spark classes (in person OR virtual.) If cancelling by June 29th, (1 week prior) full refund will be given. If canceling DURING camp, you will be given a pro-rated refund. If for any reason the camp is canceled due to logistics on our end, you will be given a full refund.
Please email listing child's name, age and desired week.
Then follow suit with deposit via desired payment method above .