Summer Art Camp

Hoyt Summer Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry presents The Magical Arts

Our weekly Summer Art Camps are designed to stimulate creative expression in ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 through projects and activities that change each week!  Classes meet Tuesday-Friday with full or half day options, and include all materials, lunch and a t-shirt!

July 7-31, 2020

Tuesdays-Fridays

Morning Only: (9:00-12:00)
Members: $60/wk. Non-members: $75/wk.

Full Day: (9:00-3:00)
Members: $120/wk. Non-members: $150/wk.

Please note that in order to comply with new CDC recommendations for class sizes and in order to prepare class materials, pre-registration online or by phone is required. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Class sizes are limited to allow for social distancing. Classes will fill quickly. Early registration is encouraged.

The following sessions are full:
Week 1: Ages 9-12
Week 2: Ages 6-8, Ages 9-12
Week 3: Ages 6-8 & Ages 9-12

Register

Week 1: Magical Arts & Objects

July 7-10

From flying brooms to crystal balls, all good witches and wizards know its the tools that make the magic happen!

Ages 9-12 are full for Week 1

Week 2: Magical Creatures

July 14 – 17

Bring the creatures of your imagination to life!

Ages 6-8 & Ages 9-12 is full for Week 2

Week 3: Plants & Potions

July 21 – 24

Bubble, fizz, pop, and grow as we explore the science behind magic. Students will learn the basics of  Herbology (that’s botany to you muggles) and experiment with mixing substances to create art!

Ages 6-8 & Ages 9-12 are full for Week 3

Week 4: The Art of Spells & Transfiguration

July 28 – 31

Young witches and wizards will bring their imaginations to life with Switching and Conjuring spells to transform everyday objects into artistic masterpieces.

Scholarships

In response the financial hardships many families are facing as a result of COVID-19, we have relaxed our scholarship guidelines allowing financial assistance to more families. We encourage you to apply for full and partial scholarships before registering for camp. Apply online here.

Meet Our Instructors

Miss Stephanie R. Presnar

Ages 3-5

Miss Presnar is a graduate of Slippery Rock University. She has degrees in Early Childhood Education (Pre-Kindergarten – 4th grade) and Special Education (Kindergarten – 8th grade). She is also Certified in Art (K – 12). She has held numerous educational positions at Arts & Education at the Hoyt as an Art Camp and After School Arts instructor. She has additionally taught in the CANES program as a STEAM instructor. She currently teaches STEAM with an emphasis in Art at the Mohawk School District.

Mrs. Munnal

Ages 6-8

Delany Munnal received a dual degree in Fine Arts and Education Preparation from Slippery Rock University and Carlow College. For three years she was the certified Art Teacher with Union Elementary School and a Hoyt STEAM instructor within the New Castle Area School District’s CANES Club After School program. Currently, Mrs. Munnal is the K-12 Art Teacher at Farrell Area School District.

Mr. Naelitz

Ages 9-12

Jason Naelitz is currently enjoying over ten years as the Shenango High School art teacher. Before that, he worked in the field of landscape construction as a designer/builder. Mr. Naelitz is a dedicated teacher and life-long learner, as he is pursuing and nearly finished with his second advanced degree. Naelitz earned his BFA from Slippery Rock University of PA, His Masters in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pa, and is in the final stages of an MFA from Marywood University, in Scranton, PA.

COVID-19 Precautions

While we are thrilled to be offering another year of “art-ventures” for your child, we recognize the ongoing need to exercise caution in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of all campers and staff. The following precautions have been put in place to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus while at our facility.  We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of medical experts before finalizing these guidelines.

Based on current information, here is a sneak peek at what to expect:

ADVANCE REGISTRATION

Registration is required in advance. Walk-ins will not be admitted. On-line registration is highly recommended.

GROUP SIZES

Class size has been reduced to no more than 20 kids per age group to allow for social distancing.  Classroom seating will be assigned to minimize cross contact. Age groups will not interact or share space (ex. lunch room) to minimize cross contact.

STAFF SCREENING

Staff will be health-screened daily using recommended screening protocol from the CDC or state Health Department.  Those showing symptoms or temperatures at or above 100.4 must return home.

CAMPER SCREENING

Campers will be health-screened daily upon arrival using a touchless digital thermometer. Those showing symptoms or temperatures at or above 100.4 will not be admitted.

PICK UP & DROP OFF

Parents and guardians picking up and dropping off campers will be asked to wear masks and keep at least 6 feet distancing from staff, other parents, and other campers. Ideally, the same parent or guardian should pick up the child each day. Pick up and drop off times will be staggered to minimize clustering.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Campers and staff will make their best efforts to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet between one another. There are times when staff or campers will need to be physically closer. During these times, staff will wear masks and gloves.  While it is recommended that campers ages 3+ do the same, it is recognized that young children may have difficulty following the protocols.  As a parent, use your best judgement in providing face coverings for your children.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

All staff will wear masks. All staff will wear gloves during any meal times or activities with food.

LUNCH

Meals will be pre-bagged or pre-trayed to minimize cross contamination.  Lunch service will be staggered or served in the classroom.

HYGIENE

Instructors and campers will follow a stringent hand washing protocol every day. Classrooms will be stocked with hand sanitizer, tissues, gloves, and masks. Frequently used supplies such as crayons, markers, glue, etc. will be pre-assembled into bags labeled with your child’s name for individual use.   Staff will sanitize any shared equipment or material before and after use. Group and/or ice breaking activities will be limited to those that can be performed independently, such as line dancing or charades.

RESPONSE

If a child becomes ill during the camp day, they will be isolated from the group in an adjacent ‘sick room’ until a parent or emergency contact can retrieve them. If a camper or staff member is considered a “primary contact” (they are not sick, but had direct contact with someone who has tested positive), the Hoyt will ask the affected camper not to attend camp and the affected staff member to self quarantine (and not work) for at least 14 days. If a Hoyt staff member or camper tests positive for Covid-19, the program will discontinue and the staff member will be asked to self quarantine for 14 days.

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