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ArtsQuest Summer Art Camps

Art Camps for Ages 4-9
Pre-Teen and Teen Studio Art Intensives for Ages 10-18

ArtsQuest’s Summer Art Camp at the Banana Factory Arts Center offers eight weeks of fun and engaging art-making classes and activities for children ages 4-18. Our youngest artists (ages 4-9) will explore the artistic process through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art in the classrooms, studios, and galleries at the Banana Factory.  Over the course of the week, campers will experiment with a variety of materials and processes, including drawing, painting, fiber arts, sculpture, mixed media, and more. Projects are designed to teach campers fundamental skills in art, while encouraging each student to express themselves creatively and in their own style. At the end of each week, students will showcase their work to family and friends at the Art Party! 

Studio Intensives are designed with teens and pre-teens in mind. These courses offer older campers (ages 10-18) the opportunity to explore mediums in greater depth. Choose from different topics each week including ceramics, painting, cartooning, fiber arts, and hot glass, all taught by our talented Teaching Artists.  

All camps take place at the Banana Factory Arts Center, which is located at 25 W. Third St. in Bethlehem, PA, 18015.    

Summer Camp Open House
Mark your calendars for the Open House on April 14th! This is a free opportunity for families and prospective campers to visit the Banana Factory, meet some of our Teaching Artists, and get a feeling for what a day at summer camp is like! Fill out the Summer Camp 2024 email list to receive more information about the open house.  

 Banana Factory Pre-teen and Teen studio intensives are expected to go on sale in March 2024. Fill out this online form to be notified when the intensives go on sale!

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Location

25 W. Third St. Bethlehem, PA 18015
All classes take place at the Banana Factory Arts Center, a dynamic community resource that advances contemporary visual art in Bethlehem by connecting artists and communities in unexpected ways. As an open forum for exploring the artist process, the arts center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof. Classes are offered year-round for children, teens, and adults. Visit the class page for more information. 

Schedule

The Banana Factory Summer Art Camp gives you the choice of signing up for a full day or half day of camp. It also gives busy parents the option to extend the camp day with Early Drop-Off or Extended Hours.  

  • 8-9 a.m. | Early Drop-Off
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Morning Session
  • 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Afternoon Session
  • 3:30-6 p.m | Extended Hours

We offer eight weeks of camp, which run Monday through Friday apart from Week 4 and Week 8, which are shortened due to the July 4th holiday and Musikfest, respectively. Those two weeks are pro-rated accordingly. Camp dates for 2024 are: 

Week 1June 10-14
Week 2June 17-21 
Week 3 June 24-28 
Week 4 July 1-3
Week 5 July 8-12 
Week 6July 15-19
Week 7July 22-26 
Week 8August 13-16 

Rates:

Camps & Standard-Priced Studio Intensives for Teens and Pre-Teens 
Half-Day Camps: $170 | ArtsQuest Member price: $153 
Full Day Camps: $300 | ArtsQuest Member price: $270 

Hot Glass Intensives (Furnace Working)   
Half-Day: $325.00  
Full-Day Glass & Visual Arts Combo: $475.00  

Ceramics (Hand-built Pottery, Wheel-throwing, etc.)  
Half Day: $200.00  
Full-Day Ceramics and Visual Arts Combo: $330.00  
Full-Day Ceramics and Hot Glass Combo: $505.00   

Extended Hours  
Early Drop-Off (8:00-9:00 a.m.): $25.00 
Extended Hours (3:30-6:00 p.m.): $60.00 

Shortened weeks:  

Week 4 
Half Day: $105.00 | ArtsQuest Member Price: 94.50  
Full Day: $180.00 | ArtsQuest Member Price: 162.00 

Week 8 
Half Day: $135.00 | ArtsQuest Member Price: $121.50 
Full Day: $240.00 | ArtsQuest Member Price: $216.00 

*Additional registration and credit card processing fees apply on all camp purchases

Discounts 

Discounts are automatically applied to your cart. To ensure you redeem your discounts, you must log in to our ticketing system, AudienceView, when making your purchase. 

Full Day: $40 discount. In order to use this discount, you must add the Full Day Bundle to your cart—you cannot add the morning and afternoon session separately. 

ArtsQuest Members: 10% discount on every camp registration. ** 
To become an ArtsQuest member, click here

Sibling Discount: Enroll one sibling, get $15 off each sibling enrolled. ** 

Multi-Week Discount: Enroll in one week, get $15 off each additional week enrolled. ** 

**These discounts cannot be combined with any other discount except for the Full Day Bundle. 

For assistance with registration, please call 610-332-1300.* 

*If you are asked to leave a voicemail, please do and someone will follow up with you ASAP! 

Scholarship & Financial Assistance

ArtsQuest welcomes everyone to participate in summer camp regardless of financial circumstances. Scholarship assistance is available for those who qualify based on financial need. Financial aid is awarded on a sliding scale based on need. Apply below to see if you qualify. Please submit scholarship applications no later than June 3, 2024 in order to use your scholarship towards Summer Art Camp.  

Application in English . Solicitud de beca en español

Cancellations

ArtsQuest reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment. If you register for a camp that gets cancelled, you will be notified of the cancellation and offered the option to exchange to a different camp where possible, or be issued a full refund. ArtsQuest is not responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or other travel expenses incurred due to a class cancellation. 

Refunds & Exchanges

If a student requests a refund more than 10 days before the beginning of the camp week, they will receive a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. No refund will be issued for student cancellations made fewer than 10 days before the start of class.  

Exceptions: At ArtsQuest’s discretion, cancellations may be eligible for full or partial refund if:  

  • A family emergency prevents the camper from attending, which includes the sudden death, illness, or injury of a close relative or guardian.  
  • Camper becomes ill and is unable to attend. A doctor’s note may be required.  

Please note:  

  • No refunds will be granted for scheduling conflicts, calendar mix-ups, or no-shows.  
  • No refunds will be granted to participants who leave or do not attend Summer Art Camp by their own choice.  

Requests to exchange camp sessions made more than 10 days before the start of the camp week (if exchanging between camp weeks, more than 10 days before the earlier camp session) may be approved pending availability of the desired camp. An administrative fee of $25 may apply.   

Once the camp week has begun, no exchanges or switching classes will be permitted.  

To request a refund or exchange, please email Aliya Brown, Visual Arts Coordinator, at abrown@artsquest.org.  

Photography Policy

ArtsQuest reserves the right to interview and use photographs taken during classes and other programs for the marketing and promotion of the Banana Factory Arts Center, without compensation. Some interviews and photographs taken during classes and workshops may be used on the Banana Factory Arts Center's, ArtsQuest's, and SteelStacks' social media sites. Official bananafactory.org, artsquest.org, and steelstacks.org media presence may include the following social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. Any parent or guardian who does not wish to have his or her child photographed is able to indicate so when completing the Emergency Contact Form.  

Accessibility Statement

ArtsQuest is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations. If your child requires an accommodation to participate meaningfully in our programs, please contact staff one month prior to the start of the camp session at eostock@artsquest.org or 610-332-1325.

Behavior Policy

ArtsQuest reserves the right to suspend or expel participants from the program for disruptive and/or aggressive behavior. Disruptive behavior is defined as a behavior that adversely affects the activities of a camp group. This can include, but is not limited to: 

  • Bullying: threatening words or actions that are intended to provoke fear
  • Repeatedly wandering away from the group
  • Repeated refusal to work cohesively with the group
  • Destruction of property.

Disruptive behavior will result in the following actions:

  • Discussion of the disruptive actions with the child, staff person involved, and Visual Arts Manager, followed by parental notification of disruptive behavior. 
  • Continued disruptions will result in a parent/ child conference with the Senior Director of Visual Arts & Education
  • Parents will assist in problem-solving a positive solution that will be drafted into a behavior agreement signed by all parties. 
  • Dismissal from the program will result if the disruptive conduct continues after the behavior agreement is signed.

If a child’s behavior is aggressive or violent (hitting, kicking, biting or using any object as a weapon):

  • Toward either staff or other campers, the child will be sent home immediately.
  • No refund will be given when a child is sent home due to behavior issues.
  • The child will not be allowed back for the rest of that week of camp, but may try to be successful at a future date.

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