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At TREEHOUSE, our mission is always to provide our families with a fun and safe creative opportunity. With that being said we have been considering the current state of the pandemic and again keeping everyone's safety in mind. We have decided to continue with our VIRTUAL programming. We have had such a successful track record and feel that it’s the best option for everyone and we know that we can bring our awesomeness.
We have already (very excitedly) started prepping summer camp kits, I know this sounds crazy right? We have come up with such a fun plan and assortment of unique and art filled camps that will keep your kiddos inspired throughout the summer.
What can you expect from a virtual TREEHOUSE camp?
Awesomeness, pure awesomeness :)Our camps are a 3 hour art-filled creative experience. We have an incredible team of qualified Art instructors who fill the days with amazing projects, fun, song, story time, art games, and creative learning opportunities all via ZOOM. Zoom has allowed our students to socialize with other students which is something we all need right now!
Each week will have a mix of unique process-based projects that we have designed to create in a home setting and are easily translated via zoom. Most days we will complete 3-4 projects. Our team prepares each project with care and labels it so it is easy to find and understand.
If I sign up for a camp, what do we get?
Each camp box will come with some special TREEHOUSE goodies. This year we will include a locally printed ARTIST trucker hat, TREEHOUSE-made play clay, collage fixin's, and a TREEHOUSE bag of fun.
The box will also be filled with all of the TREEHOUSE prepared projects. We provide some unique materials and supplies.
Campers will be responsible to have some staple materials that will be communicated closer to the date of camp. We try to have these be art materials that you already have.
Do I need to provide anything?
Don’t worry, we won’t ask you to go purchase zillion dollars worth of supplies! Staple materials are art materials that many of you have at home like; glue, scissors, markers, crayons, or scissors. If it’s something really special we will include it in the camp box.
What if I don’t have any art materials at home?
We have designed our camps to use minimal art materials to make them affordable for families. A week before your camp starts we will give you a short list of materials for you to have on hand. Our camp boxes come with prepared and organized projects and some art materials.
My kiddo is 4, do you really expect he/she/they to do a zoom class?
We know it may sound crazy but our success rate from the past year has been amazing. Our instructors have done an incredible job in keeping kids engaged in projects. It’s quite astonishing!
What if I miss a day of class or camp?
We will be sending links for each class at the end of each camp in the event that you miss one. We understand that things come up and we hope that this is a helpful option for you to “make up”
Do your camps fill up?
Yes, we are very grateful for this! This is our 12th year of doing camps and thankfully so many families have loved their camps here! We always encourage families to sign up early, we really hate when we have to turn kids away!
So your camps are virtual, do cap your classes at a certain size?
Yes, absolutely. We know that many online outlets allow lots and lots of kids in their classes because they are virtual. Technically we can but, it is very important for us to keep the small class size experience true, just as we would in our own classroom. Our classes are typically around 10-12 kids with a couple of teachers :)
What is your return policy if we can no longer do a camp that we have signed up for?
First of all, bummer! If you cancel your camp prior to 2 weeks before your camp starts we can offer you a refund, less a security deposit. We do keep a deposit of $50 for all cancellations. We put a ton of energy into prepping each craft kit, we hope you understand. We will refund you the remaining amount to your original method of payment. If you cancel after the 2 week window before camp start date, the camp fee will be put into our scholarship fund.
Check our calendar and come join us for an inspiring class!
Kristen in the founder of TREEHOUSE and loves to jump in the classroom as well. When she is not teaching or working at the shop you can find her hanging out with her family, traveling, or making her own art. Education has always been a passion of hers and she loves the creative programming that happens at TREEHOUSE.
Bella landed in Athens, GA from New York City after working as an art director in advertising, but these days she is back in school pursuing a music degree at UGA. Bella loves the arts and thinking of creative ways to solve problems. She is thrilled to be teaching summer camps at Treehouse, where she can nurture tiny human minds to do the same using their unique imagination. On her free time, Bella can be found adventuring around Athens with her husband Yolin, daughter Maya and pup Diego.
Panda is a native Virginian and got her degree in Drawing and Painting from UGA many moons ago. She has been teaching art to wee ones for several years and has loved every single minute of it! Besides painting portraits and doing fun recycled art projects, she enjoys spending time with family, making a huge mess in the kitchen, and playing with her naughty but sweet little beagle.
Zoe is a UGA graduate with degrees in Art Education and Scientific Illustration. She spent 4 years teaching art to elementary kiddos but has just taken the leap into being a full time ceramic artist! She uses her scientific illustration chops to draw important pollinators and their favorite plants on all of her pieces. When Zoe isn't busy in the studio she can be found eating all the chips and queso and snuggling up with her fluffy white husky, Ellie.
Kristen Hyink is a self-taught illustrator, sculptor, and musician who has called Athens home since 2015. With a passion for wildlife, storytelling, ornate details and humor, Kristen loves incorporating elements of playfulness, empathy and nature into her artwork and her lesson plans. Her audio-visual works have been featured at both Lyndon House and OCAF. When she isn't teaching or working behind the counter at TREEHOUSE, you can find her immersed in a project in her sunny home studio.
Brittany is a native ATLien who has been teaching with Treehouse for five years. During her summer break from teaching Middle School Art in DeKalb County, she loves sewing, painting, and working with clay. She is excited to pass on and develop these creative passions to Treehouse artists!
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