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LOCATION & CONTACT

PCA SCHOOL
PF/PCA Center School

1047 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15232
The PF/PCA Center for the Arts School houses nine studio-classrooms and the Registration office. Most camps take place at this location.

SHOP/EXHIBITIONS
PCA Shop & Galleries

6300 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15232
Located just down the hill from the Center School, the PF/PCA Shop and Exhibitions building houses Simmons Hall, which is used for some camps.

Parking at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
The lots surrounding PCA School are owned and operated by the City of Pittsburgh. They are metered 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Saturday. PCA provides passes to all authorized adults which allows camp families to park in metered spots for up to 15 minutes during sign-in and sign-out times without paying. The pass is attached to the camp reminder emails and can also be picked-up from the PCA School Registration Office. The pass must be visible on the dashboard of your car. Camp families may not park in PF/PCA, Citiparks or Phipps Garden Center Permit spots for any amount of time. Vehicles run the risk of being towed if double parked or parked in permit parking spots.

PITTSBURGH FILMMAKERS
Pittsburgh Filmmakers

477 Melwood Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213
The Pittsburgh Filmmakers School houses digital print and scan labs, editing labs and suites, darkrooms, classrooms, and a soundstage with a lighting grid and green screen, as well as a wide range of filmmaking and photography equipment available to students. Some media arts camps for high schoolers take place at this location.

Parking at Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Students attending High School camps can request a temporary visitor’s pass from the Filmmaker’s front office. This pass allows students to park in the lower lot (located across the street from the Melwood St. building) for free. Free street parking near the building is also available.

PCA Campus Map

PCA Registration Office, 412-361-0455

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

How to Register:

How to Pay

  • Payment is required at the time of registration to secure your spot
  • We accept check, money order, credit cards (all types) and cash
  • Checks should be made out to “PCA” or “Pittsburgh Center for the Arts”

Cancellations

Occasionally camps are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In such cases, the Registration Office will notify you approximately 3 days before the camp was scheduled to begin & the full tuition will be refunded by check or credit card, depending on the date of registration and the original payment method.

Withdrawals & Refunds

Students may withdraw from a camp by calling the Registration Office. A $25 charge applies to all withdrawals, regardless of when it occurs. No camps will be refunded with less than one week’s notice. Pre- and Post-Camp tuition and Memberships are non-refundable.

Transfers

You can transfer from one program to another for $15, plus or minus the difference in the cost of the camp. Transfers may only be made within the same term and cannot be accepted with less than one week’s notice before the start date of the camp.

Financial Aid

A limited number of financial awards are available for students demonstrating financial need. Families who have never applied for an award must fill out an application and submit proof of income. Families who have previously submitted a 2016 proof of income need only submit the application. Proof of income must be updated every year, and you must notify us if your income has changed. The Financial Aid deadline is May 15th.

Download Printable Financial Aid Application

Online Financial Aid Application

Waiting Lists

Wait lists are maintained for full camps and workshops. You may call to request to be placed on the wait list, or you can add yourself online. There is no cost to be placed on a wait list. Waitlisted students will be notified in the order that they were added if a space becomes available. A student may not be waitlisted for a camp in the same week as a camp they are registered for. If a waitlist entry and a registration coincide, the waitlist entry will not be honored.

Age Ranges and Registration Preferences

PCA is dedicated to the best practices in arts education, including developing and implementing age-appropriate visual and media arts curriculum for our students. Each camp and is designed to meet the unique social and developmental needs of children in each age bracket. There are also different equipment use guidelines for each age group. Students will not be allowed to attend a camp that is outside of their age. If you would like your child to be placed in the same camp section as another child, this preference must be indicated at the time of registration and the placement of the children must coincide with our age and group size requirements.

Correspondence

PCA School communicates to clients primarily through email. Please make sure to update your email information if it changes and to include your email address when you create an online account. Occasionally our correspondence gets sent the SPAM folder. You will receive a reminder email from our Registrar 4-5 days prior to beginning of camp that will include information about the instructor, location and time of the camp along with relevant forms.

Emergency & Medical Information

Emergency Information and Authorization Form

The information that you provide on this form will be used to ensure your child’s safe participation in PCA Summer Art Camps and may be completed online anytime. Your child may not be signed-in until a completed form is submitted.  A new form does not need to be submitted if your child has participated in a class or camp within the past year, unless information has changed.

Medication

PCA Staff is not allowed to dispense non-emergency medication to students. If a student is unable to administer his/her own non-emergency medication, a designated adult must come to PCA to dispense it. Emergency medication must be labeled with the student’s full name and given to the Instructor at sign-in. Emergency medication will be stored in the child’s classroom and taken on any field trips.

Special Needs

PCA is committed to providing an enjoyable art-making experience for all students and strives to create an inclusive and welcoming artistic community. Please share information about your child’s allergies or other special needs on the Emergency Information and Authorization Form. Parents or guardians are encouraged to contact the Children’s Program Manager & Camp Supervisor to discuss any needs a student may have which would impact his/her participation in camp. Parents/guardians of students with behavioral or developmental issues should complete the Special Needs Form on the back of the Emergency Information and Authorization Form. This form must also be completed if a TSS will be accompanying the child to camp.

Photo Consent

Your child’s image may be photographed or reproduced on PF/PCA promotional materials. You can indicate whether you do or do not authorize the use of your child’s image on the Emergency Information and Authorization Form.

School Closures and Emergencies

In the rare event of an unexpected closure or weather emergency, please check www.pittsburgharts.org, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Facebook page and KDKA for updates. Families will be emailed if a closure were to occur with more than twelve hours notice before the beginning of the camp day. If the decision for a closure must be made with less than 12 hours notice, families will be emailed and the office staff will attempt to contact each family by phone. A prorated refund will be applied to your account for the amount of sessions missed during an emergency closure.

DAILY SCHEDULE

Monday Check-in

On Mondays, instructors will collect Emergency Information and Authorization Forms in the clasroom. Check-in begins 15 minutes before the beginning of the camp.

Sign-in

Students may be signed-in 15 minutes before their camp begins.

@PF/PCA Center School
Parents will sign students in with the Instructor in their child’s studio classroom (for morning and full-day camps) or the front lawn (for some afternoon camps). Parents who wish for their 11 year old or older child to sign themselves in and out from camp, must initial the Emergency Medical and Authorization Form. Students attending a High School camp may sign themselves in and out without an adult. No students under the age of 11 may sign themselves in or out of camp without a parent or authorized adult.

@Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Students may sign themselves in and out of High School camps without an adult. Students should, however, be prepared to hand-in a completed Emergency Medical Form at sign-in. Instructors will meet students in the Filmmakers lobby for sign-in.

Lunch and Scheduled Breaks

Students attending a full-day OR two half-day camps will have a 30 minute supervised lunch/recess period from 12:00 PM-12:30 PM and two 10 minute breaks in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Half-day campers will have one scheduled break during camp. Please provide your child with a non-perishable lunch and drink labeled with his/her first and last name. We suggest that campers also bring a snack for and mid-afternoon and/or mid-morning breaks. Drink and vending machines are located @ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and an Orbis Café @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Sign-out

PF/PCA School
Half-day camps end at 12:00 PM and full-day camps end at 3:30 PM. Campers will be waiting to be signed-out in their studio classrooms. If the student is not attending a Summer High School camp, is under the age of 11 or does not have a signed authorization form, a parent or authorized adult must sign their child out with their child’s Instructor. Adults signing students out from camp must be listed on the student’s authorization form and must be prepared to show photo ID. Children may not, under any circumstances, be left unattended at PCA School. Accounts will be charged $20 for every 15 minutes that students are not yet signed-out following the end of camp. PCA reserves the right to cancel a camp registration without refund if students are signed-out late multiple times.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Full-day High School camps end at 4:00 PM. Students can sign themselves out in their studio classrooms with the Instructor.

PRE & POST- CAMP

Extended care options are available at @Pittsburgh Center for the Arts before and after camp hours for students aged 5 - 17. To ensure that adequate staffing is available, arrangements for pre-camp and post-camp should be made at the time of registration. Students may only be registered for one full week of care and registrations must be made no later than the Friday before camps begins. Placement cannot be guaranteed for last-minute registrations. Fees are non-refundable and spaces are limited.

  • Pre-Camp is offered between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM at a rate of $35.00 per week
  • Post-Camp is offered between 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM at a rate of $60.00 per week

Accounts will be charged $20 for every 15 minutes that students are not yet signed-out following the end of Post-Camp. PCA reserves the right to cancel a Post-Camp registration without refund if students are signed-out late multiple times.

Pre/Post-Camp Registration

STUDENT EXHIBITIONS

Weekly Exhibitions and Performances

Many camps have a brief exhibition or performance near or at the end of the weeklong camp. Please check with the camp instructor at the beginning of the week to get the date and time of the event. This information can also be found on a sign in the PCA School entrance lobby. Instructors should send invitations home no later than 3 days before the event.

2017 Summer Camp Student Exhibition

An exhibition of selected student artworks created during 2017 summer art camps will be installed in the PCA School from September 9 – October 7. An opening reception, complete with art activities for the whole family, will take place on Saturday, September 9th.

Artwork displayed in the exhibition can be picked up at the school Oct 10 – 14.

PROCESS OVER PRODUCT

All projects are process-based, which affords children the opportunity to engage in critical thought, collaborative learning, and creative experimentation under the guidance of an experienced professional artist and educator. PCA places emphasis on the skills acquired during the process of creation, rather than the importance of the final product. To that end, students will often work collaboratively, and may create temporary installations that will not go home with them at the end of camp. While most campers will end the week with a final artwork to take home, this cannot be guaranteed.

INSTRUCTORS

PF/PCA Center School Instructors are talented artists, devoted educators and responsible caregivers. Our instructors are passionate about designing a camp curriculum that reflects their skills and expertise, while upholding the commitment to best practices in arts learning. Our instructors are highly educated working artists with multiple years experience in arts education. Every instructor, staff member and assistant is required to hold Act 33/34 Clearances.

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING &
WHAT SHOULD YOU KEEP AT HOME

Unless specifically stated in your program’s description, all supplies are provided for camps. Students in studio arts camps often use messy materials; you may send your child with a labeled apron or smock to wear while engaged in art making. For a full-day camp, send your child with a non-perishable lunch and two snacks, labeled with first and last name. For a half-day camp, send your child with one snack. You may send sunscreen and/or a hat with your child as many camps spend time outdoors. Please leave toys, MP3s and other valuables at home. Cell phones may be used in emergencies but must be kept on silent during camps. Please send your child to camp with a change of clothes (labeled with first and last name) if he or she is between the ages of 4 and 7.

STUDENT ARTWORK AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Personal belongings and artwork left behind at the conclusion of camp are collected and kept in the lost and found located in the Registration Office. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts reserves the right to discard artwork and other personal belongings two weeks after the conclusion of camp. Students may be asked to provide artwork to be displayed at the end of summer Student Exhibition. Parents will be notified when the work can be picked up. Due to kiln firing schedules, some clay artwork may not be ready for pick up until approximately two weeks after the camp ends.