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Event Category: ArtsEvent Tags: Summer Camp

  • Age and Ability Restrictions

    We work closely with our teachers to develop the most favorable age ranges and ability levels for each camp. In order to ensure the success of our programs, we ask that you observe these restrictions when registering your children for camps. CAC makes NO exceptions to the ages or ability levels indicated in the descriptions.

    If you have a special needs child, please contact Kelly O’Sullivan at communityarts@clayartcenter.org, to assess if we can adequately accomidate them saftely.

    What to Wear and Bring

    Kids may get messy, so make sure your child wears appropriate clothing and footwear (sneakers are best; no open-toed shoes.) All clay and glaze materials will wash out of clothing, but a smock or apron might be appropriate for children who are worried about getting clay on their cloths. For wheel classes, kids must bring an old towel with them. CAC will provide all other materials, but if your child has their own tool set, they are welcome to bring them!
    Drop off / Pick up

    Parents and caregivers should drop off and pick up their children at the specified classroom (Main Classroom, Annex Classroom, or Independent Study Classroom). Please do not drop your child off too early (no more than 5 minutes before class time); pick up your child promptly at the end of class.

    CAC does offer Early Bird Drop Off for an extra $40/week, which enables you to bring your child at 8:30am instead of 9:00 am. If you are not pre-registered as an Early bird, please do not bring your child earlier than 8:55am. CAC will provide supervision for full-day campers during lunch. There is free parking available in the middle of the municipal parking lot, or on Beech Street.
    Snack Break

    Campers take a short break in each camp, so please pack a snack for your child and label the bag with his/her name. Parents must supply snacks for each day of camp. Parents of full day campers must provide lunch and 2 snacks.
    Please note: CAC’s facility is NOT peanut free, and we will be offering special snacks on some days, such as popsicles or cookies. Please notify us 3 weeks in advance if your child has special dietary issues that would affect the other campers and we will do our best to notify parents of the issue.

    Full Day Campers: A teacher will escort the camper to the office for a staff supervised lunch. Please provide a lunch and drink for your child (we have a water cooler) and we will provide the activities.

    Completed Projects

    Completed projects may be picked up two weeks after the camp ends; we will NOT call you when they are ready. We WILL email you when they are ready so please keep an eye on your emails from us. When you come to pick up, we strongly recommend that you bring your child with you to help identify what s/he made. Projects left after October 1 will be discarded. If you cannot pick up your child’s projects by this date, please make arrangements for someone else to pick them up or call the office to make arrangements for a later pick up.
    Instructors and Class Content

    All instructor listings are subject to change. Students can expect to make new work Monday through Thursday and spend Friday finishing and glazing. Class time will include time for clean-up, an integral part of the process. Class descriptions are subject to change depending on ability levels of participating students.

    Your children will be encouraged to create several pieces during class. You can anticipate your child having 4-5 completed works. Please Note: Due to the very nature of clay and the firing process, CAC cannot be responsible for any damage to work caused by poor construction or the firing or glazing processes.

    All materials and firing are included in the cost of the class.
    Photography During Camp
    We often take photos during camp for promotional and educational use. We do not disclose any personal information such as name or age of the children. Should you wish for us to NOT use your child’s photo, please inform the office.

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    Class Enrollment and Refund Policies

    • No refunds will be given once a class has been confirmed via email.  Prior to this time a refund can be issued, minus a $25 registration fee.  {Exceptions are only made in the event of extenuating circumstances, but require a doctor's note or written request describing the situation, and must be approved by the Executive Director.}
    • Tuition is due in full at time of registration.
    • Classes with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled and payment fully refunded.
    • There are no refunds for missed classes.  
    • With permission from the front office adult students may make-up a maximum of 2 missed classes during a full session or 1 make-up for 6-7 week classes.  There are no make-ups in the last week of classes.
    • Missed youth classes cannot be made up. No exceptions.
    • Tuition is non-transferable.
    • In the event of an emergency closing, students will be emailed and classes will be rescheduled.  The website home page will indicate whether classes and/or open studios are cancelled and if the offices are closed.
    • Clay, tools and firing fees are not included in tuition, unless noted. Prior to the first class, students must purchase a Credit Log in order to purchase firing fees, clay and tools during class.
    • The cost of clay ranges from $14-$21 per 25lb bag, depending on the clay body.
    • Firing fees are calculated by the cubic inch (i.e. height x width x depth) so each student's total will vary based on how much work they produce. The cost of firing is 5 cents per cubic inch for 2 firings (bisque and glaze firing)
    • All CAC Policies can be read in the Student Handbook. It includes policies for both classes and workshops, information about facilities and materials available, and detailed explanations of programs.

    Pottery Return Policies


    If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, please contact us to arrange a return. Undamaged merchandise must be returned within 15 days for a full refund minus shipping costs. Unfortunately, we cannot accept returned merchandise after 15 days. Send items securely in their original packaging to:   Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St, Port Chester NY 10573


    Prices are for orders shipped within the Continental United States. All orders are shipped UPS standard ground, have an estimated arrival time of 5-10 days.  Unfortunately, we are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, so be sure to give a street address for delivery.  Please call or email for special shipping requirements outside of the Continental United States or for expedited shipping options.

    Damaged Merchandise:

    If the product arrives damaged, please contact us as quickly as possible at: 914-937-2047 ext 2.  In order to receive a refund, you must save all boxes and packing material. We will arrange to have UPS pick up the package at no cost to you. We will replace the item (if possible) or mail you a refund check for your purchase.

    Special Orders & Commissions:

    Like an artist’s work, but want something different? Contact us directly, and we’ll put you in touch with the artist. Similarly, if you are looking for something specific, we might have an artist that would be willing to work with you on a commission basis.  Feel free to contact us at (914) 937-2047 x 2 or at mail@clayartcenter.org Monday – Saturday, 10am - 5pm

    Questions? Feel free to contact us at (914) 937-2047 x 2 or at mail@clayartcenter.org Monday – Saturday, 10am - 5pm


    Week 3:
    July 17 - 21
    9 AM - 4 PM

    Sign up for our morning and afternoon camp, with an hour of supervised lunch and activities.

    Ages 6-9
    Morning: Make a Splash
    Jump on in, and explore the wonders of the deep sea. Create your own underwater animal sculptures, uncover shipwrecks, make friends with mermaids, and watch out for sharks as you dive for lost treasure!
    Afternoon: Garden Art Party
    Get creative and make your own flower pots and planters. Decorate each pot with clay flowers, leaves and outdoor scenes. Bring nature indoors when you create your own floral mosaic tiles.

    Ages 10+
    Morning: Gone Bowlin'
    “Bowling” has never been so messy! Use the potter’s wheel to create fun and functional bowls of all shapes and sizes, for yourself, your family or your pets.
    Afternoon: Lemonade Stand
    Learn wheel throwing techniques to create your own Lemonade set. Use the potter’s wheel to throw your own cups, juicer and sugar dishes. Design and hand build your own pitcher to complete your set.