If you are new to my studio you may have questions, I hope to answer them here.
Where are you located? My studio is located on the historic Main Street in Humboldt. I am directly across from Milano's Pizza. Look for the yellow awning!
Are camps drop-off or does the parent stay? All camps are drop-off. This provides the best experience for all of the children. I can not assume liability for adults in the studio during camps. Studio doors will be locked during camp for safety. You are always welcome to ring the door bell and check on your child at any time. Before enrolling your child, please be sure they are comfortable being dropped off at camp.
Can I register my friend's child or my grandchild? Parents need to register their own children for camp. This is to ensure we have accurate contact information, allergy information and appropriate waivers. If you'd like to pay for another child to attend camp, they are welcome to use your credit card to complete the purchase. Or, you can purchase a giftcard for them to use. Gift cards can be purchased online here.
How many instructors will be in each camp? Every camp will have a lead teacher that has a degree in Art Education AND a Master's Degree! We have highly qualified teachers. Each lead teacher will also have assistants at a ratio of 3/1 or 4/1 per camp. Our teachers and assistants are engaged with the students the entire camp. The lead teacher for each camp & their bio is listed on the registration page.
Do you have down time during camp? We do not have down time other than a short snack break. Camps over lunch will have a short lunch break. But, otherwise, they will be engaged in creating for the ENTIRE camp. Our camps are high energy, fun and exciting! We do not add fillers or free time. We are not here to babysit, but to provide a quality educational and FUN experience for your child.
How early can I drop off? Doors will open 10 minutes before your camp time and not prior. We work hard behind the scenes before and between camps getting things ready for an incredible camp experience.
Do we need to bring anything to camp? All art supplies are covered in the camp fee. (The only camp that has the child bringing something is the Recycled Robot Sculpture Camp.) Your child may bring a snack or snack money to camp. Those details will be sent in an e-mail the week prior to your camp.
Do I need to buy a camp T-shirt? Most parents like the t-shirt because it provides an art smock to wear to camp and other classes throughout the year. But, these are optional. If you are registering for multiple camps, please be sure to attach the t-shirt to only your first camp of the summer. You likely do not want more than one t-shirt. I’m unable to offer refunds on t-shirts as they are special order items.). You will be asked sizing at checkout. The cost of the t-shirt is $15.99 plus tax. You will pay for it at registration and receive it the first day of camp.
How are your camps priced? The length of the camp and the materials used for the camp determine the cost. We pride ourselves in using high quality art materials and supplies. We also hire plenty of assistants to make the camp successful and fun for your child. Children will leave with an art project(s) that they are proud of!
Camp Cancellation policy: Camp fees are refundable, less a $30 cancellation fee prior to 5/1. After the 5/1 payment is made you will only receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee, IF your camp spot is filled from the wait list. I can usually fill spots if given enough time, but this is not guaranteed. You can also move to a different camp at anytime without any fees as long as the new camp has availability.
Do you have payment plans? Yes. You may choose to pay in full at checkout or you may choose to pay a deposit only. The deposit for each camp is $50. Final payment is due May 1, 2024. Some camps also have other payment plans.
How do I make the payments on the payment plans? At checkout and in your confirmation e-mail you will see your payment schedule. Payments will automatically be charged to the payment method used. You don't have to do anything. If you need to change the payment method prior to billing dates, you can do this from your Sawyer account.
Do I have to register online? No, you may mail a check payment to: 1303 E Main Street, Humboldt, TN 38343. (Please include your contact information and camp you’d like to register for.) I will not hold your camp spot until payment is received. If the camp is full upon receipt of payment, your check will be mailed back. Payment plans are also not available when paying by cash/check. NO Venmo or Paypal payments for camp. If you are paying electronically, it needs to be through Sawyer via my website.
Are taxes/ fees charged on top of camp prices?Sales tax is not required on camps since camps are a service. Sales tax, however, is applied to the optional T-shirt sales. There will be a 3% fee added this year to each order to help offset admin and processing costs that are an increasing burden to small businesses. If you pay via payment plan this fee is paid upfront with the deposit. Sawyer also charges a $1.99 fee per transaction (not per camp) that will show separately on your credit card statement and is paid directly to Sawyer. To avoid these fees, you may mail a check payment. See the previous question for those details.
I don't remember which camps I signed up for and I can't find my confirmation e-mail? You can login to your Sawyer account at anytime and see your account information including your class schedule and payment dates. Be sure to save your login information.
Still have questions? E-mail me at laura(at)lauragilesartstudio or message me on Facebook. Calling the studio is not the best method of contact since we are usually busy assisting children. We are always happy to help!