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Art Camps

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You can register for our art classes and camps on the registration site:
  • Our camps are taught by professional artists and teachers and are geared towards exploring different artistic techniques and mediums such as acrylic painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and printmaking to name a few. Individual lessons focus on different elements of art: colour, line, form etc. Major figures, trends, and periods in art history often serve as inspiration, and a trip to the National Gallery of Canada or Ottawa Art Gallery is part of most courses offered at our downtown location. Focused studio work, an exploration of art history, and critical analysis of their own work, encourages older students to develop personal expression and expand aesthetic awareness. Supported by a team of summer technicians and volunteers our teachers pass on their passion for the arts in a dynamic and stimulating environment. Young artists have the opportunity to celebrate their success through an end-of-camp exhibition of their work on the last afternoon of class.

  • Our summer camps for 2024 run from July 2 until August 23 with a total of 8 weeks of camps.

    Our camps for children are grouped as following:    6-7, 8-9, 9-11, 11-12

    Our camps for teens are grouped as following:         13-15, 14-17 (downtown)

  • Due to the fact that some of our students have allergies, we are a nut-free classroom (peanuts and tree nuts). All snacks sent in with your child must be free of tree nuts, peanuts and peanut oil (this includes peanut butter). We cannot guarantee a 100% nut- free zone, however, we make every effort to ensure the safety of children with allergies.

  • Camps hold a maximum of 12 children (Orleans) and 15 (downtown).

    Some courses using specialized studios have a smaller maximum classroom size.

  • For the camps aged 6-12, there is 1 instructor and 1 student technician. For the camps aged 13-15, there is 1 instructor. Unfortunately, OSA is unable to provide additional support in the studio over the regular school 1:14 ratio; if you child requires more support, please advise us of the arrangements you have made for them in their summer camp. We appreciate your understanding.

  • Camps normally range in price from $285 – $325 depending on duration, material costs, and whether there are models during the camp.

  • Each camp is designed for children within a specific age-range. In order to ensure the best experience for everyone, students must fall within the indicated age range for the camp. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding this. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the instructor.

  • Various field trips are held throughout the camps: ByWard Market, National Gallery, museums, parks, etc. Please ensure your child has the appropriate outerwear to go on these excursions. Children go out most days to a local park during the lunch hour.

  • For 2024 summer camps we offer post-camp care only Monday through Thursday (no post-care is available on Fridays).

  • Many of our camps are offered in both official languages. Bilingual camps are marked as bilingual and include a French description.

  • You may register in person at the reception desk, at one of our two campuses, by phone, or online at When registering in person, you may pay by cash, cheque, credit card (Visa or MasterCard only, please note there is a 2.5% credit card surcharge), or Interac; by phone or online, we accept credit cards only (Visa or MasterCard).


    Payment in full must be made at the time of registration. The Ottawa School of Art accepts cash, cheque, VISA or MasterCard credit cards and INTERAC debit cards. NOTE: There is a $25 administration charge (+ HST) on all NSF cheques and a 2.5% credit card surcharge on all credit card payments.


    We urge you to register early, at least two weeks prior to commencement of the course. Space will not be reserved without full payment. The Ottawa School of Art reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

  • Please note that as a not-for-profit organization, the Ottawa School of Art charges an annual family membership fee of $30 (plus tax). This membership entitles you to take classes at the school, take part in members’ exhibitions, sell artwork through the school store, rent studio space and facilities, and a 10% discount on art supplies purchased from Wallack’s or DeSerres (St. Laurent store only). Membership fees are not refundable.

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  • The Ottawa School of Art reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. On rare occasions, a camp may be cancelled due to low enrollment, however, every effort is made to transfer any students registered in that camp to another similar camp. If this is not possible, the course fee will be fully refunded, with no administrative charges applied. OSA makes every effort to give as much notice as possible in the event of camp cancellation.

  • An educational receipt can be e-mailed upon request if the parent or guardian contacts us. The receipt will be issued to the person who registered the participant(s). Please e- mail

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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