Frequently Asked Questions…
What language is spoken at The Open Studio?
While each week of camp varies slightly, the language of instruction is primarily in English with translations given into Hebrew (for those that need). Although the majority of our campers are English AND Hebrew speakers that live in Israel year round, we usually have a few campers that speak only Hebrew and a few campers that speak only English. Between the bilingual staff and a majority of bilingual campers, we all manage to understand each other and communicate. The Open Studio is a great place to learn and be surrounded by both Hebrew and English and it is a great opportunity to expose your child to a new language. If you have a specific language preference, please make it known on your camp registration form.
Where is pick-up and drop-off?
Pick-up and Drop-off is at The Open Studio in the San Simone neighborhood (Southern Jerusalem). We just moved to a beautiful brand new location and are very excited to be having camp here. Our new space is four floors up and has lots of sunlight and air conditioning. There is one large studio space with three smaller break-out rooms. We are also just accross the street from San Simone park where we will go to each lunch and have free time each day. The exact location is Ben Tabai 2/15 and the building is the old ministry of health building just across the circle from the youth village (Havat Hanoar HaTzioni) and Luigi Restaraunt.
What food is included?
Children receive a snack between 10 and 11 am. It is usually a fruit or vegetable with hummus and cookies, crackers, popcorn or a granola bar. Children bring a dairy or pareve lunch from home. Children are required to bring water bottles to camp and are encouraged to drink throughout the day. Please make us aware of any allergies at the time of registration. Those staying for the afternoon program will also get an afternoon snack at 2pm.
My child is a picky eater; can you heat up food that I send in for lunch?
Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities to heat up lunches or boil water as we often eat picnic lunches in the park or on our site visits. Please also include with your child’s lunch, any napkins and utensils that are required.
What do you do for transportation?
We travel to our site visits either by foot or public transportation (bus and light rail). Children always travel with counsellors, the camp director and a partner. There are safety rules we follow for crossing streets, and riding the busses.
What is included in the price of camp?
The price includes, snack, art materials, staff, cleaning and maintenance fees, insurance, transportation, entrance fees to museums and site visits and guest artists. Those registering for a week also receive a sketchbook and a camp T-shirt.
We are members at the ___ museum, since it’s free for us, can you refund us the entrance fee?
Absolutely, The Open Studio is happy to refund the entrance price paid for your child to a specific site, provided that you present the child’s membership card to the Camp Director at morning drop off on the day of the trip. Fees paid such as to see shows, art workshops, etc that are not included in membership are not refundable.
What is your refund policy?
For cancellation up to 3 weeks before the start of camp= 80% refund, up to 2 weeks before=50%, after which no refund are given. Each session is subject to refund policy on a session by session basis.
Can we register for less than a week of camp?
Yes. Registration can be done by the week or the day at the rate of 185 NIS per day. Daily registrations are subject to available space, while weekly registrations are given priority. Certain weeks of the summer do fill up so get in you Registration Form early.
Is there a sibling discount?
Yes, for more than one sibling, or if the same child signs up for more than one session there is a discount on both children or both sessions. This is the second price listed on our brochure.
I have children that are different ages, have different artistic abilities, twins or triplets? Can you accommodate them in your camp at the same time?
Yes, we have a lot of experience working with multiple children from the same family in the same camp sessions. Please read our Testimonials or contact us for references or more information.
What must my child wear or bring to camp each day?
A full water bottle, a hat, sketch-book, close-toed shoes (no flip-flops or crocs), clothing that can get stained. Valuables – cash, I-pods, etc are not allowed at camp as we are not responsible for lost valuables.
Work that is not completely dried by the last day of camp, can be picked up 1 week after the end of the session.
Payment in full is required at the time of registration and can be made through Paypal or check.
Camps are taught by Avigayle Adler, Director of the Open Studio and her team.