Welcome to MCAD!
Thank you for choosing to participate in the annual Summer Youth Program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. We are confident that your child will have a richly engaging experience.
There are several important details that we would like to share with you before you join us. Please read the following information and contact us with any further questions that you may have about your child’s class or any of our policies.
Studio Kids Ages 5–11
Each Studio Kids 5–11 class is led by a professional artist and is modeled to reflect a hands-on working and dynamic studio environment. Each session focuses on the exploration of images and concepts related to that week’s theme and is designed to help students develop their creative confidence and skills through fun and challenging multidisciplinary art lessons. Students expand their art vocabulary while creating with color, line, composition, dimension, pattern, form, and texture.
First Day of Classes
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Please drop off and pick up your child on the south side of the main building and enter through the south side parking lot and doors. See a map of the campus. Short-term parking is available for drop off and pick up. We kindly request that you do not use the MCAD circle drive adjacent to Stevens Avenue, as it can become rather busy. Please escort your child to his or her class every day. We also request that parents sign in their children with the instructor or teaching assistant(s). Children must not be dropped off earlier than 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the class and must be picked up immediately upon conclusion of the class. Though MCAD does employ a full-time public safety staff, your adherence to this policy helps ensure the safety of all youth.
The Children's Theatre Company is pleased to offer their convenient Extended Care option to MCAD Summer Youth Program participants. The Extended Care option offers both free play time and organized activities with the Children's Theatre Company's celebrated education staff. Morning extended care is offered from 8:00 a.m. until morning classes begin, and afternoon extended care is offered from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. Lunchtime or early afternoon extended care options are not available.
Registration for extended care will open in Spring 2013 at childrenstheatre.org. Please register before the Friday preceding the first day of your child's class.
For parents taking advantage of this child-care option, please coordinate the drop-off or pick-up of your child, and our trained teaching assistants will escort your child to and from the MCAD campus classrooms. They will not be left unsupervised at any time.
Please review the class description for any materials that may be required for the first day. Other class information will be presented at the first meeting.
Last Day of Classes
Friday Family Day
Parents with children in the ages 5–8 or 8–11 classes are welcome to join us every Friday for a special presentation of each student’s work in the class. Other family members are encouraged to visit and support the students, as well. It is an exciting and proud opportunity for students to share all that they have learned and experienced while in the class.
Ages 5–8 classes: every Friday morning and afternoon at 11:40 a.m. and 3:40 p.m.
Ages 8–11 classes: every Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
Information and Policies
Due to the sometimes messy nature of studio art making activities, we recommend that students wear clothes that are appropriate for painting, building, and working with a variety of stain-making materials. It is also recommended that students wear closed-toe shoes to protect their feet during class time as well as outdoor break time.
Snacks and Lunchtime
Each day there will be a break, outside if weather permits. For students in the ages 8–11 classes, there will be a half-hour lunch. Students are encouraged to bring their own small snacks and drinks, providing an insulated bag for anything to be kept cool. Students with food allergies must take care not to share snacks with other children in case of possible exposure to allergens. Children will be required to wash hands before and after snack time as a precaution.
Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. If your child will need to miss a day or will need to leave early from class, please contact continuing education at 612.874.3765 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCAD reserves the right to dismiss a student when his or her actions show disrespect for other people or property. Once a child starts the program week, tuition and fees cannot be refunded for subsequent dismissal, withdrawal, or absence.
Medication and Personal Items
If your child requires prescription medication (with the exception of an Epi-Pen), please bring it in the original container and give it directly to the instructor at check-in. Children with Epi-Pens for allergies must keep the pen on their person at all times, either in a waist pack or on a lanyard. Please do not send electronic games, phones, listening devices, toys, dolls, stuffed animals, or any item of value, such as jewelry or money in any form. The MCAD Studio Kids Program assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged personal property.
MCAD employs the service of an independent firm that performs a thorough background check on all the faculty, staff, and assistants we hire. These employees are also required to read and sign our rigorous policies regarding sexual abuse. If a complaint or investigation provides knowledge or reason to believe that child abuse has occurred, MCAD will comply with Minnesota Statute 626.556, Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors. This statute states: “Any professional who has knowledge of or reasonable cause to believe a child is being … physically or sexually abused shall make an oral report immediately by phone (to the appropriate state agency) to be followed as soon as possible by a report in writing.” Contact the director of continuing education at 612.874.3778 or email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.