Frequently asked questions


Where are you located?
The school building is located at 1047 Shady Ave., right off of 5th Avenue. If you are familiar with our gallery building (the big yellow one on the corner of 5th and Shady), we are right behind that building. The school building is a Tudor style mansion with orange trim.

What's your parking situation?
We have a metered lot around our building that is monitored by the city of Pittsburgh.

Can I transfer to another class?
Yes, but there is a $15 fee applied to all transfers. No transfers will be accepted once the second class begins. Transfers may only be made within the same term. A transfer may be made by calling the Registration Office.

Can I register for a class that's already started?
Students may register late for any class in which space is available. However, fees will not be prorated.

How do your waiting lists work?
Waiting lists are maintained for full classes. Students must request that their names be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted if space becomes available.

What is your refund policy?
Students may cancel a class before the second class begins by calling the Registration Office. You will be charged a $30 cancellation fee. If the first class has met, you will be charged a fee for that class – in addition to the cancellation fee – and under no circumstances will tuition be transferred to another term. Membership fees are non-refundable. No cash refunds are available. We are not responsible for missed classes. Tuition for drop-in sessions, family workshops, and Sunday Samplers are non-refundable.

What happens when a class is cancelled?
Occasionally, classes are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In such cases, the Registration Office will notify you approximately 72 hours before the class begins and the full class fee will be refunded, either by check or credit card, depending on your form of registration.


What will my child's daily schedule be like?
Please plan to arrive at PCA about 10 minutes before your child's camp begins. You will need to check in at the table in front of the school. After check-in, students will be directed to their group, gathered on the front lawn of the campus. Once all campers in the group arrive, the camp counselors will escort students into the studio. If it's raining, students will check-in at the table in the front lobby of the school, and be escorted directly to the studio.

What about lunch?
Children attending full-day camps must bring a non-perishable lunch and a drink labeled with their first and last name. We suggest that campers also bring a snack for the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.

Do you offer extended care?
Yes! Extended care options are available before and after camp hours. To ensure that adequate staffing is available, arrangements for pre-camp and post-camp care should be made at the time of registration. These fees are nonrefundable and spaces are limited. Placement cannot be guaranteed for last-minute registrations.

Pre-camp care is offered between 8:00 and 9:00am at a rate of $7 per day. Pre-camp care is led by an experienced Art Camp counselor and includes activities such as drawing, building, or age-appropriate games.

Post-camp care is offered between 3:30 and 6:00pm at a rate of $11 per day. Post-camp is monitored by an experienced Art Camp counselor. Each day, campers are able to choose from a multitude of group and/or independent art-related activities.

Children may not, under any circumstances, be left unattended at PCA School. If caregivers would like children to stay on-site before or after camp, they must register for pre-camp or post-camp care.

Who teaches Art Camps?
PCA's Instructors are talented artists, devoted educators, and responsible caregivers. Our instructors are passionate about designing a camp curriculum that reflects their skills and areas of expertise, while upholding a commitment to best practices in arts learning. All Art Camp instructors have at least two years of experience as an arts educator, and many have been with us for five years or more. Instructors are required to have a Bachelor's Degree, and often hold a Master's Degree in art or education.

What is process over product?
All projects are process-based, which affords children the opportunity to engage in critical thought, collaborative learning, and creative experimentation under the guidance of an experienced professional artist and educator. PCA places emphasis on the skills acquired during the process of creation, rather than the importance of a final product. To that end, students will work collaboratively, and may create temporary installations that won't go home with them at the end of the camp. While most campers will end the week with a final artwork to take home, this cannot be guaranteed in all camps.

Can my child participate in a camp that is outside of his or her age range?
PCA is dedicated to best practices in arts education, including developing and implementing age-appropriate visual and media arts curriculum for our students. Each camp is designed to meet the unique social and developmental needs of children in the age brackets.

Can my child be placed in a camp with his/her friend, neighbor, sibling, etc?
If you would like your child to be placed in the same camp section as another child, you must indicate this preference when you register. While we do try to accommodate all requests, placement of the children must coincide with our age and group size requirements.

What should my child bring, and what should s/he leave at home?
We provide all art supplies needed. For studio arts camps please send a labeled smock, apron or t-shirt for your camper to wear while engaged in messy projects. Please pack two non-perishable snacks and one lunch labeled with your child's name. For half-day camps please send a snack for mid-day break. You may send sunscreen or a hat for your child, especially for camps that will spend time outdoors.

Please keep toys, mp3 playes and other valuables at home. Cell phones may be used for emergencies only.

How can my child's special needs be accommodated?
PCA is committed to providing an enjoyable art-making experience for all campers and strives to create an inclusive and welcoming artistic community. Please share information about your child's special needs on the Camper Contract and Health Form provided at the time of registration. Caregivers may also contact us regarding special needs your child has which may impact his/her  participation in an Art Camp. We welcome the presence of a professional TSS; please inform us in advance if a TSS will be accompanying your child during class. 

How are camps priced?
Camp fees are calculated for individual camps, based on the cost of materials, equipment, etc. Members of PF/PCA receive a $25 discount on all camps.

How do I register and pay for an art camp?
There are several ways to register for a camp, listed below. Please note, your registration will not be completed until we have received full payment.

By Phone: 412-361-0455
By FAX: 412-362-4589
In Person or By Mail: 1047 Shady Avenue, Pittburgh PA 15232

Are there any other details I need to know?
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts reserves the right to discard artwork or personal belongings left at the conclusion of each camp. Due to kiln firing schedules, some artwork from clay and ceramics camps may not be ready for pick-up until approximately two weeks after the camp ends.

Your child's image and/or artwork may be photographed or reproduced on PF/PCA promotional materials. A photo consent form will be sent to you upon registration.

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