Camps for French Learners


Designed for children with a basic to intermediate understanding of French, Camps for French Learners are a great way to strengthen your child's French speaking skills before returning to school in September. Taught in French by an artist from Oakville Galleries and a French teacher from the Alliance Française, our programs combine art activities and language lessons for a dynamic, hands-on learning experience. All participants must take a brief language test to assess their French proficiency so lessons can be appropriately adapted to their skill level. Students should have at least one year of core French classes or French Immersion before participating in this program.

  • Ages 6 to 12

Ship of Dreams

  • 13 August– 17 August 2018

With workshops taking place both in the studio and out by the ponds in Gairloch Gardens, campers will construct small sea-worthy vessels, make sunken-ship maps and design a wardrobe fit for an explorer. Based on the English program of the same name (see description inside), campers will improve their French vocabulary and verbal communication skills as they enjoy making a variety of nautical-themed artworks in painting, sculpture and collage.

$293 ($345 for non-members)

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  • 20 August – 24 August 2018

Paint to your heart's delight! Inspired by our summer exhibition, campers will experiment with an assortment of watercolour, tempera and acrylic paints on specialty papers and canvases, creating a suite of paintings in both abstract and realistic styles. At the same time, participants will have the opportunity to improve their French speaking and vocabulary skills through hands-on language activities. This camp is based on the Paint-tastic program in English.

$293 ($345 for non-members)

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Crystal Carousels

  • 27 August – 31 August 2018

Inspired by the excitement of amusement parks, campers will create an indoor midway replete with games, prizes and carnival treats. In this program, adapted from our Crystal Carousels camp in English, activities in drawing, painting and sculpture will be merged with language lessons designed to build participants' French writing and speaking skills.

$293 ($345 for non-members)

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Monday to Friday, except on statutory holidays. Camp begins each day at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.

Extended Care

Extended care is available each day beginning at 7:30 am and ending at 6:00 pm. Morning care is $30 per child for a five-day week ($24 per child for four-day weeks). Afternoon care is $40 per child for a five-day week ($32 per child for four-day weeks). Combined morning and afternoon care is available for $60 per child for a five-day week ($48 per child for four-day weeks). Extended care must be registered for at least 2 business days in advance.


All camps are held at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, 1306 Lakeshore Road East, located 2 km east of downtown Oakville.

What to bring

Campers are required to bring lunches, snacks and drinks for each day of camp (nut-free products only, please). Clothing and footwear that can endure both messy fun and outdoor play are encouraged. As we aim to spend at least two hours outside everyday, hats, sunscreen and refillable water bottles are also highly recommended. All art materials are supplied by Oakville Galleries.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation with a refund must be applied for at least 7 days before your child's program begins. Refunds are subject to a $15 administrative fee. There are no refunds for cancellations requested less than 7 days before the program begins, or for extended care. Please allow 2-4 weeks for refunds by cheque.


In the event that a participant is unable to attend a scheduled class during the program, make-up dates, refunds or credits will not be provided.