A2AC Art Camps: FAQ

What are the Creativity and Clay Camp tuition rates for 2021?

Creativity Camp Tuition – $405/wk

Clay Camp Tuition – $425/wk

Non-refundable deposit

10% of camp tuition is considered a non-refundable deposit. Parents must contact the Front Desk by phone at 734-926-4128 or via e-mail at operations@annarborartcenter.org within 7 days before the start of the camp week to request a withdrawal or transfer from a camp week.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

We do not currently offer a sibling discount for In-Person Art Camps.

Do you offer camp scholarships?

Yes! To learn more and apply for a scholarship, click here

What is your refund, cancellation, and transfer policy?

Non-Refundable Deposit

10% of camp tuition is considered a non-refundable deposit. Parents must contact the Education Department by phone at 734-926-4128 or via e-mail at operations@annarborartcenter.org within 7 days before the start of the camp week to request a withdrawal or transfer from a camp week.

COVID-19-Related Cancellations, Missed Days, or Camp Closures

In the event that all of camp or a camp group were to close due to a Covid outbreak, exposure, or a mandate by the state or health department, 100% of camp tuition will be refunded.

If a camper is unable to attend due to a Covid diagnosis, a quarantine, or is sent home because they exhibited Covid symptoms, families will receive a pro-rated refund, minus the 10% non-refundable deposit.

We ask that families notify us as soon as possible if it becomes known that their child will not be able to attend camp. As a small non-profit operating with a reduced camp capacity due to Covid-mitigation efforts, it helps give us time to fill the space from the waitlist.

General Cancellations

Up to 7 days before the start of the camp week:

A full refund will be issued minus the 10% non-refundable deposit.

Within 7 days before the start of the camp week:

No refunds will be issued, except in instances that fall under the Covid Cancellation Policy


Camp tuition is a flat fee. We do not pro-rate for days missed, except in instances that fall under the Covid-Related Missed Days Policy


Up to 7 days before the start of the camp week:

You may transfer your child to a different camp at no cost, provided space is available

Within 7 days before the start of the camp week:

No transfers will be issued.

How do I join the waitlist? How and when will I be notified if a space opens?

If a camp week is full, when you click on the registration link you will be invited to join the waitlist.

How and when will I find out if a space opens on the waitlist?

If space becomes available in a given camp week, the next person on the waitlist will be contacted via e-mail and offered the space.

Please Note: In instances where there is little time remaining to fill a space before the camp week begins, we may e-mail everyone on the waitlist and fill the space with the first person to respond. We will indicate that in the e-mail we send, if that is the case.

What does it mean if I have not been contacted by the Art Center via e-mail?

If you do not receive an e-mail from us, it is either because a space has not yet opened up or because you are still farther down on the waitlist.

While we are unable to guarantee that a space for your child will open up, please keep in mind that spaces may open at any time and in rare circumstances, even on the first day of camp.

Please do not attend the first day of camp unless you have been contacted by an Art Center staff member. No charges are assessed until your child is enrolled in camp.

What times are drop-off and pick-up?

Morning drop-off is from 8:30am-9:00am.

Afternoon pick-up is from 4:00pm-4:15pm.

Details on drop-off and pick-up procedures are listed in the Camp Handbook.

Is pre-camp or post-camp care available?

There will not be a pre-camp or post-camp care program for the summer of 2021.

What does my child need to bring to camp?

  • 2 masks, one to wear and one on-hand as a back-up.
  • Wear old clothes & OLD Shoes that can get dirty. Many art materials do not wash out of clothes.
  • Shoes must be closed-toed. No flip-flops, sandals, etc.
  • A Water Bottle with your child’s name on it
  • 2 Snacks- one for the morning and one for the afternoon
  • A Bagged Lunch PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY nut products (Note: No microwave or refrigerator is available).
  • Sunscreen. We also encourage applying sunscreen before arriving to camp.
  • Clay Campers should tie back long hair and short sleeves are recommended

  • What COVID-19 policies and procedures will be in place this summer?

    View Covid-19 Information and Policies Here

    When will I receive an e-mail containing the Camp Handbook and Camper Medical Form?

    Families will be sent an e-mail containing the Camp Handbook, the Camper Medical Form, and any other information they need to know 2 weeks before the start of that camp week.

    If your child is registered for multiple camp weeks, you will receive one of these e-mails for every camp week your child is attending. PLEASE read each e-mail you receive, as it may contain important information specific to that camp week.


    We only need one completed medical form per child, which we will keep on file for the duration of the summer. They do not need to be completed for subsequent weeks of camp.

    The Camp Handbook is also posted on our A2AC Art Camps Homepage.

    How are children divided into groups & how many are in a group?

    Children are divided into the following groups, with a 5:1 or lower camper-to-instructor ratio:

    Creativity Camp | Ages 5-7: 10 Students
    Creativity Camp | Ages 8-9: 7 Students
    Creativity Camp | Ages 10-12: 6 Students
    Clay Camp | Ages 9-12: 7 Students

    *Please note: we do not make exceptions to the minimum age required to be in a given group.

    Can I enroll my child in a different age group?

    We receive many questions from parents about the possibility of moving their child into an older age group. Our instructors teach to all skill levels with the expectation that each age group will be comprised of children with a wide range of abilities, talents, and experience.

    Please understand, we make no exceptions to the minimum age required to be in each group.

    My child has attended a given camp theme in the past. Will they do the exact same things or will the projects be different?

    Many of our camp themes are popular and we offer them every year or every other year- but they are never the same. Our instructors create their own lesson plans based on the criteria listed in the camp summaries. We therefore get fresh, fun, and different programming every year!

    If there is every any overlap with a project here or there, we try to put a different spin on it or modify it for any campers who have done it before.

    When is the lunchtime? Does my child need to bring a lunch?

    Lunchtime is from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Students will need to a bring a nut-free/peanut-free lunch. No refrigerator or microwave is available.

    Campers should also bring with them both a morning and afternoon snack.

    During the lunch period, each group will be assigned a time to eat, as well as free time to socialize, play games, read, and relax.

    Students will eat lunch distanced in their individual classrooms. If during the week we have access to a nearby, enclosed outdoor space and weather permits, we may also eat outdoors. (Please note: The play yard is not available for our use during this timeframe.)

    Do campers go outside at all during the day?

    During the summer camp season, we have permission to use the Doughty Montessori School play yard, which is one block away. We try to go there at least once a day, as long as the weather permits during the specific timeframes that the school allows us to use their play yard. Per our use agreement, masks are required to be worn at the play yard at all times. *We do not have access to the play yard during winter and spring camps.

    Using the off-site play yard is a privelege and campers are expected to follow instructions and behave in a safe and respectful manner while in transit to and while using the play yard. Individual campers that do not meet those expectations may spend snack time at the Art Center at the discretion of the Camp Director until their safety or behavior issues are addressed and are no longer a concern.

    At the discretion of the Camp Director and Lead Instructor, groups may also engage in outdoor activities within the nearby area, such as outdoor sketching, chalk drawing, collecting natural objects for a project, etc.

    Will there be a Friday Art Show this year?

    Due to Covid-19 policies, there will not be a Friday Camper Art Show this year. On Friday, each group will spend the end of the day celebrating their efforts and sharing their amazing artwork with each other. Pick-up will take place at the normal time (4:00pm-4:15pm). Creativity Camp students will bring home all of their artwork at that time and Clay Camp projects will stay to be processed- see more info below.

    So that families can share in our students many great art accomplishments over the week, we will be posting photos from each camp week on our website by Tuesday of the following week. (Photos will include only those students with a signed photo waiver.) View photos here.

    When will Clay Camp projects be processed and ready for pick-up?

    During the week, Clay Camp students will create several handbuilt sculptures and will select five of their best wheel thrown pieces to trim and finish. They will then paint their projects with colorful slips. After the camp week ends, our studio techs will coat all of the projects with a clear, food-safe glaze, fire them and sort them into a bag for each student.

    You will receive an e-mail when projects are ready for pick-up, approximately 2-3 weeks from the last day of the camp week. Please plan to pick-up your child’s work within two weeks of receiving the pick-up notification. If you need additional time, please contact us with an alternate pick-up date. Storage space is limited. Any work that is not picked-up within a month may be discarded in order to make room to store projects from subsequent camps or classes.

    Who should I contact with a question that is not listed here?

    In case of an emergency during camp hours
    Contact the Front Desk at 734-926-4128. They will immediately notify the Camp Director.

    Contact the Front Desk | 734-926-4128
    If you have general questions about camp.
    If you have questions regarding registration, cancellation, or refunds.
    If your child will be absent or arrive to camp more than 1 hour late.
    If you need to coordinate an early pick-up.

    Contact the Camp Director: Jean Spindler
    734-926-4125 (OFFICE) or jspindler@annarborartcenter.org
    For all other questions/concerns or to report your child has a suspected or positive Covid-19 diagnosis.