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ArtBox: Summer Camp Edition

What is ArtBox: Summer Camp Edition?

ArtBox: Summer Camp Edition is a creative art experience that kids may enjoy from home over the course of what would comprise a 5-day camp week.

The Art Center will be issuing a total of six individual ArtBoxes over the course of the summer.

Art Boxes are for children ages 5 to 12 years old

Each ArtBox includes:

  • 3 featured projects and supplies to complete them.
  • 2 drawing projects which may use materials from the box and/or materials that are commonly found at home.
  • Written and illustrated instructions for all projects.
  • 3 virtual art camp sessions from 10:30am-11:30am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the “camp week”. The virtual art camp experience will be hosted on Zoom where campers will have access to live demos, feedback, quick games, and icebreakers. Most importantly, campers will have a fun opportunity to connect with each other and showcase their work.
  • Flexibility that is built into our projects, materials, and interactive sessions. We recognize that each child has different interests, skill levels, and works at their own pace. Our structure allows for all of this and kids should expect to spend time outside of the interactive sessions to complete their projects over the course of the 5-day week. To accommodate different paces of working, Zoom session project instructions will primarily be given in the form of demos and will not normally be presented in a step-by-step, follow-along format unless there is a more complex project that requires it.

For those parents or children who prefer less screen time or have limited internet access, written project instructions are included with every box.


Remaining Virtual Camps with ArtBox Supplies

Week 6 ArtBox | Aug. 24 - Aug. 28

Week 6 ArtBox | Aug. 24 - Aug. 28

Let loose your imagination and master the art of monster-making and fantastical creature design. Learn how to create incredible creatures using a variety of different mediums.

Registration Deadline: August 13


ArtBox: Summer Camp Edition FAQ

What is the cost of a Summer Camp Edition ArtBox?

$85.00 per box. We also offer a sibling discount.


Do you offer a Sibling Discount?

We do! For every one box purchased by your family the second box purchase will be 50% off. Boxes must be for the same Art Box week to receive the discount. When you pick up your box you will receive one box that contains two sets of supplies.   


Are Scholarships Available?

To apply for a scholarship for up to 4 Camp Edition ArtBoxes, please contact Education Coordinator, Chelsea O’Hayer at cohayer@annarborartcenter.org


Are these ArtBoxes a subscription program or purchased individually?

This is not a subscription-based program. Parents may register their child for one or more ArtBoxes.


Can I switch an ArtBox registration to a different week?

Absolutely! You may contact us to switch ArtBox weeks anytime BEFORE the registration deadline. Please contact our Education Coordinator, Chelsea O’Hayer at cohayer@annarborartcenter.org


Can I cancel my ArtBox registration?

You may cancel an ArtBox any time on or before the registration deadline for that box and your payment will be refunded with a 10% cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued after the registration deadline. Please contact our Education Coordinator, Chelsea O’Hayer at cohayer@annarborartcenter.org.


Are projects age appropriate?

Absolutely. Each box is comprised of projects that will appeal to children between the ages of 5-12 years old and may be modified to allow for increasing levels of challenge for varying skill levels. As is common, 5-7 year olds, may occasionally need an extra hand from an adult or older sibling.


Will my child require parental assistance with projects?

Occasions where parental assistance are needed will be kept to a minimum. Children ages 5-7 years old may require a helping hand from a parent or older sibling, depending on the project. We may also occasionally include a project like polymer clay, where an adult would need to bake it for 15 minutes.

Will families need to supply any additional materials?

Projects may occasionally require an item commonly found at home, such as a pencil, scissors, glue, tape, or some sort of way to apply color via crayons, colored pencils, or markers. A list of materials families will need to provide is listed at the bottom of each ArBox camp week page.


How messy are the contents of the ArtBoxes?

We tried to keep “MESS” to a minimum. There won’t be any splatter painting or drippy paper mache, but we do believe things like paint remain a great medium for creative exploration. We will list precautions to take to prevent and/or manage any potentially messy projects in the weekly itinerary, and we always advise children to wear old clothes.


When will I receive an e-mail about the camp week and ArtBox pick-up?

All parents will be sent an e-mail the day after the registration deadline ends for a given ArtBox camp week. This e-mail will contain:

  • An intinerary for the camp week listing everything you will need to know to prepare
  • A link to the Zoom virtual camp sessions. You will not need a password. For security purposes, when you join the meeting, you will be placed in the “waiting room” until an instructor or staff member allows you in.
  • Information about curb-side ArtBox pick-up and a link to schedule a time-slot for pick-up. When you arrive during your time-slot, please call the front desk at 734-926-4128 and give your child’s name or your order number. *Please note: ArtBoxes are distributed one camp week at a time, and not all at once.)

If you have not received an e-mail the day after the registration deadline has ended for a given camp week, please be sure to contact us at jspindler@annarborartcenter.org. We want to make sure we have the correct e-mail address on file and to make sure the information gets to you.


How do I pick-up my child’s ArtBox?

Summer Camp Edition ArtBoxes are presently available for curb-side pick-up only. We are not able to ship them due to the narrow windows of time between assembly and the start of the camp week, in addition to concerns relating to breakage and/or spillage.

Parents will receive an e-mail the day after the registration deadline ends for the specific ArtBox camp week they signed-up for. Please use the enclosed form in that e-mail to select a time frame to pick-up your child’s ArtBox for that particular week. Time frames will in most cases be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 10am-6pm. There is a section on the form where you may authorize another person to pick-up your ArtBox(es), should you so choose.

There are two dedicated curb-side pick-up spaces located directly in front of the Art Center on Liberty Street. When you pull up during your time frame, please call the front desk at 734-926-4128 and give your child’s name or your order number. *Please note: ArtBoxes are distributed one camp week at a time, and not all at once.)

If you are unable to pick-up your ArtBox(es) during any of the designated time frame, please contact Chelsea O’Hayer, cohayer@annarborartcenter.org, to make alternate arrangements for pick-up.


I have registered for multiple ArtBox weeks. Can I pick them up all at once?

No. We will be issuing ArtBoxes one camp week at a time. There are a number of reasons for this, mostly related to production and supply procurement times.


Will my child(ren) be in the same virtual camp session as everyone else?

The virtual camp sessions will have a ratio of 1 instructor to 15 children. ArtBoxes have been very popular so far and the first one has garnered over 100 registrations. We will divide children into groups of 15 and e-mail you a link to the Zoom session that your child is assigned to. Siblings will be in the same group.


What will the virtual camp sessions be like?

Parents will receive an e-mail the day after the registration deadline ends for a given camp week which will contain a link to a secure zoom session in addition to an itinerary for the camp week. You will not need a password to access the Zoom sessions. For security purposes, when you join the meeting, you will be placed in the “waiting room” until an instructor or staff member allows you in.

Virtual camp sessions will take place from 10:30am-11:30am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the camp week. They will be hosted on Zoom where an instructor may lead icebreakers, live demos, feedback, brainstorming sessions, and more. Most importantly, campers will have a fun opportunity to connect with each other and showcase their work.

We recognize that each child has different interests, skill levels, and works at their own pace. Our structure allows for all of this and kids should expect to spend time outside of the interactive sessions to complete their projects over the course of the 5-day week.

To accommodate different paces of working, Zoom session project instructions will primarily be given in the form of demos and will not normally be presented in a step-by-step, follow-along format unless there is a more complex project that requires it.

We strongly encourage families to login to the Zoom sessions a few minutes early to make sure they do not encounter any technical issues or other difficulties, particularly on the first day. Zoom meeting rooms will be open 15 minutes before the session begins for those that want to get situated beforehand.

If your child has NEVER used Zoom, please familiarize yourselves with the platform before the first session.

Siblings may choose to join a Zoom session by sharing one device or they may join while using individual devices, if they have the means to do so. Your choice!

Please plan to join the Zoom sessions on-time. Our time spent together is limited to 1 hour, and so while we will wait a moment or two as people trickle in, we do plan to begin within the first five minutes of the session starting. Unlike an in-person class, instructors may not be able to catch-up late students on missed material and late students may reference the written instructions that come with the ArtBox for any instruction time they missed.


How do I protect a laptop, desktop, or tablet from accidental art messes?

Some projects may include paint or materials that could be spilled or leave residue on a child’s hands. We HIGHLY recommend, raising your equipment up above the work surface by an inch or two or working on art projects at a comfortable distance from screens to guard against spills when painting. We also encourage children to have something nearby with which to wipe their hands before touching any screens or keyboards.


If my child misses a virtual session can we schedule a make-up session?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate requests for make-up sessions, including for tech issues that are on the user end.

ArtBoxes are accompanied by written instructions. If your child has a question about a project, you may always reach out via e-mail or contact us and we are happy to answer it.

*We will schedule make-up sessions for groups if an instructor is out ill or if we encountered technical issues on our end.


May we contact you with project questions outside of the virtual sessions?

Yes! We are happy to help. We want you to have a great and successful experience making your project. You may e-mail our Youth Programs Manager, Jean Spindler, at jspindler@annarborartcenter.org and she will respond during normal business hours, Monday thru Friday.


What if we encounter difficulties accessing the Zoom sessions?

If you have a technical difficulty related to accessing the Zoom virtual camp sessions, please contact Education Coordinator, Chelsea O’Hayer at 734-926-4131. She will be available one hour before and during the zoom sessions.

We strongly encourage families to login to the Zoom sessions a few minutes early to make sure they do not encounter any technical issues or other difficulties, particularly on the first day.

Although we do not anticipate any issues on our end, we also did not anticipate a pandemic! So just in case…. if the instructor encounters difficulties due to a technical issue, for example, a power outage or their computer crashes, our Education Coordinator will notify everyone in the meeting. She may send a link that will allow you to join a different Zoom session or re-schedule the Zoom session, depending on the circumstances.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate requests for make-up sessions for individual families, for any reason, including tech issues that are on the user end. ArtBoxes are accompanied by written instructions. If your child has a question about a project, you may always reach out via e-mail or contact us and we are happy to answer it.


What if I’m Not Happy with My ArtBox?

We hope this isn’t the case but if you are unhappy with your box for any reason please contact our Education Coordinator, Chelsea O’Hayer cohayer@annarborartcenter.org.

If you find that there was any breakage in-transit or problems with materials in your ArtBox, please contact us within 3 days of your receipt of the ArtBox and we will replace the damaged item at no charge.