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ArtBox: Summer Camp Edition

(Please note: If you were registered for an in-person summer camp and would like to transfer a portion of your refund to a Summer Camp Edition ArtBox, you may indicate that you would like one on your Online Tuition Refund Form and it will be deducted from the balance of your refund.)

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 ArtBoxes over the course of the summer. The first ArtBox is available now and has a registration deadline of Thursday, June 11th!

The next five ArtBoxes will be posted here and open for registration beginning Wednesday, June 3rd.

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.

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

What is the topic of and projects in the first ArtBox?

The first ArtBox will focus on exploring how to harness the use of color through various mediums to produce eye-catching masterpieces:

Watercolor landscapes and Exploration

Start with a simple, abstract watercolor landscape as a means to learn the basics of watercolor and fun tricks to create texture. Then learn how to combine watercolor with other mediums, like ink, markers, colored pencils, a wax crayon, etc. to use as you continue to create watercolor artwork that is in line with your interests.

Luminous Lightcatcher Designs

Use sheets of clear acetate, colorful cellophane, and a glue stick to create a series of brightly colored, customized lightcatcher designs which can be hung-up in your child’s window.

Paint-Your-Own Alebrije Animal

Kit will include one bisque animal (animals may vary), paintbrush, and acrylic paint to design a vibrantly patterned Mexican alebrije creature.

Instructions for 2 Drawing Projects: Romero Britto Pop Art Drawings and Op Art Drawings.

Materials to be provided by family: A pencil and eraser, a ruler or straight edge, a pair of scissors, scrap paper, a water cup and paper towel for painting.

What is the cost of ArtBox: Summer Camp Edition?

$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 one or more Camp Edition ArtBoxes or if you were already awarded a camp scholarship before the seasone was canceled and you would like to transfer the funds to cover the purchase of one or more Camp Edition ArtBoxes, please contact 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 with 5-7 year olds, they may occasionally need an extra hand from a grown-up or older sibling with a particular step here or there.

Will parents/guardians need to supply any additional materials or assistance?

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.

Children ages 5-7 years old may require a helping hand from a parent or older sibling with a particular step, depending on the project. From time to time we may also include a project, for example, polymer clay, where children might need an adult to bake it for 15 minutes. Occasions where parental assistance are needed will be kept to a minimum.

What will the interactive sessions be like?

Parents will receive an e-mail with a link to a secure zoom session.

Virtual art camp sessions will take place 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 an instructor may lead icebreakers, live demos, feedback, quick games, 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. Occasionally, we may provide step-by-step instruction for more complex projects where it may be both necessary and appropriate for everyone to work at the same pace or to try some basic exercises together that will aid them as they work on the project afterwards.

If my child can’t make one of the virtual meet-up times, can we schedule a make-up session?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate requests for make-up sessions. However, if your child has a question about a project, please reach out via e-mail or contact us and we are happy to answer it.

How messy are the contents of the ArtBoxes?

We designed these ArtBoxes with the potential for a mess in mind. 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. Written instructions and instructions in the virtual sessions will list precautions to take to prevent and/or manage a mess, and as with our normal Art Camps, we always advise children to “Dress for a Mess” when “arting”.

We also believe that our virtual interactions with kids should reflect the same positive values we reinforce at in-person Art Camps, which is that we are all members of a community and it is our responsibility to leave our space as clean as we found it, whether you are at home or at the Art Center.

How will I pick-up or receive my child’s ArtBox?

Our first ArtBox will be available for curb-side pick-up only.

Art Boxes must be picked up the week before the start of the “camp week”.

We are exploring the possibility of offering delivery or shipping for an additional fee for future ArtBoxes.

Ordering Deadlines

The order deadline for the first ArtBox is Thursday, June 11th. Order deadlines for the other five upcoming ArtBoxes will be listed when they are posted online on Wednesday, June 3rd.

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.

We will not issue any refunds once the respective “camp week” has begun.

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