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Virtual Art Camps

Fill those long holiday weekends with fun and creativity!

Register your kiddos for one of our 3-day Virtual Art Camps during the fall, winter, and mid-winter Ann Arbor Public School vacation breaks.


For children ages 5-12 years old

3 Virtual Sessions | 3 Projects

Sessions run from 10:30am-11:45am


Each 3-Day Virtual Art Camp includes:

  • 3 Virtual Art Camp sessions featuring 1 project per session. VIEW ALL. Sessions 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 artwork.
  • An ArtBox filled with project materials. ArtBoxes will contain most supplies needed for the virtual art camp projects. A list of common materials participants will need to supply is available on each Virtual Art Camp page. Information on how and when to pick-up your child’s ArtBox is listed in the FAQ section below.
  • 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.
  • Password-protected access to class recordings for a 5-day time period after a given session.
  • Written and illustrated instructions are included in each ArtBox for those who prefer less screen time or have limited internet access.
  • View our FAQ section for more details!
  • If your child attended during the summer, VIEW UPDATES to our virtual camps.

New Year's Extravaganza | December 28, 29, & 30

New Year's Extravaganza | December 28, 29, & 30

Looking forward to a fresh new year? Celebrate in style at this 3-day virtual art camp! Prepare everything you’ll need for the big day as we:

  • Create a dazzling New Year’s Eve wearable item
  • Make silly New Year’s Eve photo props
  • Decorate a special box to hold treasured memories and keepsakes

  • Registration Deadline: December 15

    Jungle Explorers | February 12, 13, & 15

    Jungle Explorers | February 12, 13, & 15

    This 3-day virtual art camp will really heat things up as we make art inspired by lush rainforests and the colorful, exotic creatures that inhabit them. Join us as we:

  • Make a mini rainforest diorama
  • Draw a realistic tiger’s eye
  • Make a series of stylized jungle creature drawings

  • Registration Deadline: January 28


    Virtual Art Camp FAQ

    NEW Updates to Virtual Art Camps. You asked, we listened!

    A big thank you to the families that shared feedback with us during the inaugural virtual summer art camps! We are pleased to share the following updates to our program:

    Participants will work on 1 project per virtual art camp session.

    A 3-day camp will have 3 virtual sessions and 3 projects. Any future 5-day (Monday thru Friday) camps will have 5 virtual sessions & 5 projects.

    Sessions will be 15 minutes longer

    They will now run from 10:30am-11:45am.

    Participants will have password-protected access to a class recording for 5-days after a given session.

    Due to the volume of camp groups and limited storage capacity on our zoom account, we will make one recording available to everyone. It may be from a different instructor, but will cover the same material.

    We are constantly assessing new ways in which we can continue building on our virtual camp programs and offering fantastic youth art experiences!


    What is the cost of a 3-Day Virtual Art Camp?

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


    Do you offer a Sibling Discount?

    We do! Register one child for a virtual art camp and get half off a second registration for that same virtual art camp. Both children must be enrolled in the same virtual camp. Additional siblings follow the buy one/get one half off model.

    When you pick up the ArtBox, you will receive one box that contains two sets of supplies.   


    Are Scholarships Available?

    To apply for a scholarship for a Virtual Art Camp, please contact Education Coordinator, Chelsea O’Hayer at cohayer@annarborartcenter.org


    Can I switch a registration to a different week?

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


    Can I cancel a registration?

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

    Registration and Cancellation Deadlines

    Autumn Adventures: November 12

    New Year’s Extravaganza: January 10

    Jungle Explorers: January 28


    Are projects age appropriate?

    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 virtual art camp 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 virtual art camp and ArtBox pick-up?

    All parents will be sent an e-mail the day after the registration deadline for their virtual art camp week. This e-mail will contain:

    • An intinerary for the virtual art camp listing everything you will need to know to prepare
    • A link and password to the Zoom virtual art camp 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.
    • Information about ArtBox pick-up. You may pick-up in-person inside the Art Center or via curbside pick-up. Additional information about this is available under the next topic- “How do I pick-up my child’s ArtBox?”.

    If you have not received an e-mail the day after the registration deadline has ended for your virtual art camp, 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?

    You may pick-up your child’s ArtBox in-person inside the Art Center or via curbside pick-up anytime during normal business hours within the following timeframes (you do not need to schedule a pick-up day or time):

    Autumn Adventures | ArtBox Pick-Up Dates: November 17-21

    New Year’s Extravaganza | ArtBox Pick-Up Dates: December 15-19

    Jungle Explorers | ArtBox Pick-Up Dates: February 2-6

    Families will also receive an e-mail containing this same information the day after the registration deadline for their given virtual camp.

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

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


    I have registered for multiple Virtual Art Camps. Can I pick all of the ArtBoxes up at once?

    No. We will be issuing ArtBoxes for one virtual art camp 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 art camp session as everyone else?

    The virtual camp sessions will have a ratio of 1 instructor to 15 children. Our virtual art camps have been very popular so far, necessitating multiple groups. 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 art camp sessions be like?

    Parents will receive an e-mail the day after the registration deadline ends for a given virtual art camp which will contain a link and password to a secure zoom session in addition to an itinerary for the camp 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-11:45am on the days specified for each virtual art camp. The instructor will 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 and do our best to meet the needs of everyone.

    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, 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 art camp 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.

    A password-protected recording will be made available to all families for a limited period of 5-days after the given session. We have many different camp groups. As follows, we will post one recording that will cover the same material that all groups will be covering. The teacher may not be the same teacher as the one in your child’s group.

    ArtBoxes are also 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.

    If an instructor is out ill or if we encountered technical issues on our end, students may access the recorded session.


    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 art camp sessions, please contact the Art Center at 734-926-4128. An Education Staff Member will be available from 9am-12pm during days camp is in session.

    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 Staff Member will notify everyone in the meeting. She may send a link that will allow you to join a different Zoom session, where possible.

    If that is not possible, a password-protected recording will be e-mailed to all families for a limited period of 5-days after the given session. We have many different camp groups and limited file storage on our zoom account. As follows, we will post one recording that will cover the same material that all of the groups will be covering. The teacher may not be the same teacher as the one in your child’s group.

    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 also 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 Virtual Art Camp?

    We hope this isn’t the case but if you are unhappy with your virtual art camp 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.

    Funding for this program received in part from

    Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs