Summer Art Camp: Frequently Asked Questions

What should my camper wear?
Dress for mess and comfort! Campers will be using paint, clay, and other types of messy materials. The Museum galleries and studios will be cool to protect the objects and many past campers (as well as current Museum staff!) bring a sweatshirt, light jacket, or sweater each day. Campers will also receive a camp t-shirt! They are welcome to wear the t-shirt any day, but please have them wear the camp t-shirt on Friday so we can take group photos.

Will lunch be provided?
Snacks and lunch will not be provided for campers. Please pack and label your camper’s snack/lunch with his or her name. Sorry, we are not able to refrigerate or heat up food. Please note: The Museum studios are nut-free environments. Please do not send peanuts, other nuts, and nut products with your camper.

Medicine + Special Requests
If your child needs to take medicine during the hours they are at camp and/or has other special requests, please make sure you include written instructions in a clear plastic bag with all their necessary containers. On the first day of camp, please be sure to check in with the camp director and your child’s counselor (even if your child can administer their doses themselves).

What supplies does my child need?
All supplies are included in the cost of tuition and furnished to the students during camp.

Who will teach the classes?
Our artist-educators are board-certified teachers from around the Birmingham area. For special projects during the week, we might draw from our area’s incredible artist community or area colleges and universities.

Will before or aftercare be available?
Art Camp begins promptly at 9AM. Students may enter the Museum from the ground floor parking lot entrance beginning at 8:45AM. We cannot accommodate campers before 8:45 AM. After care will be offered each week for an additional fee of $50. Aftercare begins at 3PM and ends promptly at 5PM when the Museum closes. In the period between the end of camp at 3PM, younger campers will be supervised by counselors and camp staff. Parents and approved guardians must pick up the campers at 5PM when the Museum closes. We cannot accommodate campers beyond 5PM.

Will there be a culminating presentation or event?
Yes! We invite parents, guardians, and Museum personnel to the auditorium on the Friday of Art Camp from 2-3PM. What campers and their teachers/counselors decide to present is up to each individual class.

Are scholarships available?
Yes, a limited number of needs-based scholarships are available. For more information, please email artcamp@artsbma.org.

What is the refund policy if I am unable to attend?
If you are unable to attend camp, a full refund is offered up to two weeks before the first day of your camp session. After two weeks, tuition is nonrefundable.