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 temperatures in the Museum galleries and studios stay cool to protect the objects, so 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 are not provided. Please pack and label your camper’s snack/lunch with his or her name. Unfortunately we are unable 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.

Medical policy
Birmingham Museum of Art staff cannot administer medications of any kind. Accommodations can be made for self-administered medication that is necessary for the camper. On the first day of camp, please be sure to check in with the camp director and your child’s instruction team to confirm that they are aware of accommodations.

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 include board-certified teachers and incredible local artists from the Birmingham community.

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 that time. Aftercare is offered each week for an additional fee. Please select the Art Camp & After Care option at checkout to secure your spot. Aftercare begins at 3PM and ends promptly at 5:30PM. Parents and approved guardians must pick up campers by 5:30 PM.

Will there be an end of camp presentation or event?
Yes! We invite parents, guardians, and Museum personnel to join us on Friday, the last of the Art Camp week, from 2-3PM to view campers’ work. This takes place in the Burrow Education Gallery, located on the Ground floor to the right of the elevator. Directional signs will be provided.

Are scholarships available?
A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available, please see our tuition assistance form to apply.

What is the refund policy if I am unable to attend?

We understand that cancellations may occur as part of summer planning, and we will honor the cancellation policy below. However, we are a non-profit organization and employ local Teaching Artists and counselors according to registration numbers, so, if possible, we encourage you to apply your camp fee to another week of camp, if we have availability during those weeks, to donate to the Museum as a tax-deductible gift, or to send another person under your registration if you cannot attend. 

Written camp cancellations must be emailed no later than 10 working days prior to the first day of the selected camp to receive a 50% refund. No refunds can be given for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the start of the selected camp.

Birmingham Museum of Art reserves the right to cancel camps that do not meet minimum enrollment or for other unforeseen circumstances. If a camp is canceled by Birmingham Museum of Art, a full refund will be returned to the registrant. Any payments made toward a week of camp that the Birmingham Museum of Art cancels will be eligible for a refund or can be applied to another camp if space permits.