Smart Art is a monthly art project subscription box. Each delivery contains one carefully selected step-by-step art project, 6 to 8 full-sized art supplies, and a pamphlet regarding a new art medium. Members can expect to save approximately 15% compared to retail in addition to other periodic bonus materials. Boxes are shipped out on the first of the month and are typically received in 5 to 7 business days.
This box for artists and art enthusiasts can be purchased via monthly, quarterly, or bi-annual subscription plans.
The plans start at $49.95 per month, although the payment for each subscription is pre-paid. The company suggests that the products in each monthly box are valued at around $60.00 in total.
The company’s subscription box provides artists with an eclectic array of high-quality materials designed to inspire and foster creativity. The contents of each box include:
We appreciate the fact that company provides the opportunity to create a full art project, as opposed to just providing art supplies with no direction. We also like the educational angle the company provides through the highlighting of a different artist with each monthly box.
We do hope that the company website does a better job of relaying the cost-effectiveness of its long-range subscription boxes. Currently, the site makes a much larger presentation regarding the plan cost of the entire subscription without indicating its monthly breakdown. Some customers may shy away from the long-range options because they may not realize the savings the long-term plans offer.
The company also allows those new to the subscription boxes to purchase past box offerings. These boxes are offered at $49.99, the same rate as the monthly subscription box. Subscribers can also earn “Peacock Points” as part of a reward program that allows patrons to earn prizes and extra savings on past boxes.
The company also features the opportunity to purchase gift subscriptions for the art enthusiast you have in your family or circle of friends. The boxes come equipped with the same materials as the regular subscription boxes. The cost of the gift subscription boxes are as follows:
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According to the Smart Art website, all subscription boxes are shipped out on the 1st of the month or the following business day if the 1st falls on a weekend. Domestic boxes are shipped via either USPS or DHL, depending on the location of the recipient. International boxes are shipped via the foreign country’s local postal service. National shipments will receive a tracking notice as soon as the box ships. Past boxes that are ordered will ship out 5 to 7 days after the order is processed.
Nationally shipped subscription boxes should arrive within 2 to 6 business days after being shipped. International shipments should reach their destination within 7 to 14 business days for most addresses.
Shipping is free within the United States. Additional charges may apply to international shipments, depending on the country. The company currently offers international shipping to the following countries:
You can contact the company’s customer service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. According to the website, you can expect to get a response to your inquiry within 1-2 business days.
You can also find plenty of supplemental information on the FAQ page on the company’s website.
If you decide that you no longer want to be part of the Smart Art monthly subscription box service, you can easily cancel. To cancel, you will need to e-mail the company at email@example.com.
The company launched in 2015 as a successful Kickstarter campaign by founder Brenda Galvan. Together with her associates Reed and Phillip, she has transformed this funding idea into a monthly subscription service whose mission is to spread beauty within the world by exposing artists of all shapes and sizes to different mediums and tools that may be unfamiliar or unknown.
Along the way, the company also strives to bring a dose of art education to their subscribers by packing their boxes with information on past renowned artists from various countries and time periods. The goal with this is to encourage budding artists to learn from these masters to forge their own artistic paths. These materials are also meant to provide content to help their customers to get a firmer grasp on world culture through artistic expression.
The goal behind Galvan’s Kickstarter-turned-full-fledged company is to empower new artists to use these project materials to express themselves freely as they learn about the world that surrounds them. Ultimately, this practice aims to spread beauty and cultural understanding throughout the world, one subscription box at a time.
The following YouTube video provides you with an example of what you would expect to see when you open one of the company’s subscription boxes. It also provides a glimpse into how Smart Art attempts to bring about their overarching mission of spreading beauty.
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