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Smart Art Subscription Box Review – April 2015

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Smart Art Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Box

Smart Art is a fine arts subscription service that sends a new project every month and all the supplies needed to complete it. My husband and I are both artists, so we were very happy to have the opportunity to try this box out!

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Smart Art Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Inside

The Subscription Box: Smart Art

The Cost: $49.99 per month with free shipping

The Products: A fine arts project, complete with instructions and supplies

Ships to: US only

Smart Art Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Contest

When I opened the box, I saw this little card attached to the inside lid. Subscribers can upload a picture of their finished project to Smart Art’s Facebook page for a chance to win a free box! That’s really cool! On the other hand, it took my husband and I forever to finish our projects – there’s no way we could have uploaded by the 18th of last month!

Smart Art Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Booklet

This month’s project was carving tiki statues! How fun! This is the inside of the booklet that Smart Art sends every month. It includes art history related to the project, a list of the included supplies, project pointers, and instructions.

Smart Art Subscription Box Review - April 2015 supplies

These are the supplies that were included for the project:

2 CORAFOAM bricks – value $5 ea (estimated)

Uline Comfort-Grip Utility Knife – value $10

Uline Lightweight Utility Knife – Value $10 (estimated)

3M Production Sandpaper in Extra Fine grit and Medium Grit – Value $0.60 each

Wood and Lino Cutting Tools – Value $3.49

Smart Art Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Coupon

Also included this month was a bonus coupon for 30% off at canvaspop!

Smart Art Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Sculpture 1

Since they included two blocks of CORAFOAM, my husband and I decided to each try this month’s challenge. Unfortunately, my husband didn’t finish his, but I decided to include a picture of it anyway to show what the process looks like. Carving is really hard! It takes a lot of attention to detail and patience!

Smart Art Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Sculpture 2

This is my completed sculpture. This is also how I feel when I wake up in the morning! His name is Maui, after the Hawaiian god of time-shifting. I am hoping that having him around will bring some luck in slowing time down a bit for us! This is actually the first sculpture / carving I have ever done, and I’m really happy with the way it came out! I am planning to paint him, and if all goes well I will put him up on a wall in our house somewhere.

Verdict: I am really impressed by Smart Art! One thing that’s important to know is that their projects not only differ every month, but also focus on a different skill / media every month. For someone like me who wants to try EVERYTHING, it’s perfect, but I understand that might not be for everyone.

The instructions were not as detailed as I would have liked them to be. There was a decent description of what to do, but not much about the HOW. On the other hand, just experimenting with tools and media is part of the artistic process. In any case, I figured it out. I didn’t enjoy carving all that much while I was doing it, but I was really happy with my end product. I had a blast trying it out, though!

The value of all the items together comes out to about $34, which is less than the cost of the box overall, but I’m happy with the value. The curation, project selection, and presentation was really fun and well thought-out. Shipping was free. The sandpaper is one of those items that you can’t just buy one piece, you have to buy a $15 packet of each kind. I also appreciate all the materials being gathered together into a kit for me. It takes forever to plan out a project like this and acquire all the materials!

Overall, I am really happy with Smart Art! I think if you like creating and trying new things, Smart Art would be wonderful for you, too!

What do you think of Smart Art?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I am really impressed with your sculpture! I hope you keep reviewing this box because I’m interested in seeing the different mediums they explore and your artwork!

    • The May box was watercolor and I want to see how Anna did, too!

  2. Thank you so much for reviewing this! I have zero artistic ability (and far too many sub boxes already), but I may need to consider dropping one for this just for a creative outlet. What a great idea. Love your results by the way 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Jennifer!

  3. I tried Smartart, too! I had never sculpted before, but I used to whittle a little bit when I was a kid. I ended up using a small knife like I used to, for a lot of the work. I didn’t get mine done in time for the contest either. Mine turned out ok, but I don’t think professional sculptors have to worry about losing any business. lol I did have fun with it and that’s why I got it. By the way, I think yours turned out great! I love the detail. I can tell that you put a lot of time in it. If you’re husband won’t finish his, you should.

    • Thanks Donna! I just might do that. 🙂

  4. A bit of a bummer on the Uline knife. I’m a Uline customer for their shipping supplies and its something they gave to us for free with their tape dispenser, so its something I already have. I know you can buy them in bundles of 6 for $3.99 on their website, which is probably how Smart Art purchased theirs, so the value really seems significantly less than what it is worth. I love the concept of this, but I really expect it to be close to the value I paid for it to be worth it :/

  5. This looks like such a fun box. You did a great job, especially with the texture on the head. Wow!

    • Thank you Ann!

  6. Whoa! Is that really your first sculpture ever? It’s amazing!

    • OMG, thank you so much Bridget!

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