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Smart Art Subscription Box Review + Coupon – September 2015

Smart Art Subscription Box Review September 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!

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Smart Art Subscription Box Review September 2015 - inside

The Subscription Box: Smart Art

The Cost: $49.99 per month with free shipping

COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box

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

Ships to: US only

Good to know: It’s a different project in a different media every month, using different techniques!

Smart Art Subscription Box Review September 2015 - contest

This is a little card attached to the inside lid of the box. 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, our projects usually take forever, so we always seem to miss the boat on this contest.

Smart Art Subscription Box Review September 2015 - booklet

This month’s project was creating a charcoal gesture drawing in the style of Renoir! My husband jumped on this one – he loves to draw! This is 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 September 2015 - instructions

Here’s a closer look at the instructions. My husband didn’t mention anything about them, so I assume they were easy enough to follow. They usually are.

Smart Art Subscription Box Review September 2015 - sketch-book
Renoir Sketch Book by Maruman – Value $18.95 (on sale for $4.99 at Jerry’s Art-a-Rama)

What a beautiful, fancy sketch book! The cover and little side tie are beautiful, and the paper is nice and heavy.

Smart Art Subscription Box Review September 2015 - doll-charcoal

Wood Figure Manikin – Value $16.50 (on sale at Jerry’s for $10.39)

Creative Mark Willow Charcoal Mixed Diameter Box of 15 – Value $9.95 (on sale at Jerry’s for $5.99)

My husband was thrilled to see these charcoals! He said they were really nice, and that he would have been overjoyed to have a fancy canister of charcoals like these when he was a kid.

Smart Art Subscription Box Review September 2015 - tools

Charcoal Holder – Value $10.50 (on sale at Jerry’s for $4.19)

Heritage Arts Drawing Tools Set– Value $9.75

This is a fabulous set of tools to work with charcoal! These can also be used with graphite and pastels. I wish I had a set like this when I was in college.

Smart Art Subscription Box Review September 2015 - drawing

This is my husband’s completed drawing. I think it turned out pretty great for this project! It looks like he mastered gesture drawings long ago.

The Verdict: My husband and I love Smart Art! This project wasn’t all that interesting to me, so I was glad my husband wanted to do it. With all arts and crafts “kit” style DIY subscriptions, there will always be months in which you don’t love the project. My advice when that happens is to do it anyway because you never know, you may love your end product.

The retail values of all the supplies comes to about $65, but the sale values only reach about $36. That’s fine with me, actually. Smart Art is really well curated and sends quality supplies, plus the background and instruction for the projects has enormous value to me, all of which makes this subscription more valuable. Moreover, it saves me so much time and effort (and usually money) than if I were to research and decide on a project myself, hunt down the supplies, etc. Smart Art is awesome!

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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.

Posted in Smart Art Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: smart art | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. Great review. I may have to try this box out. I love learning new things and since my artistic skills are limited would probably benefit each month from their lesson.

    • Thanks Pam!

  2. Smart Art looks interesting. I’m glad to see that they send quality items in their boxes.

  3. I love Smart Art! I usually only paint with acrylic paints but, since I love art, I wanted to try Smart Art. They challenge me every month. I’ve enjoyed trying things that I normally wouldn’t have. My results are usually mediocre but I have fun. They also have great customer service.

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