1. At what age do you take children for art classes?

As a general rule a child should be at least eight years old. However, we take each child on an individual basis. If you sincerely feel your child of seven is able to remain focused for a full 1½ hours in class and not be disruptive or very needy then please drop by with your child and we will talk about it.

2. Do you take children who are ADD or hyperactive?

Sorry, we do not take children who need extra-ordinary care and/or attention. We teach art and that is what we are qualified to do. Children with issues that need attention other than art are, quite frankly, out of our comfort zone. As you probably are aware, teachers in the regular education system have some special training in these areas and even then children such as these may be assigned to teachers with even more advanced training. There is usually only one teacher for our classes and we have found through experience (yes, in twenty-five years we have certainly tried) that the end result is usually that the other children in class receive less than they deserve.

3. What will my child learn?

Our kid’s art program is normally unstructured, but we do offer the occasional structured class, i.e. Fundamentals of Drawing,  Perspective, etc.  Our goal is to help the children progress at their own pace. We try to be aware of when a child is ready to explore new areas and techniques, i.e. perspective drawing, portraiture, etc. That being said, there are certainly occasions when the child comes with the goal of learning a particular thing, maybe cartooning or using colored pencils. Then, of course, we will help them to realize their goals.

4. At what age will my child learn things like perspective, portraiture, etc.?

It all depends on your child. Some are ready at 8 or even younger, others, not until 12 or so. But until they are ready, we generally allow them to just create, explore and have fun expressing themselves in their own, unique way.

5. What supplies does my child need?

At first, just a drawing pad (about 11x14), if they have one they usually use, or, if they have their own ‘art kit’, they can bring that. We have all the supplies and art materials your child would normally need at the studio. Otherwise, you can acquire supplies as your child explores and progresses or shows an interest in a particular area.

6. What about clothing for art class?

They should wear old clothes or a smock. We have a limited supply of aprons and old shirts. Even if your child is just drawing, the child next to him may be practicing the ‘flinging paint’ technique.

7. How much do your children’s classes cost?

Children’s classes, as of September 1, 2015 are $23.00 per week, $138 paid at the start of each 6 week session.

8. What about class cancellations due to weather, etc.?

When Newburyport schools close due to bad weather, we will cancel morning classes. A decision on whether to hold afternoon and/or evening classes will be made on a storm-by- storm basis, keeping in mind the forecast and existing driving conditions. Please check the front page of our web site (TheArtistsPlayground.com).  We will try to post a notice at least 1 hour before any scheduled class, informing you of whether we will cancel classes or not. Classes cancelled due to bad weather are not rescheduled, however students are welcome to make them up in other classes, room permitting.

9. What if my child misses a class?

When students miss classes they still must be paid for but they can be made up in another class (room permitting) & only while they are an active student. Students can hold onto only 2 make-ups at a time, unless they make special arrangements with us due to extenuating circumstances. There are anywhere from 20 to 30 people absent a week so we should be able to find a spot for them. Another word about make-ups: if you schedule a make-up for, lets say, Wednesday night, and cancel, your make-up goes to Make-up Heaven. In other words, you can’t make up make-ups!
SM

1. At what age do you take children for art classes?

As a general rule a child should be at least eight years old. However, we take each child on an individual basis. If you sincerely feel your child of seven is able to remain focused for a full 1½ hours in class and not be disruptive or very needy then please drop by with your child and we will talk about it.

2. Do you take children who are ADD or hyperactive?

Sorry, we do not take children who need extra-ordinary care and/or attention. We teach art and that is what we are qualified to do. Children with issues that need attention other than art are, quite frankly, out of our comfort zone. As you probably are aware, teachers in the regular education system have some special training in these areas and even then children such as these may be assigned to teachers with even more advanced training. There is usually only one teacher for our classes and we have found through experience (yes, in twenty-five years we have certainly tried) that the end result is usually that the other children in class receive less than they deserve.

3. What will my child learn?

Our kid’s art program is normally unstructured, but we do offer the occasional structured class, i.e. Fundamentals of Drawing,  Perspective, etc.  Our goal is to help the children progress at their own pace. We try to be aware of when a child is ready to explore new areas and techniques, i.e. perspective drawing, portraiture, etc. That being said, there are certainly occasions when the child comes with the goal of learning a particular thing, maybe cartooning or using colored pencils. Then, of course, we will help them to realize their goals.

4. At what age will my child learn things like perspective, portraiture, etc.?

It all depends on your child. Some are ready at 8 or even younger, others, not until 12 or so. But until they are ready, we generally allow them to just create, explore and have fun expressing themselves in their own, unique way.

5. What supplies does my child need?

At first, just a drawing pad (about 11x14), if they have one they usually use, or, if they have their own ‘art kit’, they can bring that. We have all the supplies and art materials your child would normally need at the studio. Otherwise, you can acquire supplies as your child explores and progresses or shows an interest in a particular area.

6. What about clothing for art class?

They should wear old clothes or a smock. We have a limited supply of aprons and old shirts. Even if your child is just drawing, the child next to him may be practicing the ‘flinging paint’ technique.

7. How much do your children’s classes cost?

Children’s classes, as of September 1, 2015 are $23.00 per week, $138 paid at the start of each 6 week session.

8. What about class cancellations due to weather, etc.?

When Newburyport schools close due to bad weather, we will cancel morning classes. A decision on whether to hold afternoon and/or evening classes will be made on a storm-by- storm basis, keeping in mind the forecast and existing driving conditions. Please check the front page of our web site (TheArtistsPlayground.com).  We will try to post a notice at least 1 hour before any scheduled class, informing you of whether we will cancel classes or not. Classes cancelled due to bad weather are not rescheduled, however students are welcome to make them up in other classes, room permitting.

9. What if my child misses a class?

When students miss classes they still must be paid for but they can be made up in another class (room permitting) & only while they are an active student. make-ups at a time, unless they make special arrangements with us due to extenuating circumstances. There are anywhere from 20 to 30 people absent a week so we should be able to find a spot for them. Another word about make-ups: if you schedule a make-up for, lets say, Wednesday night, and cancel, your make-up goes to Make-up Heaven. In other words, you can’t make up make-ups!
SM