1. How are your classes structured?

It all depends on the student’s needs. We try to treat/teach each student individually within the class setting. Some come to us needing very little in the way of formal instruction. They simply want a supportive, creative atmosphere in which to work. Others are absolute neophytes; needing lots of guidance but most are somewhere in-between. They may have some art background and want to add to those, sometimes quite rusty, skills. In any event, we try to assess, from what the student says, where it is they want to go in relation to the skills they posses. Do they want to draw or paint? Do they want to work with charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, oil, watercolor, etc.? Do they want to produce one particular piece of artwork or do they want to develop skills over time and become a competent artist?

2. Do you ever have structured classes?

Yes. From time-to-time we offer workshops and special classes. Pat Lutz has presented numerous special classes and workshops such as Painting from the Heart, Structured Color, Fast Painting, Portrait, Figure Drawing, Composition, Using Color and Collage. These classes, which will be announced well in advance on this website and at the studio, are structured in that all of the participants learn the same techniques at the same time and pace. We also offer workshops from outside guest artists from time to time, such as Gerry Wilging who has conducted classes in areas such as Experimental Water Media and Bookbinding and Linda Germain who teaches geletin printmaking.

3. How long is an adult class?

Adult classes are 2½ hours long. • Morning classes are held from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. • Evening classes are held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Because classes are free-flowing;, it is not a problem if students arrive late or leave early. “Art is a process, not an event.”

4. How long is a session? How long is my commitment?

There is no set length of time for your art studies. Your goal may be to learn a particular skill, or to paint a picture you have always envisioned for yourself or someone else. So you may accomplish your goal in a month or two. However, most students are interested in a longer term art experience, either as an ongoing hobby or to lead to a career in art. In this case a course of study lasting six months, a year, or more is the rule rather than the exception. A few of our students have been at the Artists Playground for five years or more – not just as a place to learn but to be involved in a creative and supportive environment where they are free to do their work with no interruptions or phone calls.

5. Do I need to have previous art experience?

No, absolutely not! As a matter of fact it could be an impediment if a student has developed habits in the past that aren’t the best and they have to let go of them in order to progress. But anything is possible if a student has what we consider the three most important requirements: motivation, patience and a willingness to learn.

6. How much do your classes cost?

Adult classes, as of September 1, 2015 are $28.00 per week, paid monthly. Payment is at the end of the month for the next month so that we know who is coming back. This can sometimes be confusing so let’s give a couple of examples. Example #1: You are a Wednesday morning student and there are 4 Wednesdays in the month. Then you would pay $112.00 on the last Wednesday of the month that is ending. Example #2: You are a Tuesday evening student and there are 3 Tuesdays in the month. Then you would pay $84.00 on the last Tuesday of the month that is ending. Example #3: You are a Thursday evening student. There are 4 Thursdays in the month but 1 is a holiday that we are closed. You pay $84.00 the last Thursday of the month that is ending.

7. What about holidays and/or weather cancellations?

The holidays we will be closed are listed on our calendar, which is on our Classes page of this web site. Of course, if your scheduled class falls on a holiday you are not expected to pay for it – unless you want to use that money towards an extra class.

8. What if I miss a class?

Although most schools do not make allowances for making up missed classes, we try to accommodate our students as much as possible. When students miss classes they still must be paid for but they can be made up in another class (room permitting) & only while you 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 you. 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. How are your classes structured?

It all depends on the student’s needs. We try to treat/teach each student individually within the class setting. Some come to us needing very little in the way of formal instruction. They simply want a supportive, creative atmosphere in which to work. Others are absolute neophytes; needing lots of guidance but most are somewhere in-between. They may have some art background and want to add to those, sometimes quite rusty, skills. In any event, we try to assess, from what the student says, where it is they want to go in relation to the skills they posses. Do they want to draw or paint? Do they want to work with charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, oil, watercolor, etc.? Do they want to produce one particular piece of artwork or do they want to develop skills over time and become a competent artist?

2. Do you ever have structured classes?

Yes. From time-to-time we offer workshops and special classes. Pat Lutz has presented numerous special classes and workshops such as Painting from the Heart, Structured Color, Fast Painting, Portrait, Figure Drawing, Composition, Using Color and Collage. These classes, which will be announced well in advance on this website and at the studio, are structured in that all of the participants learn the same techniques at the same time and pace. We also offer workshops from outside guest artists from time to time, such as Gerry Wilging who has conducted classes in areas such as Experimental Water Media and Bookbinding and Linda Germain who teaches geletin printmaking.

3. How long is an adult class?

Adult classes are 2½ hours long. • Morning classes are held from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. • Evening classes are held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Because classes are free-flowing;, it is not a problem if students arrive late or leave early. “Art is a process, not an event.”

4. How long is a session? How long is my commitment?

There is no set length of time for your art studies. Your goal may be to learn a particular skill, or to paint a picture you have always envisioned for yourself or someone else. So you may accomplish your goal in a month or two. However, most students are interested in a longer term art experience, either as an ongoing hobby or to lead to a career in art. In this case a course of study lasting six months, a year, or more is the rule rather than the exception. A few of our students have been at the Artists Playground for five years or more – not just as a place to learn but to be involved in a creative and supportive environment where they are free to do their work with no interruptions or phone calls.

5. Do I need to have previous art experience?

No, absolutely not! As a matter of fact it could be an impediment if a student has developed habits in the past that aren’t the best and they have to let go of them in order to progress. But anything is possible if a student has what we consider the three most important requirements: motivation, patience and a willingness to learn.

6. How much do your classes cost?

Adult classes, as of September 1, 2015 are $28.00 per week, paid monthly. Payment is at the end of the month for the next month so that we know who is coming back. This can sometimes be confusing so let’s give a couple of examples. Example #1: You are a Wednesday morning student and there are 4 Wednesdays in the month. Then you would pay $112.00 on the last Wednesday of the month that is ending. Example #2: You are a Tuesday evening student and there are 3 Tuesdays in the month. Then you would pay $84.00 on the last Tuesday of the month that is ending. Example #3: You are a Thursday evening student. There are 4 Thursdays in the month but 1 is a holiday that we are closed. You pay $84.00 the last Thursday of the month that is ending.

7. What about holidays and/or weather cancellations?

The holidays we will be closed are listed on our calendar, which is on our Classes page of this web site. Of course, if your scheduled class falls on a holiday you are not expected to pay for it – unless you want to use that money towards an extra class.

8. What if I miss a class?

Although most schools do not make allowances for making up missed classes, we try to accommodate our students as much as possible. When students miss classes they still must be paid for but they can be made up in another class (room permitting) & only while you 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 you. 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