How do I sign up for a class?
Please follow the REGISTER instructions on the website to sign up and pay for a class. You also will find enrollment forms by the front door. If a class or camp is full, contact us to discuss options. Please don’t just drop in. The Studio is only staffed when teachers are teaching, and they shouldn’t be disturbed without an appointment. You must have a confirmation email to be at class. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding. Connecting with you is very important to us, and we do that best via email at [email protected]
Can we tour the studio?
We have many requests for a studio tour, which is difficult for us to offer as we are either teaching and focused or not at the studio. Please enjoy this virtual tour created for your insight and delight by our students. We often draw both inside and outside of our facility. Luckily we have a very unique and interesting building to pose for us as a model with loads of inspiring ‘things’ laying about to draw or to simply stimulate the eye and the imagination. Please enjoy this virtual tour: http://studioartsdallas.com/a-studio-tour-inside/
When can I drop off my tuition?
If you are not paying via PayPal, use our very safe locked drop box—an unmarked silver slot in our brickwork to the left of the front door. The sooner we have your tuition, the easier it is for us to ‘make’ your class. If you are registering last minute and paying by check/cash, our Instructors can help you on the first day of class/camp.
Can I stay and watch my kid work?
No. We encourage parents to visit after class and experience the student’s excitement and delight as they share their latest art work. We do not offer a waiting area for parents. The White Rock area abounds with local cafes, coffee shops and recreational opportunities all within walking distance.
Which clothes are best for making art at the studio?
It’s always a good idea to have some special art clothes to wear to class—we all love to get as messy as possible! Some folks like to keep an old t-shirt in the car for easy transition from school clothes. We provide smocks, but we do use Artist Quality supplies. Their awesome quality tend towards permanence AND permanent stains.
When will my art student bring something home?
Our projects are designed to take more than one lesson. We teach lots of technique when exploring each new medium, and we encourage our artists to take their time and savor this beautiful process. Most projects last 2-4 weeks, and you will have something lovely for your walls when we’re done! A special note: All artwork must be picked up by the end of class. We have so many students and limited space so we cannot save work after a class is complete.
Can my child bring a friend?
Our projects take a number of classes to complete so bringing a friend to class must be pre-arranged to find a week best for the flow of the teacher’s current project. If you have a friend that wishes to join the class, our policy is that if the new artist tries a day and doesn’t like it, it’ s on us. If they like it, you’ve got a carpool!
Absolutely no drop-ins! Can my child or a friend sign up after the start of the semester?
Absolutely! We offer prorated continuing enrollment. See above for how-to.
What if I’m running late?
We introduce the lesson 5 minutes after class time. If you are late, your child will miss today’s techniques and critiques. If you are running late for pickup, you will get a call from us after class (in case you cannot contact your child on their phone). Our instructors go directly into teaching other classes after your child’s class time, or have other obligations, so prompt pickup is essential. We levy a $1 per minute fee for the habitually late.
What if my child has special needs?
We are here to try to support any child’s learning process with information you provide on the registration form to optimize their study with us. We are available for a private chat after art class to discuss the day’s events, and we will connect with you if we have any concerns. Our instructors are professionals and are sensitive to your child’s needs. If you are willing to share even the smallest observation about how your child is doing that day especially if they are stressed or sad, we can support. We are pros at communicating with all sorts of learning different (LD) artists. Being an artist almost assures you have a unique learning style! It helps us enormously if you note specific learning differences/preferences which minimize confusion and guessing on our part, and it allows your child more direct immediate support. Art class is where barriers come down and kids are free to make and emote—a great environment for learning.
What if my kid had a fever or vomited earlier in the day?
If your child had a fever or vomited in the last 24 hours, they are contagious and we beg you not to bring them until they have cleared the 24-hour fever-free mark. It’s our duty to send them home if they are ill, and you can expect a call asking you to pick them up immediately.
What about snacks?
During our Spring/Fall CLASSES we prefer for kids to finish snacks and drinks before entering the studio for the safety of other’s artwork. It is a good idea to give them a snack before class, as they seem to get really hungry making art!
For ALL Art CAMPS please bring a non–refrigerated snack daily and something to drink.
We provide Brita filtered tap water. We get really hungry and thirsty making art 3 hours in a row. Due to allergies, all snacks must be peanut free.
Do I need to come into the studio at drop off and pick up?
It is a great idea to use our circle driveway to drop off, but we really like to see your face when you pick up your child. Let us know when you won’t be the one picking up that day, too.
When does class start?
Our teachers are busy preparing for the day’s activities and will open our doors precisely when scheduled class time begins. Our doors remain locked at all times, which is why we ask you not to “drop by.” We get in a total art zone, and we like to keep that energy bubble intact until time for classes to change.
Those side doors sure seem handy!
Yes, but they are reserved for staff entry. Please make sure your family uses our double-wide front door.
Can we puhleeeeze make-up a class we miss?
We assume each child will need to miss a class now and again, so we have made allowance for that in our semester fees. We are pros at modifying projects so your child won’t miss out on the lesson. Each class becomes its own unit, working at its own pace with its own teacher. Hence the “no make up’s” makes sense as it is highly interruptive to a group. If the weather is to blame, or an instructor is ill, we’ll contact you to organize a make-up. Otherwise, there are no makeups for missed classes.
What about bad weather days and holidays?
We follow most DISD school closings and holidays. Check our Facebook page for updates on the weather. We will email you to cancel if there is time. It is Texas weather after all!
What if I missed the last day of camp and didn’t pick up my child’s artwork?
We cannot keep artwork after your child’s camp or class is over unless you email us to pre-arrange this service due to emergency or travel. If work is left by accident, we will attempt to call and keep it for one week. Keep in mind we have over 100 different students each week swing through our doors! If it’s clay, and we didn’t get everything fired—sometimes the case with this unpredictable medium—you can find it in our garden by the back door in a box with your kid’s name on it for up to two weeks after the camp or class. The teacher will try to contact you when it’s ready. We hope you understand. We make a LOT of art fresh daily and our art storage cup truly runneth over.
Little House on the Prairie: older and younger kids in class together.
What a great stroke of luck for your child to be the oldest kid in class! Art class isn’t like a usual classroom. The oldest student in a classroom of younger students gets the opportunity to escape comparison and self doubt. They get to riff off of the usually somewhat wilder and freer younger child’s imagination and lack of inhibitions and remember how great it was (just last year most likely) when they weren’t experiencing crushing peer pressure and could just play. Art lessons begin with play and within this kind environment enormous leaps of technical learning can occur. The youngest get really inspired to try harder to improve as well. Our teachers teach the same techniques no matter the age group. We know what we are doing. Please don’t try to sneak your younger artist into an older classroom, or insist that your advanced artist needs an older kid situation. Trust us, we are experts with concerns of this nature.
We are so happy you are making art with us!
Thanks for choosing Studio Arts.