Policies & Membership
Membership fee: The non-refundable membership is due each calendar year and is valid through December 31. This annual fee, which helps sustain the school, is required to participate in our regular semester courses, but is not required for workshops or cultural arts classes. The membership fee is not pro-rated.
Membership fees are:
Family - $50
Adult - $40 (includes teens enrolled in adult classes)
Young Artist (up to 14) - $20
Teen (enrolled in teen classes only) - $20
Payment of fees: Fees are paid in full at the time of registration. Tuition and material fees are not prorated. Payment scheduling is available; call for more information. Please consider helping us keep costs down by paying with a personal check, made payable to The Art School at Old Church.
Late registration fee: All students are highly encouraged to register as early as possible to ensure a spot in the class(es) of their choice at the lowest cost. PLEASE NOTE: As of December 31, 2011, all registrations processed within 10 days of the semester start date, or after the semester begins, will be assessed a $5 late registration fee (per course). We apologize for the inconvenience. The late registration fee does not apply to workshops (course codes including the letters WKS).
Material lists and fees: Some classes and workshops require students to bring certain materials with them. Material lists can be found on the description pages of these courses in the online catalog.
Clay information and firing charges: Clay and clay tools, as well as sculpture boards and tools, are available for purchase at the desk. Only Art School clay will be fired. Firing charges are $3.50/lb for studio clay and $3.00/lb for pre-purchased clay. Discounted bulk firing cards are available at the front desk.
Returned check fee: A $15 fee is charged for all returned checks.
Refunds and credits: Full tuition and material fee charges are refunded or credited less a $10 processing fee per course if the student cancels the class in writing at least one week prior to the start of the class. Later written cancellations are accepted and monies refunded or credited minus a $25 fee per course provided we can fill the slot. When the school cancels a course, all monies are refunded if the course cannot be rescheduled. There are no refunds for classes in the event of teacher substitution. There are no refunds for membership.
Transfers: There is a $10 charge for transfer between classes.
Parking: Parking is available in our lot and on Orchard Street (one block north) during the day and evening. At night, you can park in St. Joseph's lot next door or in the Demarest Middle School lot across Piermont Road. If parking offsite, feel free to drop off your art materials at the back gate first. PLEASE NOTE: On Sundays, parking in the lot is not allowed as the lot is reserved by the church next door every Sunday for services.
Senior citizen discount: A 10% tuition discount is offered upon registration to all students at least 65 years old.
Conduct: The Art School reserves the right to refuse admission or to expel any disruptive student. Cell phone usage is not permitted in the studios. Cell phones should be set on silent or vibrate in the studios. Children may not accompany adults to classes or studio time.
Absences: Student absences are non-refundable. The school is not responsible for makeups UNLESS we have canceled or postponed a specific class due to inclement weather or other unavoidable events.
Inclement weather: After 7 AM, call the school at 201.767.7160, listen to WOR 710 (AM radio), or check the WOR 710 website for school closings.