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 (classes that have the letters WKS or CUL in their course code). The membership fee is not prorated.

Art School annual membership fees:
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; please call for more information. Also please consider helping us keep costs down by paying with a personal check, made payable to The Art School at Old Church.

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.

Material lists and fees: Some classes and workshops require students to bring certain materials with them. Material lists can be found on our material list page.

Clay and firing info for ceramics and sculpture classes:
Students enrolled in adult ceramics classes can use our recycled stoneware "studio" clay or purchase their own bags of clay (several types are available for purchase at the desk). Firing charges will depend on the clay you decide to use. New ceramics students will generally start off using our studio clay. Please note: Only Art School clay will be fired.

A selection of clay tools and sculpture boards are also available for purchase at the front desk.

Ceramic firing charges:
-$3.75/lb for studio clay (from the barrels in the ceramic studio).
The firing price covers both the bisque and glaze firings.
Discounted bulk firing cards for studio clay are available at the desk ($105/30 lbs - a savings of $7.50).

-$3.25/lb for pre-purchased Art School clay (bought by the bag & brought home by students).
The firing price covers both the bisque and glaze firings.
Discounted bulk firing cards for pre-purchased clay are available at the desk ($90/30 lbs - a savings of $7.50).

Sculpture firing charges:
-$1.50/lb for bisque firing

Clay prices:
-Regular stoneware - $15 per bag
-White stoneware - $15 per bag
-Porcelain - $22 per bag
-Sculpture clay (red) - $15 per bag

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: During the day and evening, parking is available:
-in our parking lot
-on Orchard Street (one block north)
-on the school side of Northwood Avenue (Northwood runs perpendicular to Piermont Road and ends in front of our building). If you are parking offsite, feel free to drop off your art materials at the back gate first.

In the evenings only, you can also park in the Demarest Middle School lot across Piermont Road.

Please note: Our parking lot is reserved by the Demarest Baptist Church next door on Sundays for their services. Students, faculty and staff are not permitted to park in our lot on Sundays.

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. Please note: 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 to hear a detailed message. You can also check our Twitter feed or our Facebook page for updates.

Professional Development Classes for Teachers

We are approved by the New Jersey Department of Education as a Professional Development Provider (PDP). All classes may be taken for PDP credits.

For more information please call the school at 201-767-7160.

Gift Certificates

Searching for the perfect present for friends or loved ones? Art School gift certificates are just the thing for creative, fun and thoughtful gifts! Treat someone special to the class of their choice, take a workshop together, or help your favorite Art School student with the cost of their tuition. Gift certificates are available in any denomination and/or towards any class. Call us at 201-767-7160 or stop by for more info!


We accept registration by mail, fax, in person or by phone. Registration continues until classes fill or until they begin. Adult classes are open to students at least 15 years old and require adult membership.

PLEASE NOTE: Pregnant women should always consult a doctor before participating in art classes.

How Do I Choose the Right Course?

To assist you in your selection, level information is provided with each course description. If you are unsure of your skill level, please contact Administrative Director Melissa Pazcoguin at 201-767-7160 or

Beginner - Basic skill level with limited or no experience. Classes introduce and develop new skills and techniques.

Intermediate - Student has enough knowledge of medium, technique and processes to begin developing a personal voice or vision. Supportive guidance will encourage continued growth.

Advanced - Student has demonstrated a level of mastery that allows for independence and a personal vision for their art. He/she is seeking an environment with other artists that further defines and supports the direction of their work.

Open Studio Time

Drawing studio time with a model is available on Saturday mornings. Membership is not required to participate; students may sign up for the semester or attend and pay per diem. The course description for drawing open studio can be found in the drawing section of our catalog.

Our ceramic studio time class is available as a supplement to our adult ceramic classes. To be eligible for ceramic studio time, students must be enrolled in an adult ceramics class for the semester. The studio time schedule is posted in the ceramics studio for easy reference and is also posted at the bottom of our community page for your convenience.

Please call or check at the front desk for any exceptions to the posted studio time schedules.

Youth Programs

Our Young Artists Program serves students age 4 to 15. All of the classes are designed to encourage the discovery of creativity, with emphasis on process rather than product. The program offers opportunities for children to explore a variety of art forms in a fun, creative and exciting environment. We also offer Special Education Art Experience throughout the year, tailored to children with physical and developmental disabilities. During the summer, our Blast of Art program offers two separate week-long art experiences for children age 6 and up.

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