Studio School Policies

We are so pleased you are interested in taking a class at The Art Center! You can register online, in person or by phone. The policies listed below will be helpful in answering any questions you have about registration and logistics. Any additional questions can be directed to

Each class must be paid in full at the time of registration. Pro-rating is not available. A $25 fee will be assessed for any returned check.

Students who provide an email address at time of registration will receive an automated receipt and confirmation via email; students who do not provide an email address will not receive confirmation. Students should assume a class is running unless otherwise notified (approximately five days before start date). The Art Center calls students only in the event of a class cancellation.

There is no late registration fee, but you will be charged the full price of the course. Prorating is not available. You may not join a class past its second week.

Students who withdraw from a class or workshop will receive a full refund upon receipt of written notification up to one week (7 days) prior to the start of a class or workshop, minus a $20 handling fee. After the first meeting of class, students will receive a prorated refund, minus a $20 handling fee. After the second meeting of class, no refunds or letters of credit will be issued. Students who withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours in advance of the start will not be refunded.

A full refund will be given if a class or workshop is canceled by the Art Center. No refunds will be issued for classes or workshops canceled due to circumstances beyond our control, such as acts of God or any other event that renders the class or workshop impossible or in violation of government mandates. Refunds will be processed approximately 3-4 weeks from the date requested.

The Art Center will only be closed for the dates listed in the calendar. Classes canceled due to holidays, instructor absence, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances will be made up at the end of the semester. Students who miss class of their own accord will not receive a refund, letter of credit, or make-up opportunity.

Please visit or call 908.273.9121 for closing announcements due to inclement weather. The announcements will be recorded by 7:30 AM and will also be on News12 New Jersey television.

Gift Certificates for classes, workshops, and camps are available for purchase. They are not redeemable for cash or able to be used for membership payment or other fees and services.

Electronic vouchers on student accounts are valid for one year from the date of issue.

The Art Center reserves the right to remove, without refund, any child whose age is misrepresented during registration from any class or workshop. Teenage students under 18 years of age must have written permission from a parent or guardian to attend any class that uses a life model.

The Art Center reserves the right to dismiss any student for inappropriate behavior.

The Art Center allows students to audit classes when arranged with the permission of the Director of Studio School. No student should be in any classroom unless registered or by permission of the Director. No student substitutions are allowed.

The Art Center is not responsible for artwork and other property left on the premises and has no liability if such property is lost, stolen, or damaged, except in instances when artwork is displayed in a gallery exhibition and insurance coverage is in place. The Art Center does not have the space to store artwork between semesters. Any artwork left after the semester ends will be discarded. The Art Center is not responsible for any digital artwork or images left on the computers in the digital lab. You must back up your work on your flash drive every time you use the lab.

The Art Center will be open to the public at 8:45 AM Monday–Friday and 10 AM Saturday & Sunday. Students may enter classrooms no earlier than 9:15 AM Monday–Friday and 10 AM Saturday & Sunday. Students enrolled in evening and weekend classes are expected to leave immediately after class. Animals, with the exception of service animals, are prohibited from entering the Art Center.

The Art Center schedules open studio hours each semester, dependent on studio availability. Open studios are open to all current Art Center members for an hourly rate. For ceramics open studio only, participants must be currently enrolled ceramics students.

Kilns are reserved for firing current student work only. All work must be properly marked with student’s full name and course number in order to be fired. Firing of work takes approximately two weeks from time the piece was submitted for firing in the kiln room. No work created outside of the Art Center’s classes or open studios will be fired at the Art Center.

The Art Center reserves the right to substitute instructors of an equal caliber for any class or workshop. The Art Center also reserves the right to substitute life and portrait models for any reason.

The Art Center will occasionally document classes, instructors, teaching demonstrations, and student work using photography and video for promotional purposes only. If you do not wish yourself or your child to be photographed, please notify the Art Center in writing at the beginning of the semester.

Recording of class sessions is not permitted, except with advance permission from the director of studio school, and written consent from student(s) and instructor(s).

We work to make certain prices are accurate. However, on rare occasions, there might be a mistake in pricing. In the event of a pricing error, the Art Center reserves the right to cancel any registration resulting from such a pricing error.

To ensure everyone’s safety we ask that everyone follow these policies and all posted signage throughout the building. Please stay home if you feel unwell. Upon entrance, everyone will have their temperature taken. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter. Wear a face mask at all times and maintain a safe social distance from others. Please clean and disinfect regularly used equipment such as your easel, pottery wheel, etc. at the beginning and end of your class. Click here to read our most recent Coronavirus safety protocols.

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