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School Policies

Silvermine School of Art provides year–round art instruction for adults, youths and juniors. Fall, winter, spring and summer sessions offer daytime and evening classes Monday through Sunday. Special weekend and weeklong workshops are held throughout the year. The School actively seeks to attract qualified persons to join its faculty and staff, and encourages diversity in its student body. Student development is supported through academic counseling and by maintaining an environment, which contributes to intellectual stimulation. Cultural and educational programs are made available further that growth. Silvermine School of Art reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose conduct is deemed inappropriate.



Registration Fee

Each term a $35 non–refundable registration fee is charged each semester. This fee includes any number of registered classes within each term. There is no registration fee for one–day and two–day workshops.

Enrollment

For courses to be conducted a minimum enrollment is required. In addition, there can be a maximum enrollment based on the studio size, equipment and the instructor’s requirements.

Course or Workshop Changes

The School reserves the right to change its calendar, withdraw or modify courses or workshops. The School reserves the right to use substitute instructors, as needed. Classes or workshops not held due to bad weather or instructor's absence will be rescheduled according to studio availability. There are no refunds due to classes or workshops not held due to bad weather or instructor’s absences.

Attendance

There are no make–ups or refunds if a student cannot attend a regularly scheduled class or make–up class or workshop. Students who cannot attend a regularly scheduled class or workshop cannot substitute another person in their place.

Cancellations

If the School cancels a course or workshop, all fees will be refunded. In the event a course or workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment or teacher's absence, notice will be given one to three days prior to the course or workshop start date.

Refunds for Summer Art Studios

A student must notify the School Office at least (five days) one week prior to the scheduled start date of Studio Art Session in order to receive a refund for withdrawal. If a student notifies the School Office with an official withdrawal form, a refund will be granted the $35 registration fee. Refunds will be by check and will take one to two weeks to process. No refunds will be given for withdrawal after the start of the Studio Art Session. Students who register five days or less before the Studio Art Session start date cannot receive a refund. All withdrawal requests must be in writing. Withdrawal request forms are available in the School Office and must be returned to the School Office before the Director considers any credit.

Refunds for Courses

The student must notify the School Office with an official withdrawal form before the first class meets to receive a refund. All fees will be refunded except for a $35 non-refundable registration fee. A pro-rated tuition fee will be refunded to a student withdrawing after the starting date of the course, only if notification in writing is given to the School Office before the second class meets. Refunds take four to six weeks to process. No refunds will be given for any reason, including written withdrawal requests, after the second class meets. Only if a student withdraws for a medical emergency with a doctor's note, upon the approval of the School Director, may a pro-rated tuition credit can be considered. If credit is issued, there will be an expiration date and must be used within that date. There are no substitutions or transfers for granted credits. The above refund policy does not include workshops. See policy below.

Refunds for Workshops

The student must notify the School Office at least one week (seven days) prior to the scheduled workshop date in order to receive a refund for withdrawal. If a student notifies the School Office with an official withdrawal, a refund will be granted minus any non-refundable registration fee. Refunds take four to six weeks to process. No refunds will be given for withdrawal after the start of the workshop. Students who register seven days or less before the workshops start date cannot receive a refund. All withdrawal requests must be in writing. Withdrawal request forms are available in the School Office and must be returned to the School Office before the Director of the School of Art considers any credit. There are no substitutions or transfers for granted credits. There will be an expiration date and must be used within that date. Withdrawals from the Raku Workshops must be made two weeks prior to workshop start date to receive a credit.

Private Tutorials & Group Workshops

Silvermine School of Art offers private tutorials or workshops for small groups. Work one–on–one with one of our professional faculty members. Private tutorials can be scheduled around your availability. In addition, arrangements can be made for a night out with a group of friends or home–schooled children. Please contact the School Office to make arrangements at 203.966.6668, ext 13. There are no refunds for private tutorials and group workshops. You must cancel 24 hours in advance to reschedule lesson or workshop.

Scholarships

Financial assistance will be considered for children, grades K through 12, who require our support to enroll in a course at the Silvermine School of Art. The Scholarship Committee selects students for full or partial scholarships. Scholarship request forms are available in the School Office. Completed forms must be returned to our office by Monday, June 26, 2017. Silvermine Arts Center raises funds in order to provide scholarships, as needed.

School Weather Cancellations

Please visit our website, www.silvermineart.org, for message regarding cancellations only. The following stations will have postings:

  • Connecticut Weather Center
  • 108 WEB FM
  • 600 WICC AM
  • Cablevision TV Channel 12
  • News Channel 8-WTHN-TV
  • News Channel 3-WFSB-TV
  • 1350 WNLK AM
  • 1400 WSTC AM
  • 95.5 WEFX FM

Degree Credit

Some institutions have granted credit in their degree program to students who have satisfactorily completed study courses at the Silvermine School of Art. Those desirous of obtaining degree credit for their studies at Silvermine must obtain approval for such an arrangement from their dean, registrar, faculty advisor, or other official at their home institution.

Waiver for Pictures Taken/Used

Silvermine Arts Center occasionally documents classes using photographs and video for publicity purposes. These images are used in the course brochure, advertisements, and other publicity materials for the benefit of the School. Registration in a course at Silvermine Arts Center assumes permission to photograph you and/or your artwork, and to use your image in publicity materials, unless you inform the photographer that you do not wish to have your picture taken. If you prefer that Silvermine Arts Center not photograph your child for publicity purposes, please notify the School Office at the time of registration.

Silvermine Art Center Rentals

Host your next meeting or party in our delightful historic Silvermine Art Center. It is the perfect environment for groups of 15 to 250 people. We can accommodate events from seasonal celebrations, birthday and anniversary parties, not–for–profit organization events, memorial services, lectures and meetings. Silvermine Art Center is a distinctive way to entertain guests in an unique and elegant atmosphere.