The Silvermine School of Art continues its legacy of art education by offering programs for students of all ages, in all levels of proficiency from beginner to advanced. The award-winning School is the preeminent learning destination for visual arts in Fairfield County, Connecticut with more than 4,000 enrollments and over 1,100 courses, workshops and youth programs held throughout the year. The School provides a nurturing environment, unstructured enough to encourage creativity, yet disciplined enough to provide a solid foundation. Students and professional artists alike can work on projects, share ideas, explore new areas and grow in their understanding and immersion in the arts.
COVID-19 Assumption of Risk
COVID-19, is highly contagious and declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. People can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread the disease. COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illness and even death. The Silvermine Arts Center cannot prevent you (or your family members) from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while utilizing the Center’s services or premises. Therefore, if you choose to utilize the Center’s services and/or enter onto Center’s premises you understand, acknowledge and accept the risks that you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.
COVID-19 Mask Requirements
Masks are required to be worn by everyone when indoors in all Silvermine buildings and studios, regardless of vaccination status. Outdoors masks are not required.
Code of Conduct
Silvermine School of Art reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose conduct is deemed inappropriate. Please review our Code of Conduct.
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.
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 and to use substitute instructors, as needed. Classes or workshops cancelled due to bad weather or instructor's absence will be rescheduled according to studio availability. There are no refunds for classes or workshops cancelled due to bad weather or instructor’s absences.
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.
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 14 calendar days prior to the scheduled start date of Studio Art Session in order to receive a refund for withdrawal. No refunds will be given for withdrawal after the start of the Studio Art Session. Students who register 14 days or less before the Studio Art Session start date cannot receive a refund.
Refunds for Courses
The student must notify the School Office at least one week (7 calendar days) prior to the scheduled first class meeting date in order to receive a refund for withdrawal. 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 is given to the School Office before the second class meets. No refunds will be given for any reason after the second class meets. Only if a student withdraws for a medical emergency with a doctor's note 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 (7 calendar 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. No refunds will be given for withdrawal on the day of or after the start of the workshop. Students who register seven days or less before the workshops start date cannot receive a refund. There are no substitutions or transfers for granted credits. Credits have an expiration date and must be used before that date. Withdrawals from the Raku or Soda firing 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.
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. Contact the Office for details.
School Weather Cancellations
Please visit our website, www.silvermineart.org, for announcements regarding cancellations.
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.