THANK YOU for choosing to make SBMA’s studio your creative home. Questions, concerns, and suggestions can be directed to the Studio Programs Manager, Hannah Ollen,, 574-235-7516.


Open Studio times vary by session. Class time always takes first priority and open studio times are not guaranteed.  


Only students currently enrolled in class or Open Studio may use Open Studios during scheduled sessions.


Open Studios run concurrently with class sessions. If your class started late or there is a make-up class, you can access the studio at no charge through the Sunday after your last class.  If you are only entering the studio outside of a class session to pick up finished work this does not require a fee. 


Current students may access the studio during open studio times by checking out a key.  Keys are available at the main entrance. Please check the website under Open Studio for updated hours. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Studio Programs Manager.

Because studios have limited storage space, all personal work, supplies, and materials must be removed from the studios between sessions.


Each year before the fall session begins, the studios need to be completely cleared for a thorough cleaning. You will be required to remove all your items from the studio and you will be notified of the deadline via email. To avoid supplies being disposed, ensure that you remove your items within a week of your last class.

Punch cards, which allow for one-time visits to Open Studios, have been discontinued effective Summer 2022. Any punch cards you have already purchased can be used during Open Studio hours for which the student does not have an Open Studio Pass, but no new punch cards are being issued. Punch cards are different from Open Studio Passes, which are still available for purchase. 



Spring Session 2022

March 20, 2022 – May 14, 2022


Early Summer Workshop 2022

May 22 – July 9

Summer Camp (Ages 6-18) 2022

July 11 – August 5

Late Summer Session 2022

August 7 – October 1, 2022

Summer Intercession 2022

October 2 – October 15, 2022

Studios are closed during Summer Intercession to allow for studio cleaning and maintenance.




Fall Session 2022

October 16 – December 17, 2022

*November 20 – 26: Studios Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday.


The South Bend Museum of Art makes every effort to hold each class offered. In the event that a class does not reach the minimum number of students, SBMA reserves the right to cancel any class at any time. If such an instance should occur, you will be notified by email or telephone and we will discuss suitable alternatives. If none can be agreed upon, SBMA will refund your tuition payment in full.

In rare circumstances where a class is cancelled by SBMA, SBMA will issue an enrollment credit in the student’s name to be used at a later date. To use an enrollment credit, you must enroll in person or by phone.

If a student registers for a class and wishes to withdraw prior to the start of the class, we will first try and find another class for that student. If there are no classes that suit the student, SBMA will refund 100% of their tuition. Students who withdraw from class before the third week of the session will receive a 100% refund. Each Session week begins on Sunday.

We encourage consistent attendance in order to achieve the most familiarity, comprehension, and progress, but understand that sometimes there are circumstances in which students must be absent. SBMA does not give refunds or enrollment credits for class absences. We do not give refunds for any other reason, including but not limited to scheduling conflicts, illness, vacations, inclement weather, etc. 

SBMA does not prorate classes or Community Darkroom access for any reason. For questions regarding this policy, please reach out to The Studio Programs Manager or the Curator of Education.

The South Bend Museum of Art makes the decision to close the museum independently of the South Bend Community School Corporation. The museum closings will be recorded on our phone message system, and listed on our website, social media, and local radio & TV stations (WNDU), for posting on-air and on their websites.

All students or their parent/legal guardian (if student is under 18) are required to fill out a Studio Safety and Photo Release Agreement at the beginning of every class, Open Studio, or Punch Card session. The agreement is a way to express that you have reviewed and agree to our studio rules and regulations and that you grant SBMA the right to use photos or videos of you or your artwork taken in class or during museum events. If you do not wish to grant SBMA permission to use photos or videos of you or your artwork, you will need to initial the appropriate section of the agreement.