STUDIO POLICIES

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, at ollenh@southbendart.org

STUDIO POLICIES

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.  Any time spent in the studio outside of the 8 week class session requires a punch card for entry to the studio. 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 in the main office during the week and in the Rotunda (main entrance) over the weekend.  It is very important to return the key when you leave the studio.  Please check the website under Open Studio for updated hours or contact the Studio Program Manager.

Because studios have limited storage space, you are expected to clean all personal work, supplies, and materials out of your classroom at the end of a session. Your instructor or the Studio Programs Manager will send email reminders to students to pick up items. 

 

Each year before the fall session begins, the studio needs to be completely cleared for a thorough cleaning of the space. 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 thrown out, ensure that you remove your items or email the Studio Program Manager before the deadline.

Punch cards are designed to be used between class sessions. Studio dates that require punch cards are posted online and throughout the museum. Punch cards are transferable and do not expire. Punch cards are not designed to replace a class session and may not be used during a class session or open studios. If you are only picking up finished work, a punch card is not required.

Because studios have limited storage space, you are expected to clean all personal work, supplies, and materials out of your classroom at the end of a session. Your instructor or the Studio Programs Manager will send email reminders to students to pick up items. 

 

Each year before the fall session begins, the studio needs to be completely cleared for a thorough cleaning of the space. 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 thrown out, ensure that you remove your items or email the Studio Program Manager before the deadline.

SBMA TUITION AND REGISTRATION POLICIES

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. 

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