Policies & Procedures
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We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards. Enrollment is accepted after FULL tuition is received. Read course descriptions carefully for dates, times, and required supplies. The Art Center only sends confirmation after online registration. Students registering all other ways should assume registration acceptance unless otherwise notified. The Art Center may decline an individual’s request to enroll in classes or participate in programs when necessary. All payments are subject to a processing fee of $4.99 whether payment is made in person, by phone or online.
It is the student’s responsibility to download supply lists from the Art Center’s website (if applicable) or request a copy at the front desk.
Early Registration Discount
Students registering by the early registration discount date listed on the brochure will receive a discount of $10 off their total registration fee. Only one early registration discount can be used per household, per semester. Early Registration Discounts do not apply to Sneak Peek workshops, Discovery classes or Saturday Drop-In Family Workshops.
Additional Class Discount
Students who register for more than one class (of 4 weeks or more) will receive $10 off of each additional class thereafter. Students who register for more than one workshop (of 3 weeks or less) will receive $5 off each additional workshop thereafter. Offer only applies when registering for multiple programs in the same transaction. Discount not applicable for family workshops or camps. As noted larger discounts are sometimes given for specific class combinations, in which case students will only receive the greater discount.
Word-of-mouth referrals mean the world to us! Tell a friend (who has never taken a class here) to mention your name when registering, and to show our appreciation, we'll send you a $15 gift certificate to use on future tuition-based programs.
The Art Center will email all students approximately one week prior to the start of their class with information on parking, studio location and any additional supplies. Students are responsible for keeping their contact information up to date.
Class Cancellations and Make-ups
The Art Center reserves the right to cancel a class before it has begun due to insufficient enrollment. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, students will be notified approximately 3 days before the class was scheduled to begin and full tuition will be refunded. Once a class has begun, the Art Center reserves the right to cancel individual classes due to unavoidable circumstances, including inclement weather. Refunds and make-ups will not be given for student absences due to personal schedule conflicts. One scheduled make up week is provided as a substitute for any cancellations made by the Center. The Art Center reserves the right to hire a substitute teacher when necessary.
Class Changes or Cancellations due to Teacher Absence
In the case of an unexpected or short notice Teacher absence, the Art Center reserves the right to find a substitute teacher to take over scheduled class period, or cancel class and offer a make-up class at the end of the session. Refunds will not be issued if a student cannot attend the make-up class.
All refunds made 10 days or more prior to the start of the program will be subject to a $15 processing fee. 25% of the tuition will be withheld for withdrawals that occur within 10 days before the start of a class (defined as a program of 4 weeks or more). 40% of the tuition will be withheld for withdrawals on or after the first day of class. No refunds will be given for withdrawals after the second class. 25% of the tuition will be withheld for withdrawals that occur between 10 and 4 days before the start of a workshop (defined as a program of 3 weeks or less). No refunds will be given for withdrawals within 4 days of a workshop. Memberships are non-refundable. Trip deposits are non-refundable unless the Art Center cancels the trip.
Switching Classes & Joining Classes Late
Students are permitted to switch from one class/workshop to another within a given semester if they do not wish to continue with their current program. In this case, the above withdrawal fees will be waived. With the instructor’s permission, students may join a class that has already started and the tuition will be prorated. Starting at the third class meeting, tuition will be prorated and a $25 late registration fee will be applied.
New students can take up to two Discovery courses in the same medium. These courses are designed to offer students a chance to try new things, learn introductory skill that will allow them to advance to classics or special topics courses. Students may take up to two Discovery classes in the same medium and then try a new Discovery class medium if they choose to. For recommendations on Discovery classes or what to take after completing your Discovery classes please call the Education Office at 610-525-0272 x 123. Enrollment in Discovery classes does not count towards open studios. Less expensive open studio options only apply to students who are also taking a Classics or Special Topics class lasting 4 weeks or more.
Scholarships/tuition assistance is available based on financial need. Contact the office for an application or download one from the website. Applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis until funds are dispersed. For more info, see the policies on the application form.
Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to attend adult classes.
We reserve the right to use photos taken during our programs for publicity purposes. Registration in a class gives the Art Center permission to use images without further consent or compensation. From time to time, the Art Center shares its mailing list with partner organizations so that students can receive info about related activities. Students may opt out of this list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art Center is not responsible for artwork and other property left on the premises and has no liability of such property is lost, stolen or damaged, except in instances when artwork is displayed in gallery exhibitions and covered by insurance. Artwork or property left two weeks after the semester ends will be discarded.
During or following severe weather, you can learn about closures by listening to KYW 1060AM, visiting www.kyw1060.com
, the KYW text message alert system
(students are encouraged to sign up, it’s easy!) or calling (215) 925-1060. KWY 1060AM codes:
• Morning classes (classes with start time before 12 PM): #1204
• Afternoon/Evening classes (classes that start at 12 PM or after): #2204
Delayed openings announced by the district will result in the cancellation of classes starting and ending before noon. Early dismissals will result in the cancellation of after-school children’s classes.
Evening closure information for programs with a start time of 6 PM of later will be posted on our website by 4 PM.
Weekend closure information for programs will be posted on our website by 8 AM.
Students should not expect to be contacted individually if we are closed due to severe weather. Whenever possible
, the Art Center will post cancellations on our homepage (a red banner with announcement appears on MLAC’s homepage), Facebook page, and if possible will record a new voicemail. However, students should always consult KYW for closures
. If you do NOT see an announcement, all programs are running as scheduled. In the event of a weather-related closing, make-ups will be scheduled the week after your class ends, unless otherwise notified. Refunds cannot be made if a student is unable to attend the make-up class. The Art Center will accommodate as many make-ups due to inclement weather or emergencies as the schedule allows, however, the Art Center does not issue refunds for classes canceled due to weather or other circumstances beyond Art Center’s control. For classes happening off site at one of our community partners, contact the organization directly to see if the class is still running.
Every child under the age of 18 is required to have a current Child Emergency Form on file with the office. Adult students are required to inform the office if they have a medical condition that the staff or faculty should be aware of in an emergency. Forms are kept on file for one year unless there are updates or changes. Contact the office for a form, or download one on the Children’s Education page of the website.
A deposit of 50% (applied to party cost) is required to secure the date. Deposit is non-refundable unless the party is cancelled by Main Line Art Center. Please visit our Birthday Parties & Rentals page for more information.
We are committed to a continuum of accessible education programs by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodates in a supportive environment that promotes and fosters inclusion of people of all ages, abilities and skill levels. If you believe that you will require accommodations to enable you to participate meaningfully in our programs, contact the main office before you register.