Policies

Welcome to the Delaware Art Museum’s Studio Art Program!  The Museum aims to provide an enjoyable and creative learning experience for our students and is committed to the safety and security of all of our guests.  Please take a moment to review the Studio Art Program’s information and guidelines.

Studio Hours

Access is limited to the Museum’s studios.  Students may enter the studios 10 minutes prior to the start of class or if the Instructor is present in the studio.  Studio use is permitted during designated class/open studio time only.

Students may pick up artwork during designated class times or by making arrangements with Museum Staff.

Supplies

Most supply lists for classes are available online or will be discussed in class.  Model and lab fees are included in the cost of tuition for classes using models and shared consumables.  Supplies are provided for youth level classes unless otherwise noted.

Ceramics supplies are available for purchase in class.  Students are required to use clay distributed by the Museum only.

Some basic metalsmithing tools and materials are provided for beginner metalsmithing students.  All other metalsmithing students are expected to purchase their own tools and materials.

Studio/Equipment Usage, Storing Artwork, & Standards

Students should treat studio equipment and tools with care.  Please wipe-down surfaces and store equipment in its proper location at the end of each class.

For safety and security reasons, doors leading outside should not be propped open for an extended period of time.

Artwork can only be stored in designated areas and must be removed by the end of the session. All artwork should be labeled with the student’s name.  If a student misses the last class or if a student’s ceramic work is being fired in the kiln, he/she has two weeks from the date of their last class to pick up their artwork.  The Museum will dispose of any artwork not claimed thereafter.  The Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

Individual expression is encouraged; however, out of concern for our youth art classes, artwork that is potentially inappropriate for children under 18 must be labeled with the student’s name and concealed while stored in the studios.  If artwork is unlabeled, it will be removed from the studio and students may claim their work by contacting Museum Staff within a reasonable amount of time.

Parking & Drop off/Pick up

Parking is available on Kentmere Parkway and the Museum’s parking lot.  Vehicles with appropriate parking tags may park in handicapped spaces.

IMPORTANT:  Please be advised that there is no parking at any time along the main drive from Kentmere Parkway to the parking lot.  The main entrance to the studios can be used as a drop off & pick up / loading & unloading zone only.  When dropping off & picking up / loading & unloading, please turn on your hazards.  Cars parked along the main drive for an extended period of time are subject to be towed at the owner’s expense.

For evening classes only (except Thursdays):  Parking is permitted in the front circle of the Museum, but only on the Kentmere Parkway side of the circle, not on both sides.  During special events, the Museum will request no parking in the front circle and a sign will be posted on the door to notify students.

For parents of youth students:  Always escort your child to their class and drop off/pick up your child on time.

Cancellations & Make-Ups

Instructors will contact their students if he/she is unable to make it to class on a particular day.  If a class is canceled, the studio is closed.  Instructors will coordinate a make-up date with their students.

In case of bad weather/emergency cancellations, listen to WDEL 1150am on the radio or check WDEL.com.  Instructors will contact you to confirm if a class is canceled.

There are no make-ups for students who miss classes for personal reasons.

For ceramics students only:  Ceramic students who miss a class are limited to one Drop-in Ceramics Open Studio at no cost during the semester.  Each subsequent Open Studio is $15.

No Guests Allowed

Guests who are not registered students are not allowed to participate or be in the classes.

Food

For your health and safety, please refrain from eating or drinking in the studios.  Students may eat in the Studio Lobby, hallway or purchase food from the Thronson Café open Wednesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 3:00 p.m. (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

Refunds

No fees are refundable after the first class.  Membership fees are non-refundable.

Reservation of Rights

The Delaware Art Museum reserves the right to change, withdraw, or modify course of instruction at any time. The Museum also reserves the right to withdraw any student whose conduct is deemed detrimental. The Museum’s Staff and Board of Trustees cannot be held liable for personal injury or loss, theft, or damage of personal property.