Our Expressive Kids program is designed to stimulate visual, intuitive thinking through process oriented art rather than product oriented art.
What does process oriented art mean?
- No cookie cutter projects, EVER!
- Providing children with HUGE sheets of paper
- Painting with mediums other than paint
- Using tools other than brushes
- Creating art that doesn’t have to look like anything!
- Getting really, really messy
- Never asking “what is it?”
- Not worrying about getting paint on the walls, floor, ceiling, etc.!
- Encouraging imagination!
- Providing diverse visual and tactile experiences
- Building fine motor skills
- Encouraging creative thinking and experimentaion
- Entirely child driven
Please read policies carefully before registration. It is assumed upon registration and/or payment that you have accepted these KAC terms and policies listed below.
Registration & Payment:
Registration is accepted by mail, phone, online or in person. Registration forms can be printed here, click here for the registration form
Forms can be mailed directly to: Katonah Art Center, 65 Old Bedford Road, Goldens Bridge, NY 10526
Payment plans are available for classes & private lessons (min. of 10 scheduled weeks), but only with a written credit card authorization agreement on file. Payment plans are not available for Camps. In the event that a class or camp is not running, you will be notified and credited the full amount paid.
Minimum Enrollment: Every class, camp or workshop has a minimum number of students needed to run. Any class, camp or workshop below that minimum may be subject to cancellation or postponement.
Withdrawal/Return/Refund Policy: A full refund will only be given if a class is canceled by the Art Center. Refunds will be applied to your credit card or refunded by check within 3-4 weeks. Gift-cards are non-refundable. Students who wish to withdraw from a class or workshop will receive a full refund only upon receipt of written notification postmarked two weeks (14 days) prior to the start of the originally scheduled date or workshop minus a $25 withdrawal fee. There are no refunds or credits for broken clay pieces, see the Pottery & Clay Pick-Up section below. If there is a delay with your refund you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camps: Cancellations made before April 1st are 100% refundable less a $50.00 processing fee. Cancellations made before May 1st, 50% refundable less a $50 processing fee. Cancellation requests after May 1st and also students who register for a camp after May 1st, will not be eligible for a refund. Students may switch into another camp topic, or another camp week, provided that the minimum enrollment is not affected and space is available, a camp switch fee of $25 will be charged (after April 1st). If a class is canceled by the Art Center a full refund will be given. Any class, camp or workshop below the required minimum enrollment may be subject to a cancellation or postponement. Payment plans are not available for Camps.
Credits/Exchanges: A credit may be applied towards another class or workshop day/ time only if the students’ original choice has been canceled by KAC. Students may switch into another camp topic, or another camp week, provided that the minimum enrollment is not affected and space is available, a camp switch fee of $25 will be charged.
Make-ups: Missed classes will not be refunded or credited except in the case of medical absence with a doctor's confirmation. Missed classes may be made up within the current session, space permitting. ALL students wishing to do a make-up class must notify the office ahead of the class time. If there is no make-up class available in the same subject, a class in any other subject may be substituted (space permitting) or the student may choose to forfeit the class, without a refund or credit. KAC has the right to substitute instructors for any class, camp or workshop.
Free Trials: Class reservations or free trials will not hold your spot for a class. Only a paid registration will assure your enrollment. All Free-Trials must pre-register with the office. There are no free trials for camps, workshops or classes that are held on one date. Please note that if a student signs up for a class in which they had a free trial, the trial class will cannot be deducted from the session price.
Gift Certificates are available for purchase. They are not redeemable for cash and are non-refundable.
Discounts: If you are registering three or more siblings for classes you will receive a $30 discount. Adults wishing to register for a third (or more) class will receive a $30 discount. These discounts may not be combined with any other offers and do not apply to workshop registrations.
Party Policies: Birthday parties require a non-refundable deposit of $100.
Clay Fees: Pottery and sculpture students in the family and adult classes will be charged a per piece clay and firing fee of $.06 per cubic inch. If a student does not measure their piece for firing a flat fee of $75 will be charged at the end of the session. These fees will be charged at the end of each session. There are no clay fees for camps.
Open Pottery Studio must be within KAC office hours, missed studio time will not result in a class credit.
Pottery & Clay Pick up:
Pottery & clay pieces go through a two-cycle firing process. The length of the firing process is affected by weather conditions, kiln load and the size & thickness of the individual clay piece. Clay is a natural material and at times is unpredictable and may be subject to cracking, breaking and/or exploding during the firing process. Refunds or credits will not be issued in the event that your piece is broken during any part of the firing process. Any and all clay artwork will be discarded after 90 days, please be sure to pick-up during office hours See the Pottery & Clay Firing Pick Up page.
Visual Arts Policies
Teen Students enrolled in Adult Classes: Students under 18 yrs of age must have written permission from a parent or guardian to attend any class which uses a nude life model. To download the model consent form, click here. The Art Center also reserves the right to substitute life & portrait models for any reason.
Material Lists: Before purchasing supplies for a class, please confirm your class status with the office, (see minimum enrollment & registration policies).
Pertaining to Drawing & Painting for Grades 1&2 and Grades 3-5: Art Sets are for sale at KAC and include all the supplies listed and a tote bag to transport them each week. Artwork in progress may be stored at the art center at your own risk, we are not responsible for any artwork that is left in the studio.. If you wish to order a complete Art Set you must pre-order & pre-pay through the office, to have the supplies ready for the first class. If a student runs out of supplies during a class, the teacher (with your authorization) can provide supplies and an account will be created. Students may begin with one form of media (ie. Pastel)-these materials are also available for purchase at the art center. Drawing materials such as pencils, paper and erasers are provided for all students.
- No food is to be eaten inside the studio.
- No spray paints or fixatives to be used inside... outside only.
- No painting rags allowed or left inside studio.
- Easels, stools, and tables must be left as clean as possible.
Solvent Use: Only the following solvents are allowed at KAC:
- Any odorless thinners such as Turpenoid, Best Klean or an approved generic version. Lavender oil is also acceptable.
Oil Medium Use: Only the following oil paint mediums are allowed at KAC:
- One of the natural oil products, including walnut oil and poppy seed oil, linseed oil, stand oil, Gamblin & Daniel Smith Alkyd mediums, and liquin.
- DO NOT leave glass/metal containers of solvent or medium in KAC trash cans, or dump any amount down any sink at KAC, including studios and bathrooms.
- Your container of used solvent must be brought home in your jar.
- All unused amounts must be properly stored in clearly labeled containers to be recycled/disposed of during Hazardous Products Collection days in your own municipality.
- Cleaning of brushes used in oil painting should be done using the green lava soap or dish soap available in the studio. Baby oil or Murphy's oil soap can also be used.
Lesson Policies: If canceling a semi-private or private lesson, the office must have at least 24 hours advance notice for a payment to stay on account.
Retail: Art Supplies purchased are non-transferrable for a refund or credit if opened or used.
Tools: Some classes may or may not require the use of mechanical, electrical or hydrolic tools. Upon registration it is assumed that the Katonah Art Center relinquishes all liabilities in the event of injury.
Holidays: The Art Center will only be closed on holidays listed in this brochure, or if weather is inclement. It is the students responsibility to take note of all KAC Holidays. Classes that are canceled due to an instructor absence will be made up at the end of the session.
Weather Policies: KAC will post weather cancelations on our website, answering machine and News12 by 8am. KAC follows the katonah-lewisboro school system cancelations. If they are closed, we are closed. If they have a delayed opening, KAC will open at noon. If they have an early dismissal, our afternoon classes will be canceled. Please check two hours before your class. Inclement weather make-ups will be scheduled at the end of the session or whenever possible. If make-up dates are unavailable, students may take a make-up class in any other Art Center class within the current session (space permitting), see make-ups. Refunds or credits will NOT be given for weather cancellations, even if you are unable to attend any make-up days or other classes that are offered.
Student Property & Documentation: The Art Center is not responsible for artwork and other property left on the premises and has no liability if such property is lost, stolen or damaged except when artwork is exhibited and insurance coverage is in place. Any artwork left after the session ends will be discarded after sixty days. Pottery students are expected to clean their workspace after each class, all unfinished pottery will be fired. You may pick up your artwork anytime during office hours or call to make other arrangements. The art center is not responsible for any digital artwork or images left in the computer lab or any technological difficulties associated with the lab. It is recommended to back up your work on a flash drive or disc at the end of every class. The Katonah Art Center is not responsible for the loss or damage to personal property including clothing. The Katonah Art Center will occasionally document events, classes, workshops, camps and student work using the website, social network or media, photography, and/or video for promotional purposes only. If you do not wish yourself or your child’s artwork or image photographed, please print and sign here________________________ and send to the Katonah Art Center, 65 Old Bedford Road, Goldens Bridge, NY 10526
Student Behavior: The Art Center reserves the right to dismiss any student for inappropriate behavior.
Liability Waiver: It is assumed upon registration that the Katonah Art Center is in no way responsible for the safekeeping of my personal belongings while I attend class. I understand that classes may be physically strenuous and I voluntarily participate in them with full knowledge that there is risk of personal injury, property loss or death. I agree that neither I, my heirs, assigns or legal representatives will sue or make any other claims of any kind whatsoever against or its members for any personal injury, property damage/loss, or wrongful death, whether caused by negligence or otherwise.
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Katonah Art Center
131 Bedford Road Katonah, NY 10536
This document was last updated on February 20, 2014
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*Please note that a parent/guardian is required to accompany children to this class.