Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What age ranges are the classes at the BAC?
A. We offer classes for children, teens and adults. Mixed media classes for children start at four years of age, with drawing and painting classes starting at age six. Our children’s classes are structured by age so that students will have comparable levels of motor skills, manual dexterity, attention span, social skills and interests.
Q. Are your teachers professional working artists?
A. Yes, in addition to being educators, the majority of our teachers are working artists who have gallery representation and exhibit regularly. To find out more about a particular teacher you can visit our faculty pages HERE.
Q. What is the average class size?
A. For children ages four to five years old the maximum size is 10 students. For students six and up (including adults) the class size ranges from 12–14 students.
Q. What do you recommend for an adult or teen who is a beginner or has not done art in awhile?
A. We recommend teen or adult students who are brand new to art, or have not taken an art class in several years, start with Beginning Drawing. Being able to draw well and translate what one perceives into two-dimensions is essential for all other art-making. This class stresses the fundamental concepts of drawing such as line, shape, form, volume, spatial relationships, and perspective while working with a variety of drawing materials (such as charcoal and graphite). This class is also useful for those who need a refresher!
Q. What if I really want to take a painting class without taking a drawing class first?
A: A student’s past experience and what class they’d like to take may be discussed with an advisor at the front desk. In some cases, a student might be asked to provide images of previous work to assist us in determining what class would be appropriate for a particular student’s skill level and interests.
Q. Are supplies included in class tuition?
A. The Brentwood Art Center provides supplies for all children’s mixed media and drawing & painting classes and some teen/adult classes. However, most teen and adult classes require students to provide their own supplies. A supply list will be provided for any class that requires supplies. Class schedules denote which classes require supplies in the following way: any class on the kid/teen schedule will denote which classes require supplies with an asterisk, and any class on the adult schedule which has supplies included will be noted.
Q. Does the Center sell art supplies?
A. The BAC sells a limited amount of basic drawing supplies such as charcoal, pencils and erasers. When a student buys supplies tax will be added to the amount. The charge can either be put on the account or be paid in cash, but please remember that the BAC does not have a cash drawer and cannot provide any change (though credit could be left on the account).
Q. Where should I buy art supplies?
A. Almost any supplies you may need can be bought at an art supply store (in person or online). We usually recommend Blick since it provides the most variety and is relatively close by (there is one located on Santa Monica Blvd and Colby).
Q. What is the difference between a “continuing class” and a “session class”?
A. Session classes:
Session classes run for a specific number of weeks and usually employ a sequential curriculum. Usually a student can join a session class up until the third class meeting without much trouble getting caught up. It may be possible to enroll in a session class after its third meeting at the discretion of faculty and staff. Full tuition for a session class is due at the time of enrollment. All summer classes are session classes.
Most of our classes are continuing classes. Continuing classes are offered mid-September through mid-June. Students may enroll in a continuing class at any time, space and curriculum permitting. Once enrolled, a student is automatically enrolled in the following month unless they notify the front desk at least a week before the first of the coming month.
Tuition for a continuing class is based on a four-week month and is adjusted for months with holidays or a varying number of weeks. Students are billed prior to each new month with tuition being due by the first of that month. Students or parents of students wishing to withdraw from class must notify the office at least one week prior to the beginning of a new month in order to avoid incurring new tuition charges. Refunds are not possible after the first of the month.
Q. But how will I catch up if I start in the middle of a continuing class?
A. Students are sometimes concerned that they are not starting with all the other students if they join a class mid-month or mid-semester. However, by offering continuing month-to-month classes, a greater deal of flexibility is offered so that students may join at any time and withdraw at the end of a calendar month. Our exceptional faculty is accustomed to this enrollment style and they are very adept at welcoming and orienting new students to an ongoing class. The instructor will familiarize themselves with a student’s skill level and background and begin instruction accordingly.
Q. When do your classes begin?
A. A majority of our classes are continuing classes (see above) which means you can join a class at any time as long as there is space in the class and the curriculum permits. Continuing classes begin mid-September and run continuously though mid-June. We also offer a 10-week summer session.
Session classes start at the beginning of each semester. There are four semesters: fall usually starts mid-September, winter mid-January, spring beginning of April and summer starts mid-June.
Q. How come one class is more expensive than the other?
A. Prices per class meeting vary on the number of hours the class is in session, whether supplies are included, and whether or not there is a model. The prices listed for a continuing class are the price per month (assuming there are four weeks in the month) while the prices listed for a session class are for the entire session (usually 10 weeks).
Q. How do I withdraw from a class?
A. If a student wishes to withdraw from a continuing class they must notify the office at least one week prior to the beginning of a new month in order to avoid incurring new tuition charges. Refunds after the first of the month are not possible.
If a student wishes to withdraw from a session class the Center will refund all monies paid except the a $100 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit or administrative fee (depending whether full tuition or a deposit was made) if the student cancels at least four business days prior to the first class meeting. If a student cancels at least four business days prior to the second class meeting 80% of tuition will be refunded, if a student cancels at least four days prior to the third class meeting 70% of tuition will be refunded. No refunds are possible thereafter. In all refund instances, including day camps, a minimum of the non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will be retained.
Q. Where can I park?
A. We have a small parking lot that is located at the back of the school (on 26th street). There is also ample street parking, no permit needed. Please be aware of the following restrictions on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays:
9am – 11am: street cleaning on the east side of 26th street
10am – 12pm: street cleaning on the south side of Montana avenue
12pm – 2pm: street cleaning on the north side of Montana avenue
1pm – 3pm: street cleaning on the west side of 26th street
Absence and Make-up Policy
Q. What if I have to miss a class?
A. We know things come up and sometimes absences can't be avoided but there's good news: we have a make-up policy. Students who notify the front desk at least 24 hours in advance of an absence will be credited with a make up class. A student can use a make up to come to any other class at a different time as long the student is currently enrolled in at least one class and has the supplies, skill level and there is space in the class they wish to attend. Make-ups expire after one year.
Q. How do I schedule a make-up?
A. Students review the schedule of classes and identify classes they would like to use a make-up in (sometimes students find it helpful to consult their instructors). A student then contacts the front desk and inquires about space in the class they want to do the make-up in. In almost all cases make-ups cannot be scheduled more than a few days in advance. Students must also have the appropriate supplies for the class.
Students must schedule make-ups with the front desk. Please do not show up to a class without previously scheduling and confirming a make-up as there is limited space and enrollment in all classes.
Q. Is there any way to come to a class here and there?
A. We off the option of doing pay-per-visits (PPVs). PPVs are scheduled weekly with space and curriculum permitting. PPVs must be scheduled ahead of time to make sure there is space in the class. If you’d like to schedule a PPV please contact the front desk. The price of a PPV is the pro-rated amount plus $5.
Q. How can I automatically pay my bill each month?
A. You may request to have your card automatically charged with tuition each month by filling out an automatic payment request form. You may choose whether to receive a copy of your bill each month, or not. Automatic payments are processed on the 25th of each month for the coming month’s tuition.
Q. What is the difference between a mixed media class and a drawing and painting class?
A. Both classes present students with a variety of materials and techniques. The main difference is a mixed media class may have projects that are sometimes two-dimensional and sometimes three-dimensional. Drawing and painting classes allow students to focus on two-dimensional art making techniques.
Q. Do you offer day camps?
A. Yes! We offer day camps during the summer and for a couple of days during winter break. We do not, however, offer spring break camps due to the varying schedules of local schools.