Information about pandemic safety regulations, cancellations, missed classes, weather & other FAQs
The art studio has two HEPA fans running at all times
Everyone wears masks and temperatures are checked before entry
Everyone will wash their hands prior to taking seats
Artists have the same seat every class
To reduce shared materials, artists have a list of items to bring
Please do not drop off artists early
Class size is capped to ensure social distancing
NO food or drinks permitted
Tables, chairs etc are sanitized after every class & at end of day
Please use the restroom before class
Of course if you or your artist are feeling ill, please call or email that you will be staying home
If we are required to close due to Covid-19, we will switch to online classes and provide you with all of the materials and access to instructional videos for your children to enjoy creating at home.
Class changes or cancellations due to weather or unexpected circumstances will be notified via email/text and posted on social media. These classes will be held virtually, made up when possible or credit issued.
What are your credentials?
K12 Art Education certification valid in 48 states
BFA in Illustration, triple minor in Drawing, Photography & Art History
Over 15 years experience teaching Art in public school, pre-k through senior year
3 years (additional) experience teaching art in private schools K-8th grade
Wrote the art curriculum for Paramus middle schools, 5-8th grade
Dodge Foundation Grant to create art & music lessons with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, distributed state-wide
DBAE (Discipline Based Art Education) infused with art history and job experience creating a well-rounded experience with a side of FUN!
Active artist that creates, sells, and exhibits artwork across the East Coast for over 30 years
Classes are infused with job skill/career references further validating the importance of art education
Can I stay to watch the class?
For the comfort and safety of all my artists, classes and workshops are drop-off format.
Do you offer virtual classes?
Yes! There are virtual group and private classes, as well as virtual paint parties!
Do you offer private classes?
Yes! Private one-on-one lessons are offered to school-aged students through adults, Monday and Thursday during the school year. My schedule fills very quickly and often there is a waiting list. If interested in private lessons send an email to to discuss availability and pricing.
I can't find a class that fits my schedule, can I choose when my class is held?
The schedule shown on the website is my current availability.
Be sure to subscribe to get updates on workshops which are held on all different days/times!
Can I join a class late and prorate the fee? Or can I join a class but only come to some classes and get refunds on the ones we don't attend?
My classes run just as they did when I taught in public school, there is a consistent thread of instruction through each session. The projects build on the one before as skills are learned and reenforced. Therefore if you are not able to attend the classes as listed, it is best to wait until there is one that fits your schedule!
Do you offer birthday parties?
Yes! Head to the Birthday Party Tab at the top!
Do you close for holidays?
Yes, Art Classes with Mary Shadbolt LLC is closed for major and national holidays, winter & spring break in order to spend time with my family. Class dates are always noted in the listings.
Late drop-off: We know, traffic happens! There is a 5 minute grace period for class.
Late pick up: There is a 5 min grace period for pick up. Your artist will be waiting for you in the hallway and my studio door will be open so I can see them. Once 5 minutes passes, my door will be shut with your artist in the hallway, no longer be in my eyeline. *Note* If this happens routinely, a fee of $1 per minute will be put into place.
Missed Classes & "No-Shows":
If a student will miss their scheduled class due to illness/covid quarantine/ emergency, please notify Miss Mary ASAP. Materials may be picked up to work on projects at home to stay current.
Missed classes due to vacations, play dates, forgetting or other activities are not made up nor refunded/pro-rated.
If the missed class is a "no-show", meaning did not show up in person or virtually to class, and didn't notify me prior, no make-up arrangements will be made.
Currently no in-person make up classes are being held due to a tight schedule of fully booked classes.
Missed Workshops (one-time classes):
Workshops are a one-time class in the evening or weekend. Individuals who miss workshops do so at their own loss. Materials are purchased in advance based on number of registrants.
Individuals who withdraw from their enrolled 6-week course 3 weeks prior to class beginning, may do so less 35% class fee. Due to class sizes being capped, advertising for the class seat is at a premium.
An enrolled student withdrawing from a course within a week of a class starting, or after it begins will receive no refund, unless outstanding circumstances exist (e.g. medical condition, Covid-19 related, or family emergency).
However credit can be extended to a class of equal value, minus any classes attended and less a 35% enrollment fee and material fee (if applies). This credit must be used within 12 months.
There is one main rule at the art studio. Respect.
Respect each other, the teacher, the materials and the art studio.
If student behavior steps over the line, a phone call or email will be made to the family of the artist.
Disruptive & disrespectful behavior effects the learning of other students.
If more than one discussion with the family needs to be made, disruptive students will be asked to discontinue classes at the family’s expense (no refunds).
Behavior that poses a threat to other students, the studio or myself will be asked to leave immediately.