Important information about CDC safety registrations, cancellations, missed classes, weather & other general FAQs
CDC & Studio Safety Guidelines that keep us all safe!
All artists are pre-registered for class, private lessons or workshops, no walk-ins
Everyone will have their temperature checked
Everyone will wash their hands upon entering the art studio
Everyone will wear their masks at all times
Artists are asked to remain in their seats, all materials will be brought to them
Artists will have the same seat every class
To reduce shared materials, artists are given a supply list of items to bring
Artist's seats are measured to be 6 feet apart, please do not rearrange furniture
Class size is capped at 8-10 artists to ensure social distancing
No food or drinks permitted at this time
Tables, chairs & materials are wiped down between classes and at end of the day
Class times are staggered to free-up people traffic in the hallway
Please do not drop off artists early. I will be cleaning between classes and cannot let them in until it is safe
Please use the restroom at home, restrooms in building are shared with several business' and cleanliness can not be guaranteed
Of course if you or your young 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 cancellations due to inclement weather or unexpected circumstances will be notified via email/text and posted on social media. These classes will be made up when possible or credit issued.
What are your credentials?
K12 Art Education certification valid in 48 states
BFA in Illustration with triple minor in Drawing, Photography and Art History
Over a decade of experience teaching art in public school, pre-k through senior year
3 years experience teaching art in private schools K-8th grade
Wrote the art curriculum for Paramus middle schools, 5-8th grade
Received a grant from the Dodge Foundation to create art & music lessons with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. This was then distributed state-wide
My approach is DBAE (Discipline Based Art Education) infused with art history and job experience creating a well-rounded experience with a side of FUN!
Create, sell, and exhibit artwork across the East Coast for more than 30 years
As an active working artist and photographer I infuse my classes 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 classes, virtual private classes and virtual paint parties!
Do you offer in-person private classes?
Yes! Private one-on-one lessons are offered to school-aged students through adults, Monday and Thursdays. My schedule fills very quickly and often there is a waiting list. If interested in private lessons please send me an email to Hello@ArtClasswithMary.com. Then we can discuss availability and pricing. Prices vary based on age/length of class.
Semi-private is also an option, for up to 3 artists of similar age.
Do you offer birthday parties?
Yes! Though for Covid-19 safety measures I do not offer parties at our location, there are other options available! You can host an art party from the comfort of your own home/yard with my help! I create art kits (to any theme) for each party guest that includes everything they need. There are additional add-ons: choose from printed directions, a pre-recorded video of me walking your guests through your painting (You can pause & replay), or we can "meet" online and I'll teach your guests virtually! See more information with pricing on the birthday tab!
Do you close for holidays?
Yes as I am also a parent, 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 and confirmations.
Late to Class / Late for Pick up: Your child's safety is our #1 concern!
Late drop-off: We know, traffic happens! There is a 5 minute grace period for class.
Late pick up: I know you will make every effort to return on time but sometimes things are out of our control. There is a 5 min grace period for pick up where your artist will be waiting for you in the hallway and my studio door will be open so I can see them.
I will be sanitizing the studio between classes and prepping for my next round of artists. Once 5 minutes passes, my door will be shut and they will no longer be in my eyeline.
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.
*Missed classes due to vacations, play dates 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. (I can only have 10 artists in the studio at a time).
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 10 days prior to class beginning, may do so less 35% class fee.
An enrolled student withdrawing from a course 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.