View our policies about our programs, registration, facility, and organization. If you have any additional questions, please email info@newartcenter.org.

We are pleased to share that the New Art Center will open for a selection of in-person classes for adults and children in mid-September! (And many classes will also run online.) The safety of our faculty, students, and staff is our top priority. We are opening our building and operating our programs in accordance with both Massachusetts state laws and CDC guidelines.

Adults classes will begin the week of 9/14 and children’s classes will begin 9/21. Early registration will open on or around 8/5/20.

Building & Facility Improvements:

Prior to opening, we will have completed some important and exciting capital improvements to our main building at 61 Washington Park to ensure adequate social distancing as well as the safety of our students, faculty and staff, including:

  • Improving the air quality throughout the building by adding air exchange units to bring in fresh air all year round
  • Adding HVAC with ultraviolet filters on the first and second floors. These systems will be equipped with fans to run the ultraviolet filters all year round and will make the building significantly more comfortable in warmer months
  • Adding stand-alone ultraviolet units in the basement
  • Adding touchless sinks and toilets in the bathrooms
  • Adding a new, ADA compliant bathroom in ELVAS, our Extra-Large Visual Arts Studio
  • Enlarging the lower level classrooms by removing partition walls

And, to ensure the health and safety of all members of our community, at minimum, we are implementing the following measures with our fall in-person programming. The health and safety of our community depends on your cooperation and compliance with these guidelines.

Social Distancing, PPE, and General Protocols:

  • If you are sick, please stay home
  • Follow the markers to stay 6 feet away from everyone in the building
  • All students, faculty, and staff must wear facemasks at all times when in our facilities and on the premises.
  • Face masks required at all times indoors, and masks must cover your mouth and nose
  • No eating in classes or in the building
  • Please bring your own water
  • Please follow directional signs and designated classroom exits
  • Please sanitize and wash your hands frequently – New Art will have sanitizing stations in each room

Studio Protocols:

  • The New Art Center is reducing the maximum number of students enrolled in-person in each class to adhere to state guidelines
  • Maximum classroom capacities are:
    • ELVAS, 13 people
    • Main Gallery, 17 people
    • Ceramics Room, 12 people
    • Jean Mineo Classroom, 11 people
    • New Art at the Trio (our new satellite classroom space), 16 people
  • Classrooms will be arranged to ensure 6 feet of physical space among students
  • Classrooms will be arranged to allow for social distancing – please do not rearrange classrooms
  • Option to place your own brown paper on your table at the start of class – all paper will be pre-cut for your convenience
  • Students will be asked to throw away brown paper at the end of class
  • Option to wipe/sanitize your table before and after your class
  • Please bring your own small tools
  • If you are a young student (Grade 2 or younger), your teacher can assist you with your brown paper and shared tool cleaning.
  • Visual social distancing markers as well as physical barriers will be in place to guide students in the building, including directional hallways and passageways for foot traffic
  • Ceramics students will need to reserve Open Studio time in advance; drop ins will not be allowed. Maximum number of people in the ceramics studio will be 12

Hygiene Protocols:

  • All students, faculty, and staff are required to follow CDC guidelines related to hygiene
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up in each classroom and around the building
  • No eating in classes by students or faculty
  • All bathrooms will be single occupancy

Cleaning & Disinfecting:

  • A minimum of daily cleaning and sanitizing of high touch surfaces by the New Art
  • Paper table covers will be changed between classes each day
  • Adequate cleaning supplies will be available for students’ use between cleanings, allowing students additional opportunities to wipe down surfaces

Staffing & Operations:

  • The New Art Center is reducing the maximum number of staff in the Main Office to adhere to state guidelines
  • Holzwasser Gallery will be converted to staff space for the short-term, and exhibitions will be moved on-line
  • Staff schedules may be staggered
    • Office, 4 people
    • Holzwasswer Gallery, 2 people
    • Executive Director’s Office, 1 person

Any faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has received a positive test result for COVID-19 are required to notify New Art for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing. Students are also asked to notify New Art in the event the student tests positive for COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has received a positive test result for COVID-19.

We will also recommend that all students (adults and children):

  1. Bring extra PPE items (i.e., masks) into the building
  2. Purchase separate tools and art supplies for personal use
  3. Any shared tools that cannot be easily purchased will be sprayed after each use

Refund Policies will be shared prior to the opening of registration. As this situation continues to evolve, there will almost certainly be additional policy changes that will accompany our reopening plans, and we will share them as soon as possible.

Finally, even with the outpouring of support from our community, COVID-19 has left us financially vulnerable. Although the New Art Center did receive federal stimulus support, we are taking on long-term debt of more than $180K to manage the scale of renovations needed to reopen. Many of our staff members will also continue to work reduced hours for the near-term.

We believe in our mission as a non-profit community art education space which offers everyone, at all levels of ability, exceptional opportunities to make, exhibit, view, think about and talk about art. In the near future, we will be sharing new ways to help support us, to ensure the longevity of our role in the community.

Youth Programs & Shared Materials

  • Small tools (such as scissors, erasers, and paint brushes) and materials (such as pencils, pens, markers, and crayons) will be distributed to each student to use for the entirety of the class
  • At the end of class, students will lay their tools and materials on a table. The tools and materials will be sprayed with sanitizer by the instructor and put away.
  • Larger shared materials (such as paint bottles, larger wood working tools) will be distributed and sanitized after each use by the instructor.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own small tools and materials to use instead of the New Art Center’s.

Youth Programs Arrival & Dismissal

Entrance and Dismissal for Classes:

  • Please make note of the classroom to your which child will be assigned.
  • While everyone will enter the building from the driveway entrance, dismissals will occur from the exit closest to their classroom.
  • Only parents/guardians of K – 4 students should enter the building for drop off. All other children should enter the building themselves and follow the signs to their classrooms.
  • There will be New Art Staff to help them find their way!
  • Clear signage will be posted inside and outside of the building.
  • Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, at this time, parents may not wait in the building for their students.
  • Please be timely for pick up to help us adhere to COVID guidelines. If you have questions, please call the office at 617-964-3424.

Arrival Details:

For Grades K – 4:

  • Enter building via the Driveway Entrance no earlier than 10 min before start of class.
  • Please do not bring backpacks or snacks.
  • If your student needs to use the bathroom, parents may accompany children to the bathroom before the start of class. If you student needs to use the bathroom during class, the instructor will help them.
  • Please use the bathroom closest to the classroom unless otherwise directed.
  • Parents may walk into the classroom to help their child get settled. Parents should then exit through the closest exit to the classroom. Unfortunately, due to
  • COVID restrictions, at this time, parents may not wait in the building for their students.

For Grades 5+ :

  • Enter building via the Driveway Entrance no earlier than 10 min before start of class.
  • Please do not bring backpacks or snacks.
  • If your student needs to use the bathroom, please remind them to use the bathroom in the Main Gallery before the start of class. If you student needs to use the bathroom during class, the instructor will let them know which bathroom to use.

Dismissal Details for all Grades:

  • Please see the diagram below for drop off and pickup locations.
  • Students will be dismissed by the instructor from the exterior door closest to their classroom.
  • Jean Mineo Classroom and Ceramics Studio – Students will be dismissed from the lower level door facing the side driveway, parallel to Walnut Street
  • Main Gallery Classroom – Students will be dismissed from the ADA compliant entrance, parallel to Washington Park
  • ELVAS Classroom – Students will be dismissed by the rear driveway, facing Madison Ave
  • Parents/guardians should wait near the sandwich boards that are posted around the building.
  • Please call the office at 617-964-3424 if you are going to be delayed.

When Zoom Class Information is Sent

Adult Classes: The “Student’s Email” you provide during registration will be emailed the Zoom link and login information one hour before the class begins.

Children/Teen Classes: The email you provide at checkout will be emailed the Zoom link and login information one hour before the class begins.

Time of Class: Instructors reserve the right to use waiting rooms for their Zoom classrooms. If your instructor is using waiting rooms, we recommend signing onto your class a few minutes beforehand or at the start time. Latecomers may have some difficulty joining.

Zoom Instructions

Download Zoom instructions here.

Youth Programs & Shared Materials

  • Small tools (such as scissors, erasers, and paint brushes) and materials (such as pencils, pens, markers, and crayons) will be distributed to each student to use for the entirety of the class
  • At the end of class, students will lay their tools and materials on a table. The tools and materials will be sprayed with sanitizer by the instructor and put away.
  • Larger shared materials (such as paint bottles, larger wood working tools) will be distributed and sanitized after each use by the instructor.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own small tools and materials to use instead of the New Art Center’s.

Welcome to the New Art Center Ceramics Studio! Clay is one of the most expressive and versatile media for making art, from sculpture to the pottery wheel. We are excited to have you as a student here.

General

Adult ceramics students taking classes held in the New Art Center building have a shelf to store clay, tools and works in progress. Make sure your name is clearly marked on your shelf. Please do not store clay, works in progress or other personal items on top of the shelves.

  • Adult students must bring their own small tools.
  • All students will receive one 25 pound bag of clay, included in tuition. Up to 3 additional bags of clay can be purchased for $25 each.
  • All work to be fired must be made at the New Art Center, using clay purchased from the New Art Center or made at your home if you are enrolled in a work at home class.
  • Students working at the New Art Center may only purchase clay from their instructor during class time.
  • Exact change, check or credit card accepted. No IOU’s. Students taking online courses will have a clay distribution date TBD each session. If they need additional clay they may purchase clay by appointment with the Ceramics program manager.
  • Speedball Underglazes may be used for highlighting only.
  • The slab roller is available for use during class time. For safety concerns it will be locked on the weekends and during open studio. Use of the slab roller requires an orientation by your instructor.

Cleaning, Health and Safety

  • The New Art Center has increased our cleaning regimen and added new safety protocols. In addition to that, the New Art Center will sanitize all sink areas and floors daily.
  • Our studios also depend on the participation of Students and Teachers to create a good working environment for everyone.
  • Masks are required at all times. If you need a mask break, please go outside of the building.
  • Wash and dry your hands upon entry. Hand sanitizer will also be located throughout the building
  • Limit one person at a time at sinks
  • Please do not move wheels, tables or large equipment. They have been placed to allow for social distancing.
  • Students must thoroughly clean all wheels, work surfaces and equipment they have used following our New Art Center safety protocols that are posted in the studios.
  • Allow extra time for clean for clean-up. Students may be asked to clean-up in shifts to avoid congestion at sinks.
  • All sanding must be done outside the building. Please refrain from blowing dust off your projects.
  • No food or drink in the studios, except a water bottle
  • Bathroom facilities in the ceramics area will now be single occupancy.
  • For additional information related to New Art’s COVID-19 Control Plan, see https://newartcenter.org/policies/

Open Studio

Open Studio is time for students to practice what they have learned in class. It is available to adults who are currently registered in an adult ceramics class that takes place in the New Art Center building. To comply with occupancy standards, Open Studio time will be by appointment only. Open Studio is uninstructed time. If you need extra help with a project, please save questions for your teacher during your class time. Be careful with any equipment that you use. Use of some equipment requires permission or an orientation before use. If you notice a problem with equipment, stop using it immediately.

Firing Policies

  • All work to be fired must be made within the session that students are registered. Clay must be purchased from the New Art Center.
  • SIGN all your work before firing.
  • Work to be fired must be dry, unbroken and structurally sound.

Glaze

  • To protect kiln shelves, work must have unglazed bottoms and unglazed side areas of at least ¼ inches from the bottom.
  • Work should not exceed 15” in length, 15” in width, and 20” in height.
  • We will charge for kiln firing above a cubic allocation of 4,000 cubic inches per person, per class. Kiln firing includes one bisque and one glaze.
  • Our price of .04 cents per cubic inch is well below the industry standard. See example below. Prior to bisque firing, students will need to measure their pieces, putting the measurement in the Ceramics Studio Logbook .Online students may measure at home and bring that measurement with them on greenware drop off days.
  • Instructions for measuring will be explained by your instructor at the start of each semester. Payment must be made at the end of each semester. Please try to keep up on your glazing and complete work within the session it was created. Large pieces may take longer to get fired.
  • The New Art center cannot store bisque longer than 90 days

Thank You for your help and cooperation!

Cubic inches included in class tuition Cost of firing after 4,000 cubic inches includes both bisque and glaze firing Sample: 6″ bowl
6″X 6″X 3″=108 cu in.
Note: smallest vertical
measurement is 3″
After reaching 4,000 cubic inches the cost of firing a 6″ bowl that is 2″ high
4,000 .04 (4 cents per) 108 $4.32

How to Register for Our Programs

  • ONLINE at www.newartcenter.org
  • PHONE call 617-964-3424
  • MAIL registration form below

When Online Registration Closes

Online registration for classes that begin on Monday close the Friday before at 12PM. Online registration for classes that begin on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday close on the day before at 12PM. If class registration has closed online and you are interested in registering, please email Marte at marte@newartcenter.org.

Online Registration Transaction Receipt

When registering online, you will receive a credit card transaction receipt for your purchase confirming your payment. Registrations are accepted in the order received. A course confirmation will be sent by email approximately one week before the class begins. If there are conflicts, our registrar will contact you directly. If the class is oversubscribed, or under enrolled, you will receive a full refund.

Course Confirmation

  • Register early so that your class will run! Courses will be confirmed approximately a week before class begins, if there are enough students to run the class.
  • When registering online, you will receive a transaction receipt.

General Registration Policies

  • Insufficient Enrollment: The New Art Center will make a full refund for any class cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
  • Withdrawal: Up to 7 days before the first class, you may withdraw for a refund, less a $25 administrative fee per class. No tuition refunds or credits will be made after that time. Withdrawals from classes, workshops, and events under $40 are eligible for course credit only, less a $10 fee. Course credits are good for 1 year from the date of issue.
  • Late Registration: Registration after classes begin is permitted with faculty approval.
  • Student Absences: No refunds will be made for student absences.
  • Faculty Absences: All efforts will be made to find a substitute for faculty absences. In the event that a class must be cancelled, one makeup class will be scheduled each term for a single absence by a faculty member. For multiple absences, a substitute faculty member will be assigned. There will be no refunds for faculty absences.
  • Scholarships: Limited scholarships are available according to need. Please email marte@newartcenter.org for an application.

Media Release: New Art Center Programs are sometimes videotaped or photographed for publicity in catalogs, newspapers, radio, television, or on our social media pages. Permission to be included in publicity is implied by enrollment. Please contact the office in writing if you or your child do not wish to be included in publicity.

Children’s Special Circumstances

Parents must notify the office about any medical conditions, allergies, learning styles, social needs, or other special circumstances that might affect your child’s participation in the program, at the start of each term. Medications must remain in the New Art Center office, children may not self-administer any medications.

Weather-Related Closures And Delays

Closings and delays due to inclement weather will be posted on the homepage of our website, www.newartcenter.org. The New Art Center generally follows the Newton Public Schools for closures. For delays, and for evening and weekend classes, please check our website, or call for information. If needed, there will be one make-up class per term to be held the week after the term ends. (No refunds for weather-related closings.)

Gift Certificates

New Art Center gift certificates are available in any dollar amount for use towards all classes and workshops.

Discounts

  • Discounts cannot be combined.
  • Early Registration Discounts available online. Please call the office for more information and to register using discounts (other than early registration).

EARLY REGISTRATION SAVINGS EACH SEMESTER! Watch for dates.

NEW STUDENT DISCOUNT: 15% off regular tuition rate for classes 6 weeks or longer.

FAMILY/MULTI-CLASS DISCOUNT: For two classes, take $20 off; for three classes, take $30 off.

Coupons

Only one coupon may be used per household, per semester. Coupons can only be used for classes, events, and programming at time of initial registration. Coupons cannot be used for classes, events, and programming already registered for. Coupon codes may be used in addition to our Early Registration Discount and Gift Certificates. We do not accept expired coupons. We do not give cash back if the value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the registration. New Art Center has the right to refuse, or limit the use of any coupon for any reason.

Materials, In Person Classes & Programs

  • Materials ARE NOT provided for adult classes other than ceramics, unless noted in the description. Adult Ceramics students will be required to purchase their own tools.
  • Materials ARE provided for all ceramics classes, teen, and children’s classes.
  • Materials lists can be found on our website, https://newartcenter.org/materials-lists/
  • New Art Center follows best practices for artists working in oil-based paints: All solvents, rags and waste must be removed from the building at the end of class. No disposal or storage of solvents or oil-based paints is permitted. If solvents must be used, please use the safest solvent, Gamsol. Absolutely no turpentine, turpenoid, or odorless paint thinners. New Art Center staff and teachers can answer questions about safe practices.

Materials, Live Online Learning Classes & Programs

  • Materials ARE NOT provided for adult, teen, and children classes for New Art Live Online Learning classes and programs.
  • Materials lists can be found on our website,https://newartcenter.org/materials-lists/

Storage Of Artwork

There is limited storage for student artwork at New Art Center. All artwork must be removed by students by the last day of the term.

Parking

The New Art Center has a small parking lot located off Madison Ave. Street parking is also available.Please do not block or park in neighbor’s driveways on Washington Park or Madison Ave. This includes parking temporarily to pick up/drop off a student, pick up/drop off art supplies, or any other reason. If you have special circumstances, please contact the New Art Center office to make needed accommodations.

Accessibility

  • Please notify the New Art Center office of any special circumstances, needs or requirements.
  • Trained service animals are welcome, and must be under the owner’s control at all times.
  • The Main Gallery is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible lavatory.
  • Students must be able to function independently or be accompanied by an aide.• Children may not self-administer medications. Please leave prescriptions with the New Art Center office staff.
  • The New Art Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed, religion, age, sexual orientation, or national origin.
Last Updated: 9/8/2020

New Art Center Privacy Policy

New Art Center (“New Art” or “We”) is committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to its website and the community that we serve.  This Privacy Policy describes the types of personal information we may collect from you or that you may provide to us and our practices for collecting, using, protecting and disclosing that information.

Children

Users under the age of 18 have our permission to browse this Website, however these users cannot register for classes, courses or programs (collectively, “Programs”) or participate in any offers on the Website, or disclose any personally identifiable information without the contemporaneous consent of a parent or guardian.  If you are the parent or guardian of a minor under 18 years of age and believe that they have disclosed personally identifiable information to us, please contact us at info@newartcenter.org so that we may delete the minor’s information.  Only a parent or guardian is authorized to submit to us any personal information for an individual who is under the age of 18.

Links to Other Sites

As a resource to our community, we may provide links to other websites for your information. These sites operate independently from our website and are not under our control. These sites may have their own privacy notices or terms of use, which you should review if you visit any sites linked through our website. We are not responsible for the content or use of these unrelated sites.

Information We Collect

“Personal Information” is information about you that can be used to identify you and may include name, email address, physical address, phone number, and certain financial information.

We may collect certain information from or about you, including Personal Information, when you participate in a New Art Program, donate to New Art, visit our website, or otherwise express an interest in our events or Programs.  This information includes:

  • Identifiers, such as your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, or date of birth.
  • Financial Information, such as your credit card information or payment details to process your Program payments or a donation.
  • Demographics, such as age, gender, and other characteristics you provide to us.
  • Marketing data, such as your preferences for receiving communications about our activities, events, and publications, and details about how you engage with our communications.

Like many online services, we may also use cookies to gather certain information about the use of our website, such as your general geographic location and how frequently certain areas of our website are visited.  You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent or you can choose to disable all cookies.

How We Use Your Information

New Art uses the information we collect about you for the following purposes:

  • To contact you regarding participation in Programs or provide information about Programs.
  • To create an alumni network.
  • To grow, enhance and promote New Art Programs and services.
  • To manage, solicit and process donations.
  • To contact you regarding current and future programs, fundraisers, events and news that may be of interest to you. You may choose to stop receiving these communications at any time by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email from us or by emailing info@newartcenter.org.
  • To gather information when visitors navigate through our website to improve our website.
  • To comply with applicable laws and legally-required reporting requirements, or as we deem necessary for your health and safety or the health and safety of others.
  • For other purposes described at the time we collect the information.

How We Share Your Information

Except as provided in this policy or in accordance with your express consent, we do not sell or otherwise share the information we collect about you to others.  We may share your information with third parties as described below or at the time of collection:

  • With your consent, we may share participant contact information in a directory of Program participants.
  • We may share information about Program or event participants or donors with other participants in or sponsors of New Art Programs for marketing, promotional and fundraising activities. If you prefer not to have your information shared in this manner, email us at info@newartcenter.org.
  • We may share information about you with our third-party service providers in connection with their performance of services for us including, without limitation, vendors who assist with processing payments. These service providers are prohibited from using your information in any manner outside of the purposes described in this Privacy Policy.
  • We may share information collected from or about you with third parties if you explicitly request it or consent to it, or if we believe that we are required by law, or to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others.

Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information

Third parties, including Facebook, may use cookies, web beacons, and other storage technologies to collect or receive information from our website and use that information to provide measurement services and target ads. You may find more information about Facebook’s privacy policies at https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/

You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent and may also adjust these settings at http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices and/or

https://www.facebook.com/ads/website_custom_audiences/. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this site may then be inaccessible or not function properly.

If you do not wish to have your email address used by New Art to contact you for marketing purposes, you can opt-out at any time by sending us an email stating your request to info@newartcenter.org. If we have sent you an email, you may send us a return email asking to be omitted from future email distributions.

International Users

Our website is operated in the United States.  If you are located outside of the United States, you should be aware that we will collect, process, and maintain your information in the United States.  By using the website or providing information to us, you consent to the transfer of your information to the United States, which may not offer the same level of privacy protection that would be required by your home country, and to the processing and maintaining of that information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

The date this Privacy Policy was last revised is identified at the top of the page. We may occasionally update this Privacy Policy to reflect changes in our practices, industry standards, or applicable law.  If we materially change the Privacy Policy, we will post a notice on our home page.  If you continue to use our Website, register for any Program, or make a donation after the notice is posted, you will be deemed to have agreed with our updated policy.

Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, please contact us at:

New Art Center
Washington Park
Newton, MA 02460
617.964.3424
info@newartcenter.org