View our policies about our programs, registration, facility, and organization. If you have any additional questions, please email [email protected].

Last updated 10.01.2021

All COVID-related information and the latest policies can be found on our COVID Policy page. As of September 2, 2021, Commissioner of Health & Human Services Deborah Youngblood and Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller have issued a mask mandate for indoor public spaces. We have applied this mandate as well. Masks must be worn indoors at all times regardless of vaccination status.

Please review our latest policies prior to joining us in-person as many rules have changed.

Building Closures

  • In the event of a COVID-related building closure, in-person classes will continue with live online learning (Zoom). In the case of equipment-intensive courses, the curriculum may be adjusted slightly. For example, all ceramics classes will continue with a handbuilding focus.

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.

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 before the first class meeting. The same link will be used for each class meeting, so please keep it readily accessible.

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.

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 may 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 equipment and materials 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
  • Please do not move wheels, tables or large equipment. 
  • Students must thoroughly clean all wheels, work surfaces and equipment they have used following our New Art Center safety and  cleaning protocols that are posted in the studios.
  • Allow extra time for clean-up.  Students are responsible for leaving any tools, surfaces equipment and materials clean and returned to their proper place after use. 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.

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. Open Studio time is by appointment only. Open Studio is uninstructed. 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 equipment and materials requires permission or an orientation before use. If you notice a problem with equipment, stop using it immediately. Please be cleaned up and ready to leave at the end of open studio time.

Firing Policies

  • All work to be fired must be made at the New Art Center and 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.
  • 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
  • Glazed purchased outside of the New Art Center may be used only with the approval of the studio manager.
  • The New Art Center is an educational facility. We cannot accommodate high volume work or production pottery.

Thank you for your help and cooperation!

How to Register for Our Programs

  • ONLINE at www.newartcenter.org
  • PHONE call 617-964-3424
  • All registrations are taken on a first come first serve basis.  Full payment is due upon registration.

When Online Registration Closes

Online registration for classes that begin on Monday or Saturday 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 [email protected]

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. For any tuition payments paid by credit card your full convenience fees will be deducted from your refund. Withdrawals from classes, workshops, and events under $40 are eligible for course credit only, less a $10 fee or the full tuition amount can be donated to the New Art Center. Donors will receive an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Course credits are good for 1 year from the date of issue, after which time you will receive an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Student Absences: No refunds will be made for student absences including absences due to COVID or other sickness.
  • Faculty Absences: All efforts will be made to find a substitute for faculty absences. In the event that a class must be cancelled, students will be notified by email, which will be sent to the address provided during registration. 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 apply here.

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.)

Registration:

  • All registrations are taken on a first come first serve basis.  Full payment is due upon registration.  

Withdrawals and Refunds:

Registrations for classes and workshops can be withdrawn prior to seven days before the first class. No refunds or withdrawals are available within seven days of the start date. Registrations withdrawn two weeks prior to the start of the vacation week cannot be refunded.  No tuition refunds or credits will be made after that time.  There is a $25 administration fee for all withdrawals and refunds.  For any tuition payments paid by credit card your full convenience fees will be deducted from your refund. 

Waiting List:

If a class is full at the time of registration, you may request to be put on a waiting list for that week and we will contact you if a space opens up.  Call the office for more information.

Welcome Emails:

Summer Welcome Emails will be sent out the week before your child’s program.  Please make sure to include the best email address to reach you.

Emergency Forms:

Updated online emergency forms are mandatory for our summer programs.  You will receive a link from our registrar in early June.  Forms are due 2 weeks before your program begins. These forms help prepare our faculty and staff to ensure your child and his/her/their peers have the best experience possible at New Art. Please fill these forms out honestly and with detail. 

Scholarships:

Scholarships are available according to need, on a first come, first serve basis.   Please apply here.

Media Release:

New Art Center Programs are sometimes videotaped or photographed for publicity in catalogs, newspaper, 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 do not wish to be included in publicity.

Parking & Access:

The New Art Center has a small parking lot located off Madison Avenue.  Please follow signs regarding the flow of traffic during drop-off and pick-up times.  Our facility is partially accessible.  Please notify the office of any special circumstances, needs or requirements so that every effort can be made to provide accommodations.

Nuts/Allergies:

Due to the prevalence of nut allergies, New Art Center is a nut-free environment.  No nuts or peanuts, PLEASE.

Medications:

All medications must be checked in with a staff member prior to the start of the week, with detailed, written instructions.  Children may not keep medication in their backpacks or lunch boxes, and all medications will be administered by a staff member, according to parental instructions.  Parents must submit an emergency form for each enrolled child.

Behavioral Management Policy:  

Students must be able to function independently or be accompanied by an aide.  As each week begins, teachers will discuss appropriate behavior, language, and the safe respectful use of materials in the classroom. 

Behavioral Management for Young Students

New Art Center’s behavior management policy is intended to teach and promote self-regulation while ensuring the safety of each student. Staff set consistent, reasonable, and appropriate limits that take into account the individual needs and development of each student. Positive and reasonable responses are sought for all problems in order to maximize learning, growth, and development. All efforts are made to offer choices to help children formulate appropriate actions based on their social and emotional needs and to provide an opportunity for discussion and reflection. Children are supervised at all times.

Children are encouraged to understand that all feelings are legitimate, whether it is anger, frustration, silliness, sadness, etc. Those feelings are recognized, but children are held responsible for their actions. Children are most invested in a code of behavior that they help formulate. Children are incorporated into the rule-making process, especially as it concerns group decisions of preference, yet never where a certain decision may injure the emotional or physical well being of other children.

Behavior issues are viewed and addressed as either aggressive or non-aggressive. 

Non-aggressive behavior includes but is not limited to: disregarding teacher instructions, leaving the studio without permission, and interfering with other students’ ability to listen or participate in activities. 

Aggressive behavior is defined as any act that is harmful or threatening to oneself, threatens physical or emotional harm to other children or staff, deliberate destruction of New Art Center property or that of others and behavior that requires constant adult corrective action. Aggressive behavior is viewed very seriously. The following steps are taken to address behavior issues.

The child is given one or two verbal warnings that include a reason for the warning with an example of positive behavior. If that action fails, the child is given a 5-10 minute break, followed by an explanation of what the correct behavior is and why the warnings were given. This break is not presented as punishment, but as a way to slow down and reflect on or reconsider the situation. At this time, the instructor has a dialogue with the child to determine the appropriate options for the situation – such as to rejoin the activity, keep taking a break, or focus on a different activity.

In cases of aggressive behavior or repetitive non-aggressive behavior, appropriate action is taken by the Director of Education. The Director will assess the severity of the situation and will proceed with one of the following responses: removing the child from class for the rest of the class period, contacting the parents/guardian(s), scheduling a conference with the parents/guardian(s), termination or suspension.

If an instructor feels that a worrying dynamic is developing among students, they are encouraged to speak with the Director of Education right away. Solutions could include, physically separating students by assigning them to different work areas, working as a class to create community guidelines, or arranging for a meeting with parents and students to work through problems or disagreements.

In no case will a child be subjected to abuse or neglect, cruel, unusual, severe, or corporal punishment including: any type of physical hitting inflicted in any manner upon the body; punishments which subject a child to verbal abuse, ridicule, or humiliation; denial of food or force of feeding or punishment related to eating or not eating food; denial or rest of use of bathroom facilities or disciplining for soiling, wetting, or not using the toilet.

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.
  • Membership Discounts available online through your account or over the phone. Please call the office for more information, for help with your membership account, and to register using discounts.

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 Membership 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 disposed of in the red trash cans in ELVAS. 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 the New Art Center. All artwork must be removed by students by the last day of the term. New Art can not be responsible for work left in the building after the end 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].
  • 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 [email protected].
  • 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 [email protected]. 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
[email protected]