The answers to just about ALL

your questions can be found

on this page!

 

Frequently Asked Questions;

 

When does the new schedule come out?

We generally post the next month’s schedule on the 20th of the current month. If there is a particular painting you want to do, we suggest you register ASAP, as sometimes classes sell out in a day or two.

 

What is an Art Party Studio class like?

In a relaxed, social, group setting, an artist will guide you through replicating the night’s featured painting step-by-step. By the end of the evening you will be amazed at the artwork you have created! Classes are between 2  to 3 hours.

 

I don’t have any artistic talent. Will I be able to complete the painting?

Absolutely! We will guide you step-by-step through the featured painting and will ensure that you stay on track to completing your masterpiece by the end of class.

 

Do I need to sign up in advance?

Yes. Because we have a limited number of seats, and the fact that we have to prepare a canvas and set a place for you, signing up in advance is always required. You can register on the website – just click the link next to the painting you’d like to do on the Class Calendar and you will be taken to the registration page.

 

How do I know how many seats are left in the class?
On the registration page, the number of seats that show up in the drop down selection box are the number of seats available for that class. So if only 2 show up for your selection, that is all that is left. If 20 shows up, then there are 20 seats left, etc. So pay attention to how many seats are available in the class before registering a group for one that’s about to sell out.
If the registration is not accessible  (no drop-down menu) it may be because it has just sold out, but we have not had a chance to change it on the Class Calendar page (It is not automatic, we have to do that manually when there are no seats left)

 

What is the cost of an Art Party Studio class?

Adult classes are $35 and are 2 – 3 hours depending on the class and painting. There is a discount on all our classes if you register for 2 seats or more at the same time. Clicking on a registration link will give you the details.

 

Do I need to have a PayPal account to pay online?

No!  We offer the choice of paying with PayPal (you do not need to have an account to pay with PayPal) or you also have the option to pay directly with a credit or debit card through the Authorize.net payment portal.  Select the option you want and it will guide you through the process to pay with a credit or debit card, as you would purchase anything online. For those who are not familiar, PayPal and Authorize.net are both top secure payment companies.

 

What is included in the price?

We provide Canvases, Paint, Brushes, Easels, Aprons, Music and Instruction.

 

What should I wear?

We will provide aprons, but we recommend wearing something you wouldn’t mind getting paint on – just in case

 

What do I need to bring to the class?

As we said, we provide all the supplies you will need for painting. We are a BYOB, ‘paint and sip’ studio, so bring your favorite beverage and snacks or appetizers you might want during the class. We also provide plastic Cups, Corkscrews, Napkins and a large Ice tub to keep bottles cold.

 

Can I bring something other than wine? Will there be some way to keep my beverage cold?

You can bring wine, beer, a pitcher of margaritas, fruit punch, soft drinks or any other beverage to The Art Party Studio. There will be a large ice tub to put beverages in to keep them cold during the class. We do expect all painters to be responsible with alcohol on and off the premises. For our regularly scheduled classes, you must be 18 years of age in order to attend, and 21 years in order to drink.

 

What time do I need to arrive for a class?

Evening classes start at 7 pm. The Art Party Studio doors will open at 6:30 pm. Please come early to find your seat, have a drink and socialize a bit, as the class will start promptly on time.

Once instruction has begun, it is not really possible to catch up, and it is not fair to the other patrons to have to wait for you to arrive.

 

If I come with a friend or group, can we all sit together?

If you purchase several seats within a single transaction, we will see that on the registration and reserve seats together for you. It is usually best if, with a large group signing up separately, one last name is selected to identify the group in the box that says “if you are with a group” on the registration page, and everyone puts that surname down. We will seat you together, if at all possible.

 

May I bring a non-painting guest to class to watch me while I paint?

Sorry, no. This is an interactive event, with reserved seating, therefore we ask that you do not bring an observer unless you have a paid reservation for them.

 

May I bring my son, daughter or other person under age 18?

Sorry, no. Because of the consumption of alcohol, we are restricted to age 18 and up (21 to drink).

 

What is your cancellation policy?

Because a great deal of upfront effort and preparation is required in order to make this an enjoyable experience for you, and because we have a limited number of seats to offer, we ask you to give us as much notice as possible if you need to cancel. This provides us an opportunity to fill the space. Cancellations should be made by email or by phone. For one or two people registered together, if it is 48 hours or more prior to class, you can request a refund. If it is between 48 and 24 hours prior to class, you can request a class credit or transfer the reservation to another class. Loss of payment will occur if you cancel less than 24 hours prior to class or if you simply do not show up. (YOU DO HAVE THE OPTION OF FINDING SOMEONE TO TAKE YOUR PLACE – just let us know if you do). For groups of 3 to 5 people, we require a minimum of 72 hours notice for a refund or to reschedule. For reservations of groups of 6 or more, we require 7 days notice for a refund or to reschedule.  Please do not call or email and ask to be an exception.

Classes may be subject to cancellation based on the number of enrollments.

 

Will I be able to take my painting home and will the paint be dry when I leave?

You will be able to take your finished canvas home with you. Our paint is fast drying acrylic that should be dry by the time you leave. We have dryers to use for any damp areas as well.

 

I have a Class Credit, how can I use it to register for a class?

Send us an email with the following information: 1.) date of the class you would like to attend 2.) How many seats you would like to purchase 3.) the code you were given  4.) Your phone number 5.) The name of the group you would like to sit with, if any.  We will then register you from our end.  Class Credits are good for 6 months from the date they are issued.

 

When does the new schedule come out?

We generally post the next month’s schedule on the 20th of the current month.

 

I missed a painting that I really want to paint! How often will you repeat paintings?

You can let us know, and we will keep this in mind when scheduling future classes! But, because there are many different variables that go into selecting the paintings for the schedule, and there are 8 to 10 new paintings added each month,  we can’t make any guarantees.

 

Do you offer Private Parties?
We do offer private parties. Please see our Private Classes page on this website for details.

 

We have several people wanting to come to a class, can we choose the painting for that night?

Sorry, no. There are many different variables that go into selecting the paintings for the schedule, and there are 8 to 10 new paintings added each month. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate the numerous requests we receive each month from groups wanting to choose the painting.

We do the best we can in offering a wide variety of options. Most of our patrons have come to understand that the painting itself is not that important (how “pretty” it is, or whether everyone likes it, or if it matches everyone’s “decor”) it is more about sharing a creative experience, and entering the “zone” where you are focused in the present moment and all your troubles and worries fall away. When you are finished, each person has completed their own version that they can be proud of, and there is a feeling of something similar to having your “reset” button pushed. You just feel better.

 

Do you offer any children’s classes?
Currently, we do not. If you do a Google search for Art Instruction in the Champaign-Urbana area you will find numerous options.