What are you doing to make the classes COVID safe?
Please find the closest branch here and click on the risk assessment for that studio to find out their COVID-19 policy, or email the teacher to find out more.
What ages do you teach?
We teach children from ages 6-18. We follow a set programme that has been created for our students to learn to use different art media (acrylics, clay, inks, papier-mache, etc) and develop specific skills, all with child development in mind. Most projects have room for the kids to personalise what they’re doing, and in addition to the main projects the have starter activities to help develop drawing and visual perceptual skills.
Please note, we will only take trials for children younger than 6 if they are turning 6 in that month. If we receive a booking for a younger student, we will email and refund you the cost.
You have 6-16 year olds all in the same class? Does everyone work on the same project at the same time?
The classes are all mixed ages 6-16, but as each student is doing their own project specific to their age/ability, there is no conflict with the variety of ages. It’s actually fun as the younger kids get inspired about what they will be doing later on and the older children are praised. Our art programme has been curated for 20 years by our creative director; the projects alternate between 2D and 3D and all tackle different mediums and introduce the children to new artists and styles. We have a 7:1 teacher : student ratio so we always walk around the class giving individual tutoring to each child within a session.
We have separate classes for GCSE/A level students.
Do we need to bring anything? Are materials provided?
All art materials are included in our art sessions!
What should they wear?
We encourage students to bring their own bottles of water and to wear clothes they don’t mind getting paint on. Students will frequently be working with acrylic paint, which doesn’t wash out, so please provide clothing you feel is appropriate!
What happens in a trial?
art-K’s trials sessions are an opportunity for your child to meet the art leader and get a feel for how we run our classes! Trial sessions are best booked in the weekly lesson you would intend your child to join long-term. For primary age students, your child will be given an age-appropriate starter activity, usually drawing-based, before moving onto a clay-based main project. For secondary school children, they will begin on a drawing/tonal activity before moving onto a painting study.
The other students will be following the same lesson structure, so your child will feel like part of the studio class from the very beginning. If your child is in primary school they will also have the option to join in an arty break-time game two-thirds of the way through the lesson.
Why do you charge for trials?
By paying for you or your child’s seat in a class we can be sure of numbers and be best prepared for each lesson! The price of a trial session covers the cost of the staff, equipment and materials used during your child’s lesson.
How often will children take home their work?
Projects take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 weeks (or longer for older students if they are really engrossed in their project!) Starters typically are shorter and may take 2-3 weeks to complete. Working on longer term projects allows for skill development and artistic growth.
After a trial, there will be both a starter and project in progress; this work will stay in the studio to be finished at a later date.
Will my spot be reserved for the term if I book a trial in case I want to join?
When booking a children’s art class trial with art-K, the space is held for you in that session for the term, giving you time to figure out whether you wish to continue with classes. If we haven’t had confirmation of your decision by the time that the next session in your chosen time slot begins, we will free up the space for other trials and bookings as we have limited capacity.
Can my child pick their own projects/do their own drawings?
We have a programme of projects that have been developed over the past 20 years by our creative director. Each is designed to help develop your child’s artistic, perceptual, motor and visual skills which can feed back into the art that your child creates at home. We believe that it is fundamental that a structure is in place for children’s artistic growth. We see the classes as a chance for children to create artworks that they might not achieve without our guidance, materials and studio space.
Can I pay weekly/monthly?
The projects are long-term and we reserve your seat for the term, so to offer the lowest cost to everyone, and for continuity, children have to be signed up for the entire term. Under exceptional circumstances, please contact the art leader to discuss a payment plan option.
Can you help with art scholarships and GCSE portfolios?
Yes, we would be very happy to support your child in creating their portfolio for either a scholarship or GCSE. If you have any information from the school or exam board about the portfolio requirements, our art teachers would be happy to discuss them with you and your child and subsequently tailor their programme to support that objective.
Can my child with SEN come? My child has a SEN helper; can they come along to help?
We always do our best to accommodate everyone at art-K, as long as your child feels comfortable and focused in a group environment we are happy to offer them a trial. Our art leaders are available to discuss your children’s individual needs and how we can best accommodate for them. We are not always able to offer a spot for an SEN helper to attend with a child, as space is limited in our studios. However, if we have a smaller class where we think it will work we will discuss this with you on an individual basis.
Can I stay with my child?
For many art-K studios, parents are still not allowed into the studios for Covid-19 safety reasons. We will discuss with you after the trial what your child has created in the session and be available to chat before the class next week if you have any questions. All teaching staff are DBS checked and trained in health and safety and child safeguarding.
You are welcome to stand by the window to make sure your child is settled and happy in class for the first few minutes of the session.
Can I pay by bank transfer?
Payments can be made online through our booking system, due to accounting reasons we can’t accept bank transfers.
What happens in the event of another lockdown?
In another lockdown, childcare and education establishments are permitted to continue to operate. This is in support of children’s education and providing stability in an otherwise fluctuating society. art-K is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to continue to teach art to children, however must cease in-studio teaching of adults currently.
If government decides to close all educational establishments, we will smoothly be transitioning to online learning! We have been teaching classes on zoom since May and still have many students learning remotely to this day.