Policies

Registration

Sign up for art classes, workshops, and camps online or call 413-298-5252 x100. IS183 accepts tuition payments by check, cash, or credit card.

Adult classes are open to students age 15 and older.

Class registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. A reserved class space is guaranteed once we have received payment. Please register at least three weeks prior to the start date of the courses or workshops you wish to attend. Early registration allows us to plan appropriately and avoid last-minute cancellations. A waiting list will be created for courses that have reached maximum enrollment. We recommend calling us to register if it is less than ten days before your class begins.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel 14 days or more before the beginning of a class, you will receive a refund, minus a $10 cancellation fee.

  • If you cancel seven to 14 days before the beginning of the class, you will receive a 50% tuition credit.

  • No refunds or credits are given for cancellations six or less days before the first day of class.

 This policy also applies to work exchanges and scholarship students. If it is necessary for IS183 to cancel a class for any reason, students will be notified and offered the option of another class or a full refund. No refunds or credits are given for missed classes.

Materials & Studio Fees

Studio fees cover the cost of consumables (gas, chemicals, tools, etc.) that are used by everyone in the studio. Materials fees cover the costs of materials used by individuals for their individual projects. If a materials fee is listed then most, if not all, materials will be provided. Students should expect to receive a list of any additional materials to bring with them to class once they have registered. 

IS183 Art School provides scholarships based on financial need, and opportunities for work exchange. Scholarships are also available for local arts educators, thanks to the support of generous donors. See Tuition Assistance for more information and to apply.

Several local art supply stores offer discounts to IS183 students:

Disclaimer of Liability to Fire Ceramic Material Not Purchased or Provided by IS183

IS183 art school provides kiln firing services for local ceramic artists who do not have access to kilns of their own, with the understanding that ceramic materials that are to be fired should be rated for the kiln temperature of cone 6 or lower. If the information provided by the person or persons seeking kiln firing services from IS183 can not provide accurate information regarding their clay and glaze materials, IS183 will not fire work in our kilns. If the clay and glaze material provided by the person or persons seeking kiln firing services through IS183 is incorrect and causes any damages to the kilns, said person or persons will be responsible for any replacement or repairs.

Kiln firing pricing for non-student work

People dropping off work to be fired will be charged a firing fee based on the size of each piece (H x L x W) and firing process. All work will be measured before firing. Measuring will be done by the studio manager, a studio monitor, or office staff.

  • 3 cents per cubic inch for Bisque.

  • 4 cents per cubic inch for cone 6 oxidation in electric kiln.

  • 9 cents per cubic inch for cone 6 in Gas Reduction and or Soda Kiln.

A single piece over $10 will receive a 10% discount of the amount in excess of $10.
A single piece over $50 will receive a 25% discount of the amount in excess of $10.
A single piece over $100 will receive a 35% discount of the amount in excess of $50.

Observed Holidays

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January)

  • Memorial Day Weekend (May)

  • Independence Day (July)

  • Labor Day Weekend (September)

  • Indigenous Peoples' Day (October)

  • Veterans Day (November)

  • Thanksgiving Day & the Friday afterward (November)

  • Extended Winter Break (stay tuned for specific December/January dates)

Photography of Classes

IS183 reserves the right to photograph classes, workshops, camps and parties for promotional use.

Non-Discrimination Policy

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.