General Information & Policies
Silvermine School of Art provides year-round art instruction for adults, youths and juniors. Fall, winter, spring and summer sessions offer daytime and evening classes Monday through Sunday. Special weekend and week-long workshops are held throughout the year.
The School actively seeks to attract qualified persons to its faculty and staff, and encourages diversity in its student body. Student development is supported through academic counseling and by maintaining an environment which contributes to intellectual stimulation. Cultural and educational programs are made available to further that growth.
Silvermine School of Art reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose conduct is deemed inappropriate.
- How to Register
- Membership Fee
- Registration Fee
- Course or Workshop Changes
- Refunds for Courses
- Refunds for Workshops
- The Toland Scholarship Fund
- Degree Credit
- Waiver for Pictures Taken/Used
How to Register
All fees must be paid upon registration and students are guaranteed a place ONLY after full
payment is received.
Registration can be made by:
Online • Phone • Mail • In Person
203-966-6668, Ext. 2
Payment can be made by:
Check or Cash or Charge: Visa or MasterCard
Students may become members of the Silvermine Arts Center. Students do not have to be a member to attend a course, but if a student is a member, the registration fee is waived. This fee is an annual fee and covers up to four semesters. Memberships are tax deductible.
Each term a $35 non-refundable registration fee is charged for workshop or course enrollment. This fee includes any number of registered classes within each term. There is no registration fee for one-day and two-day workshops. This fee is waived for Guild Members and members of the Silvermine Arts Center.
For courses to be conducted a minimum enrollment is required. In addition, there can be a maximum enrollment based on the studio size, equipment and the instructor's requirements.
Course or Workshop Changes
The School reserves the right to change its calendar, withdraw or modify courses or workshops. The School reserves the right to use substitute instructors, as needed. Classes or workshops not held due to bad weather or instructor's absence will be rescheduled according to studio availability. There are no refunds for classes or workshops not held due to bad weather or instructor's absences.
There are no make-ups or refunds if a student cannot attend a regularly scheduled class or make-up class or workshop. Students who cannot attend a regularly scheduled class or workshop cannot substitute another person in their place.
If the School cancels a course or workshop, all fees will be refunded. In the event a course or workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment or teacher's absence, notice will be given one to three days prior to the course or workshop start date.
Refunds for Courses
The student must notify the School Office with an official withdrawal form before the first class meets to receive a refund. All fees will be refunded except for the $35, non-refundable registration fee and/or membership fee. A pro-rated tuition fee will be refunded to a student withdrawing after the starting date of the course, only if notification in writing is given to the School Office before the second class meets. All refunds will be issued by check and will take four to six weeks to process. No refunds will be given for any reason, including written withdrawal requests, after the second class meets. Only if a student withdraws for a medical emergency with a doctor's note, upon the approval of the School Director, may a pro-rated tuition credit be considered. All withdrawals must be in writing. If credit is issued, it will be valid for one year after withdrawal and must be used within that time. There are no substitutions or transfers for granted credits. The above refund policy does not include workshops. See policy below.
Refunds for Workshops
A student must notify the School Office at least one week (five business days) prior to the scheduled workshop date in order to receive a refund for withdrawal. If a student notifies the School Office with an official withdrawal, a refund will be granted minus a $10 service charge, and any non-refundable registration and membership fees. All refunds will be issued by check and will take four to six weeks to process. No refunds will be given for withdrawal after the start of the workshop. Students who register five days or less before the workshops start date cannot receive a refund. All withdrawal requests must be in writing. Withdrawal request forms are available in the School Office and must be returned to the School Office before the Director of the School of Art considers any credit. There are no substitutions or transfers for granted credits.
Financial assistance will be considered for children, grades K through 12, who require our support to enroll in a course at the Silvermine School of Art. Students are selected for full or partial scholarships by the Scholarship Committee. Scholarship request forms are available in the School Office. Silvermine Arts Center raises funds in order to provide scholarships, as needed. If you would like to make a contribution to the Scholarship Fund, please contact Executive Director, Leslee Asch, at 203-966-9700, Ext. 15 or via email. Completed forms must be returned to our office by the deadlines listed below.
- Winter Semester deadline: Friday, January 4, 2013
- Spring Semester deadline: Friday, April 5, 2013
- Summer Semester deadline: Friday, June 28, 2013
- Fall Semester deadline: Friday, September 6, 2013
The Toland Scholarship Fund
The Toland Scholarship provides financial assistance for an exceptionally talented art student to attend courses at the Silvermine School of Art. The Scholarship is awarded annually to one student. To be eligible, the student must be between 14 to 16 years of age, with priority given to Fairfield County residents. Selection is made solely on the basis of artistic talent by the Silvermine School Scholarship Committee.
Some institutions have granted credit in their degree program to students who have satisfactorily completed study courses at the Silvermine School of Art. Those desirous of obtaining degree credit for their studies at Silvermine must obtain approval for such an arrangement from their dean, registrar, faculty advisor, or other official at their home institution.
Waiver for Pictures Taken/Used
Silvermine Arts Center occasionally documents classes using photographs and video for publicity purposes. These images are used in the course brochure, advertisements, and other publicity materials for the benefit of the School. Registration in a course at Silvermine Arts Center assumes permission to photograph you and/or your artwork, and to use your image in publicity materials unless you inform the photographer that you do not wish to have your picture taken. If you prefer that Silvermine Arts Center not photograph your child for publicity purposes, please notify the School Office at the time of registration.
From Greenwich/Stamford on the Merritt Parkway:
Exit 38. Turn right onto Rte. 123 North and follow straight to Rte. 106 Junction. Turn right onto Rte. 106 North and continue to stop sign. Turn right onto Silvermine Road. The Center is one mile on the right.
From New Haven/Westport on the Merritt Parkway:
Exit 38. Turn left onto Rte. 123 North and follow straight to Rte. 106 Junction. Turn right onto Rte. 106 North and continue to stop sign. Turn right onto Silvermine Road. The Center is one mile on the right.
From Connecticut Turnpike:
Take Exit 15 onto Rte. 7 connector. Take Exit 2. At bottom of ramp, turn right. Continue to second traffic light, turn right onto Rte. 123 North. Turn right again at next light onto Silvermine Ave. At third stop sign, across from Silvermine Tavern, turn left. At top of hill, turn right at stop sign, Center is on the left.