ART IN THE VILLAGE® PROVIDING NURTURING AND FRIENDLY ARTS CLASSES SINCE 2007
frequently asked questions
For Questions about our London Art classes and Gozo/Greece art holidays:
I am a complete beginner - will I be okay? Yes! You are most welcome. Our tutors pride themselves on helping students to feel comfortable and at ease with learning. The atmosphere will be supportive and non competitive - so forget your school days of art - this is a fun and comfortable course. Just look at the testimonials page for a sense of what the classes are like.
Do I need to bring all my own materials? No we provide everything - even aprons! Later on you may want to try out more specialist materials and buy these yourself but everything you need for our course is provided and included within the cost of the course. ** For Art holidays we provide everything except watercolour paints and watercolour brushes. **
Where are you based? We run our classes from 3 venues in Muswell Hill. The Bowling Club on Kings Avenue, The Birchwood Hall and the lovely Clissold Arms Pub. All have light and airy spaces and are located in the heart of Muswell Hill. The Clissold is just an 8 minute walk from the heart of Muswell Hill on Fortis Green Road. Parking is free and buses stop very close to the venues (and right outside the Birchwood Hall). Please do email us and we will send you the directions and a map. For Art Holidays we are based at the Maria Giovanna Guest house and then travel by air conditioned taxis to wonderful local sites of interest throughout the island: such as the UNESCO world heritage site Ggantija Megaithic temple.
Can I just reserve a place and pay you when the course starts? Due to limited spaces, we do require a deposit and then any remainder payments to clear 3 weeks before the course starts to assure you of a place on the course.
I don't like doing BACS transfer - can I just pay by cheque instead? Unfortunately we don't take cheques. For Art Holidays the deposit of £323.75 needs to be paid to by Bank Transfer to confirm your place.
Do you include flights for the holidays and transfers to from the airport? The price of the holiday does not include flights, transfers, evening meals except the welcome supper, medical insurance, taxis from the airport or return ferries. The taxis will cost about £30 each way. The ferries are very frequent throughout the day and night and run roughly every 45 minutes or so and cost approximately £4.50 each way. Please click here for ferry information.
What is the minimum Age requirement for your Adult courses? 18 years old. We do offer kids classes during the summer (such as our Animation course in August ) and our tutors also offer a specialist Portfolio guidance / support service to help get folios together for art school applications. This costs £40 per hour. (£30 per hour concessions for the unemployed) For Art Holidays guests should be aged 18 years plus. There is no maximum age but you will need to be fit enough to climb stairs in the guesthouse and also have basic mobility for leisurely ambling / walking around drawing locations /sites.
Do you have any certificated /qualification courses? Not now but we may do in the future. However we can offer Art in the Village TM achievement certificates if requested.
Do you have large class sizes? We tend to keep a maximum of 10 in any London Art class so each student gets the attention and guidance they need. For Art Holidays we tend to keep class sizes to around 8 students.
Does the course price include refreshments? Yes for all classes from September onwards refreshments are included. For Art Holidays picnic lunches, one welcome supper and all 6 x nights accomodation are included. Plus your guest house will make you a fresh breakfast each morning.
Do you do drop in / pay per session prices? We only offer this persons working in NHS roles such as 'on call' Doctors/Midwives etc who have unavoidable absences. We prefer to have continuity within our courses as we feel students always learn so much better this way.
Do you give refunds if I miss a London art class? No sorry we don't and there are no 'make up' classes either. However if you miss 3 sessions or more we do offer a £15 discount off the next course.
Will you refund if I cannot attend the holiday? Unfortunately we cannot refund any deposits however you can redeem your deposit against any future Art in the Village® holidays ** as long as it is redeemed within 18 months of payment.