Teaching Studio Policies
  • When a classroom event is in session, access to the classroom is restricted to the instructor and participants.
  • Teaching event attendees are requested to enter via the Classroom Entrance. Looking at the building from the parking lot, this entrance is on the right side of the building. Gallery visitors should use the entrance on the opposite side of the building.
  • The outside classroom entrance is locked except when a teaching event is scheduled.
  • Any materials and supplies on the studio supplies shelves may be used in the studio by instructors or students.
  • Gamsol is the only solvent permitted in the studio.
  • Solvents, mediums, palette scrapings, oil painting or acrylic paint sludge from brush washing containers, and food must never be placed in sinks or drains. Use the provided receptacles.
  • All student work must be taken home between classes. We do not have adequate or secure storage space for it in the studio.
  • The coffee bar and snacks are complimentary for instructors and students. Help yourself!
  • Food containers left in the fridge after a class or workshop ends will be thrown out.
  • The teaching studio is available for rental for approved events; see details here.

Refund Policy

As independent contractors, our instructors determine the refund policy for their classes. Generally, refunds are not given. This is intended to discourage frivolous sign-ups. However, it is ultimately the instructor’s decision. When a refund is issued, a 15% service fee will be deducted to cover admin costs. The balance is generally issued as a single use discount code that can be applied to the registration fee of any class within six months of issuance. In extenuating circumstances, please contact the Teaching Studio Manager, Carole Pivarnik, to discuss matters.

Missed Class Policy

Instructors determine their own missed class make-up policies for their classes and typically include such information in their class description or overview the first day of class. Generally, make-up classes are not possible. However, in extenuating circumstances, contact the Teaching Studio Manager, Carole Pivarnik, to discuss matters. She will reach out to the relevant instructor about the situation but the final decision rests with the instructor.

Closure Policy

If Rappahannock Public schools are closed for inclement weather, or other conditions impact our space or the potential safety of our staff or customers, Gallery 3 will be closed. In very rare cases, we may be closed due to illness or other unforeseen events. If you have questions about our closure status, get in touch.

Cancellation Policy

When inclement weather or other conditions force us to close and that closure impacts scheduled classes or other events, we will make every effort to work with our instructors to reschedule the impacted events and then contact registered participants about new dates and times. If it is not possible for registered participants to attend the rescheduled event, we will either refund their registration fee or provide a one-time use discount code that can be used for another of our classes or workshops.

Coronavirus Protocols and Policies

Updated March 11, 2020. We know that many are concerned about the COVID-19 situation. At this time, the health risk to the Central Virginia public is considered to be low. Until the situation changes and requires a different decision, we will go forward with all scheduled events and will continue to offer new events each month. In the event of any change to our scheduled events, we’ll inform all registered students by email or phone and will post updates to our Web site.

We want you to feel confident when attending classes at Gallery 3 that all reasonable precautions have been taken to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus or other infectious microbes. To that end, we support recommended protocols, including:

  • Making hand sanitizer available in both the classroom and restroom.
  • Offering antibacterial soap for hand washing.
  • Wiping classroom tables, chairs, and other frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant before each class and during Gallery business hours.

To help ensure that our classroom is safe for all students and prevent the potential spread of coronavirus:

  • If you have traveled to areas where coronavirus is known to have infected populations or have been in direct contact with a known infected person within the last two weeks, we urge you to consider not attending class even if you are showing no symptoms of infection. As we know from national and international health organizations, coronavirus appears to be a robust and highly infectious virus. People can be infected with it and infectious toward others without showing any or only very mild symptoms that are easily mistaken for a cold or flu
  • If you have any symptoms of cold or flu, including coughing, sneezing, or fever, please stay home.

If you must miss a class due to illness, see your instructor’s profile regarding their individual policy for refunds or make-up classes, or contact them directly.

Hold Harmless Policy

By registering for a class or scheduling other activities which bring you into our classroom or gallery, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Carole Pivarnik, Mary Allen, and all Gallery 3 member or guest instructors from liability and claim for damages due to bodily injury, death, property damage, sickness, disease, or financial loss arising out of registration for or participation in events conducted at Gallery 3 or visits to the premises for any other reason.