Class FAQ’s

At The Messy Artist, we’re not just creating art or making a mess. We use both as a vehicle to teach and empower children. Whether your young one is in a Chagall class, exercising his fine motor skills by cutting paper to make a great collage, or your older one is in a Studio 356 class deciding how to paint something that will make a viewer happy, your child is learning the entire time.
Our Messy Artist programs are built around the philosophy that children learn best through play. This stems from research done by great educators like Maria Montessori, and more currently, Yale professor Erika Christakis. Our open-ended projects and activities encourage children to make their own decisions about their creations, which builds self-esteem and problem solving skills.
Our Studio 356 program teaches technical fine art skills, as well as the psychology and philosophy to making effective art. All classes in this program are taught by artists with diverse backgrounds. Classes in this program aim to make students more technically proficient in their medium, build creativity and knowledge, and expose them to art history.

Classes become more structured as children get older. Starting in our Monet classes, students gather together for a brief, teacher directed project. In our Chagall classes the project is longer, and the lesson is more challenging. For students in our Studio 356 program, we offer instruction and guidance as students create works of fine art.

Enhance your child’s experience in class by remembering to play alongside them. Young children learn best through imitation. So, if you are actively participating, they will too. The more you put into your class the more your children will get out of it.

Please see our Confirmation Policy.

Yes. Please see our Make-Up Policy.

Yes, space permitting. Please check online for availability and to sign them up. There is a $20 fee for participating siblings.

Yes, babes-in-arms are always welcome at no additional charge.

Yes, space permitting. Please check online for availability and to sign them up. There is a $20 fee for one-time-visitors of an enrolled family.

Absolutely! The classroom is well contained and easy to manage with two children.  The teachers are always available to help as needed.

Yes, there is a $30 sibling discount for each of our sessions. The sibling discount will be applied to the 2nd and 3rd child signed up for any combination of classes in that session. Discounts only apply to full session registrations.

The maximum class sizes are 12-14 children with two teachers in each class.

We warmly welcome children with special needs to attend our classes. Please let us know if your child has special needs so that we can make appropriate accommodations. For our drop – off classes, we will require additional staff to be able to appropriately care for and teach your child, which comes at an additional fee.

Please see our Emergency Weather Cancellation Policy.

Party FAQ’s

We do not do themed activities in the art room, however, you may purchase paper goods for the party room to reflect your theme.

All of our party activities are open ended in nature to accommodate for the wide age ranges that may attend the party. All guests will be able to have fun with the activities at their level.

No, you are not charged for no-shows.

No, all parties run for 1.5 hours.

Yes, but all refreshments must stay in the party room.

For Bronze and Silver parties, please arrive no more than 20 minutes early to set up. For Gold and Diamond Packages, please arrive at your party’s start time.

Yes, we have a different list of activities for each age group.

We are responsible for handling food orders. You will be asked to complete an online form that details your order, and then we will place that order with the food vendor you select. This is a service that we provide to you to ensure that your party runs smoothly.  You pay the same price that you would if you ordered through the food vendors yourselves.