Frequently Asked Questions

Our classes are fun, social events where our instructor will guide you, step-by-step, through a featured painting for the evening.  Events usually last about 2 1/2 hours, but can last a little longer depending upon the type of painting and how much talking, drinking, and just plain fun we are having.  Check our painting calendar for times.

 

Wine and beer can be brought to our evening sessions but state law does not allow alcohol to be present for the afternoon sessions.  Please feel free to bring in other types of beverages to afternoon sessions (including non-alcoholic beer, mocktails, and sparkling ciders).

 

Not at all!  Our classes are set-up with the beginning painter in mind.  Some of our paintings may have more steps, but we have assistant artists to help out when needed.  We provide a large selection of paint colors so that you don’t have to worry about mixing and paintings are brighter.

 

We’re here to help you create a great work of art!

 

If you feel like being a little more creative you are welcome to create a painting of your own design.  Unfortunately our floor assistants are unable to provide instruction if you choose to create your own design, but we’re still here to provide some great service with paint, supplies, and a fun atmosphere.

 

You also have the option of altering the colors on the featured painting to make it a more individual artwork for you.

 

It’s easy to register online!  Simply click on the Calendar link at the top of each website page to view our schedule.  Select the painting you would like to paint by clicking on the picture and follow the directions on the screen to complete your registration.

 

Our registration fee processing is done through PayPal, but you do not have to have a PayPal account, or set up an account, to pay for a class.  When you have completed the class registration you will be redirected to the secure PayPal site where you will have the choice of using a PayPal account or a credit or debit card.  Click “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” to pay without using a PayPal account.

 

Call us at 623-221-1777 to pay for a class by phone with credit or debit cards if you prefer.  You may pay at the studio with cash, credit, or debit during open hours.

 

If you are attending an evening session you must be pre-registered before entering the studio due to alcohol regulations.  Registrations are required in advance of the start of the evening sessions and can be paid online or by phone at 623-221-1777.  Afternoon sessions will be able to seat walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Prices vary according to the class length and the supplies required for each painting but the majority of our sessions are $30.00 per person.  We offer Happy Hour pricing at $20.00 per person at our Throwback Thursday evening sessions each week.  Taxes are included in the session price. Visit our Calendar page for individual session pricing.

 

To view class information, click on the image you want to paint and the class details will appear.  We provide you with instruction, a 16×20 canvas, paint, brushes, easel, and an apron.

 

If you need to cancel we must receive notification at least 48 hours in advance of the start of the session.  Cancellations can be made by email (artherapyforme@cox.net) or by phone (623-221-1777).  Refunds will be given for cancellations made before the 48 hour deadline.  Cancellations made within 48 hours of the start of a session will be issued a certificate to use at a future date within 1 year.  We will also reschedule so that you may attend another session of your choice.

 

A no show/no call before the start time of the session, or after the session is completed, will not be refunded, rescheduled or compensated.  Cancellations and notifications must be made by the person who paid for the class registration.

 

Images for the “Pop Art Your Pet” session are one-of -a-kind drawings and once your photograph has been submitted and drawn on the canvas then refunds will not be provided.  Arrangements can be made to pick up your drawn canvas at the studio during open hours if you are unable to attend the session.

 

Gift certificates are available for purchase by clicking on the link at the top of each page on the website.  You can choose the amount you would like to spend and have the gift certificate sent to yourself for printing out or you can choose to send the certificate directly to your recipient.

 

Emails will be sent automatically, with the gift certificate attached, as soon as the purchase is completed.  Please check the spam folder for your email account if the email is not received as some filters send the automatically generated email to this location.

 

Purchases can also be made at the studio during our open hours where we will provide you with a certificate to gift to that special someone.

 

If the full amount of the gift certificate is not used in one purchase then the remaining balance will still be available for you to use on another session.  Enter the same gift certificate code when you register and the remaining amount will be deducted from your registration total.

 

Please check our Facebook page for promoted discounts.  Coupons must be used at the time of purchase and are not retroactive.  Coupons or discounts cannot be used for Private Events, Throwback Thursday sessions, or already discounted sessions.

 

For those who discover that creating art is a great experience which should be repeated, we offer a frequent painter card that you can pick up when at the studio: Paint 5 times and the 6th session is free. (Only one punch per customer per visit.  Throwback Thursday and already discounted sessions do not qualify for card punches.)

 

We provide aprons for your use but we recommend that you wear something that you wouldn’t mind getting paint on, just in case.  ArTherapy for Me is a paint studio – we provide shelves for purses and jackets but we cannot be responsible for any paint damage.

 

ArTherapy for Me does not provide beverages, other than water, but you may bring in your own beverage (including wine and beer) during our evening sessions.  No liquor is permitted.  We ask that you be responsible with any alcohol you bring to the studio.  IDs will be checked to verify that guests are 21 years of age.

 

Alcohol is not permitted during the afternoon sessions (state law, not our rule).

 

We provide cups, ice, bottle openers, paper plates, napkins, and an ice cooler for chilling beverages.  You may also bring in your own food to snack on during the class.

 

If a session is full, or mostly full, we will reserve seats together for friends and groups.  Let us know how many people will be attending by including that information in the Additional Information box on the registration form, by sending an email, or by using the Contact Us form at least 24 hours in advance.  We do our best to seat those attending together but we need your help to do so.  It is first come, first served at other times.

 

The recommended age limit to attend an evening event is 18.  If you are under 18 years old you will have to be accompanied by an adult who is also registered to paint during that class.  We ask that parents and guardians be aware that the alcohol will be present in evening sessions and conversations are not censored.  You must be 21 years of age in order to consume any alcoholic beverages.

 

Afternoon and Family Fun Event classes are open to all ages.  Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.  Sorry, but we are unable to have parents stand in the aisles to help children.

 

Calendars are placed online the first week of the preceding month.  (Sometimes a little later if new paintings are being added.)  If you miss out on a painting you would like to do please let us know and we will keep it in mind as painting schedules are developed.

 

Yes!  We use fast-drying acrylic paints that should be dry by the time you leave.  If your painting is still wet or tacky we have dryers available to make sure your painting is dry.

 

Please think of our events as you would other events like a movie, play, or concert.  Please arrive 10-20 minutes before the start of the session.  We will try to help late arrivals catch up as much as possible, or you may stay and paint your own design, but the session time will not be extended in order to complete paintings for latecomers.

 

Contact us!  We may be able to work with you and substitute your event for the scheduled session if no one has registered for the time you are interested in.  Get in touch with us early to schedule an event to ensure you get the date you want.

 

If one of our sessions is sold out, fill out the form on the Contact Us page to be placed on a waiting list.  Indicate in the Message box the name of the session you are interested in and how many seats you would like.  We will contact people in the order of submission in the event of a cancellation.

 

Yes it is. Let us know in advance if you have special needs and we’ll get you set up and ready to go.