School Policies & Procedures

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3)charitable organization. Tuition fees cover only 60% of the costs of operating the school. The balance is raised through donations, fundraisers, and member support. We must abide by these policies in order to be here to serve you and future generations. Classes are available to current members of the Lighthouse ArtCenter.

Included in each course registration is a non-refundable $25 registration fee. Any cancellation must be received in writing, via email or letter, as well as a phone call, at least 7 days prior to the start of the class or workshop. Email or handwritten, to include date, name of constituent, name and date of class. Students who meet this requirement will receive a full tuition refund minus the $25 registration fee. If a student requests a transfer to another class during the session or to the following session, there will be a $10 processing fee charged. There may be an additional amount charged if the new class costs more than the original class. Class/workshop/Select Friday fee is non-refundable if student withdraws less than seven business days before the start of the class/workshop/Select Friday.


Visiting Artist Workshops:
These workshops are conducted by artists that come from all areas of the country.  The Lighthouse ArtCenter is excited to provide students with a broad range of educational experiences, diverse programming, and opportunities to learn from various experts in the fine arts field. For this reason, we rely on each student's commitment to attend these workshops in order to support travel and instructor compensation for these artists. 

  • 100% refund up to the registration deadline. Registration deadlines are in the workshop description prior to registration and are typically 1 month or 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. 
  • 50% refund 14 days prior to the first day of the workshop 
  • 25% refund 7 days prior to the first day of the workshop
  • 0 refunds on any cancellation less than 7 days

Your membership is 100% tax deductible. Memberships are non-refundable.

All private lessons must be booked through the department director during business hours (Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm). Payment is to be collected at the time of set up. All private lessons must be scheduled in advance and paid through Altru.  

Early registration for all classes is open to members of the Benefactor level and above, as soon as dates are announced.

The Lighthouse ArtCenter staff always does its best to accommodate all students. The School of Art is NOT responsible for providing students with make-up classes when a student has missed a class for any reason not the fault of the faculty or the School of Art. There are no refunds or make-ups for missed classes. Upon request, we will issue a tax deductible contribution receipt for missed classes.

Though there are no refunds given for classes missed due to inclement weather, we will try our best to make up those classes. Make-up days are subject to the availability of the school facility and are not always possible. Decisions regarding make-up days are at the discretion of LAC Directors and Instructors. This will be communicated to members as soon as information is available.

The School of Art reserves the right to substitute instructors for any of its classes at any point in any term and to change its calendar, withdraw or modify a course at any time. Classes or workshops canceled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled according to teacher & studio availability. Students enrolled in courses that are canceled by the School of Art will receive a full refund. In the event that a course or workshop is canceled, every effort will be made to notify students as quickly as possible. If we do not have minimum participation, we will notify registered students by phone within 48 hours of start of workshop. Offsite classes (i.e. Plein Air) will receive emails the evening before class announcing the location.

While the student can be assured that every reasonable safety precaution will be followed, the ArtCenter will not assume liability for injuries that occur within the scope of the subject area for which the student is enrolled. By completing registration online or in person for any course, the student agrees to assume all reasonable liability from injuries related to the scope of the work being taught and releases the Lighthouse ArtCenter from any liability claims related to any injuries and/or accidents that may occur.

Please be aware that you may be photographed or filmed for publicity and marketing purposes. If there is a privacy request, please contact the Director of Education at the School of Art.