How often do classes meet?

A class will meet 12 times over the course of three weeks: on July 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23.

Am I paying $100 for each of those 12 classes?

No! Your first class is $100 for all 12 days. Taking two classes costs $200, and three classes costs $250. The more you take, the less you pay!

Can I attend just one week?

No. SFOA is an arts intensive experience that provides a unique immersion experience in a variety of artistic media. Many classes work towards a final project, performance, or presentation. Therefore, we do not enroll on a weekly basis; young artists should plan on attending all three weeks.

Do I need to register multiple young artists who will be signing in using the same computer?

Yes. Keeping a low student to teacher ratio is important to us. We need to know how many students will be in each class, so we can staff it accordingly, and we need to make sure they get enough supplies for the projects. However, please note that we do offer a 50% discount for additional students within one household.

Do I need to buy my own art supplies?

No! We will be putting together supply kits, which we will distribute using contactless pick up, before camp starts.

What happens if my young artist misses a class?

All classes will be recorded, for you to watch at your convenience, if you happen to miss a day. We do, of course, prefer that they be on the live class whenever possible, so the teaching artist can answer questions and give valuable instruction.

It's summer and my child is sick of sitting behind a computer! Why are you suggesting this?

We completely understand that virtual classes need to be done in moderation, especially in summer! That is why we have spaced the classes out throughout the day, so your young artist has time to get fresh air and sunshine between classes. We are also only meeting Mondays - Thursdays, to allow for more time away from the computer. Teaching artists will assign independent study projects for young artists to complete on their own on Fridays. Additionally, certain classes will not require sitting at the computer the whole hour- young artists can find a quiet place to sit to work on their art or writing, while their teacher remains online and available to answer questions.

What platform are you using?

All classes will take place on Zoom. After registering and paying, you will receive an email with your unique link to join each class. Zoom is best used on your computer, through the Zoom program/application. You can download Zoom here.

Is Zoom secure?

Our Zoom classes will not be open to the public in any way. The only people able to access the classes will be people who have pre-registered. For this reason, we ask that you do not share your unique links with anyone. Our staff will be trained to utilize all best practices to monitor and maintain security during the classes.

What happens if my internet goes down?

All classes will be recorded; if you miss a class due to technical difficulties, just let us know and we will send you a recording to watch at your convenience!

Will all classes definitely run?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold a class if we get less than 5 registrations. We will let you know ASAP if you have registered for a class that does not run due to low registration numbers. You can switch to a different class that period, or get a refund.

Is there a chance I won't get my first-choice class?

No! Unlike with our in-person program, we will not have class size limits, so you don't need to worry about not getting into your favorite classes.

What is that $25 administrative fee all about?

This small additional flat fee per student allows us to hire administrative support staff, purchase supplies, and cover additional administrative expenses.

Will there be a Finale?

Yes! We are still figuring out the details, but we will have a Finale weekend just like we always do!

Do I have to live in the MDI area to participate?

No! All are welcome at the SFOA Virtual Art Festival! Invite your friends from far and wide!