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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to frequently asked questions from parents/guardians and adult students. 

I haven't taken any formal art classes before.  Can I take a class at Cultivate? 

Yes! All of our courses are tailored to meet the needs of any student.  That said, some of our students have been practicing art for many many years, so we actively build a community of learning as we encourage students AND teachers to mentor and assist you in your learning experience. 

Why do you group by age and how strict are the age requirements? 

We group children by ages of 3 years at a time.  3-6, 6-9, 9-12. We do this because we are centered in the work of Maria Montessori who founded the Montessori philosophy of education.  Maria wrote, "The main thing is that the groups should contain different ages because it has great influence on the cultural development of the child. This is obtained by the relations of the children among themselves.” We encourage the older students of a class to support the younger ones, and the younger ones to seek the older students as mentors.  It encourages confidence, community, and independence.  As such, we largely abide by our age requirements, but if you feel that your student or child is more advanced than a course, please email our education director, to talk more about the best solution. 

Do you record online sessions or courses?  

As of now, we do not as we encourage students to attend the live sessions so they can ask questions and participate.  However, we can record under extenuating circumstances.  Please ask the online teacher of the course or email our education director if that is the case. 

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid? 

Yes!  We have a scholarship fund for interested students.  Please email our education director to get more information. 

Do I need to buy art supplies?  

All in-person courses include all materials, but we do provide a materials list should students want to purchase things for themselves. Online students are asked to buy their own materials at this time. 

Do you offer refunds? 

We offer a 90% refund if a student drops the course at least one week before the session starts.  Please make a request for the drop and refund to our education director via email.  If a student has already started a course, they may drop and receive a credit for the remaining sessions in that class. 

Do you offer gift cards? 

Yes! 

 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please email education@cultivategrandrapids.org
 

Examples of Social-Emotional Learning in the Young Artist Series: 

Taking turns

Sharing language and positive reinforcement

Encourage Empathetic Thinking  

Creativity

Problem Solving

 

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