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Frequently Asked Questions about Classes

First of all, even though the 2020 Covid scare is past, I am still conscious about the spread of germs. Be assured, I sanitize the tables, sink area and supplies before every class. Upon arrival, I remind students to wash their hands at the sink. 


1. How many students are in each session? Usually six, sometimes as many as eight depending on the class. It’s a lot of personal attention and instruction. This year, depending on demand and my limited available days to teach, I might have two adjacent classrooms of 6 at the same time. I have done this before - we have joint instruction time and then I assist students and answer questions by going back and forth throughout the entire class period.

2. Are art supplies included?  Yes - we have plenty of supplies on hand. Class supplies stay in the studio. Btw, if your child has a personal item that they would like to draw (or paint etc.) which will be well suited to a specific lesson/project, they may bring it. I will discuss this in class with them. Additionally, I usually have my son bring a live bird or two (he is a licensed falconer) for a special art-in-nature painting lesson.

3. If my child misses a day, can he/she make it up?

I used to provide a make-up day during the semester - usually a Saturday, but it rarely worked for busy families. I always provide the basic supplies if a student wants to work at home on missed projects if they are absent.

4. Where are classes held? Classes are held in my home studio in Woodland Hills, Utah. Upon registration/payment, I will text/email you my address. In the fall and spring, depending on the weather, we will have a lesson on my deck or in the yard to learn about natural light and its effects on our perspective of the surroundings. The students love this.  

5. Are you licensed and insured?
  Yes, I am licensed through the city of Woodland Hills and insured through American Family Insurance with a special endorsement for lessons in the home.


6. Will you provide a snack?  No. Due to the time frame, please make sure your child has eaten a snack before arriving to class. For the  2-hr home school group, if you feel it is important for your child to bring a simple snack, we can have a 5 minute break after the first hour. (This will not become a 15 minute play time however, lol!) Anyone with a medical issue (i.e. diabetes) will, of course, be allowed to take care of their needs at any time.

7. Will my child's clothes get dirty? Not too dirty but we will work with charcoal, black ink, acrylic paint, glue, etc. I have plenty of smocks which they are reminded and encouraged to use. 

8. My child has a medical/emotional need etc. Can I talk to you about it? Of course! (So did some of my children!) I am very open to working with your child's particular needs. I have a sign on the studio door stating, "This is a SAFE SPACE." I hope every student feels happy and encouraged in our class environment.

9. Will my child ever be left alone with you? I'm a really nice lady, but no. I have a policy that the first student to arrive must wait on the front porch until the second or more students arrive. The last two students to leave must go together.

10. Can my child bring their phones or other electronic devices?  To promote creative productivity, I request that phones be placed in a basket at the studio door. I realize some students prefer to listen to music with headphones, but unless it is a serious anxiety issue, please encourage them to enjoy the background music I provide. I will also be giving instructions and making comments off and on that need to be heard. Also, the students enjoy socializing with each other and that is always a good thing. If you need to get in touch with your student, feel free to call them on their phone as I usually do not check my phone during class time.

11. My child will be a little late every week - is that okay? Not really. Occasionally, buses are late, snow slows us down, etc. but 1  1/2 hours goes so fast that it is really important that students arrive on time. Otherwise, I have to start all over to explain the lesson before students can get started on their projects. Thanks for making your best effort to be on time!

12. Is there a restroom nearby the classroom? Yes, of course. One person a time may use the restroom at any time and don't need to ask.

13. How do I sign up & pay you? Please call me (preferable) or text to sign up. I prefer check, cash or Venmo (@Keri-V-Skousen). If you need to make monthly payments, please call or text to arrange that. Please note - due to limited enrollment, if you need to cancel your child's enrollment after the semester begins, I am not able to provide a refund unless you get a paying substitute student. I realize children have many interests that can overlap, plus health and family issues make life unpredictable, but this policy is in place to keep the art supplies stocked as well as respecting my time. Thank you for understanding.

Any more questions, please feel free to text or call


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