Policies & FAQs
Who owns The Blair Center for the Arts?
Dru Blair, one of the world’s most sought-after airbrush artists and instructors, owns the BCA. Dru wanted to travel less, so he decided to make Charleston his home. He is thrilled to continue the vision of growing a creative community.
Why choose Blair Center for the Arts?
Before Blair Center for the Arts came along, there weren’t enough unique art classes offered east of the Cooper. Kids, teens, and adults were missing out on the opportunity to get creative in their own community.
Can I still sign up for a class once it’s started?
Yes, but it requires an email to BCA and the approval of the instructor. We’ll prorate the cost if there is space available. You can jump right into most weekly classes, but not all of them.
What if I want to take a one-day workshop — can I just show up without registering?
We don’t recommend it! Though we know creative people find inspiration at any given moment, most of our instructors have put a lot of time and energy into getting things ready for their students. If you want to attend a workshop and haven’t registered, call BCA at (843) 936-6351 and check to see if space is available — luck might be on your side.
What if I want to learn an art form that BCA doesn’t offer?
Please tell us what you want to learn! We can make it happen. The Blair Center for the Arts wants to connect artists to students and creative thinkers in the community. We value suggestions on everything from lectures, to classes, to the color we paint our walls. Getting feedback from the community and BCA students makes our day.
How should I dress for class?
Leave your favorite outfit in the closet. Though we have protective gear (aprons, oversized shirts, and bandanas), shoes and shirts get the most paint, ink, glue, and clay on them.
Is there an age requirement to attend BCA?
Blair Center for the Arts is a small but mighty place. We’re not equipped for toddlers or preschoolers, and most of our classes have age minimums because of the materials and tools we use.
What is BCA’s bad weather policy?
We follow Charleston County’s lead. If they cancel school and after-school programs because of dangerous weather conditions, Blair Center for the Arts will, too.
Does Blair Center for the Arts have a student code of conduct?
Yes. This Code of Conduct applies to all children attending Blair Center’s premises or who attend events organized by Blair Center, including siblings and friends.
Children will be supported and guided by Blair Center staff/volunteers to conduct themselves in the following manner:
- To use language to express themselves and communicate their wants and needs as appropriate to their level of development
- To care for their environment and equipment as well as the belongings of others
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself and never intentionally harm another student. That means no horseplay or running inside the building.
- Use school-appropriate language and behavior at all times while maintaining friendly and courteous behavior.
- Be polite and respectful to everyone, including fellow students, teachers, administrators, support staff, and visitors.
- Follow individual teacher instructions, class rules, and expectations at all times.
- Do not be a bully. If you see someone being bullied immediately report it to school personnel.
- Do not become a distraction for others by unnecessary noise or behavior. Give every other student the opportunity to maximize their potential.
- Encourage your fellow students. Never tear them down.
- To co-operate and follow the agreed classroom rules
It is acknowledged that each classroom teacher will develop, in consultation with their children, rules specific to their classroom which are to be in keeping with the above Code of Conduct for Children and Blair Center’s ethos.
Failure to comply with the code of conduct will result in the immediate dismissal of the student from the school and school activities without refund.
Yes. We love kids and adults, but if their behavior intrudes on others being able to learn or creates a safety issue, BCA will kindly ask the student not to return. But, of course, we hope that never has to happen. Here is our student code of conduct
What is your missed class policy?
We know that life gets tricky – sickness, traffic, unexpected obligations. If you’re enrolled in one of our classes and miss a day, we can’t make up that time. Our contracted instructors count on the enrollment numbers for their time, supplies, and pay. So instead, BCA invites our families to free events and drop-ins throughout the year!
What are your summer camp cancellation and refund policies?
Give us 30 days’ notice, and we’ll refund 100% of your camp/class fee minus 4% for credit card fees. We will refund 50% of your camp/class fee if you notify us three weeks before your camp/class begins, or 25% if you notify us two weeks before your camp/class begins.