Policies & FAQs

Policies & FAQs

Blair Center for the Arts |1125 Bowman Rd 100Mt PleasantSC29464 | (843) 936-6351


Safety Policies

Since safety is our number one priority, we have adopted safety protocols to include guidelines set forth by the CDC and Governor of SC.


We are fortunate to have a large studio space that allows for appropriate distance between students, but we will still need everyone’s help in maintaining a happy and safe art environment.

We’ve included our guidelines below that we would like everyone to follow for Summer Camps and classes. Class size will be limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. If your desired class is sold out, feel free to contact us, and we can place you on a waiting list.

  • All studios will be sanitized by our staff between every class. This includes doorknobs, light switches, art tools, and all other contact surfaces.
  • Class size will be limited to 12 students in Studio 1, 11 students in Studio 3, and 8 students in Studio 2.
  • Please enter studios directly from their respective outside entrances. Studio 2 and 3 classes are in the back of the building. For Studio 1 classes, the entrance is on the parking lot side of the building. Signs are on each studio door.
  • Students will wash/sanitize hands upon arrival and departure. Hand sanitizers are Provided by the school
  • Students will maintain proper distancing ( siblings are excepted)
  • There will be no physical contact
  • Please do not attend if you or a member of your family is ill or with a cough/fever. For some camps, Zoom may be an option for students to attend remotely due to illness or circumstances.
  • Most of our instructors are now vaccinated. Masks are currently not required. Please notify us if you have any concerns regarding masks in your child’s class.

For anyone having health and safety concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Cancellations & Refunds

We require a minimum of four students for a class or workshop. If there are not enough students and you have already paid for the class, you may receive a full refund or credit for a course in the future.

If you or your child needs to cancel a class registration that you have already paid for, you must notify us a minimum of 14 days in advance, and we will provide a full refund minus a 5% processing fee. No refunds or credits will be issued after this time. Our contracted instructors count on the enrollment numbers for their time, fees, and supplies.


We offer no makeup classes for absent days, regardless of the reason. However, if your child misses a whole week of summer camp due to illness or Covid quarantine, we will happily apply a credit to a different camp, however refunds will not be offered.

The reason for this is that supplies have been purchased, and most teachers have been paid ahead of time for each student.  Additionally, last-minute cancellations do not give the school enough time to fill the empty spot. 


We will refund 75% of your camp fee for summer camps if you notify us four weeks before your child’s camp begins. We will refund 50% of your camp fee if you notify us three weeks before your child’s camp begins, or 25% if you notify us two weeks before your child’s camp begins. No refunds will be issued after that.

If you need to cancel an event reservation, please note that our deposits are nonrefundable.


In order to receive a 100% refund, cancellations must be submitted within 30 days of the beginning of the workshop. If you cancel anytime within the 14 day minimum you will receive 50% refund.  No refund will be issued after this period. 

Make-Up Classes

We are a small art center, and our classes change every six weeks. Our instructors count on the enrollment numbers for their time, supplies, and pay. There are no make-up classes provided. Instead, we offer our BCA families free events and activities throughout the year.


If you register for a class or camp after the session has started, we will prorate the session fee. However, we don’t prorate or refund for missed classes once you are enrolled in a class.

Credit & Gift Cards

All gift cards and credit must be used within 12 months of being issued.

Photo Release

BCA takes pictures of artwork and participants for use in the marketing and promotion of our programs. Registration grants permission to BCA to use any pictures taken for this purpose. Please notify us if you or your child needs to opt out of media.


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 together with his wife, the Italian artist Silvia Blair. Dru and Silvia wanted to travel less, so they decided to make Charleston their home. They are 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.

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!

Are Parents allowed to sit in during class?  

Parents should not be in the classroom during a session, as it distracts the children from their lessons. Parents may wait in their car or in the waiting room, if there is space.

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.

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