Classes - The course will have a maximum class size of 20 (minimum sign up 10) working in our newly renovated studios on the 23rd Floor of the Packexim Building with stunning views and light. All materials and equipment will be provided by us. The studios are serviced and secure offering the perfect space to relax, contemplate and create. There is secure underground parking.
Clothes and hands – it is advised that students wear old clothes to the sessions. Aprons will be provided and proper protection will be worn if using indelible inks or paints. However, sessions will be 90% practical making activities with a wide variety of media and techniques so hands will get dirty and clothes could be marked. The alpaca shawl, lovely though it is, should probably stay at home.
Pick up and drop off – all students should be escorted to and collected from the 23rd floor at the start and end of the school day. Students over 13 years may make their own way with signed consent from parents or guardian. In the event of a student being late to class or late collection please contact us to inform us. We will not release a child to any person that has not registered as a valid chaperone. A member of staff will be contactable throughout the day. If it turns out you are unable to collect your child until the following day we charge Bed and Breakfast at standard Emperor Suite Intercon rates.
Health & Safety - We have been teaching subjects in high risk environments that require detailed planning, 3rd eye classroom management and meticulous risk assessments for many years... many of which were inner-city schools with students who found concentrating, authoritative relationships and/or anger management difficult to cope with. As yet we have never experienced any serious injury or accidents. We plan to keep it that way. We are currently undergoing First Aid refresher training at Family Medical Practice, have a comprehensive onsite medical kit and have spoken with International SOS to assure their immediate support in the unlikely event it is needed. To enable this we will require proof of medical insurance or you to sign a medical release form. We have two young children and have spent years meeting with parents of students in our care. We understand the importance of this matter.
Snacks – a drink and snack will be provided to students at the morning and afternoon break and water will be available throughout the day. Snacks will be a healthy homemade item, piece of fruit and water or fruit juice carton. Please let us know of any specific dietary requirements well in advance.
Lunches – students should bring their own lunch that will be stored in a fridge. Food can be heated but we have limited kitchen appliances to heat lunches. Food that can be consumed cold is advisable so we can all eat together; it’s more social and less stress for everyone. We would like lunch to be an extension of the sharing exercises during class. We will sit and eat together, watch short animations, documentaries or showcases of art / design to stimulate conversation during the meal.
Valuables – like most services and institutions we will not be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of valuables or cash. We can offer a safe place for items that are essential but would ask that this is kept to a minimum. If students have mobile phones with them they are not expected to be in use during lessons. Flappy birds was withdrawn for good reason.
Attitudes to learning – We have used the word ‘courses' for very specific reasons. We are not a camp, group or club. Students are expected to treat this as they would a normal structured learning environment. They will be challenged and supported to facilitate success in the activities and develop skills and knowledge. We collectively have over 15 years teaching experience among our staff and know that young people love to learn and try new things. They thrive on clear direction, honest encouragement and can normally see through insincere praise. Our aim is to provide the environment, facilities and tuition to give them an insight into the joys of being a creative individual.
Behavior and tolerance – the start of the course will begin with introductions, sharing prior creative experiences and creating an agreed classroom contract for conduct. Should any problems arise with behavior we are well versed in managing young people. In the event that behavior becomes detrimental to the group we will call and ask for them to be collected and reserve the right to exclude a child for wholly inappropriate behavior with no refund. Unless the hand-written apology letter is pathos personified. People make mistakes.
Prior reading – each student that enrolls will be given an artist research pack and resource set to work through prior to the course. It will not be a huge amount of work but will give us something to start with and use in our introduction exercises. From here students will develop an understanding and appreciation of each other that will grow over the duration of the course. The pack will contain some light reading and a few drawing / making exercises which we encourage you to share in. Please ensure they complete them to prevent discomfort on the first day.
End of course exhibition – At the end of the course there will be an exhibition of work in our space. The idea is to create a show that is as close to a professional exhibition as possible and give students a hands on insight into how to get works ready for display, curate art work and be part of a collective enterprise. The show will be for students, parents, extended family, friends and close friends of Work Room Four. There will be an exhibition catalogue for your child to keep as a reminder of their first public art show.