THE ART STABLES COVID-SECURE GUIDELINES & CANCELLATION POLICY
On Tuesday 22 September, The Art Stables will reopen its doors to the public for the first time since lockdown began in mid-March. We want your experience to be as safe, relaxed and enjoyable as possible and so we are taking a number of measures based on a thorough risk assessment of all our studios. As we are an art school the rule of 6 does not apply.
These measures meet or exceed Government guidance on re-opening, whilst providing a productive and safe learning environment for students and tutors alike. Although nothing is risk-free, the health and safety of our students and tutors remains our priority and, as restrictions begin to ease, we will be reviewing our measures to safeguard everyone using The Art Stables. We will do our utmost to keep you safe but need your co-operation in abiding by these new guidelines for us all to remain safe when we re-open. Please read the following information carefully.
PRIOR TO ARRIVAL:
If you are experiencing symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to the virus, we ask that you do not visit The Art Stables and seek professional medical guidance. Similarly, if you or any of your guests should develop symptoms and have visited The Art Stables within the previous 14 days, please notify us immediately. Students and tutors are asked to refrain from coming to The Art Stables if they are unwell, displaying symptoms or recovering from Covid-19.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE
• Installed air sanitisers in each studio which continuously purify the air and ensure all surfaces remain bacteria free
• Installed touch free taps and soap dispensers in both toilets
• Introduced new studio organisation and seating arrangements and reduced the number of students per class for social distancing purposes
• Indicated on the floor of all studios where seating, easels and tables will be to achieve optimal social distancing
• Installed antibacterial hand sanitiser stations in all studios and toilets. This is to be used alongside frequent handwashing to maintain optimum hygiene
• Provided anti-bacterial wipes for equipment in all studios
• Purchased face shields for all tutors
• Introduced a cashless policy for booking classes. The Art Stables will only be accepting advance payment for classes
• Adjusted the timings of some classes to minimise contact with students from different classes.
• Introduced registers for each class to record all people using The Art Stables in the event that we are contacted by Public Health England as part of contact tracing
• Increased the cleaning of studios daily
• Provided disposable hand towels in the toilets and studios
• Removed tea/coffee making facilities for the present time to reduce potential for cross contamination
• Cleared all storage areas holding equipment and art work *
• Installed bins for safe disposal of masks and gloves
All visitors will need to sign-in on entry and are encouraged to use sanitiser on arrival
All students must use the allocated door to their studio
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM STUDENTS - COVID ETIQUETTE
Students are expected to comply with physical distancing guidance. The studio has been adapted to be a Covid safe working environment with a safe limited maximum of students
Students are asked to bring a shirt or apron to wear and wash between sessions and to wash their hands before and after using shared equipment. Students are required to clean their own work space after each class
Masks are to be worn at all times by students whilst inside The Art Stables will be required with designated bins for disposal on the way out
Handshaking is discouraged and we ask that you do not make physical contact with others
Please be patient and respectful of others to allow safe distances to be maintained
Please ensure that you do follow markings and use the entrance and exit doors accordingly
We may need to contact you to confirm your contact details should we be contacted by Public Health England as part of contact tracing. Please ensure we have up to date contact details for yourself when making payments
Only students will be allowed on the premises, excepting where someone is accompanied by a personal assistant
If you are bringing children to any classes or workshops, they will be required to enter the building unaccompanied. Please ensure that you comply with all markings and remain a safe distance from entrances and exits
CHANGES TO ART PRACTICE
There will no longer be any shared equipment or materials
Where classes previously provided materials, each student will be given a named art pack that they will need to take home and bring back between classes
Any brushes used will need to be taken home for cleaning
Students are expected to clean their own work space at the end of each class
Tutors will provide and clear any water containers required for art work
Work in progress will be securely stored by tutors between classes. All work must be named at the back
Student’s personal belongings and art equipment can no longer be stored between classes. Students will need to take home and bring back between classes
Only students that are named on the class registers will be allowed entry
Drop-in session attendance has been suspended for the present time
Windows will be opened where possible to encourage ventilation
To help keep our costs down, we would appreciate you bringing your own mask, gloves and travel with your own sanitiser. The Art Stables will have a small number of masks and gloves available at cost price
All members of staff will be trained on Covid-19 security guidelines so they are able to help safeguard students and fellow colleagues. All tutors will wear face shields and gloves where appropriate in accordance with Government guidelines and will adhere to strict Health & Safety Covid-19 Secure guidelines.
Finally, you may notice a small increase of £5 on class fees. We have invested significantly in making The Art Stables as safe as possible whilst reducing class sizes and frequency. We are therefore adding a £5 termly supplement to all classes from September.
These guidelines will be reviewed on a weekly basis and students and tutors informed accordingly.
*All existing artwork will need to be collected from The Art Stables by 6 October. Students can collect their work Monday - Thursday 10.00 - 2.00 pm from the 22nd September.
The Art Stables has currently reduced the number of student places available to ensure Covid secure precautions are followed. Consequently we have had to review our terms and conditions in the light of this.
Please note that all places are allocated on a first come first served basis. So please apply early to avoid disappointment. Fees are payable in advance in full to secure a place and are non-refundable.
If you need to cancel your booking, provided your request is received at least two weeks (14 calendar days) before your course starts, you will be offered credit to the same value paid less a 10% administration fee for use in the future (this will only be offered once). The Art Stables is under no obligation to provide an additional class if a student misses one. Credits for missed classes are not available. It is usually possible to make up for an individual class missed by attending an additional class during the same term and only when there is a place in the class of your choice. It is also possible to change classes if there is a place in an alternative class that term. We are unable to refund fees but should there be exceptional circumstances, card charges will be taken into account.
The Art Stables reserves the right to deny booking any student or to remove any student immediately from a course in line with the School's Safeguarding Policy. In the instance that a student is removed from a course a refund for remaining sessions will be issued.
Payments can be made by bank transfer or calling 020 3302 5525 between 10.00am - 2.00pm Mondays to Fridays.
Unless otherwise stated, classes are suitable for all levels.
The Art Stables does not accept liability for loss or damage to materials or artwork left at The Art Stables. All work must be collected by the end of any term as we clear the space during the breaks.
The Art Stables cannot accept responsibility for any accident or mishap subject to anything in the general law to the contrary.
In cases of national importance, Government Guidelines will be followed. If The Art Stables is unable to perform its obligations in centre, including the temporary closure of its premises, all our courses with the exception of those using models, will be offered online. They will offer genuine interaction at a distance, allowing for the personalisation of learning just as in an actual classroom.
Course prices are correct at the time of publication.
The Art Stables reserves the right to cancel, combine or reschedule courses or substitute tutors as necessary.
Please inform the administrator and/or tutor if you have a medical condition that we need to be aware of.