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  • How is Holt School different from other programs?
    Our program focuses on instructing students individually on their personal goals. We have a baseline that teaches students the techniques needed to draw and paint for a lifetime and tailor our teaching to our students' interests. Therefore when you walk into the classroom you will see each student working on something different. Most of our classes have students ranging from beginners to advanced. Because of this our classes are not separated by skill level.
  • What is the environment like inside the classroom?
    Our classroom is a traditional studio environment with each student working at an easel or drawing horse. We aim to give our students the highest quality of art education by staffing our studio with trained instructors who have a degree in art or are pursuing a degree in art. We keep our teacher to student ratio low at 1:6 so that each student is able to have their individual needs met.
  • What will students do on the first day of class?
    The first day of class is a day for us to get to know the student. We will go over basic drawing techniques with pencil. Adult students will later be introduced to charcoal and youth students will use chalk pastels. An assessment will be made about your goals and skill level and we will determine how to move forward with your learning.
  • What supplies do new youth students need to bring?
    Supplies: Your art supply kit can be purchased through Holt School or the local Cheap Joes. You may also elect to shop for supplies yourself using the list below. Click here to pre-order your kit through Holt School. The kit will be delivered to you in class on your first day.
  • What supplies do adult students need to bring?
    Supplies: Your art supply kit can be purchased through Holt School or the local Cheap Joes. You may also elect to shop for supplies yourself using the list below. Click here to pre-order your kit through Holt School. The kit will be delivered to you in class on your first day.
  • If I/my student previously attended Holt School and is returning, what supplies do I/they need to bring?"
    If you or your student has previously attended Holt School, please email us at
  • What class will be best suited for my/my child’s skill level?
    We do not do group instruction in our classes and therefore all classes are for all levels. Each student is instructed on an individual level and therefore beginner, intermediate, and advanced students can be seen in all of our classes. Some of our classes may be separated based on age.
  • I/My child is not a beginner, can I/they skip ahead?"
    Youth Students: Students who aren’t beginners can be placed on a “fast track” with a portfolio review. This is an informal assessment and artwork can be brought on the first day of class to share with the instructor. All fast track students are required to complete our drawing exercises as we use them for building blocks for painting. We place importance on drawing before painting, as painting is considered to be drawing with a brush. A strong foundation in drawing will help the artist produce higher quality oil paintings. Adult Students: If you have previous experience please plan to share images of your work with your teacher on the first day of class. They will work with you to come up with a plan to meet your goals.
  • Can Holt School help with portfolio assistance for colleges and competitions?
    Yes, our instructors can help build a portfolio and help make portfolio decisions. If you need help with this please email and we can direct you to the right instructor for your needs.
  • What should I do if we have to miss a class?
    Make up classes are offered only for our weekly classes during the school year session and summer weekly session. You must cancel more than 1 hour before your missed class, and your make up must be used within 30 days of the cancelled class or before the end of current enrollment. Make ups do not carry over into the next session. One a make up has been scheduled, it cannot be rescheduled. Our summer workshops are not eligible for make up classes.  Please download the Holt School of Fine Art app for free: This will allow you to schedule any absences for your currently enrolled class time as well as schedule a makeup. Make ups are only allowed during the weekly classes. (This excludes workshops) Here's how it works: 1. Once you've downloaded the app click the "My Account" 3. Login to your Account using your usual login for Holt School. Your username will be your email address used for registration. If this is your first-time logging into your account, you will be prompted to create a new password. You should only have to do this once and then you'll stay logged in for the future. 4. Click the 3 bars in the upper right and then "Absences & Makeups” See video on how to schedule make ups: Some notes to be aware of: Once you schedule a makeup it cannot be rescheduled. Do not schedule a makeup class until you are 100% sure you can attend. If scheduling “day of” makeups, you can only schedule them 5 or more hours before that class time. Makeups expire 1 month after the date of the absence. You must be an active paid student to use your makeup. Makeups do not carry over into the next session. If you do not cancel at least an hour before your scheduled class time you will be considered a no show. Credits will not be given for missed classes or no shows.
  • Can students arrive early?
    Students may arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class begins and leave no later than 5 minutes after class has ended. It is very important students do not arrive early or get picked up late as we need extra time to properly clean our studio and supplies.
  • For youth classes: Am I allowed to stay in class with my child?
    We do not have areas for parents to stay during class. We are a drop off / pick up facility. Only registered students may enter the Studios at this time.
  • What happens when it snows?
    Holt School of Fine Art reserves the right to cancel classes in the case of inclement weather including but not limited to: snow, ice, extreme heat, and extreme cold. Holt School will post on the website and Facebook if classes have been cancelled. There is no guarantee classes will be made up due to weather. In the case of cancellation for weather we will do our best to allow you a make up class and it will be up to you to schedule the class.
  • Why am I not recieving emails?
    I'm sorry you haven't been receiving our emails. Here are a few things you can try to help you get our messages in the future: 1. Whitelist our emails: & How to Whitelist an email address 2. Use a different email address for communication with us. (Using your work email will often results in blocked emails) 3. Login to your account regularly to find all messages you've been sent.
  • How do I register for classes as a new student?
    If this is your first time signing up for classes at Holt School, registration can be done two ways: 1. Register on the website: Find the class you are interested in and there should be the option to "waitlist" or "enroll" in the class. If you do not see a link we are not currently accepting new students for that class. 2. Register on the mobile app (best method): From your mobile device download the "Holt School of Fine Art" app (linked below). Select your location and then from the main screen click "Register." Select the session you are interested in to search for classes and complete your registration.
  • How do I register for classes as a current or returning student?
    1. From your mobile device download the Holt School of Fine Art App 2. Login to "My Account" using your usual login for Holt School. You will only have to login once and then you will stay logged in. 3. Click "Find Classes" to register. Need more help? Watch our video on How to Register for Classes in the App
  • When I register for the wait list it asks for my credit card, will I be charged?"
    Our system asks you to put a card on file. If we place you in a class, we will first contact you via the email provided to confirm whether you wish to enroll. We will not charge your card without prior approval.
  • When is tuition due?
    Your first month's tuition payment is due upon registration. Tuition will then be charged on the 1st of the month, starting in the second month of the session. Tuition schedules are available for each class and can be found on the website or by emailing
  • What should I do if we do not want to continue into the next month?
    Please notify us in writing to at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the new month.
  • What if Holt School is not the right fit for me/my child?
    If you or your child is unhappy after the 1st class you may receive a full refund. There are no refunds after this point unless the student is asked to withdraw. In this case, the unused portion of tuition will be refunded excluding unpaid art supplies and missed or cancelled classes.
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