Code of Conduct
In order to provide students, members, visitors, and staff with a safe and supportive educational environment, TAC has adopted a Code of Conduct. TAC reserves the right to refuse registration to any student if administration or faculty deem the student to be disruptive or dangerous. No guns, firearms, or any type of dangerous materials may be brought into TAC. To help ensure safety, please stop by the office to receive a copy of the Code of Conduct.
Zero Tolerance Policy
TAC is committed to a safe environment for all of our students, visitors, instructors, and donors. TAC has a Zero Tolerance Policy to ensure security and creative freedom for all.
Classes may be postponed or canceled when enrollment minimums are not met. We try to notify students of a cancellation a week prior to the start of each session, but from time to time cancellations are done at the last minute. Students will be notified by e-mail or phone of any cancellations.
If a class is canceled, students may opt to receive a credit for future TAC classes or the full tuition will be refunded by check and mailed within thirty days. TAC reserves the right to change instructors/classes or to discontinue any class, without incurring obligations.
A make-up week is scheduled at the end of each session in the event of a cancellation by the instructor or building closure due to inclement weather. A class must be canceled by TAC or the instructor to qualify for make-up week, which is considered part of the term. No refunds, credits, or make-ups will be given for classes missed by the student (i.e. a student “no show”).
Tuition is refundable for all classes and workshops as follows:
- Dropped 7 or more days before the first date of the session: Tuition refunded or credit minus $50 processing fee. Dropped within 6 days before the first date of the session: Tuition is credited minus a processing fee equal to 50% of the tuition. Dropped after the start of the first session: NO REFUND/NO CREDIT.
- Dropped Workshops costing $100 or more
Dropped 7 or more days before the first date of the session: Tuition refunded or credit minus $50 processing fee. Dropped within 6 days before the first date of the session: NO REFUND/NO CREDIT. Dropped after the start of the first session: NO REFUND/NO CREDIT.
- Dropped Workshops costing under $100
Dropped 7 or more days before the first date of the session: Tuition refunded or credit minus $25 processing fee. Dropped within 6 days before the first date of the session: NO REFUND/NO CREDIT. Dropped after the start of the first session: NO REFUND/NO CREDIT.
Credits are good for one year past issue date and may be used towards any TAC classes or workshops.
If a member will not be able to attend all of their classes, TAC will pro-rate for a maximum of up to two classes out of a full session consisting of 8 weeks or more. Students may only pro-rate at the time of registration, not after registration is complete. Pro-ration is a member benefit. Non-members may not pro-rate. Please call the office at 847.432.1888 to register if you need to pro-rate a class.
Scheduled and Emergency Closings
Classes will not be held on most national holidays or during extremely inclement weather. TAC tries to follow the decisions of Districts 112 & 113 regarding weather-related closings. Classes canceled due to snow or other emergencies will be made up during the TAC make-up week at the end of the session.
TAC is accessible to those persons needing a wheelchair or other ease of access support. TAC is proud to be a Disability-Aware Business Member of JJ’s List.
The Art Center Highland Park is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive atmosphere for our students, visitors, instructors, and donors regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, and/or veteran status.
Membership contributions help support TAC’s operations, exhibitions, scholarships, and programming. Please note that memberships are required for Open Studios and for the Friday Figure Drawing & Painting Open Studio. Membership is not required to participate in adult and youth classes or workshops; however, all members receive a discounted tuition rate. Memberships are non-refundable and good for one year from the date of purchase.
The administration reserves the right to alter policies pertaining to courses, fees, and other notices on the TAC website and/or catalog, as deemed necessary, for the proper functioning of TAC. The administration also reserves the right to cancel classes, workshops, and open studios, and alter scheduling/staffing.
Permission to Photograph
TAC retains the right to photograph any class, student, student work, or event and reproduce the images at its discretion without incurring obligations.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
A limited number of financial aid/scholarships are available each session for adult, teen, and children’s classes. Aid will be based on the financial needs of the student. Applications are available in the main TAC office or on our website at theartcenterhp.org. No late applications will be accepted. Scholarship recipients will be charged a $50 Admin fee due by class start date.
Open studio is available for currently enrolled students as follows: Ceramics, Mosaics, and enrolled Printmaking students may participate in Open Studio free of charge but may incur supply costs. Currently enrolled students in Jewelry may participate in Open Studio for a supply fee. TAC Members may participate in a Figure Drawing and Painting Open Studio every Friday from 9:30 am-12:00 pm with a punch card purchase. Open Studio times vary with each session. Contact TAC staff for further information.
Facemasks are required for those returning after a COVID-19 exposure. (See Exposure to Covid-19.)
Exposure to Covid-19
- Any individual exposed to COVID-19 may attend class, provided they are not exhibiting any symptoms, wear a tight-fitting mask (N95 or Kn95), and maintain social distancing for 10 days.
- If you begin to experience symptoms of Covid-19 during the 10 days, you must isolate and take a Covid-19 test, 5 days after onset of symptoms.
Test Positive for Covid-19
- Any individual that tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days starting from test date or onset of symptoms.
- If you begin to show symptoms after your test date, the 10-day quarantine restarts.
- Individuals may return to TAC 5 days after initial test date OR onset of symptoms if they are no longer exhibiting symptoms and wear a tightfitting mask until 11 days after test date or onset of symptoms.