Lessons during the Coronavirus epidemic

In response to the Coronavirus epidemic, we have changed the way we run our classes, making sure that all of our staff and students are safe in the studio.

From September 2020 we will be running classes from our Whetstone studio and over Zoom simultaneously. We will also return to Bricket Wood to run classes but these won't be shown on Zoom. Class numbers in our Whetstone studio, and our 'home from home' studio in Bricket Wood, have been lowered to 14 for our adult and children's classes and 8 for life drawing classes.

So that all current life drawing students can attend classes in September, we are asking students to book for only a half term in the studio and the other half over Zoom, or Zoom only. All life drawing students will receive a Zoom Pass, allowing them to attend as many as many Zoom life classes as they like each week.

We have measured out our studios so that seats are two meters apart or partitioned by a large screen. Demonstrations will be viewed from a distance on a big screen and work will be requested at a viewing area for critique.

We ask all students to keep as much distance as possible from each other.

We ask students to bring disposable palettes for acrylic and oil classes to avoid congestion at the sink. We will provide the palettes for children's classes and for adults who forget to bring.

We insist that all students thoroughly wash their hands with soap upon arrival or use the hand sanitiser provided.

We will be washing down all tables and screens in between lessons. Facilities will be available for anyone wishing to also wash their own station down before use.

Please avoid arriving to the studio before the start time of your class and please leave promptly at the end, so that staff have time to wash down facilities.

Please don't come to class if you are showing signs of a cold or flu, or you have a cough. It will make others feel uncomfortable. We will ask you to return home and offer you a Zoom session for the following week. It is important that everyone feel safe and comfortable in the studio.

Our kitchens will remain closed until further notice but toilets will be open.

We encourage all students to wear face masks when walking around the studio.