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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS 

 

  • HOW DO I BOOK A PARTY?

THE BEST/QUICKEST/EASIEST WAY TO  BOOK A PARTY IS TO SUBMIT THE PARTY REQUEST FORM ONLINE. IT PROVIDES US WITH ALL THE INFORMATION IN ONE SPOT AND ENTERS THE INFO IN OUR PARTY DATABASE SO THAT WE CAN GET BACK TO YOU QUICKLY AND MOST EFFICIENTLY.

 

  • HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO YOU RECOMMEND BOOKING?

WE USUALLY BOOK A LEAST A MONTH IN ADVANCE. HOWEVER, IF WE HAVE AVAILABILITY, WE CAN ALSO BOOK A PARTY AT LATER NOTICE.  YOU CAN BOOK FARTHER IN ADVANCE AS WELL TO ENSURE YOUR DATE AND TIME OF CHOICE. BECAUSE ALL OF OUR PARTIES ARE CUSTOM AND WE PUT A LOT OF TIME AND CARE INTO EACH ONE, WE ONLY SCHEDULE  A LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTIES/EVENTS EACH WEEKEND.  WE CAN ACCOMMODATE FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS, AND SUNDAYS. ALL TIMES BETWEEN 10 AM AND 8 PM ARE OPEN. WE HAVE NO "SET TIMES" EACH EVENT AND FAMILY SCHEDULE IS DIFFERENT. 

 

  • WHAT'S A THEME? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT CAN WE DO/MAKE? 

A THEME IS A GENERAL IDEA OF WHAT YOUR CHILD IS INTERESTED IN. IT POINTS US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION OF PROJECT IDEAS TO SEND YOU. THERE IS NO THEME WE CAN'T DO. IF WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOUR THEME, WE WILL RESEARCH AND LEARN ABOUT IT! THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. IT KEEPS OUR JOB FUN, NEW AND INTERESTING. IT HELPS TO KEEP PARTIES NON "COOKIE-CUTTER" AND ALL THE SAME. EVERY PARTY A CHILD ATTENDS WILL BE DIFFERENT AND THAT KEEPS IT EXCITING! 

AN EASY WAY TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT A THEME, IS TO ASK "WHAT DO YOU WANT ON YOUR CAKE OR CUPCAKES"?

 

  • CAN PARENTS DROP OFF? CAN PARENTS STAY?

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND FOR A SCHOOL AGE PARTY (CREATIVE STYLE) THAT THE MAJORITY OF PARENTS DROP OFF AND RETURN FOR PICK UP. WE STRUCTURE THE PARTY LIKE A CLASS. WHEN THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE AND VOICES IN THE OPEN ONE-ROOM STUDIO, THE LESSON IS NOT AS SUCCESSFUL. OFTEN THE CHILDREN ARE DISTRACTED AND NOT ABLE TO ENGAGE IN THE PROJECT IF TOO MANY ADULTS ARE IN THE ROOM. "EXPLORER STYLE" PARTIES  (AGES 6 AND UNDER) ARE DESIGNED FOR PARENTS TO STAY AND BE INVOLVED. EXPLORER STYLE ALLOWS FOR LOTS OF MOVEMENT AROUND THE ROOM TO ART CENTERS AND FOR MORE COMOTION. IF YOUR CHILD IS 5/6 YEARS OLD YOU CAN CHOOSE EITHER STYLE DEPENDING ON YOUR GUEST LIST AND WHAT YOUR PARENTS ARE COMFORTABLE WITH. ALL THE TEACHERS AT A&S ARE EITHER CURRENT TEACHERS IN FCPS/MCPS OR HAVE TAUGHT IN SCHOOL AND ARE NOW RESIGNED. WE ARE COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT IN LEADING LARGE GROUPS OF CHILDREN IN A FUN, SAFE AND CREATIVE MANNER.  WE DO RESPECT AND UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE SITUATIONS WHERE PARENTS DO NEED TO STAY WITH THEIR CHILD AND WE ARE ALSO UNDERSTANDING OF THAT AND WELCOME THOSE PARENTS TO STAY. 

 

  • WHEN DO WE ARRIVE IF WE ARE THE HOSTING FAMILY?

YOU ARE WELCOME TO ARRIVE 15 MINS BEFORE YOUR PARTY BEGINS. INSTRUCTORS PREP THE LAST MINUTE SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS BEFORE YOUR PARTY AND WILL BE ON HAND TO HELP YOU 15 MINS BEFORE TO BRING IN YOUR FOOD AND PAPER PRODUCTS. THIS GIVES YOU ENOUGH TIME TO PREP AND BE SETTLED BEFORE THE PARTY STARTS. 

 

  • WHAT DO I BRING TO THE PARTY?

PLEASE BRING ANY FOOD/BEVERAGES YOU WOULD LIKE TO SERVE. YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING IN ANYTHING.  BRING PAPER PRODUCTS THAT YOU NEED TO SERVE YOUR PARTICULAR ITEMS. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING A TABLE CLOTH BUT ARE WELCOME TO BRING ONE TO MATCH YOUR PARTY. THE CAKE TABLE HAS A TABLE CLOTH ON IT AT ALL TIMES THAT YOU ARE WELCOME TO USE, OR COVER. THE EATING TABLE, IS A VINTAGE CAFETERIA TABLE, THAT YOU DO NOT NEED TO COVER. IF YOU WOULD PREFER TO COVER IT, IT TAKE 2 RECTANGULAR STANDARD SIZE PARTY TABLECLOTHS.  

 

  • WHAT DOES ART & SOUL PROVIDE?

WE PROVIDE THE INSTRUCTOR FOR YOUR PARTY, ALL THE MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES FOR THE LESSON PICKED. WE PROVIDE EITHER A DRAWING OR COLORING ACTIVITY FOR WHEN CHILDREN ARRIVE AND ARE GETTING SETTLED. WE PROVIDE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAINT BANNER AND A TABLE CLOTH ON THE BACK CAKE TABLE. WE ALSO PROVIDE AN ARTISTIC FAVOR FOR EACH CHILD TO PICK OFF THE "ART CART". THERE IS AN ASSORTMENT OF CREATIVE SUPPLIES AND ART ACTIVITIES ON THE CART FOR EACH CHILD TO PICK FROM THAT INCLUDES A "THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING" TAG. 

 

  • CAN I BRING BALLOONS?

SURE!

 

  • WHEN IS FINAL PAYMENT DUE?

FINAL PAYMENT IS TAKEN THE DAY OF THE PARTY. CASH, CHECK, CC OR PAYPAL. 

 

 

PRESCHOOL EXPLORERS:

 

  • DO I NEED TO SIGN UP OF REGISTER?   

NO, JUST SHOW UP DURING THE DAY & TIME OF CLASS. WITH LITTLE ONES WE UNDERSTAND IT IS HARD TO COMMIT AND SOMETIMES PLANS DON'T GO "AS PLANNED". PLEASE CHECK FACEBOOK/SCHEDULED ON HOLIDAYS/ SCHOOLS OFF DAYS TO MAKE SURE EXPLORERS IS STILL SCHEDULED. 

 

  • WHAT'S A GOOD AGE TO ATTEND?

USUALLY 18 MONTH AND UP (EVEN OLDER SIBLINGS HAVE FUN!). YOU ARE WITH YOUR CHILD INTERACTING DURING THE CENTER TIME PORTION OF THE CLASS, SO YOU CAN HELP AND GUIDE THEM. ALL ACTIVITIES ARE CREATED TO ENGAGE A VARIETY OF AGES. 

 

  • WHAT'S THE COST?

THERE ARE SEVERAL OPTIONS FOR YOUR SCHEDULE AND PRICING NEEDS. ONE TIME DROP IN CLASSES ARE $15. WE OFFER SIBLING DISCOUNTS 2/$20. YOU ONLY PAY FOR THE CHILD, NOT THE PARENT. SIBLINGS UNDER 1 ARE FREE.  YOU HAVE THE OPTION OF ALSO BECOMING A STUDIO MEMBER. A YEARLY FEE OF $30, GIVES YOU ACCESS TO A EXPLORER CARD. THE CARD PRICING IS 6 CLASSES FOR $60 AND YOU CAN USE ANY CLASS AT ANY TIME. 

 

SCHOOL AGE LESSONS (K-12TH GRADE)

 

  • CAN WE BEGIN IF A SESSION HAS ALREADY STARTED?

YES! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO START LESSONS, AND WE HAVE STARTED A SESSION, WE WILL PRORATE THE COST OF THE CLASSES YOU HAVE MISSED PRIOR TO STARTING. DEPENDING ON WHAT THE CLASS IS WORKING ON, WE MAY ASK YOU WAIT A WEEK TO START, SO THAT WE ARE BEGINNING A NEW ARTWORK OR CONCEPT. SUBMIT AN ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM FOR THE CLASS YOU DESIRE, AND WE WILL CONTACT YOU WITH PRICING AND A START DATE.

 

  • MY CHILD IS REALLY TALENTED. CAN HE/SHE MOVE UP?

CLASSES ARE DIVIDED BASED SOLEY ON THE ARTIST'S GRADE, NOT TALENT. DUE TO THE SMALL CLASS SIZES AND TEACHER/STUDENT RATIO, WE ARE ABLE TO TEACH ONE CONCEPT/TECHNIQUE AND ALLOW FOR ALL LEVELS OF TALENT. WE ARE ABLE TO ASSIST THOSE THAT NEED EXTRA HELP AND ALSO CHALLENGE THOSE WHO ARE NEEDING MORE. DIVIDING THE CHILDREN IS MORE FOR MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH OTHER STUDENTS, CONVERSATION, & FEELING CONFIDENT IN THEIR SURROUNDINGS. 

 

  • WE MISSED A CLASS? CAN WE MAKE IT UP?

Unfortunately, MAKE UP CLASSES FOR INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT OFFERED. BECAUSE EACH CLASS IS WORKING ON DIFFERENT LESSONS BASED ON THE GROUP AND THEIR INTERESTS, IT IS TOO DIFFICULT TO BRING IN OTHER CHILDREN WHO ARE WORKING ON DIFFERENT PROJECTS/MEDIA. WE DO OUR BEST TO CATCH UP YOUR ARTIST ON THEIR WORK DURING THEIR TIME THE FOLLOWING WEEK. IF A WHOLE CLASS IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER, WE DO OFFER A WHOLE CLASS MAKE UP OR CREDIT ON YOUR ACCOUNT. 

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