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General Information

In the Schedule of Classes, courses are grouped by media and level of experience. Many of our courses are available to beginners, with no previous experience necessary. Students new to the Center are welcome to sign up for more advanced classes. However, we do suggest these students schedule a meeting with the instructor to review their artwork.

Types of Class

Continuing Classes (Studio Classes and Kids’ Classes)

Continuing classes run from the Fall semester through the end of the Spring semester (see schedule for specific dates). Students may enroll in Continuing classes at any time during the year, space and curriculum permitting. Enrollment automatically rolls over from month to month from Fall through to Spring, unless you choose to withdraw from the class.

Session Classes

Session classes run for a specific number of weeks and build on techniques taught from week to week. Adult classes that are not Continuing classes are Session Classes; some kids’ and teen classes are also Session classes. Students enroll for the entire course and tuition is due at the time of enrollment. All Summer classes are Session classes. 


Workshops – including one-day workshops, masterclasses, and mini-series – are focused, specific classes that take place over one or two sessions. Workshops are usually designed to be accessible for all levels, unless otherwise specified. Supplies are generally included in the cost of the class, unless otherwise specified.


When you enroll in a Session class, your invoice will reflect the cost of the full semester’s tuition. Payment plans to divide the cost across the semester are available on request. The invoice for a Continuing class will reflect the cost of that month’s tuition, and enrollment will automatically continue from month to month. Payment for Continuing Classes is due on the 1st of each month. Tuition may be paid by cash, personal check, American Express, VISA or MasterCard. Please make checks payable to: Friends of the Brentwood Art Center, 13031 Montana Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90049-4891. A $20 fee will be charged for all returned checks. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Continuing Classes (Studio Classes and Kids’ Classes)

Students or parents of children wishing to withdraw from a Continuing Class must notify the office at least one week prior to the beginning of a new month in order to avoid incurring new tuition charges. Refunds are not possible after the first of the month if a student withdraws within that month.

Session Classes

Students or parents of children wishing to withdraw from a Session Class must notify the office at least one week prior to the first class in order to receive full account credit or a refund for the session. All refunds will incur a $25 administration and processing fee.

Students or parents of children wishing to withdraw from a Session Class less than one week before the first class must notify the office within the following timeframes to receive a partial credit or refund:

  • For Session classes with 6 or fewer class meetings, notice of cancellation must be given before or on the day of the first class meeting.
  • For Session classes with 7 or more class meetings, notice of cancellation must be given before or on the day of the third class meeting.

Students cancelling a Session class within the above time limits will be issued account credit or a refund (minus the $25 administration & processing fee) for all remaining classes in the session, excluding classes scheduled in the week following the date of notification.


For one-day Workshops and mini-series, students must give a minimum of 2 weeks’ cancellation notice to receive a credit or refund. No refunds are possible thereafter.

Day Camps

For Day Camps, the cost of camps may be refunded, minus a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the cost, or $100, whichever is larger, if notice is given at least 2 weeks before the start of the camp. After that, no refunds are possible.

Private Tutoring

The BAC will not charge for scheduled tutoring sessions if the student cancels at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled lesson. (Tutoring scheduled on Monday must be cancelled by 1:00pm Saturday.)

Without this notification, the student will be responsible for the full fee for the scheduled session.

Absence & Makeup Policy

The Brentwood Art Center (BAC) has an absence and makeup class policy that enables students the opportunity to make up a missed class under certain conditions.

  • To be eligible for a makeup class, a student or parent must notify the front desk (not their instructor) at least 24 hours in advance (on Saturday for Monday classes).
  • March 2020: due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are not requiring 24 hours’ notice to issue a makeup to students who are sick. Any students who notify the front desk of an absence will receive a makeup through to the end of the Spring semester. More information here.
  • Makeups are valid for one year from the date of the missed class.
  • Makeups can only be used outside of enrollment during the Summer semester (June-August).
  • During all other semesters (September-May), makeups issued after 6/17/19 can only be used while enrolled in at least one class.
  • Enrolled students may use a makeup to bring a friend or family member who is not enrolled to their class.
  • Basic supplies can be loaned for one makeup class to enable students to try a new class or medium.
  • To schedule a makeup, contact the front desk no more than 48 hours in advance to confirm that there is space available and that the class curriculum can accommodate a makeup lesson.
  • Makeups cannot be used in or issued for workshops, private classes, or day camps.

Publicity Release

The Brentwood Art Center (BAC) photographs and digitally records students in our studio classes. These photos and videos are for non-commercial, educational purposes, including promotion of BAC programs. By being present during these activities, you and/or your child consent to the use of your/their appearance and likeness by BAC and its licensees, designees, or assignees, in all media, worldwide, in perpetuity.


The Friends of the Brentwood Art Center offers a number of scholarships for classes each semester at the Brentwood Art Center for both children and adults, based on need. To learn more about our Scholarship Program and to fill out an application, please visit the Scholarships page, or contact BAC at (310) 451-5657 or info@brentwoodart.org.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Brentwood Art Center admits students of any race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sex, age, and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the center. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of these characteristics in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other programs.

Our students, staff and faculty include a diverse population, embracing a variety of traditions, and the Brentwood Art Center recognizes the importance of each individual’s beliefs and convictions. Due to our policy of non-discrimination, we maintain an academic calendar that includes a limited number of holiday closures. We extend our make-up policy to any student who is unable to attend class due to the observance of a religious or cultural holiday, provided we receive 24 hours notice, as we do to any student who provides this notice of an absence for any reason. For further information, please review our “Absence and Class Make-up Policy” above.

Other Policies

The Center reserves the right to change its calendar, withdraw a class, modify curriculum or substitute instructors at any time. There will be no refunds for classes in the event of teacher substitution due to illness or other circumstance. The Center also reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose conduct is deemed detrimental to other students, faculty or staff. Students are not permitted to film or otherwise record their classes without the instructor’s express permission and consent. No photography, videography, or any other recording is permitted in classes where a model is present, except with the express permission of the model, who may charge a fee of their choosing.