Our Terms, Payment & Refund Policy, Models' Bill of Rights, and Studio Safety Guidelines

This webpage's content is from our Handbook. Every Student and/or visitor at H&R Studio has access to both a digital and PDF copy of this Handbook including our Terms, Payment & Refund Policy, Models' Bill of Rights, and Studio Safety Guidelines.

Terminology: H&R Studio (co-founders Brett Harvey & Lauren Redding, the business entity of H&R Studio LLC, and all persons associated via teaching or paid studio assistance); Student (person enrolling and/or enrolled at H&R Studio); Session (7-week duration of classes); Classes (Session-long set of seven meetings); Class (Classes' individual 3-hour-long weekly meetings); Programs (workshops, private lessons, performances, and/or lectures occurring at H&R Studio); Studio (entire property premises of H&R Studio and all its furnishings, materials, tools, and possessions); Model (person employed by H&R Studio who agrees to pose for Classes and Programs either clothed or nude); Material/Materials (any wet or dry media or tool utilized in a Class or Program at or as part of the Studio).

I.       Terms

1. Students acknowledge that their participation, travel to and/or from, and payments to H&R Studio are VOLUNTARY.

2. Students are responsible for their own Materials, belongings and personal property. H&R Studio will not be held responsible for loss of or damages to any Students' Materials, belongings and personal property.

3. H&R Studio is not responsible for any injury or physical complication arising from Classes, Programs, or time at the Studio, nor for any injury or physical complication arising from traveling to and/or from the Studio.

3A. Students are aware that they may be working with Materials that, if not handled appropriately, could be toxic and/or dangerous.

3B. These Materials include, but are not limited to: charcoal dust, solvents, water-based clay, etc., as well as various power tools.

4. For the reasons outlined in I-3 above, a Studio Safety Guide has been prepared and is available for Students to review online and at the Studio as part of this Handbook (IV).

5. The Payment & Refund Policy (II), which lays out H&R Studio’s policy for the paying, refunding, rescheduling, and cancelling of Classes and/or Programs, is available for Students to review online and at the Studio as part of this Handbook.

6. The Models' Bill of Rights (III), which lays out the necessary etiquette for working with both clothed and nude models at H&R Studio, will be available for Students to review online and at the Studio. 

7. Regarding cell phone conduct at H&R Studio, as it applies to both Students and H&R Studio personnel:

7A. All phones should be on silent during Classes and Programs.

7B. Any calls must be taken outside and are not permitted to interrupt Class or Program time.

7C. If phones become too much of a distraction during Classes or Programs, H&R Studio will request that Students turn off their cellular devices.

7D. Respecting H&R Studio Models’ privacy, there will be no photography or filming of Models without Models’ explicitly-granted permission, as mentioned in Models’ Bill of Rights III-1.

7E. There is NO VIDEO recording of H&R Studio Classes or Programs; however, Students are welcome to take video documentation of their finished work once Classes or Programs finish.

8. H&R Studio can take photos and document Classes and Programs for publicity, BUT only with the consent of participating Students.

9. Unless it is a service animal on a leash (not permitted to roam freely), NO PETS ALLOWED AT H&R STUDIO. This is due to safety concerns.

10. As H&R Studio does not possess a liquor license in accordance with county, state, and federal laws, NO CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL is permitted at the Studio due to liability.

11. H&R Studio reserves the right to totally dismiss and remove Students from the Studio if the Student is deemed disrespectful, inappropriate and/or destructive towards Models, the Studio, and other Students. 

11A. This includes circumstances in which the Student proves repeatedly careless with materials, as stipulated in the Studio Safety Guidelines.

11B. This dismissal will be done without refund of any payments.

12. All terms and policies as set forth are liable to change with the discretion of H&R Studio.

II.      Payment & Refund Policy

1. Classes, Programs, and all related charges and fees must be paid for in full (100%) upon enrollment.

1A. There are no periodic, partial, or credit-based plans to pay for Classes or Programs.

1B. There is no reservation fee to hold a spot in Classes or Programs.

1C. Classes and Programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2. Students cannot enroll in Classes after they have started, and likewise cannot enroll in a Program after it has started.

2A. However, Students can enroll in Classes and Programs at any point before they begin.

2B. Exemptions will be given depending on the Student’s circumstance and with the Student’s full acknowledgement that they pay in full regardless.

3. An individual Class cannot be either purchased or refunded. 

3A. If a Student misses a Class, they will not receive a refund for the individual Class missed.

3B. If, for any reason, H&R Studio must cancel a Class, a make-up Class will be arranged for Students free of charge.

4. Refunds are granted in full (100%) ONLY:

4A. Within 48 hours of a Student enrolling in any Classes or Programs at H&R Studio.

4B. If, for any reason, H&R Studio must cancel any Classes or Programs before they begin.

4C. Due to emergencies or unforeseen circumstances as discussed between the Student and H&R Studio.

5. The amount refunded depends upon how far in advance the refund is requested. If the refund is requested:

5A. More than 15 days before the beginning of the Session of the Student's enrolled Class or Program:  75% of the total payment (class + any additional fees) will be refunded.

5B. Within 14-8 days before the beginning of the Session of the Student's enrolled Class or Program:  50% of the total payment (class + any additional fees) will be refunded.

5C. Within 7-4 days before the beginning of the Session of the Student's enrolled Class or Program:  25% of the total payment (class + any additional fees) will be refunded.

6. Refunds will NOT be granted in ANY amount (0%) if:

6A. The refund is requested within 3 days of the beginning of the Student's enrolled Class or Program.

i. However, if the Student ENROLLS within 3 days of his/her Class or Program, they are still eligible for the full refund granted within 48 hours of enrollment, as mentioned in Payment & Refund Policy II-4A.

ii. The refund requested has nothing to do with the extenuating circumstances mentioned in Payment & Refund Policy II-4C.

6B. The refund is requested after that Class or Program has begun.

6C. A Student's behavior is such that he or she must be dismissed and/or removed from the Studio, as mentioned in Terms I-8.

III.      Models’ Bill of Rights

1.         There is NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEO OF THE MODEL, regardless of whether or not he or she is clothed or nude, posing or on break. 

1A.  As some models are comfortable with being photographed, Students may photograph Models ONLY AFTER THEY HAVE ASKED AND RECEIVED THE MODEL’S EXPLICITLY-GRANTED PERMISSION.

1B. The Model has the right to interrupt the modeling session if he or she believes they are being photographed or filmed without explicitly-granted permission.

1C. H&R Studio instructors have the right to interrupt the modeling session if they believe the Model is being photographed or filmed without explicitly-granted permission.

1D. If either the Model or H&R Studio instructors suspect improper use of cell phone cameras, they can AND WILL request all Students turn off their cell phones during the Class or Program.

2. Neither H&R Studio nor any Student is permitted to touch the Model.

3. Both H&R Studio instructors and Students must maintain a respectful distance from the Model.

3A. H&R Studio instructors must ask the Model's permission to get close for teaching reasons only, during Classes or Programs only.

4. If any Student comports him- or herself in a way that makes the Model uncomfortable, the Model has the right to request a termination of their action and bring it to the attention of H&R Studio.

4A. This includes, but is not limited to: unwanted physical proximity, unsolicited attention, requests for inappropriate poses, etc.

5. The Model is in control of his or her own physical comfort during modeling. He or she may request cushions, changes in poses, room temperature changes, etc.

6. The Model works in 20 minute blocks separated by 5 minute breaks. A long break of 20 minutes must be accommodated halfway through a standard 3-hour modeling session.

7. The Model will have a private, clean changing area. No individual other than the Model will be permitted in that designated changing area. 

7A. The Model’s access to and usage of said changing area will not be encumbered by belongings or property other than his or her own.

IV.     Studio Safety Guidelines 

1. As H&R Studio is subject to inspections from the fire department, H&R Studio reserves the right to remove Students from Classes and Programs for repeated violations of our Studio Safety Guidelines.

2.  Acknowledgement of Risks:

2A.  As stated in Terms I-3, H&R Studio is not responsible for any injury or physical complication arising from Classes, Programs, or time at the Studio.

2B. Students acknowledge that there are inherent risks to all Materials when producing artwork.

2C. Although every Material possesses inherent risks, every Material at H&R Studio can be used safely when handled responsibly.

2D. While all Students are responsible for their own safety, H&R Studio will provide as much information regarding Materials utilized as possible.

3. Due to the nature of Materials—particularly charcoal or graphite dust when drawing, and water-based clay dust when sculpting—the Studio floor MUST ONLY BE MOPPED, never swept dry.

4. Eating and drinking in the Studio is done at the Student’s own risk.

5. As stated in Terms I-9, THERE ARE NO PETS ALLOWED AT H&R STUDIO (unless it is a contained service animal) so as to prevent the pet from breathing or ingesting harmful Materials.

6. Removal of Materials:

6A. H&R Studio reserves the right to safeguard, and/or confiscate and dispose at the Student’s expense, of Students’ Materials if they forget them at the end of Class or a Program.

6B. If H&R Studio instructors deem a Material to be handled improperly and/or carelessly, H&R Studio reserves the right to confiscate and dispose of said Material at the Student’s expense.

7. Safety Breakdown by Specific Material or Class/Program Type:

7A. Hand and/or Power Tools (applicable during any time at the Studio and considered a Material):

i. Students should always inform, consult, and review with H&R Studio instructors before using any sort of hand or power tool.

ii. Students must NEVER use any sort of hand or power tool without notifying H&R Studio instructors.

iii. Students are responsible for all their own actions with any sort of hand or power tool.

a. Students must take responsibility for knowing how to safely handle any tool that they may utilize. This is best done by 7A-i and 7A-ii above.    

iv. Noise Levels

a.  There may be situations in which very loud power tools or equipment could be used.

b. Students are encouraged to use hearing protection to reduce risk of hearing damage.

c. Students and H&R Studio instructors should be and will be alerted when loud equipment will be used, so as to provide ample time to insert the requisite hearing protection.

7B. Drawing:

i. Biggest risks: breathing and ingesting of dry media. Drawing encompasses many dry media that either begin as powder or produce powder when used.    

ii. Efforts should be made to prevent powder from becoming airborne by frequently wiping down work area/containing dry media, etc.

iii. When cleaning dry media, a damp—not dry—cloth should be used and disposed of in a safe manner.

7C. Painting:

i. Biggest risks: breathing and ingesting of dry pigment and solvents. Painting encompasses raw Materials that can even be absorbed by the skin, as well as through the eyes, throat, nose, etc.

ii. Solvents:

a. Solvents are not permitted to be stored in the Studio (aside from use during Classes or Programs) due to flammability.

b. In accordance with the above, Students are responsible for transporting their own solvents to and from Classes or Programs in sealed containers.

c. Solvents should be kept covered at all times unless the Student is actively rinsing his/her brushes.

d. Solvents must never be poured down a drain.

e. Solvents should be handled according to the manufacturers’ and EPA recommendations.

iii. Dry Pigments:

a. Many pigments are toxic when ingested and can be absorbed by the skin. Exercise caution when handling, e.g. wear gloves.

b. If/when handling dry pigment, notify everyone in the vicinity so that they are aware.

c. In accordance with the above, everyone in the vicinity should be wearing a facemask while dry pigments are being handled in the Studio, especially the Student handling them.

iv. Oil- and solvent-soaked rags must be disposed of in a fire-safe disposal cannister (provided and clearly marked by H&R Studio).

7D. Sculpture:

i. Biggest risks: breathing and ingesting of clay and plaster dust, especially when airborne, requires frequent use of masks and water to keep Materials wet. Lungs are particularly vulnerable to sculpture dust.

ii. Water-Based Clay:

a. Water-based clay is the most ubiquitous medium in the sculpture studio, and while wet, clay is completely safe, inert, and non-toxic.

b. However, Students will keep their clay wet by frequently spraying with water. This is because clay contains silica, which, when dry and thus airborne, can cause severe respiratory illness.    

c. In order to maintain quality control, H&R Studio provides the clay for Students for a fee. H&R Studio orders and organizes delivery of the clay for Students.

d. While not used in a Class or Program, Students’ clay pieces will be stored at the Studio.

e. Students will wear dust masks/particulate filters if they must handle dried-out clay.

f. Always clean up with a wet mop or a wet cloth to ensure that even clay residue is wet, not dry.

g. At the end of a Session or Program, Students are responsible for the firing or casting of their clay pieces.

h. If the Student does not wish to keep his or her clay piece at the end of a Session or Program, their clay (and armature) becomes the property of H&R Studio so that it can be safety recycled and/or disposed.

iii. Plaster:

a. Plaster is an inert, safe, and non-toxic material, but can be extremely dangerous when airborne. While plaster differs from clay in that it does not contain silica, it can still get into lungs and cause severe respiratory illness.

b. Students must wear dust masks/particulate filters at all times while handling plaster.

c. Always clean up by breaking up hardened plaster and using a wet mop or cloth.

iv. Moldmaking & Casting:

a. Moldmaking & Casting may involve all above Materials, as well as specific solvents and adhesives.

b. Students and H&R Studio instructors must notify or be notified of usage of the above Materials so that the proper breathing apparatus/respirator can be worn.

c. Likewise, any potential fumes additionally require proper Studio ventilation.

9. Summary: Any material can prove dangerous, but can be used safely when handled properly. Students should never hesitate to approach H&R Studio instructors with any qualms or questions. H&R Studio instructors are happy to help and assist Students in any way possible so that Materials can empower rather than risk. However, H&R Studio policies are in place for good reason, and Students should be respectful and fastidious.

 All content last updated September 10th, 2019