Studio Policies

Please familiarize yourself with VisArts’ open studio policies prior to signing up for open studio access. All users agree to adhere to these general policies, as well as studio-specific policies posted online and in the studios themselves.  

Failure to adhere to any of VisArts’ studio policies can result in a temporary or permanent suspension from the open studio program. In such cases, refunds are not granted. 

Getting Started

To access a studio, you must be a member of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, have taken a qualifying class at VisArts or applied for a waiver, and have taken an accompanying skills test. Once you’ve satisfied these requirements, you’ll receive a studio access card and your studio-specific certification will be noted in your account. You are only allowed to work in studios for which you have earned a certification (each studio certification is sold separately).

Check your studio’s webpage for the most up-to-date open studio hours. We try to keep open studio hours super consistent, but sometimes classes have to be rescheduled or studio monitors get sick. Open studio hours are always subject to change.

Familiarize yourself with the tools and materials we provide and the tools and materials you’re expected to bring from home. Each studio’s different.

Wear closed-toe shoes, tie long hair back, and avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing.

Leave your firearms at home. We’re a weapons-free facility.

Sign-in sheets are posted in every studio. Sign in each and every time you come to work in the studio. Hourly users who fail to sign in and out will be charged for a full day of studio access.

Keep your studio access card handy. You’ll show it to a studio monitor when you sign in and may be asked to show it to other monitors, periodically, throughout your visit.

Some materials, such as clay and glass, are sold on site. All materials sold on site must be paid for before use.

You are responsible for ensuring your VisArts membership remains current. You must have a valid membership (VACA, individual or family) to use our open studio program.

Be sure your billing information is up-to-date. All users must keep a valid credit card on file.

Working in the Studio

You should never be alone in a studio.

Studio monitors wear identifying badges. If there’s not a studio monitor in your studio, please let the front desk associate know.

Follow all studio-specific rules, as posted in the studio and on the studio’s webpage.

You’re required to wear the safety gear that’s outlined in your studio’s rules. VisArts has some safety goggles on site. N95 particulate respirator dust masks are available for purchase at the front desk.

Familiarize yourself with the material safety data sheets (MSDS) in your studio. There’s a sheet for each chemical and/or solvent used in the studio. Sheets cover the effects of overexposure as well as emergency, first aid and clean-up procedures.

Report damaged equipment, or equipment in need of maintenance, to the studio monitor immediately. The studio monitor will submit the appropriate work order. Failure to report damaged equipment can result in your suspension from the open studio program.

If you witness the misuse of equipment, please report it to the studio monitor immediately.

No illegal drugs are allowed anywhere on VisArts’ property. Alcohol is sometimes offered at special events but is never allowed in the studios.

With the exception of service dogs, pets of any kind are not allowed in the studios.

Food isn’t allowed in any studio. You may bring beverages into the studios, provided your cup or bottle has a lid.

Please be courteous to staff, studio monitors, students and other people accessing the studios. If, at any time, you become a nuisance, the studio monitor can ask you to leave.

Music should only be listened to on headphones, unless everyone working in the studio has agreed that the music does not inhibit or in any way distract from their creative process.

Don’t touch other people’s work. If something needs to be moved, please ask a studio monitor to do so.

Preparing to Leave

Always leave the studio as clean, or cleaner, than you found it.

Please allow adequate time to clean up. If open studio hours end at 3 p.m., this means you should be 100 percent out of the studio by 3 p.m.

Shared storage is included with session-long studio access and individual storage is included with yearlong studio access. Hourly users do not get storage. Do not leave work anywhere aside from the storage space that has been assigned to you.

Don’t forget to sign out. If you’re an hourly user, failure to do so will result in you being charged for the remainder of the day’s open studio hours.

At sign-out, the studio monitor will issue hourly users a handwritten receipt. If you wish to pay using cash or a credit card other than the one on file, please turn the receipt in at the front desk and settle up immediately. If you do not stop at the front desk on your way out, we will charge the credit card on file for the time indicated on the sign-out sheet.

If you cannot find your studio monitor when you are ready to leave the studio, sign out as usual and stop by the front desk for a receipt.

Last Updated: 3/30/18