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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 month-to-month 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 each semester unless you tell us otherwise, with a break over the summer.

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 Studio classes are generally 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. 


When you enroll, your invoice will reflect the cost of the semester’s tuition. Payment plans to divide the cost evenly across the semester are available at the time of enrollment. 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

For Studio and Children’s Classes, students or parents of children wishing to withdraw must notify the office with at least one week’s notice. Any differences between the tuition paid and the tuition due for the number of classes taken will be settled at that time.

For Session Classes, if a student or parent cancels at least one week prior to the first class, the Center will refund the full tuition, minus an administration fee of $25. Further refunds are prorated as follows: 80% of tuition minus a $25 fee if cancelled one week prior to the second class; 70% of tuition minus a $25 fee if cancelled one week prior to the third class. No refunds for Session Classes are possible thereafter.

Absence & Make Up Policy

Our goal is to give each student the opportunity to make up a missed class. Please read this policy carefully and understand we are trying to accommodate your needs as well as our program. 

Adult and teen students must notify the front desk at least 24 hours in advance of an absence in order to be credited with a make-up. In the event of a child’s illness, a parent can notify the morning of the class. Notification of an absence for a Monday class may be left on the school voicemail or by email on Sunday.

Make-up classes can only be used by a student who is currently enrolled in a class. A make-up class is an opportunity to make up the missed time with a new teacher or class, and can only be taken in a different class to the one you are enrolled in. Make-ups cannot be used in place of tuition for a future semester. Ability to sit in a class will depend on space and curriculum, so please call us to schedule your make-up. You must have the skill level & supplies for a make up class. All make-ups expire after one year.


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 the school at (310) 451-5657 or info@brentwoodart.com.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Brentwood Art Center admits students of any race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic origin and sexual preference to all the rights privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered 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.

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.