Adult Classes Begin January 11th–Read our Safety Procedures

UCAL will open its doors to socially responsible adults willing to take the well-being of the community into account while practicing art learning. Any adult student who registers for a class and is not willing to follow UCAL’s safety guidelines will be asked to leave and no refund will be issued. We take the well-being of you, our staff, our volunteers, and the community, seriously.  

  • Prior to coming to UCAL all adult students and faculty must self-screen for COVID-19. No student or faculty member should come to UCAL sick. 

Self-screening questions and procedures:

Temperature check. If you have a fever do not come to UCAL until symptoms cease. A fever is a temperature of 100.4 or higher. 

Do you  have:

A: cough? B: shortness of breath?

If yes, do not come to UCAL until symptoms cease. 

Do you have 2 or more of the following symptoms?

A: Fever

B: Chills

C: Headache

D: Sore throat

E: Muscle pain

F: New loss of taste or smell

If yes to 2 or more do not come to UCAL until symptoms have stopped. 

Have you been exposed to anyone with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the past 14 days? 

If yes then you cannot come to UCAL until the proper quarantine period has expired. 

If you have signs of COVID-19, do not come to UCAL until:

    • You have tested negative for COVID and are otherwise well enough to go back to class 


    • A healthcare provider has seen you and documented a reason for the symptoms other than COVID 


    • All are true: 1) at least 10 days since the start of symptoms AND 2) fever free off anti-fever medicines for 3 days AND 3) symptoms are getting better.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you will alert UCAL and not come back to UCAL unless:

  • It has been at least 14 days since you had symptoms AND 
  • You have had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 3 days AND
  • You have been cleared by a healthcare professional 

If someone in your household is diagnosed with COVID-19 or you are exposed to COVID-19, you will self-quarantine for 14 days and not come to UCAL. 

  • All students, staff, and faculty must wear a mask at all times inside the UCAL building. Mask breaks can only be taken outside the building when students/faculty are at least six feet away from others. 
  • All classroom spaces will be adjusted to accommodate social distancing and class sizes will be reduced to six students. There will be specific social distancing instructions, including signing up for open studio times, for each studio space/artistic discipline. 
  • UCAL will be professionally cleaned two days a week. Students and staff will practice sanitizing procedures when in the building. 
  • Shared materials and surfaces will be restricted and those that are shared will be sanitized by each user. There will be specific instructions on materials and sanitation for each studio space/artistic discipline. 

Class Cancellation and Refund Policy for all classes:

UCAL will provide a make-up class or refund credit to the student’s account if UCAL or an instructor needs to cancel a class. We do not provide make-up classes or credit for students who can’t attend a class due to their own schedule conflicts. 

Tuition is refunded between the first and second class only. 48 hours prior notice is required to cancel a one-day program. If UCAL cancels a class, full tuition will be refunded. After School Arts Program closures due to inclement weather or catastrophe closures by the School District of Philadelphia do not fall under this policy and no refund will be issued for those closures.

COVID-19 Emergency shutdown/refund policy : 

Students not willing to follow UCAL’s safety procedures will be kicked out of class and a refund will not be offered.

If another stay-at-home order is issued by the city or state, UCAL classes will move to a virtual format.This applies to both adult and children’s programs. 

If UCAL needs to shut down because a student or staff member has tested positive for Covid-19, UCAL classes will move to a virtual format. 

If you become sick during the course of a UCAL session and have to self-quarantine we ask that you consider the tuition of your missed classes a donation to UCAL, allowing us to continue to pay our artists and keep our doors open during this difficult time. If this represents an extreme hardship for you we can offer you a partial refund for the missed classes. Whatever you do, do not put the community at risk by coming to UCAL sick.

Rules specific to Painting, Printmaking, and Drawing: 

Painting, Printmaking, and Drawing students will follow all of the general safety guidelines (above) and wear a mask at all times, additionally:

They will purchase a materials kit prior to the start of class and bring their materials with them to each class. These kits will be available for purchase at Plaza Art Supplies at 3200 Chestnut St. A list of what is required for class will also be made available for students if they wish to purchase items somewhere else. 

The Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking studios will be adjusted so students and faculty can remain socially distant. Students should be respectful of each other’s space while in the classroom. 

Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer open studio hours for these disciplines this fall.

Rules specific to UCAL’s ceramic studio:

  • Mask stays on at all times.
  • Students will need to bring the following:
    • Own tool kit including 2 buckets (returning students can purchase a new kit online from UCAL; students new to ceramics can be loaned a set for the session if desired)
    • Small rag for cleaning
    • Hand towel for personal use
  • Place as many personal belongings on your own shelf as possible, if you want to use the coat hanger area, use at your own risk.
  • Wash your hands immediately upon entering the studio.
  • Spray the sink faucet with sanitizing solution after each use.
  • Activities that require time slot sign up:
    • Glazing in the glaze room – ½ hour slot sign up sheets will be available at the start of each class and open studio (this will be adjusted accordingly as we progress)
    • Open studio – 1 ½ hour slot sign up will be available online
  • Maintain 6’ between another person whenever possible unless within plastic sheeting “cubbies” at the wheels – DO NOT move the plastic sheeting. Stand within the taped area on the floor when you see one.
  • Limit touching:
    • Anything unnecessary, or leaning on furniture
    • Your face
  • Cleaning procedures (the last 15 minutes of class and open studio time slots will be used for group cleaning/sanitizing)
    • After finishing working, clean tools and working areas with your small rag with soapy water and return tools to your own shelf.
    • After finishing cleaning, sanitize any other areas that you have worked in.


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