Frequently Asked Questions

Artist Marisa Owens works on a ceramic piece.
Artist Marisa Owens

Where are you located?
We are located at Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1905 South Main Street in Seattle. This is not our mailing address, so please do not send mail here.
When do classes start?
The first session will be on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
How much does each session cost?
The tuition is $11 per hour.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes, please contact us.
How do I apply for a session?
Please apply at http://Vibrantpalette.org/student-application
How big are the classes?
Classes are limited to 10 students (not including caregivers).
How often will classes be?
Sessions will be held every Wednesday, from 9:30-3:30.  As we become more established, we will add days.
What will students do during a session?
A day is made of four (4) one-hour sessions with fifteen minute breaks and a one hour lunch.
Is lunch provided?
No, please bring your own lunch. We have limited access to a microwave and will have a cooler available for lunches to, but no refrigerator access.
Are participants required to have their caregiver in attendance?
Caregivers may be required to stay if the participant has a feeding tube or is not independent with toileting hygiene.  Caregivers should also stay if intensive one-on-one attention is required.  We anticipate that many participants will be able to participate without a caregiver present, but reserve the right to require caregiver attendance at staff’s discretion.
If a caregiver attends, are they required to pay?
No, caregivers that attend with a participant are not required to pay a separate tuition.
Can caregivers participate if they stay?
Caregivers are encouraged to interact with staff and other artists, and may choose to partake in their own creative endeavors as long as it does not interfere with Vibrant Palette artists’ own creative processes and visions.
Can I sign up for multiple days per week?
Not at this time.  As of January 2017, we will host sessions only on Wednesdays.  Our goal is to eventually become a 5-day per week program.
Can I volunteer to teach classes or to help out in the classroom?
We always welcome volunteers to assist in the classroom.  If you would like to volunteer to teach a class, please contact us.
What do I need to do in order to volunteer?
If you’d like to volunteer, you will need to pass a background screening.  Vibrant Palette covers half the cost for the screening, so volunteers are responsible for just $20 of the $40 fee.
Is there a minimum age for participating?
As this is currently an adults-only program, participants must be at least 18 to participate.
Do you have a children’s program?
We currently do not have a children’s program.  But at some point in the future we intend to establish a program for children, such as a summer camp or summer mentor program.
As a participant, will I have an opportunity to sell my pieces if I want to?
Yes!  Three times per year, we will host a show, where artist pieces will be available for purchase.  If your art work is purchased, you will get 50% of the proceeds, and 50% goes to Vibrant Palette.  To ensure that all participating artists receive some proceeds, t-shirts and totes will also be sold, and those proceeds will be distributed among participating artists.
How do I know if I qualify as a participant?
Our program aims to provide participants with disabilities a chance to express themselves creatively, learn a new medium, add structure to their day, and make new friends.  Please feel welcome to join us if you feel you have a genuine physical, cognitive, mental, or emotional disability.
I’m an artist, can I donate my art work?
We’d love to accept your art work to help raise funds for Vibrant Palette at our annual Allies in Arts Silent Auction.  Please contact us.
Will there be field trips?
Occasionally, we will dedicate part of the day to an independent day trip, such as to the Seattle Art Museum.