Terms and Conditions

1/ Contract

1.1/ The terms of the School’s price list and these terms and conditions constitute the terms of the legally binding contract (“the Contract”) between you, the student and St Ives School of Painting (“the School”).

1.2/ Any enrolment application by you will be subject to written acceptance by the School.

1.3/ All course purchases, studio or online are excluded from 14 day right to cancel. Leisure activities that are due to take place on a specified date are excluded from your cancellation rights. Content available to stream immediately, such as pre recorded courses or extensions are excluded from your cancellation rights.

1.4/ With exception of our youth workshops, courses are aimed at adults. However we do welcome 16 and 17 year olds when accompanied by a parent/guardian. The accompanying parent/guardian must also enrol on the course, workshop or life drawing session.

1.5/ ‘courses’ refers to all our delivery, both our face to face and online delivery and includes but is not limited to our short courses lasting 2-5 days, workshops half day and full day, life drawing and our longer Porthmeor Programmes.

1.6/ We reserve the right to refuse any student on our courses.

2/ Studio Course

2.1/ You must attend all courses on a punctual basis unless prevented by events which are beyond your reasonable control.

2.2/ You must comply with all rules and regulations issued by the School from time to time.

2.3/ The School will be entitled to change the timing and/or content of any course and to substitute any teacher at any time.

3/ Fees

3.1/ Enrolment on courses is subject to payment either of a deposit of £100 or full fees as set out in the School’s price list. Deposits are non-refundable.

3.2/ Following acceptance by the School of your application, you will be contractually bound to pay the full amount of the fees as set out below. No refund will be made if you subsequently fail to attend all or any part of the course (and the School is unable to reallocate your place).

3.3/ All fees must be paid not less than 12 weeks before the start of the course, subject as set out below.

3.4/ If the School has agreed that fees may be paid by instalments, each instalment must be paid by the instalment date set out by the School. Any deposit paid will be deducted from the final instalment. The obligation to pay each of the instalments will continue notwithstanding that you subsequently fail to attend all or any part of the course. Failure to pay any instalment by the due date or attend the course will result in the balance of the fees becoming immediately payable.

3.5/ If fees are not paid by the due date, the School will be entitled to reallocate your place (without prejudice to the obligation to pay the fees).

3.6/ Any deposit and/or fees paid will only be returned if the School is unable to offer you a place on your chosen course.

3.7/ We are a charity and do not charge VAT on any of our Courses

4/ Your Conduct

4.1/ Abusive or inappropriate language; threatening, bullying, disruptive or inappropriate behaviour towards staff or other clients will result in you being removed from the course and/or your membership being revoked.

The course fee will not be reimbursed in this event. Membership fees will be reimbursed in full or in part calculated on remaining time unused. We also reserve the right not to accept a student on future courses.

5/ Termination

5.1/ You may only terminate the contract in the circumstances set out below.

5.2/ You may only terminate the Contract if you give the School written notice of termination and the School receives such notice not less than 12 weeks before the start of the course. Provided that the School has received your notice of termination prior to the deadline, the School will refund any fees paid but will retain an administration fee of £100. You must receive confirmation in writing that the School has agreed to terminate the Contract in order to be eligible for a refund. The confirmation should be obtained for your records.

5.3/ For online courses and webinars, the School reserves the right to retain the full payment amount in case of termination. NB Online recordings and extensions to online courses are excluded from 14 day right to cancel

5.4/ The School will be entitled to cancel any course or membership at any time subject to the repayment of any fees received in respect of the course or the part of the course which has been cancelled. The School does not accept any liability for any costs or loss that may be incurred.

5.5/ FORCE MAJEUR  Refunds do not apply when your course is cancelled as a result of risk of war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions and similar events beyond our control. In those circumstances travel insurance should apply.

If your course takes place at our studios in St Ives we may be able to offer you a part credit for a future course to be used within one year..

6/ Liability

6.1/ You must not bring any items of special value onto the School’s premises. The School will not accept responsibility for the loss of any personal possessions.

6.2/ The School will not be liable for any loss suffered by you which is indirect, special or consequential.

6.3/ The School will not be liable for any loss suffered by you resulting from any event which is beyond the reasonable control of the School.

7/ General

7.1/ The Contract contains all of the contractual terms agreed between you, the invoice addressee and the School.

7.2/ No failure or delay by the School in enforcing any of its rights under the Contract shall be deemed to be a waiver of such right.

7.3/ The Contract shall be governed by English law.

7.4/ Students are strictly forbidden to use cameras or use camera functions on mobile devices in the studio whilst there is a model present. If this condition is breached you will be required to allow staff to erase all images from the device.

8/ Members

8.1/ Benefits conferred by membership of St Ives School of Painting are strictly non-transferable and any breach of this will result in your membership being cancelled and no refund will be made.

8.2/ The School will be entitled to cancel any membership at any time subject to the repayment of any fees received in respect of the membership or the part of remaining since cancelling. The School does not accept any liability for any costs or loss that may be incurred.

9/ How we use your data

9.1/ We will only retain details for as long as they are useful for the School.

9.2/ All inactive records will be deleted after five years.

9.3/ After five years we will retain booking history but this will not be attached to any personal details.

9.4/ No credit or debit card information will be held by the School

9.5/ We will not sell your data to any third parties.

Please refer to our Privacy Notice   for full details.

10/ Website and Copyright

10.1/ No part of the St Ives School of Painting website, its services or its content may be copied, reproduced, aggregated, republished, uploaded, posted, publicly displayed, encoded, translated, transmitted, distributed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose whatsoever, without our express prior written permission. 

10.2/ Copyright of all course content whether studio based or online, is retained by the artist or SSP and you must not share access to this content with anyone.

All information, including but not limited to, lesson plans, videos, structures and handouts are for your sole use and are not to be shared or used in any form without the written agreement from St Ives School of Painting.

You must not share any image, phrase, lesson or title to promote yourself.


If possible you are advised to take out insurance against loss of fees through illness or personal accident.