General Information


Private Lessons

Work one-on-one with a faculty artist mentor to achieve your personal goals. A mentor instructs, guides, critiques, and supports students who wish to work on a specific project or advance their skills. Faculty artists of all mediums are available to work individually with children and adults. Call the office for more information, 413.298.5252 x100

IS183 Studio Space Available

When not occupied with courses, IS183 studios are available for community use for a reasonable fee. Please call for more information, 413.298.5252 x100

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If you cancel ten days or more before the beginning of a class, you will receive a refund minus a $10 cancellation fee. If you cancel seven to ten days before the beginning of the class, you will receive a 50% tuition credit. No refunds or credits given for cancellations six or less days before the first day of class. This policy also applies to work exchanges and scholarship students. If it is necessary for IS183 to cancel a class for any reason, students will be notified and offered the option of another class or a full refund. No refunds or credits given for missed classes.

Materials and Studio Fees

Studio fees cover the cost of consumables (gas, chemicals, blades, etc.) that are used by everyone in the studio. Materials fees cover the costs of materials used by individuals for their individual projects. If a materials fee is listed then most, if not all, materials will be provided. Students should expect to receive a list of any additional materials to bring with them to class once they have registered. As a courtesy to IS183 students the following stores offer discounts on art supplies if you bring the materials list with you:

  • Jay’s Art Shop and Frame Gallery 10% Off!
    115 South Street, Bennington, VT
  • Miller Supply Company 10% Off!
    205 West Street, Pittsfield, MA
  • JWS Art Supplies 20% Off!
    38 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA


Tuition Assistance & Work Exchange

Our Needs-Based Scholarship Program allows children and adults to enroll in classes, workshops, after-school and camps regardless of financial means. Last year, IS183 awarded over $10,000 of tuition assistance to students from across the region. Funds are limited, so students are encouraged to apply early. Applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the start date of class in order to be considered. All award recipients (or parents of recipients) are expected to join the community of the art school through participation in our work exchange program. Your help can be used with studio maintenance, flyer/catalog distribution, office support, publicity, and much more!

For more information please call the office: 413.298.5252 x100. To apply, please download and complete the Application for Tuition Assistance and Work Exchange Application, providing as much information as possible regarding your financial status (including a copy of the first page of your most recent tax return) and any special circumstances that inspire your request for assistance at this time. Please note: your completed application must be received at least two weeks before the beginning of the course for which you are applying.

Photography of Classes

IS183 reserves the right to photograph classes, workshops, and camps for promotional use.

Overnight Accommodations

For lodging information, please call or visit the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at 800.273.5754 or http://www.berkshires.org, the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce lodging hotline at 866.656.5327 or http://www.stockbridgechamber.org, or the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce at 413.458.9077 or http://www.williamstownchamber.com>

About Citizens’ Hall

Citizens’ Hall was designed in 1870 by Charles T. Rathburn to serve as a district schoolhouse on the first floor with a large public meeting hall on the second floor. After district schools were consolidated, Citizens’ Hall continued to be used as a meeting place, but with decreasing frequency. Old Curtisville, Inc. was organized as a community group to preserve and restore the building, and was instrumental in obtaining a grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission for critical repairs in 1975.

Founded in 1991, for the first 14 years, IS183 Art School leased space in historic Citizens’ Hall. In 2005 we merged with the buildings previous owner, Old Curtisville, Inc., and now own the building outright. After acquiring title to Citizens’ Hall in June 2005, IS183 Art School immediately embarked on our “Home At Last” campaign; a four-phase program of capital repairs and improvements to address the widespread effects of deferred maintenance on the building. Exterior repairs were completed in May 2009.

Non-Discrimination Policy

IS183, Art School of the Berkshires does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.