Reservation Policy: To secure a reservation, the Degas House asks that 50% of the minimum party amount (15 attendees) or $300 be collected at the time the party is booked and added to our event calendar. We accept checks and all major credit cards (with the exception of American Express). This amount is non-refundable.
At the time of the event, the outstanding amount will be charged. If more than fifteen people are painting, the adjustment number of attendees will be reflected in the final charge.
Availability: Private functions are available seven days a week with the exception of major holidays. We allow for both night and daytime parties. However, we recommend that interested parties contact the Degas House to inquire about availability.
Minimum Requirements: To accommodate a private function, we ask for a minimum of 15 people. For parties exceeding 25, a special discounted rate will be honored.
Additional Time: All private party reservations reserve a three hour time slot. The first hour will serve as social hour and two hours of painting instruction will follow. Parties that extend past three hours will be assessed a rate of $50 per extra half-hour of facility usage.
Special Considerations: All standard private parties book a three hour time slot. However, parties that plan to extend longer can also be accommodated. To inquire about hosting extended private functions, please contact the Degas House directly by phone.
Featured Paintings: All of our regular "Painting with Passion" events feature art inspired by Degas' paintings and drawings. Private parties may select from our Gallery, which displays all previously featured work. However, because it is your party, we are willing to paint an image of your choosing, providing that adequate lead time is given. Typically, we recommend at least one week.
Cancellation Policies: In the event of a cancellation, a full refund will only be granted if notification is provided at least seven days prior to the reserved date. The deposit will be retained by the Degas House. If a group does not cancel but instead attends with less than the minimum private party attendance (15), then that group will still be charged the price of fifteen painters.