(Please read this information before you register for a class.)
We ask that all participants act in the best interest of Sievers School and each other through attention to health safety practices. We strongly urge you to be as up-to-date as possible with Covid-19 vaccinations or testing before arriving. Again this year, we plan to limit the capacity in our classes and housing until further notice and will continue to monitor and adjust based on health directives.
Registration opens February 1st. Classes can fill rapidly, so we suggest you register as soon as possible. During the first week of online registration, classes that receive more registrations than have space available, will be filled by lottery. Students who have sent in a registration for an overfull class will have their names drawn from a basket and be added to the class list in that order. Once the maximum enrollment is met, the remaining students’ names will go onto a waiting list for that class. To be sure you will be included in a class lottery, if applicable, your registration MUST be received by the Lottery Deadline of 4:00 p.m., Monday, February 7th. All registrations received during that week (Feb. 1-7) will be treated equally, regardless of when they arrive. Class enrollment size is determined by Sievers in consultation with the instructors, and by studio space limits.
Notification. You will receive two notices of your registration: an auto-confirmation to let you know it has been received, and a second personal confirmation from our office regarding your class, housing if applicable and fees that will be charged to your credit card. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours, please contact us by phone or email. Your credit card will not be charged until we contact you personally. (We will also let you know if your class is one that qualified as a lottery class.)
Waiting Lists. Anytime a class fills, we start a waiting list. If space becomes available we contact the first person on the list. There is no charge to be on a waiting list.
Cancellation/Transfer. Any student who needs to cancel their registration for a class must let us know one month before the first day of class to get a full refund (minus a $45 processing fee per class or open studio cancelled). Students who cancel less than one month before the first day of class will forfeit 50% of the class fee or, for open studios, a flat $70 fee. There is no refund once a class has begun.
If a registered student wishes to transfer to a different class, there will be a $45 processing fee if the switch is made one month or more before the first day of the original class. If a student wishes to transfer less than one month before the original class, they will forfeit 50% of that class fee, or for open studios, a flat $70 fee. Registrations are not transferable to another person.
If it is necessary for Sievers School to cancel a class for any reason, all registered students will be notified immediately and extended the opportunity to register for another class. Students who do not wish to transfer will receive a full refund of all fees paid.
Class Information. Three weeks prior to your class you will be sent: 1. Supply List (items you need to bring and the cost of any materials supplied by your instructor); 2. Student Policy sheet; 3. Class Agenda; 4. Ferry schedule; and 5. Student List. If you have registered for housing with us, you will also receive a housing information sheet.
Class Hours. Classes begin with an introduction and the class immediately follows until 5 pm. Then on each following day, 9 am – 5 pm with a lunch break determined by the instructor. On the final day of class, the hours are 9 am until dismissal, around 11 am. Evening studio hours are available.
Materials Fee. If applicable, the materials fee is payable directly to the instructor during your class. (The materials fees shown in the class descriptions may be adjusted to reflect current prices.)
Equipment. We supply most of the basic equipment needed for your class, including looms, spinning wheels and related accessories. We do not supply sewing machines on a regular basis, although we do have a limited number of them available for rental. Contact us for further information.
To facilitate the learning process and instruction, enrollment is limited to ages 16 and older.
Visitors (anyone not enrolled in the class or open studio in session) are not permitted in the studios or dormitory without permission and must be accompanied by Sievers staff.
Pets are not permitted on the grounds.
Sievers reserves the right to refuse registrations from participants who have a history of disruptive behavior, or to dismiss without refund any student who disrupts our learning environment.
Studios and Dormitory are equipped with air-conditioning.
For cell phone service, Cellcom, Verizon and U. S. Cellular work best on Washington Island; other services may not work. A courtesy land line phone is available for student use. For Internet, there are a number of Wi-Fi locations on the Island, but Wi-Fi is generally not accessible from the studios or dormitory.
We advise students travelling by air to check with us 6 to 8 weeks prior to your class start date before booking your flight. A class may be cancelled if enrollment is too low.
2-Day Classes. The fee is $265, payable in full when you register.
3-Day Classes. The fee is $365, payable in full when you register.
4-Day Classes. The fee is $445, payable in full when you register.
5-Day Classes. The fee is $505, payable in full when you register.
7-Day Classes. The fee is $635, payable in full when you register.
Open Studio Session. The fees for the Open Studios are payable in full when you register.
Housing Fees. May be paid in full when you register, or paid in full one month before your class. See Housing page.
Scholarships. Originally established in 2002, Sievers scholarship funds were given in memory of several instructors and students, and have been augmented over the years.
Scholarships are awarded annually, based on a combination of artistic merit and financial need. Partial and full tuition scholarships are available.
For application form and information, contact us.
Application deadline is April 1. Scholarships will be awarded April 10.