1. Where are you located?
We are located at 1127 W Granville Avenue just a few steps west of the Granville Red Line CTA station. The school is walking distance (2 blocks or fewer) from the #36 Broadway, #136 Sheridan/Lasalle Express, #147 Outer Drive Express, and #151 Sheridan CTA bus routes. Get directions here.
2. Where can I park?
There is street parking throughout the neighborhood, with a mix of metered parking along Granville and Broadway, and unmetered parking along nearby side streets. If you plan on driving, please plan on adding a few additional minutes of travel time for parking.
For parking ease, we recommend using the ParkChicago app.
3. How do I register?
You can easily register online via Paypal, through our website. Each class page has a link to register. You can also register on the phone or in person.
4. Once I submit my online registration, does my registration and payment go through immediately?
Yes, we use a secure online processing system so that your credit card is charged automatically for the total amount of the purchase in your shopping cart. All payments are further processed and recorded through the office.
5. What do I need to bring to class? Are there materials I need to buy ahead of time?
All tools and materials are supplied for you. If any additional materials are required for the first class you will be notified by the instructor, otherwise it is specified in the class description. We encourage you to dress comfortably, bring an apron or wear one of ours!
6. Can I make up a class?
Yes, we will accommodate you to make up a missed class. Arrangements are made on an individual basis with the instructor to join in another class or to come in during open studio time.
7. Can I just come in and use the studios without signing up for a class?
If you are presently enrolled in a class or have taken a class at CMS within the last 6 months you may sign up for open studio time. You may purchase a 4 session pass from the office , your instructor, or the studio monitor when you come in during open studio times. Enrolled students can also do a “drop-in” and pay a per day fee when you come to the school.
8. What is your refund policy?
9. Why is The Chicago Mosaic School different than other places that offer mosaic classes?
CMS is an art school that offers classes and works by rigorously trained art professionals who teach process, materials and the techniques and skills in contemporary and classical Mosaic Arts. Our instructors have had years of practice and training, not only at various arts schools, but also here at CMS by some of the worlds most respected master artists. CMS provides opportunities for students interested in serious study with an academic, materially-oriented approach to art education in the World Master tradition. No other place in the USA has access to materials, tools and experienced faculty and outstanding visiting artists that we offer here.
11. Why doesn’t CMS offer Online Classes?
Like any fine art, mosaics requires hands-on learning to fully understand how to use the materials and techniques to create lasting work. We offer a curriculum with great instructors and access to an incredible selection of materials and tools in an environment that is inspiring and supportive. Mosaic art takes practice and patience and CMS can guide you in your practice. Our instructors work one on one with every student, guiding them through approaches piece by piece, making suggestions and corrections as needed. At CMS, students gain a confidence and understanding working in mosaics with full personal support in the learning process.
12. Why can’t I just glue broken pieces of tile up on my walls without taking a class or workshop at CMS?
You certainly can- it’s a free country! However- if you are interested in making sustainable, well made, and visually beautiful work we recommend you take a class with us or at least consult with us on your project. It is incredible waste of your resources- time, materials, and money- when you create a project without doing research first. We can help you with that and an help you learn good practices along the way.