Frequently Asked Questions

NOTE:  Due to my current health condition I am not always able to work at 100% capacity.  I love to DIY and teach workshops but sometimes my body doesn’t allow me to do all that I want to.  I appreciate your grace and understanding in this matter.

What is a DIYworkshop?

DIY WORKSHOPS – at this time most of our workshops will have a theme or will focus on specific techniques and materials.  They will be listed on our Calendar page with full description and registration details.

SIGNS – Sign workshops will be offered on a limited basis.  You will pick  the design ahead of time and we will provide step-by-step instructions during the workshop.  No artistic experience required – we do the designing, you do the making.  However, if you feel the need to be creative, you will still have plenty of opportunity for that with picking your own colors – we have 60 to choose from, finishes and having the option to use various techniques to complete your project.

Where are the workshops held?

All of our workshops are held at The Windows Art Gallery in the heart of downtown Putnam, CT.

The address is 112 Main Street, Putnam, CT.  Studio entrance is located on Canal St.  Lot of parking is available across the street at the DMV parking lot.

We are not able to offer mobile workshops at this time.

How many people can attend a workshop?

With these uncertain times the quick answer is we are not sure. We will offer the opportunity to social distance and stay safe.  Sometimes we work on large projects and have to limit the number of guests we can accommodate accordingly.  Minimum of 5 paid guests is required for our workshops to hold.

Private workshops and parties may be available depending on studio availability.

How long do the workshops last?

Our DIY workshops will vary greatly depending on what we are working on.  Sign workshops take 2-3 hours, depending on the project and the number of guests.   The length of all workshops will be indicated in the description.

I am trying to register for a workshop but it’s not available.  What do I do?

This usually happens if the workshop has met its maximum number of guests or registration has closed.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Can I bring my children to a workshop?

If the painting party is not geared specifically toward children our general rule is that all guests should be 10 years old and above due to the complexity of projects created at those types of workshops and MUST be registered to paint their own project (no project sharing).  Please contact us if you have a questions regarding the age requirement.

My friend didn’t register for a workshop but would like to come along.  Is that OK?

Since our space is limited and each workshop requires specific (and sometimes custom) material preparation, pre-registration is required.  However, there might be last minute cancellations or openings, so don’t hesitate to call us and we will try to accommodate you to the best of our abilities.

Can I make more than one project at a workshop?

Generally, because of time constraints at our workshops, each person is only able to complete one project at each event.  Please contact us with questions about specific workshops.

How do I choose the design for a sign workshop?

All our workshops list available design options, sizes and prices.   Workshops are limited to the designs listed so you must choose from those options when registering.  Custom designs will have a small fee associated with them.  Please contact us to request a custom design at least 10 days prior to the workshop you wish you attend.

Once you have picked the design you would like to complete at the workshop you MUST pre-order it by purchasing it at least 72 hours in advance.  Please pay close attention to the instructions to make sure you order the correct design.  If the design you pick requires personalization please provide that information at registration and double check to make sure it is correct.

Color choices will be made at the workshop so those do not need to be picked ahead of time but it’s  a good idea to think about what colors you might like to use to expedite the process at the party.

Why do I have to pre-order my design for a sign workshop?

Every stencil is made to order.  This means that we must have enough time to design and cut the stencils for each guest.  This is very important to ensure that your project and the workshop are a success.  If the design you pick requires personalization please provide that information at registration and double check to make sure it is correct.  We are not able to re-cut stencils during workshops.

All workshop registrations will close 72 hours prior to the scheduled workshop date to allow us time to prepare all materials.

What is the deadline to register for workshops?

You can register as soon as the workshop becomes available until 72 hours prior to the workshop date.  This gives us time to prepare all the materials for the workshop.

How do I pay for the workshop?

You will pay on the website when you pre-order your selection.  Once you pay for your sign, custom materials will be prepared for you to use at the workshop.  Registrations are open until 72 hours before the workshop.

What if I registered and paid but can’t make it? Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, there are no refunds for our workshops due to the fact that all our materials are cut specifically for the projects guests register for.  If something unforeseen comes up, you have several options.

1.  We can make arrangements for your project to be made by us and you can pick it up at our studio or home once it’s complete.

2.  You will have the option to complete the project on your own by picking up the kit at our studio or home.

3.  You can complete your project by attending a different corresponding workshop within SIX MONTHS.

What happens in case of inclement weather?

If an event is cancelled or rescheduled due to weather, credit will be given to each guest to complete their project at the rescheduled event or at a different workshop they are able to attend.  If the guest chooses, they may pick up their kit to complete at home.

What should I wear?

We have aprons available but keep in mind that you will be painting and some paint might get on you, so please wear something that you don’t mind getting paint on.  You are welcome to bring your own apron or an oversized t-shirt to paint in.  Keep in mind that you WILL get paint on your hands.  It typically washes off very easily with soapy water.  We will have gloves available for those who don’t like to get messy but working with gloves on is just not the same.

Will there be food and drinks at the workshop?

No refreshments will be provided by Board and Paint but you are welcome to bring any snacks and drinks you would like.  There will be some time to snack and chat while we wait for paint to dry.  If you are hosing a private event refreshments are always welcome.

Some snacks and drinks are available for purchase at The Windows Art gallery and food and drinks may also be ordered from local restaurants.

When should I arrive?

Please arrive 15 minutes early to get settled.  The workshop will start on time.  Most important instructions are given in the beginning, so you don’t want to miss the details.

Do you offer fundraisers?

Unfortunately, we are not offering fundraisers at the moment.

Do you offer Private Events?

Private events may be offered depending on studio availability.  We are sharing our space with The Windows Art Gallery and other instructors so please check with us on available dates and projects.

Can you make a custom design for a workshop I plan on attending?

Yes, within reason and depending on availability.  There will be a small fee associated with a custom design.   At least 2 week notice must be given.

Do you make custom signs I can order?

Unfortunately, we are not offering custom orders at the moment.

Still have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.