BlackRock has been closely monitoring the spread of Covid-19 in Montgomery County with Teaching Artists and student safety as our top priority. With local positivity rates on the decline and overall county health improving, BlackRock will resume small, in-person classes on Tuesday, February 16 following the President's Day holiday. 

Please read our updated safety protocols, including some new requirements. 

  • ** NEW ** Teaching Artists need to provide proof of a negative covid-19 test prior to class each week. Testing for BlackRock staff and teachers is available at no cost at BlackRock on Mondays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please email our Director of Facilities and Operations to schedule an appointment.  

  • ** NEW ** Teaching Artists and students are required to wear double (two) masks or a mask with a filter at all times inside BlackRock and outside on BlackRock property. BlackRock can offer KN95 masks for teachers upon request. Please contact Mike Sickles if would like a mask for class sessions.  

  • ** NEW ** BlackRock reserves the right to cancel in-person classes due to confirmed case, an increase in overall positive cases across the county, the spread of the new, more contagious strain or any other covid-related issue. Should in-person classes be cancelled prior to the end of the session, classes will resume online in a virtual format. Canceling without resuming virtually will not be an option.  

  • Students are not allowed to bring parents, guardians, or guests with them to class. 

  • Students will be informed of their designated entry door and exit door before each class. 

  • BlackRock adheres to physical distancing guidelines and maximum participants for each teaching space. 

  • Students must undergo temperature checks administered by BlackRock staff before each class.

  • Students must submit our COVID-19 Participation Waiver before class every week.


  • A $10 non-refundable fee will serve as a class reservation fee. The remaining tuition fee will be charged following the first face to face session. 

  • A $10 non-refundable fee will serve as a class reservation fee. 

  • The remaining tuition fee will be charged following the first face to face session. 

  • Once the class has started, all sales are final and not refundable or transferable. 

  • A make-up session will be offered in the event an instructor needs to cancel a class. 

  • No refunds will be issued. 

  • If your account has a credit, you may apply it toward a future in-person class or a virtual class. ​



  • Course tuition must be paid in full prior to a class start date.

  • All tuition payments are final and not refundable or transferable.

  • Make-up sessions will be offered only if the instructor needs to cancel a class.

  • Account credits may be applied for course payment. ​

We would like to remind parents and guardians that students will be on a live video conference that may be recorded. Please read through the following guidelines so we can maintain a safe experience for all students. 
  • The Zoom link to join the class will be sent to the email associated with the registration. You do not need to set-up a Zoom account or input any personal information.

  • Only a student's first name and last initial is required for our virtual platform, Zoom. 

  • Our instructors are experienced at keeping the sessions engaging and interactive. 

  • Try to have your student in a quiet place where you can monitor their session. 

  • Please be mindful of both audio and visual. 

  • Everything within the camera viewing area is visible to the teacher and other students. 

  • Sounds and voices can be captured by your computer’s microphone and heard by others in the Zoom session. Teachers will mute students for portions of the session but may unmute students to hear questions, comments or answers.  ​


Every BlackRock student agrees to adhere to the below code of conduct for our educational programming. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from class without refund or credit. 
  • Sharing Zoom meeting links and passwords is strictly prohibited. 

  • Personal recording of any session is strictly prohibited. 

  • Only registered participants are permitted to watch and participate. 

  • Usernames should be respectful and accurate. Inappropriate, vulgar, or racists names are strictly prohibited.

  • Background images may be used, but cannot be inappropriate, offensive, or vulgar in nature and must not pose as a distraction to others in class.

  • Teachers reserve the right to disable a participant’s video, if deemed necessary. 

  • The Zoom chat should only be used for messages related to the lesson. Teachers reserve the right to disable all chat functionality, if deemed necessary.



BlackRock reserves the right to use photographs and video taken in class and/or their work for the purpose of instruction, and/or advertising and promotion of BlackRock and its programs, including social media. Participants will not receive compensation of any kind for use of these images. Participants release and hold harmless BlackRock Center for the Arts, its officers, and employees from any claims. If you do not agree you must notify our Education Manager in writing prior to registration.