Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

The Painting Experience ® is a registered trademark of The Institute For Art and Living, a 501(c)3 California nonprofit arts educational organization. Our headquarters is the San Francisco Bay Area, although our programs carry us throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Since its founding in 1976, The Painting Experience has touched the lives of thousands of people by enabling them to explore the creative process in an atmosphere of freedom and non-judgment. Our seminars provide the opportunity to create art in a respectful, supportive and stimulating environment.

The following information will help you use and understand our programs and this website.

Conditions of Attendance
Privacy Policy
Cancellation Policy
Social Media Guidelines
Trademark Notice
Contact Us

Conditions of Attendance

Assumption of Risk

When you register for a program with The Painting Experience, you agree to participate in an activity that may include physical, emotional, and psychological activity. Such activities always involve a certain amount of risk. In a group setting, the facilitator cannot always monitor your physical, emotional, and psychological limits, and your registration demonstrates your consent to take responsibility for assessing the risk any activity poses to you, and choosing a safe course of action for yourself.

By your registration, you affirm that you assume the risk and responsibility for any injuries or damages suffered by you arising out of your participation in a Painting Experience workshop.

Use of Your Likeness or Images

Photographs of you. While you are attending a program with The Painting Experience, you may notice the facilitator or a staff member taking photographs of program participants. Some of these photographs may be used by the Painting Experience for promotional, educational, or informational purposes and may appear in the following places:

  • our private database of workshop participants
  • our website
  • our social media feeds
  • electronic newsletters, or
  • other electronic or printed communications.

By participating in a Painting Experience event, you agree that The Painting Experience may take photographs that include your likeness and that such photographs may be used by the Painting Experience for the purposes listed in this section, without compensation to you of any kind.

Photographs of your paintings. When you attend a Painting Experience program, the facilitator or a staff member may take photographs of your paintings. Some of these photographs may be used for the purposes and in the locations listed in the section above, without attribution and without compensation to you of any kind.

Photographing your paintings does not imply a judgment on their value, good or bad. We have simply found that people are more inspired to participate in the painting process when they see a variety of images from the studio. If you are not comfortable having your paintings photographed and shared, please feel free to:

  • Inform the program facilitator that you don’t want your paintings to be photographed.
  • Ask us to remove an image of your painting that appears on our website or in a social media feed over which we have control.

Audio or video recordings of you. The Painting Experience sometimes uses audio or video recording devices to document program sessions for its own educational or promotional use. While your voice may be audible on an audio or video recording made public by The Painting Experience, we will not make public any audio or video recording in which you are personally identifiable without first obtaining your permission.

Your Own Photography and Recording Devices in the Studio

If you wish to photograph your own paintings during a Painting Experience program, you are welcome to do so. We prefer that you photograph your paintings during scheduled breaks between workshop sessions. Please do not photograph other participants’ paintings.

Personal audio or video recording devices are not allowed during any program offered by The Painting Experience, unless we have granted permission prior to the start of the program.

Uncensored Visual Expression

In our workshops. When you participate in a program with The Painting Experience, we will not censor your painting process. Each participant has full permission to paint whatever images naturally arise for them. That means you may see images that contain nudity, sexuality, or violence. You are just as likely to see flowers, hearts, animals, and polka dots. It’s all allowed. For this reason, our programs may not be suitable for children or for others who may be sensitive to particular kinds of visual imagery. Please assess your own needs in this regard and contact us if you have questions before registering for a program.

On our website. We endeavor to use a PG-13 standard for our website — that is, to keep it suitable for everyone but young children. That said, you may from time to time find an image on the website that contains non-obscene nudity or some content that refers to sexuality in general terms — for instance, an article mentioning that sexual images may arise during the painting process.

Cancellation Policy

For information about cancelling your registration, as well as other details about workshop signups, see our Registration FAQs.

Privacy Policy

The Painting Experience believes that when you share your personal information with us, it is our responsibility to preserve your privacy. This privacy statement tells you what happens to the information we gather on this website.

Personal Information The Painting Experience Collects From You

We keep and have access to only the personal information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact with you. We are the sole owners of that information, and we will not sell or rent it to anyone.

We use your information to respond to you, regarding any reason you contact us. We won’t share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request — for example, to ship an order to you.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you by email in the future to tell you about our programs or offerings, or changes to this privacy policy.

We consider affiliate instructors of The Painting Experience to be members of The Painting Experience organization for purposes of gathering information, and we may share your information with our affiliates so they can contact you about programs or offerings related to The Painting Experience. Affiliates will not sell or rent your information or use it for purposes other than those described here.

Anonymous Information The Painting Experience Collects From You

The Painting Experience may gather anonymous data, such as IP addresses, from visitors to our website to be used for system administration, compilation and analysis of user statistics, and site development. The Painting Experience does not share this information with third parties.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may do any of the following at any time by contacting us:

  • find out what information we have about you, if any
  • change or correct any information we have about you
  • ask us to delete any information we have about you, or
  • express any concerns you have about our use of your information.

If you want to opt out of any future contacts from The Painting Experience, please contact us.


A “cookie” is a piece of information that a website can send to your computer while you are using the website. The Painting Experience uses temporary cookies. These pieces of information allow our website to remember information that will make your visit to the website more useful. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information you submit while on our site. If you like, you can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie and decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept cookies.

Children Under 13

This website is intended for use by people over the age of 13. The Painting Experience cannot prohibit minors from visiting this website and relies on parents and guardians to decide which materials are appropriate for children under 13.

We will not intentionally collect any personal information from children under the age of 13 through this website. If you think that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13 through this website, please contact us.


The Painting Experience takes precautions to protect your personal information.

Online information. This website has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information under our control. In particular, all credit card and other transactional information is transmitted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology — the industry standard for protected credit card transaction. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the web page.

Third party information. The Painting Experience website may sometimes include third-party advertising and links to other websites. We do not provide any personally identifiable customer information to these advertisers or third-party websites, other than those owned by affiliate instructors of The Painting Experience. The Painting Experience has no control over the privacy practices of sites outside our domain. If you follow a link to another website, please read that site’s privacy policy.

Legal Disclaimer

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our legal rights or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on The Painting Experience.

Changes to This Policy

By using this website, you agree to the terms of The Painting Experience’s privacy policy as it is written here. The Painting Experience reserves the right to change this policy at any time.

Social Media Guidelines

We love connecting with you on social media. We encourage you to read, share, follow us, and contribute to discussions on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media sites. The following disclaimer applies to all posts on our social media platforms.

We’re under no obligation to screen or monitor your posts. However, we do make a reasonable effort to monitor participation to ensure that discussions stay on topic, are courteous, and remain free of offensive comments. Your posts may not:

  • contain any materials — such as photographs, artworks, or writing — that violate a third-party’s copyright or  other intellectual property rights
  • contain sexually explicit, graphic, gratuitous or unnecessarily violent content or defamatory or derogatory content against any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, sexual orientation, professional, or age group, or contain any pornographic material
  • contain any private information about another individual
  • contain any software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment
  • contain any advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or
  • promote illegal activity or illegal contests, sweepstakes, or gambling, including any online casino, sports books, bingo, poker, or any other form of solicitation.

We reserve the right to edit comments for content, remove off-topic contributions, delete offensive comments or remarks, block offensive contributors and delete actual or suspected spam content from any social media site. In keeping with the spirit of The Painting Experience, we may delete comments that make value judgments on images of process paintings posted to our social media feeds. In addition, we will delete all comments or posts intended to promote product-based artworks, sales, shows, galleries, contests, and similar product-based painting ventures.

Please be aware that once you post something online, anyone may read your words, even years from now. We encourage you to exercise caution when posting on any social media sites and to refrain from disclosing personally identifiable information, such as your location or other sensitive information. We are not responsible for the content of any comments or responses posted by others to any website or social media site managed or monitored by The Painting Experience. We do not control the placement of any marketing or advertising displayed on our pages by social media or third party organizations. The inclusion of links to other websites does not imply any endorsement of the material on the websites.

We reserve the right to respond to any post or comment and may occasionally privately request your contact information to assist you offline with your consent.


The Painting Experience ® is a registered trademark (Federal Registration #4812140) of The Institute For Art and Living, a 501(c)3 California nonprofit arts educational organization. This trademark is categorized under education services, namely, providing live and online workshops, retreats, classes, online courses and mentoring in the fields of painting, process painting, and intuitive painting.

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The Painting Experience
P.O. Box 309
Fairfax, California 94978



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