Adult art classes currently enrolling for:

Spring Session

April 22 - June 8

Weekly classes support in-depth learning of fundamental skills and techniques for adults of all levels of ability and experience, and in a variety of media.

We offer five levels of study suited to everyone from absolute beginners to those developing their own body of artwork. Students may remain in any level for as long as they would like; instructors will adjust lessons to accommodate new and returning students. Our diverse faculty pool allows students to study painting, drawing and other media with instructors from many backgrounds and perspectives.

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We want to help choose a class that’s right for you. Weekend workshops also available.

Sort classes by level:

*Beginning classes are for people who may have never taken an art class before. The instructor will explain suggested materials on the first day of class. Foundations classes are for those who have taken one or more beginning level classes; instructors offer lessons which build off beginning level concepts. Students may remain in either level for several sessions.

*Intermediate classes are for those who have taken some classes and would like more focused and complex study. Many students remain in intermediate level for a year or more. Advanced classes are for those who have been studying for several years and seek instruction which will expand current skill and content goals.

*Independent and Professional classes are for those who have a body of work and would like individualized critique to help develop specific personal artistic goals.

Day + Time
Instructor(s)
Level + Class name
Price
Register
Tuesdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Beginner / Foundation
Beginning Acrylic Painting
$320
Meets 7 times, April 23 - June 4

Other courses taught by Paula: Foundations of Acrylic Painting, Collage:Painting, Drawing and Printmaking

Learn to paint! This is an introduction to the materials and techniques of painting in acrylic for beginning students. Working from direct observation and a variety of subject matter, this class will focus on color and basic concepts of form, light, and composition. No previous experience required. All supplies included for the first class. Students will receive a modest supply list at the first class meeting.

Tuesdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Intermediate / Advanced
Intermediate Acrylic Painting
$320
Meets 7 times, April 23 - June 4

Other courses taught by Leslie: Beginning Acrylic Painting

This class is suitable for anyone who has taken several painting classes and wants to develop on foundational skills acrylic paint. Students will explore painting concepts using still life, landscape, or other teacher-generated subject matter. Intermediate Acrylic Painting Supply List

bird and berries
Tuesdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Independent / Professional
Independent Painting
$275
Meets 6 times, April 23 - May 28

Other courses taught by Wilbur: Advanced Painting, Clothed Figure Drawing and Painting workshop

This class is designed for the student who seeks to develop their painting practice while receiving individual critical feedback from the instructor. Work alongside peers to further develop your personal approach. Bring a sample of your work (in oil or acrylics) to first class. Bring any supplies and materials you prefer to work with.

Tuesdays: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Beginner / Foundation
Beginning Drawing and Painting: Portraits
$320
Meets 7 times, April 23 - June 4

other courses taught by Linda Pierce – Intermediate Drawing: Figure Studies, High School Drawing and Painting

Designed for the student who is interested in portraits, this class will help students understand the head as a volume in space and how that volume changes with age. Students will learn how to render facial anatomy such as the eyes, nose and mouth through direct observation and using measuring techniques to portray correct proportions between features. The first classes will use dry media and then the class will progress to paint. All supplies included for the first class.

Tuesdays: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Beginner / Foundation
Foundations of Watercolor
$320
Meets 7 times, April 23 - June 4

Other courses taught by Susan: Beginning Watercolor, Professional Development for Art Teachers

This class is for those who have taken a few watercolor classes but would like to refine their skills and learn to create more detailed and finished pieces. Through direct instruction, demonstrations, and specialized still life arrangements, students will have the opportunity to expand their options for techniques while creating beautiful representational work. This class is suitable for anyone who has taken at least two watercolor classes. Foundations of Watercolor Supply List

Wednesdays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Beginner / Foundation
Beginning Watercolor
$320
Meets 7 times, April 24 - June 5

Other courses with Leigh Farmarzpour
Art for Beginners, Intermediate Watercolor, Adventures in Life Long Learning

No previous experience needed! Designed for students with little or no art experience, this class will give you a chance to explore watercolor’s unique transparent properties. Practice basic painting techniques, color mixing, glazing and textural possibilities in basic still life an landscape compositions. All supplies are included for the first class. Your teacher will pass out a supply list and explain materials at the first class.

Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Beginner / Foundation
Foundations of Acrylic Painting: Experimental Techniques
$320
Meets 7 times, April 24 - June 5

Other courses taught by Paula: Foundations of Watercolor, Collage: Painting, Drawing and Printmaking

If you have taken a few painting classes and want to try something new – this class is for you. Delve into color relationships, learn new techniques to apply paint, and experiment with creating images from a different viewpoint. Your instructor will guide you through a variety of techniques to expand your options for self-expression. Bring acrylic paint materials and tools that you normally use and a recent painting to the first class. Foundations of Acrylic Painting-Experimental Techniques Supply List

Wednesdays: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Beginner / Foundation
Art for Beginners
$320
Meets 7 times, April 24 - June 5

Other courses taught by Noelle: Adventures in Lifelong Learning, Professional Development for Teachers

This is a fun, relaxed introduction to the world of art for absolute beginning students. No previous experience needed! Your instructor will combine brief lectures with hands-on activities to introduce you to various art materials and techniques. Everyone can enjoy making beautiful things and this class is designed to let each student take the time to learn on their own terms. All supplies included.

Wednesdays: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Intermediate / Advanced
Intermediate Painting: Palette Knife
$320
Meets 7 times, April 24 - June 5

Other courses taught by Ruth: Advanced Painting

In this observational painting class, you will use a palette knife instead of a brush to focus on clearly defining planes as they wrap around forms. Work to find the correct color and value for each plane, and your resulting paintings will be strong and sculptural with little (if any) blending. An excellent class for intermediate students who want to improve the color, form and sense of light in their paintings. Intermediate Painting – Palette Knife Supply List

Wednesdays: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Intermediate / Advanced
Intermediate Acrylic Painting
$320
Meets 7 times, April 24 - June 5

Other courses taught by Sue: Beginning Acrylic Painting, Painting IV

This class is suitable for anyone who has taken several painting classes and wants to develop on foundational skills acrylic paint. Students will explore painting concepts using still life, landscape, or other teacher-generated subject matter. Intermediate Painting Supply List

Wednesdays: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Beginner / Foundation
Beginning Drawing
$320
Meets 7 times, April 24 - June 5

Other courses taught by Susan: Advanced Painting, Foundations of Drawing, High School Drawing: Figure Studies

This relaxed introductory class is for anyone who wants to learn how to draw, or how to draw better. No previous experience needed! Learn basic drawing techniques, how to arrange a composition, and the variety of line and tones used to bring a drawing to life. All supplies included for the first class. Students will receive a modest supply list at the first class meeting.

Wednesdays: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Independent / Professional
Independent Painting
$320
Meets 7 times, April 24 - June 5

Other courses taught by Ron: Beginning Drawing, Intermediate Painting

This class is designed for the student who seeks to develop their painting practice while receiving individual critical feedback from the instructor. Work alongside peers to further develop your personal approach. Bring a sample of your work (in oil or acrylics) to first class. Bring any supplies and materials you prefer to work with.

painting
Thursdays: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Beginner / Foundation
Foundations of Drawing
$320
Meets 7 times, April 25 - June 6

Other courses taught by Susan: Beginning Drawing, High School Drawing: Figure Studies

Students in this drawing class will explore a broad range of drawing ideas, focusing on line, value, texture, proportion, composition and expression. This class is suitable for anyone who has taken at least one drawing class and wants to continue to develop foundational skill with this practice. Foundations of Drawing Supply List

Thursdays: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Beginner / Foundation
Art after Work for Beginners
$320
Meets 7 times, April 25 - June 6

Other courses taught by Katie: High School Drawing and Painting: Figure Studies

Grab a bite to-go after work and head on over to the Danforth! We will have a studio ready for you to relax in before your class starts at 6:30. This is a fun, relaxed introduction to the world of art for absolute beginning students. Spend the first 30 minutes viewing and discussing works on exhibit in the Danforth Art Museum. Then return to the studio, where your instructor will lead you in various fun projects inspired by the artwork. No experience necessary, all supplies included.

drawing
Thursdays: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Intermediate / Advanced
Intermediate Drawing: Figure Studies
$320
Meets 7 times, April 25 - June 6

Other courses taught by Linda: Beginning Drawing and Painting: Portraits, High School Drawing

This intermediate class is suitable for anyone who has taken at least two drawing classes in the past and has an interest in learning how to draw the figure. Students will work from a live model during classes, focusing on different measuring techniques, spatial positioning, and developing technical skills as they relate to drawing the human form. They will gain a deeper understanding of the properties of various drawing media, and how to express volume and depth, as well as developing observational drawing techniques. Intermediate Drawing Figure Studies Supply List

adults painting
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Beginner / Foundation
Beginning Acrylic Painting
$320
Meets 7 times, April 26 - June 7

Other courses taught by Sue: Intermediate Acrylic Painting, High School Painting

Learn to paint! This is an introduction to the materials and techniques of painting in acrylic for beginning students. Working from direct observation and a variety of subject matter, this class will focus on color and basic concepts of form, light, and composition. No previous experience required. All supplies included for the first class. Students will receive a modest supply list at the first class meeting.

Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Beginner / Foundation
Collage: Painting, Drawing and Printmaking
$320
Meets 7 times, April 26 - June 7

Other courses taught by Paula: Beginning Acrylic Painting, Foundations of Acrylic Painting: Experimental Techniques

Create unique experimental collages in this class. Students will be introduced to exciting methods of combining drawing, painting, and basic printmaking techniques with assemblage. The collage process (layering/adhering) will be explained and demonstrated with consideration given to color and composition. This class is open to beginners as well as more experienced artists. Collage- Painting, Drawing and Printmaking Supply List

portrait collage
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Independent / Professional
Independent Painting
$275
Meets 6 times, April 26 - May 31

Other courses taught by Wilbur: Advanced Painting, Clothed Figure Drawing and Painting workshop

This class is designed for the student who seeks to develop their painting practice while receiving individual critical feedback from the instructor. Work alongside peers to further develop your personal approach. Bring a sample of your work (in oil or acrylics) to first class. Bring any supplies and materials you prefer to work with.

bird and berries
sketching

Weekend workshops for adults

Our workshops are meant to provide a one or two-day immersive experience for adults in a specific medium or process.

Workshops are a great way to try something new, spending a whole day experimenting and sharing with fellow artists. They also allow our instructors to offer more unusual and expansive art-making opportunities to our students.

Saturday, April 27
Intermediate / Advanced
Museum Intensive: Painting Techniques Workshop
$100
1 Day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Other courses taught by Angela: Portfolio Development, High School Drawing and Painting*

In this innovative workshop, students will spend time in the Museum, studying a selection of paintings to learn about some of the processes, techniques and materials used by the artists. Back in the studio, the instructor will lead demonstrations and assist students as they practice integrating these ideas in their own work. Museum Intensive -Painting Techniques Workshop Supply List

painting
neil's palette
Saturday, April 27 – Sunday, April 28
Beginner / Foundation
How to Design a Painting
$200
2 days, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Other courses taught by Nan: Travel Journal Workshop, Creating a Series, Three Mediums: Working with Resist Materials

This primer is a fun and creative way to understand what goes into creating any work of art. The first day will cover basic drawing and design; the second day will revolve around color concepts, exercises, and making a painting. Students will explore design principles through art historical references, develop an understanding of color by using and mixing acrylic paints, and create an abstract painting with recognizable subjects in a very colorful composition. Two-Day Workshop – How to Design a Painting Supply List

Saturday, May 4
Beginner / Foundation
Photography Workshop: Mat-cutting and Framing
$100
1 Day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join Ron Rosenstock as he leads a workshop focused on framing and exhibiting photographs. Students will learn how to cut mats and frame photographs to museum standards, using provided mat cutters and mats. The instructor will review topics such as effective editing, publishing options and ideas for exhibiting work. Students will have the opportunity to tour the Danforth Art Museum’s exhibitions which includes several photographs from our permanent collection.

Saturday, May 11
Intermediate / Advanced
Painting workshop: Objects and the Still Life
$100
1 Day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Spend the day with artist and instructor, Tyler Vance, as he leads you in an exploration of painting focused on the process of elevating and depicting objects in artwork. Students will learn a variety of techniques including using a limited palette to simplify color, using mediums to build texture, making and lighting simple maquettes for reference, and using a phone camera as a tool for framing and simplifying. Painting Workshop- Objects and the Still Life Explored Supply List

a painting
Saturday, May 18
Beginner / Foundation
Three Mediums: Working with Resist Materials
$100
1 Day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Other courses taught by Nan: Travel Journal Workshop, Creating a Series, Three Mediums: Working with Resist Materials

In this workshop students of all levels learn how to use three unique mediums to produce unusual and unexpected results, which are great to use in the studio or outdoors. We combine water-based materials (watercolors) with oil-based Caran d’ache crayons and oil pastels to create mixed-media resists. The result is rich in line, form, color, and texture. The watercolor resists the linear crayon and oil pastels and fills in any spaces while also adding texture to the surface. Three Mediums- Working with Resist Materials Supply List

Saturday, June 15
Intermediate / Advanced
Landscapes Explored: From the Museum to the Studio and Beyond
$100
1 Day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Other courses taught by Jill: Advanced Painting, Pastels Workshop*

Spend the day with us enjoying the Danforth’s new museum space and learning about landscape painting. Join acclaimed artist, Jill Pottle, as she demonstrates techniques for working outside and rendering a sense of place in your surroundings. A visit to the museum galleries will provide context for understanding how artists have captured views of the outside both near and far. Our lovely setting here allows students to work with a variety of views of green space, historic buildings and vegetation. This workshop is suitable for anyone who has taken at least a few art classes. Easels, stools and boards will be provided. Landscapes Explored- From the Museum to the Studio and Beyond Supply List

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