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.

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.

 

Registration process—all registration is done using Framingham State University’s class registration portal.

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Day + Time
Instructor(s)
Class
 
Level
Price
Wednesday, June 12: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lois Tarlow
Group Critique Workshop II with Lois Tarlow
All levels
FULL
Meets once, June 12
 

Join Lois as she gives a tour of her own incredible exhibit, Material Vocabulary, in the museum followed by a group critique upstairs at the art school. Limited to 8 participants, this workshop will be invaluable to those who are just launching a career in art, or those who wish to take advantage of the wealth of experience and expertise that Lois offers. Plan to bring up to five pieces of your work for the critique. Please note there are no discounts available for this workshop.

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Tuesdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Beginning Acrylic Painting
Beginner
$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.

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Tuesdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Intermediate Acrylic Painting
Intermediate
$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

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bird and berries
Tuesdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Independent Painting
Independent
$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.

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Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Foundations of Watercolor
Foundation
$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

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Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Foundations of Acrylic Painting: Experimental Techniques
Foundation
$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

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Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Intermediate Painting: Palette Knife
Intermediate
$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

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Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Intermediate Acrylic Painting
Intermediate
$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

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Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
Beginner
$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.

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Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Independent Painting
Independent
$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.

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painting
Thursdays: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Foundations of Drawing
Foundation
$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

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Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Beginning Acrylic Painting
Beginner
$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.

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Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Collage: Painting, Drawing and Printmaking
Beginner
$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

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portrait collage
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Independent Painting
Independent
$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.

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bird and berries
sketching

Registration process—all registration is done using Framingham State University’s class registration portal.

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