Adult art classes currently enrolling for:

Due to surging COVID cases, proof of vaccination will be required for all students over the age of 5 attending classes at the art school. Please be prepared to show vaccination card or a photo of your vaccination card to your instructor on the first day of class. Thank you.

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.

All artwork on these pages was created by our students or faculty.

 

 
 
 

We want to help you choose a class that’s right for you.

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

Professional level- are classes and workshops designed for working artists and teachers.

Note: the register for classes button will take you to the main registration page where you will see a Category drop down menu. Please select Danforth Classes- Adult or Danforth Workshops-Adult to see the specific class or workshop for which you are searching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day + Time
Instructor(s)
Class
 
Level
Price
Friday: Feb. 18, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Drinks at the Danforth
Adults All levels
$25
Meets once , February 18
 

The Danforth invites you to spend a creative evening with us meeting new friends while enjoying a unique cocktail (or mocktail). Sally Brecher’s Glass Houses, currently on view at the Danforth, provides the inspiration for this pairing of fun art making and cool, refreshing beverages. Using a prepared cyanotype print, you will add creative details to construct your own interpretation of a ‘Glass House’, leaving with a unique and finished piece of artwork. No experience necessary, all materials are provided.

Complimentary assortment of cheese, crackers, meat and fruit will be served, generously provided by Wegmans. Cash bar available to those over 21. Proof of vaccination is required. Admission is $25 for non-members and $15 for members. Advanced registration is required.

Museum members are invited to a complimentary artist talk with Sally Brecher before the event, which begins at 5:15pm.

 

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Saturday: Feb. 26, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Explorations in Textiles Workshop
Foundation
$50
Meets once , Feb. 26
 

Join artist Sonja Czekalski in this fun workshop using various textiles to create unique and expressive artwork. Have you been working in drawing and painting media for a while but would like to expand your work? Incorporating a flat but potentially 3D material can help free up new ways of thinking in your artwork. Students will also have the chance to view the mixed media assemblage works on view at the museum featuring artists Dan Dowd and Ann Lambert. This is a foundational level workshop; some art experience is suggested. Explorations in Textiles & Mixed Media Supply List

Sonja Czekalski, The Protaganists (3), Fiber on Canvas

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Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Foundations of Acrylic Painting: Experimental Techniques
Foundation
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 11 - March 8
 

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 Supply List

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Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Independent Painting- Tuesday
Independent
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 11 - March 8
 

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: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
History of Fashion Design Lecture Series
All levels
$93
Meets 4 times , Feb. 8 - March 8
 

Take a trip on Zoom through time to see how people have expressed themselves through the cultural language of fashion.  From the earliest known “fashion magazines” that reveal how globalization fused fashion elements between cultures, to the dawn of haute couture, this will be a fun and interesting tour. Learn fun facts such as why the bustle, popular in the late 1800s, was actually thought of as liberating and the way in which designers have collaborated with artists and muses. You will learn what fashion can reveal about the times and the fascinating stories of the people living through them.  This four week lecture series is offered via Zoom.

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Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Beginning Drawing: Tuesday Afternoon
Beginner
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 11 - March 8
 

Have you always wanted to learn how to draw? Take the first step by joining us in this relaxing class designed for absolute beginners. Students will start by getting an understanding of materials, learning about different types of pencils, charcoal, erasers and paper options. The instructor will break down techniques for creating a variety of lines to create shading, shadows and three dimensional effects with plenty of observational drawing exercises to help you break down the process of drawing. No experience required. All supplies provided for the first class, at which time the instructor will go over the supply list needed for class.

 

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Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Beginning Monotype with Collage: Creating Unique Prints
Beginner
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 12 - March 9
 

Create unique and experimental prints and collages using the Printmaking Press (etching press). Work in nontoxic water based media on plexi-glass. Students will learn how to use the press and develop skills to create one of a kind prints to be combined with collage where integration and adhering with gel medium will be discussed and demonstrated. No previous printmaking experience necessary. All supplies provided for the first class at which time the instructor will review supplies to be purchased.

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Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Independent Painting: Palette Knife
Independent
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 12 - March 9
 

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

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Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Independent Painting-Wednesday Evening
Independent
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 12 - March 9
 

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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Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Beginning Drawing: Wednesday Evening
Beginner
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 12 - March 9
 

Have you always wanted to learn how to draw? Take the first step by joining us in this relaxing class designed for absolute beginners. Students will start by getting an understanding of materials, learning about different types of pencils, charcoal, erasers and paper options. The instructor will break down techniques for creating a variety of lines to create shading, shadows and three dimensional effects with plenty of observational drawing exercises to help you break down the process of drawing. No experience required. All supplies provided for the first class, at which time the instructor will go over the supply list needed for class.

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Thursdays: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Foundations of Drawing
Foundation
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 13 - March 10
 

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.. No class 2/24. Foundations of Drawing Supply List

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Thursdays: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Winter Studio Series
Beginner
$185
Meets 4 times , Jan. 13 - Feb. 3
 

No experience or supplies required for this relaxing art-making series. Join us for four evenings with four different teachers and four different art projects. We have asked some of our most experienced artist- instructors to participate in this relaxed series taking place in the evenings for your convenience. Each week, students will enjoy experimenting with a new material or method, creating unique pieces to take home. No experience required, and all supplies included.

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Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Using Collage to Plan Paintings
Adults Intermediate
$116
Meets 3 times , Jan. 28 - Feb. 11
 

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to work with Boston artist Nan Hass Feldman in a three-part Zoom class.  The first meeting will include dissecting famous paintings by making solid color studies of them.  Nan will explain how to reduce the elements, which will help you plan your own paintings.  Next, students will use patterned and textured papers to design paintings.  In the last class,  3-D objects and collaged papers will be used to design and plan new works. This class will be offered on Zoom. Using Collage to Plan Paintings Supply List

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Fridays: 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Beginning Painting
Beginner
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 14 - March 11
 

Have you always wanted to learn how to paint? This is where you start- a class for the true beginner. Instructor Linda Pierce will break down everything you need to know to get started making marks on paper and canvas with watercolor and acrylic paint. She will explain the properties of these types of paint, as well as various types of paper and brushes. Through a series of exercises, you will develop the basic skills needed to paint something all on your own. All supplies provided for the first class- Linda will make suggestions for purchasing a modest supply list for the rest of the session.

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Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Intermediate Monotype with Collage: Creating Unique Prints
Intermediate
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 14 - March 11
 

Create complex, colorful prints and collages. Students in this intermediate class will continue to work with the etching press and expand upon their existing printmaking skills and techniques. Color overlays and multiple plate processes will be explored while advancing composition and conceptual building. Integration techniques for collage will be covered through instructor demos. This course is ideal for students who have printmaking experience using the etching press and wish to advance their techniques.

Intermediate Monotype with Collage Supply List

 

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Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Independent Painting- Friday
Independent
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 14 - March 11
 

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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Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Creative Collage
Beginner
$255
Meets 8 times , Jan 22 - March 19
 

Do you enjoy creating but don’t know where to start learning about art? This is the perfect weekend class for you. Spend a few hours in one of our bright airy studios with instructor Donna Melanson, as she leads you through the process for creating really amazing mixed media collages.  You will learn simple techniques for creating your own printed and altered papers, along with methods for arranging them to represent objects, landscapes or even just beautiful designs. No experience is necessary and all supplies are included.

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Know someone who loves art? Consider the gift of an art class! Gift Certificates for art classes may be purchased through the Register for Classes Link.

 
 
 

Important Information

Do you require proof of vaccination in order to attend classes?

Yes. Due to surging COVID cases in our region, beginning Tuesday, January 11, proof of vaccination will be required for all students over age 5. Please be prepared to show vaccination card or a photo of your vaccination card to your instructor on the first day of class. We hope this will provide a level of security for your family while attending classes at the Danforth.

Is your school accessible?

The Danforth Art School is accessible by elevator which is located in the lobby of the building directly connecting the parking lot. Our parking lot has several designated accessible spots adjacent to the building. If you need additional accommodations, please do not hesitate to reach out to school staff: danforthartschool@framingham.edu.

How do I know which level to choose?

We have created a series of experience levels to help, but we understand that these levels may not capture the full picture of individual experience. School staff are always happy to speak with you to help place you with an instructor and class that will meet your goals. 508-215-5116 or danforthartschool@framingham.edu

I'd like to take a class but I will be on vacation for part of the session. Do you prorate class fees?

We are unable to prorate the class cost due to student absences with the exception of health emergencies. Please call us if you have further questions.

Where can I purchase art supplies?

We order online from blick , many of our teachers use jerrysartarama, and Michael’s usually has most of what you will need.

 

Are you offering online classes?

With two exceptions, we have decided to offer classes in our studios and not online in order to provide the most effective learning environment.