Adult art classes currently enrolling for:

Winter Session opens for registration on December 1!

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.

 

Drawing of a fork on the left and a spoon on the right.  
Paper collage of a red apple with a blue sky and grey base.  
Photograph from behind a woman's shoulder, who is seated at a table drawing on an art pad a gathering of oak leaves on a stick.  

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 and provide instruction in technique and concepts. Students may remain in the beginning level for several sessions of classes.

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. Instructors continue to set lessons, as well as allowing students to pursue individual goals.  Many students remain in intermediate level for a year or more.

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

Professional Development- 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
Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Independent Painting - Tuesday
Independent
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 10 - March 7

No class on 2/21.

 

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 acrylic) to the first class. Bring any supplies and materials that you prefer to work with.

 

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Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Intermediate Watercolor
Intermediate
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 17 - March 14

No class on 2/21.

 

Develop and improve your understanding of traditional watercolor painting techniques and explore more contemporary and experimental ways of painting with watercolor. Enhance your personal painting style and discover your artistic voice. Some watercolor experience recommended. Intermediate Watercolor Supply List

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Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Foundations of Watercolor & Drawing
Foundation
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 10 - March 7

No class on 2/21.

 

In this foundational level class, work with artist-instructor, Lee Ball to learn how to create an accurate and simple line drawing to form the basis of your watercolor composition.  Using transfer techniques as well as simple observational drawing, students will develop confidence with realistic as well as experimental and abstract subject matter.  The instructor will review several techniques with watercolors, using brushes, sponges and other tools to build up the watercolor image. Foundations of Watercolor & Drawing Supply List

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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. 11 - March 8

No class on 2/22.

 

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

No class on 2/22.

 

In this class you will use a palette knife instead of a brush to learn how to define the planes of objects 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. All supplies included for the first class; at that time your instructor will explain what materials to purchase.

Ruth Scotch, Sardine Study- detail,  oil on canvas

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Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Independent Painting: Palette Knife
Independent
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 11 - March 8

No class on 2/22.

 

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 acrylic) available for the first class. Please use any supplies and materials you prefer to work with.

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Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Foundations of Drawing
Foundation
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 11 - March 8

No class on 2/22.

 

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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Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Beginning Watercolor
Beginner
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 11 - March 8

No class on 2/22.

 

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. Learn about different types of brushes and paper, as you enjoy demonstrations designed to break down the process of using watercolor. Practice basic painting techniques and color-mixing in still-life and landscape compositions. All supplies provided for the first class, at which time your instructor will describe a modest supply list for you to purchase.

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Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Independent Painting: Wednesday Evening
Independent
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 11 - March 8

No class on 2/22.

 

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.
Relief Printmaking
All levels
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 11 - March 8

No class on 2/22.

 

Relief printing is well-known for its beauty and versatility as a medium, from elaborate woodblock prints to deceptively simple styrofoam prints. In this class, students will explore relief printing techniques using linoleum or rubber blocks, as well as more unconventional materials. Over the course of eight weeks, we will build our skills, finishing off with a multi-color reduction print. Class time consists of presentations, technique demonstrations, and ample time to work and share feedback. This class is excellent for printmaking beginners, or for more experienced artists looking to broaden their scope!

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Thursdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Intermediate Drawing
Intermediate
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 12 - March 9

No class on 2/23.

 

This drawing class is designed for those who enjoy picking up a pencil to sketch things as you see them, or as you imagine them to be. Donna Melanson will lead you through a series of enjoyable and rewarding lessons in a variety of drawing media, focusing on capturing accurate proportions, creating textural effects, discovering blending techniques and expressive compositions. This class is suitable for anyone who has taken a couple of drawing classes and wants to continue to develop foundational skill with this practice.

Intermediate Drawing Supply List

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Paper collage of a red apple with a blue sky and grey base.
Thursdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Intro to Gouache
All levels
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 12 - March 9

No class on 2/23.

 

Learn about the beautiful and forgiving medium of gouache paint. Working from still life set ups and photographs, students will have lessons in color mixing and various techniques for applying and layering this opaque, flat paint. Suitable for all levels.

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

No class on 2/23.

 

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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Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Independent Painting - Friday
Independent
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 13 - March 10

No class on 2/24.

 

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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Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Intermediate Monotype with Collage: Creating Unique Prints
Intermediate
$370
Meets 8 times , Jan. 13 - March 10

No class on 2/24.

 

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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Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Textile Arts Series
All levels
$185
Meets 3 times , Jan. 21 - Feb. 4
 

Join us in this new series focused on working with various forms of textiles and fibers to create unique artwork. Each session will provide a new opportunity to experiment with techniques in this fun medium. Working with artists Donna Melanson, Sonja Czekalski and Karen Lucy, participants will enjoy three sessions with three different projects: creating an art quilt, a yarn painting, and a simple weaving wall hanging.

All supplies included, no experience required.

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Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday Studio Series
All levels
$247
Meets 4 times , Jan. 21 - Feb. 11
 

Join us for four Saturdays with four different teachers and four different art projects in this relaxing art-making series. We have asked some of our most experienced artist- instructors to participate in this relaxed series taking place on the weekends for your convenience. Students will enjoy printmaking, collage, expressive drawing and watercolor experiments, creating unique pieces to take home. No experience required, and all supplies included.

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Saturday, March 11
Adult Workshop: Meditation and Mark Making
All levels
$45
Meets once , 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 

Spend a quiet morning amidst the artwork in the Danforth Museum galleries as you enjoy a series of breathing exercises to promote relaxation and mindfulness. Continue in the meditative experience by creating contemplative mark making using pen and pencil, letting go of expectations and allowing for the inner quiet and creativity to emerge on the paper. No experience required. Please bring a yoga mat and dress for comfort.

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Saturday, March 18 & Sunday, March 19
Adult Workshop: Expressive Pages: Art Journal
All levels
$200
Meets 2 times , 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

Have you always wanted to keep an art journal/sketch book filled with a visual or verbal record of your thoughts and ideas? During this two-day workshop, you will assemble a hand-stitched journal and practice simple journaling techniques involving painting, printing, and collage. You will create two unique expressive pages combining colors, images, patterns, and other found materials in your new artist journal. Participants are invited to bring any materials they would like to incorporate; however, art materials will be provided. No experience required.

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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.

Close up photograph of a woman from behind, seated, drawing a still life at an easel in charcoal.  
Group of adults, some seated and some standing, around small stools drawing in a gallery room. There are many framed artworks hanging at various levels on the light sage green walls.  
Group of four adults scattered in a large white room, two standing at black metal easels painting on small pieces of paper. There are small grey tables at their sides holding supplies.  

Important Information

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 skill 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. Reach us by phone 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 or Post Road Art Center in Marlborough usually has most of what you will need.

 

Do you offer online classes?

At this time, we have decided to offer classes in our studios and not online in order to provide the most effective learning environment.