Adult art classes currently enrolling for:

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.

 
 
 
 

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
Tuesdays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Beginning Acrylic Painting
Beginner
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 7 - Mar. 3

Note: No class on Feb. 18

 

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
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 7 - Mar. 3

Note: No class on Feb. 18

 

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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Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Foundations of Watercolor
Foundation
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 7 - Mar. 3

Note: No class on Feb. 18

 

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 work. This class is suitable for anyone who has taken at least two watercolor classes. Foundations of Watercolor Supply List

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Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Intermediate Drawing & Painting
Intermediate
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 7 - Mar. 3

Note:  No class on Feb. 18

 

This intermediate class is suitable for those who have taken a few painting and drawing courses and are interested in expanding their skill level in a variety of drawing and painting media. Students will work from teacher generated materials in addition to photographs or other subject matter of interest.

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Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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Open Studio: Tuesdays
All levels
$100
Meets 8 times, Jan. 7 - Mar. 3

Note: No class on Feb. 18

 

Give yourself the gift of studio time! Register for this 3-hour open studio session that runs for 8 weeks. Bring your own supplies, working without instruction and at your own pace, in a relaxed community of fellow artists. Enjoy our light filled studios equipped with easels, small tables, drawing boards and stools.

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Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Foundations of Acrylic Painting: Experimental Techniques
Foundation
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: No class on Feb. 19

 

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: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Foundations of Drawing & Painting
Foundation
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: no class on Feb. 19

 

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. Foundations of Drawing and Painting Supply List

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Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Independent Painting - Wednesday Morning
Independent
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: No class on Feb. 19

 

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: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Art for Beginners
Beginner
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: No class on Feb. 19

 

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.

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Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Beginning Portrait & Figure Studies
Beginner
$365
Meets 8 Times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4
 

This is an introduction to learning how to draw and paint portraits and the figure. Students will work from a live model during half the classes, focusing on different measuring techniques, spatial positioning, and developing technical skills as they relate to drawing and painting the head and figure. They will gain a deeper understanding of the properties of various drawing and painting media, and how to express volume and depth, as well as developing observational techniques.

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Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Intermediate Painting: Palette Knife
Intermediate
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: No class on Feb. 19

 

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: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Beginning Watercolor- Wednesday
Beginner
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: No class on Feb. 19

Other courses taught by Sandra: Beginning Watercolor- Thursday

 

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.

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Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Beginning Drawing
Beginner
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: No class on Feb. 19

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

 

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- Wednesday Evening
Independent
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: No class on Feb. 19

 

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.
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Life Drawing with Model
All levels
$160
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: No class on Feb. 19

 

Register for this 3-hour long uninstructed life drawing session that runs for 8 weeks. You will be working without instruction and at your own pace, in a relaxed community of fellow artists. We provide easels, small tables, drawing boards and stools, and you bring your own artists’ supplies.

We work with experienced models, both male and female, clothed and nude, providing a variety of poses. Each session will include a series of short warm-up poses as well as at least one long pose. The Independent Life Drawing is open to mature high school students under the age of 18 with written consent from a parent/guardian.

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Thursdays: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Beginning Watercolor-Thursday
Beginner
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 9 - Mar. 5

Note: No class on Feb. 20

Other courses taught by Sandra: Beginning Watercolor- Wednesday evening

 

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 and color mixing in basic still life and landscape compositions. All supplies included for the first class. Your teacher will pass out a supply list and explain materials at the first class.

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Thursdays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Open Studio: Thursdays
All levels
$100
Meets 8 times, Jan. 9 - Mar. 5

Note: No class on Feb. 20

 

Give yourself the gift of studio time! Register for this 3-hour open studio session that runs for 8 weeks. Bring your own supplies, working without instruction and at your own pace, in a relaxed community of fellow artists. Enjoy our light filled studios equipped with easels, small tables, drawing boards and stools.

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Thursdays: 12:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Foundations of Drawing: At the Museum
Foundation
$182.50
meets 4 times, Jan. 9 - Jan. 30
 

Join instructor Susan Bauer for 4 weeks this winter in a special drawing class taking place entirely in the Danforth Art Museum! Taking inspiration from a variety of incredible art in the museum galleries, students will develop skills in observation along with techniques for creating dimensionality, accurate proportions, and variety with drawing tools. Each meeting will include discussion and critique. Please meet on the second floor in the museum lobby. Foundations of Drawing: At the Museum Supply List

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Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Beginning Collage With Monotype: Creating Unique Prints
Beginner
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 10 - Mar. 6

Note: No class on Feb. 21

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

 

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.

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Fridays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Independent Painting
Independent
$365
Meets 8 times, Jan. 10 - Mar. 6

Note: No class on Feb. 21

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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