Children's art classes currently enrolling for:

Live, Interactive Online Art Classes!
Our goal is to maintain high quality art education requiring very little need for parental involvement.

“My daughter had a great week in class last week. Her teacher was nothing short of phenomenal. He was engaging, funny, talented and truly invested in what the kids were making. He gave great feedback and is a wonderful teacher. Doing that all virtually is no easy task. I was quite impressed”.

-Jodi. W. parent of a student in Paul Hackett’s Sculpture Explored class during Summer Arts

 
 
 

We want to help you choose the right children’s class.

We understand that children vary in their development widely from grade to grade, and offer classes open to a two or three grade range so parents/guardians may select which class best aligns with their child’s developmental level.

 

Family & Adult Workshops – Fall 2020 Offerings

 

Membership discount—we are pleased to offer 5% off class cost to museum members. To purchase a membership click here

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Day + Time
Instructor(s)
Class
 
Level
Price
Saturday, Nov. 21: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Online Family Workshop: Decorate your Mask
All levels K-8
$35 per family
Meets once , 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
 

Make your own creative, haute couture, fun, crazy and elaborate mask! These masks will not only be functional, but will showcase your unique style and personality! We will provide new, fabric masks along with an attachable cloth, fabric markers, simple sewing materials and other fun decorations. Enjoy making something fun with family members in the comfort of your own home, while working alongside other families and receiving guidance virtually! Each family will be provided their own mask making kit, which will be available for pick-up at the school prior to the workshop date. Registration fee includes entry to Danforth Art Museum, which may be redeemable after the workshop, and all art supplies.  $35 per family of 4, each additional family member, 5$. Space is limited.

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Saturday, Dec. 12: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Online Family Workshop: Spectacular Stick Sculpture
All levels K-8
$35 per family
Meets once , 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 

Take a few hours out of your weekend to make art virtually with us at the Danforth. This fun workshop is inspired by the amazing sculptures in the exhibition, Midnight Blooms, by Rebecca Hutchinson on view in the museum. Use branches, sticks, yarn and other embellishments to make a spectacular sculpture of your own. Suitable for all ages, no experience required. Registration fee includes entry to the Danforth Art Museum, which may be redeemed after the workshop, and all supplies. Supplies will be available for pick-up at the school the week before the workshop. $35 per family of 4 with each additional family member only $5. Space is limited.

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Mondays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Online Gr. 6-8 Fantasy Drawing: Heroes & Monsters
Gr. 6-8
$180
Meets 8 times , Sept 28 - Nov 30

No class on 10/12 or 11/23

 

Enter a world of monsters and heroes, where you’re the one in charge. Daily prompts will spur exercises in character design, world building and storytelling, in addition to building confidence in drawing ability. Students will be tasked with creating characters and the settings they exist in from their imagination. Stories will be built to give their characters depth, and to hone creativity. Grades 6-8 Fantasy Drawing Supply List

No class 10/12 or 11/23.

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Mondays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Online Gr. 4-5 Art Studio
Gr. 4-5
$180
Meets 8 times , Sept 28 - Nov 30

No class on 10/12 or 11/23

 

Our Art Studio classes offer an introductory exploration of art making in all its forms.  Students will learn about the basic tools and techniques all artists use and will be introduced to a variety of artists as they are encouraged to express their own individual viewpoint.  Drawing and painting skills will be emphasized. Art Studio with Donna Melanson Supply List

No class on 10/12 or 11/23.

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Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Online Gr. 4-5 Art Studio
Gr. 4-5
$180
Meets 8 times , Sept 29- Nov 17
 

Our Art Studio classes offer an introductory exploration of art making in all its forms.  Students will learn about the basic tools and techniques all artists use and will be introduced to a variety of artists as they are encouraged to express their own individual viewpoint.  Drawing and painting skills will be emphasized. Grades 4-5 Art Studio Supply List with Lee Ball

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Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30p.m.
Online Gr. 2-3 Art Studio
Gr. 2-3
$180
Meets 8 times , Sept 29 - Nov 17
 

Our Art Studio classes offer an introductory exploration of art making in all its forms.  Students will learn about the basic tools and techniques all artists use and will be introduced to a variety of artists as they are encouraged to express their own individual viewpoint.  Drawing and painting skills will be emphasized. Grades 2-3 Art Studio Supply List

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Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Online Gr. 6-8 Intro to Fashion Design
Gr. 6-8
$180
Meets 8 times , Sept 30- Dec 2

No class on 11/11 or 11/25

 

Learn how to draw the traditional fashion figure, clothing details and fabric drape. Students will develop an original illustrated fashion collection with mood board, color story and swatches. They will be introduced to some fashion history and industry concepts and learn some sewing and patternmaking basics to take their designs to the next level. See supply list below. No class on 11/11 or 11/25

SUPPLY LIST for INTRO TO FASHION DESIGN 6-8 grade

 

 

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Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Online Gr. K-1 Art Studio
Gr. K-1
$180
Meets 8 times , Sept 30- Dec 2

No class 11/11 or 11/25

 

Our Art Studio classes offer an introductory exploration of art making in all its forms.  Students will learn about the basic tools and techniques all artists use and will be introduced to a variety of artists as they are encouraged to express their own individual viewpoint.  Drawing and painting skills will be emphasized. Grades K-1 Art Studio Supply List

No class 11/11 or 11/25

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Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Online Gr. 6-8 Painting & Drawing
Gr. 6-8
FULL
Meets 8 times , Sept 30- Dec 2

No class 11/11 or 11/25

 

Students will explore everything related to painting and drawing including techniques with acrylic and watercolor paint, various drawing pencils and charcoal, and how to combine various materials in one piece.  They will look at contemporary examples to inspire exciting artwork of their own. Grades 6-8 Painting & Drawing Supply List

No class 11/11 or 11/25.

 

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Registration is open for online art classes. Stay tuned for information about December workshops for children and families- coming soon!

 
 
 

Important Information for Children's Classes

 
How do online classes work?

Danforth virtual classes take place on the platforms Google Classroom and Zoom.  

After registering, you will receive an email from Danforth prior to the class date that will contain a username you have been assigned, and a link to your class in Google Classroom.  Here you will find another link to log onto Zoom meetings (where the live interactions with instructors take place). You will also receive a tutorial on how this all works. 

Just like with in-person classes, students start and stop online classes according to the schedule by logging into the classroom and clicking on the link to join the Zoom meeting specific to that class. Instructors will greet students through the computer and lead demonstrations and exercises, supporting students’ efforts throughout the class time. Students will log into this same zoom link for each class in the session.  

The instructor will use Google Classroom to post any announcements, upload resource images, or whatever else they decide in support of their lesson. Students may post images of artwork here as well. Instructors will help students to get used to working online for their art instruction. 

Prior to the class, students should obtain the supplies that are listed with the class description on our website. To participate in online art classes, we suggest setting up a quiet workspace at a table with a laptop or tablet to view while working (elevated if using paint) ensuring good light, and gathering supplies that have been requested.  

 

How do I know what art supplies to get for my child?

Each class that is listed on our website has a supply list link in the description of the class. Click that to see the PDF of what the teacher is requesting you have for the class. If you would like to ask about using a similar item to what the teacher is requesting, or have any questions regarding supplies please email us at danforthartschool@framingham.edu or contact the teacher directly if your class has already begun.

How can I keep my house safe from messes and paint spills while my child makes art at home?

Setting up an art space for your child can be a fun and positive activity, since it allows your child to have a space of his or her own, create amazing things, and maybe even learn a little responsibility. However when working with paint, even though they are guided by the instructor, we realize there is potential for spillage and paint travelling to unwanted areas in your home.

Here are our recommendations for working with paint or other messy liquids, especially with younger children:

Select a space that is somewhat close to a sink and is in a basement, recreation area, craft room, or kitchen area, and not close to valued furniture or carpeting. If there is no work table in a desired area try moving a coffee table or card table. Place a plastic tablecloth or shower curtain on the table and the floor under and around the table and place the water jar where they are rinsing their brushes inside of a another bigger container (like tupperware) so it stays contained if knocked over. Place the laptop on a wide shoebox or other support so if something spills the device is elevated. If your child will be using a common area of your home for the class and the workspace is temporary, have your child store their art supplies in a box to be brought out for the class and tucked away neatly when they are finished. And of course, have them wear a fun smock! We hope that by having a few guidelines like these your child can have fun exploring painting in your home.

 

 

Will I need to help my child during an online art class?

With the exception of the Family Workshops, our classes for children are designed for minimal parental involvement, similar to when they are taking place in our studios. Once the students are set up with their home workspace and the correct supplies, a plugged in laptop, and are ready to join the class via the Zoom link, the dynamic will be between the instructor, the lesson, and the students.