Children's art classes currently enrolling for:

Spring Session

April 22 - June 8 Registration opens March 15

In Danforth’s studio art classes, children will develop an understanding of the elements and principles of art, and will learn skills and techniques in drawing, painting and sculpture using a variety of materials.

Our children’s program is known for its comprehensive studio art experience with classes in drawing, painting and mixed media/sculpture designed to develop skill with materials and knowledge in artistic concepts. All students maintain a portfolio of work which provides opportunities to analyze and discuss important works on display. Our small class sizes and dedicated instructors allow students to have fun experimenting with materials while learning how to express personal viewpoints and create well-crafted art.

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We want to help you choose the right children’s class. Summer Arts classes also available.

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. Please note that registration takes place through the Framingham State University portal

 

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
Mondays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Drawing II
Gr. 2-3
$135
Meets 6 times, April 22 – June 3
 

In our drawing classes, children learn to use observation, memory and imagination to link the drawing experience to art concepts such as shape and form, texture and shadow, and the relationships between elements in a drawing, in both realistic and abstract work. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed. Students are encouraged to dress for art-making

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Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Drawing III
Gr. 4-5
$160
Meets 7 times, April 23 – June 4
 

In our drawing classes, children learn to use observation, memory and imagination to link the drawing experience to art concepts such as shape and form, texture and shadow, and the relationships between elements in a drawing, in both realistic and abstract work. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed. Students are encouraged to dress for art-making.

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Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Painting IV
Gr. 6-8
$160
Meets 7 times, April 23 – June 4
 

In our painting classes, students are encouraged to experiment with different kinds of paint and brushes while learning how to express their own creative ideas, as well as proper painting technique. Painting classes incorporate the genres of landscape, still life, and portraiture, and are inspired by the work of contemporary and historical artists. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed.

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Wednesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Drawing I
Gr. K-1
$160
Meets 7 times, April 24 – June 5
 

In our drawing classes, children learn to use observation, memory and imagination to link the drawing experience to art concepts such as shape and form, texture and shadow, and the relationships between elements in a drawing, in both realistic and abstract work. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed. Students are encouraged to dress for art-making!

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Wednesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Painting II
Gr. 2-3
$160
Meets 7 times, April 24 – June 5

Other courses taught by Sue: Summer Arts, Art Studio III, Painting I

 

In our painting classes, students are encouraged to experiment with different kinds of paint and brushes while learning how to express their own creative ideas, as well as proper painting technique. Painting classes incorporate the genres of landscape, still life, and portraiture, and are inspired by the work of contemporary and historical artists. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed.

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printmaking with shaving cream
Thursdays: 4:30 p.m.– 6 p.m.
Art Studio I
Gr. K-1
$160
Meets 7 times, April 25 – June 6

Other courses taught by Rebecca: Drawing III, Art Studio IV, Painting II

 

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. Some of the materials that will be used include collage, colored pencil, oil pastels, watercolor and acrylic paint, air-dry clay, wire and papier mâché. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed. Students are encouraged to dress for art-making!

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Thursdays: 4:30 p.m.– 6 p.m.
Painting III
Gr. 4-5
$160
Meets 7 times, April 25 – June 6

Other courses taught by Linda: Beginning Drawing and Painting: Portraits for Adults, Art Studio IV, Painting II

 

In our painting classes, students are encouraged to experiment with different kinds of paint and brushes while learning how to express their own creative ideas, as well as proper painting technique. Painting classes incorporate the genres of landscape, still life, and portraiture, and are inspired by the work of contemporary and historical artists. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed.

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Thursdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Drawing IV
Gr. 6-8
$160
Meets 7 times, April 25 – June 6

Other courses taught by Katie: High School Drawing: Portrait and Figure Studies, Art Studio IV, Painting III

 

In our drawing classes, children learn to use observation, memory and imagination to link the drawing experience to art concepts such as shape and form, texture and shadow, and the relationships between elements in a drawing, in both realistic and abstract work. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed. Students are encouraged to dress for art-making!

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kid drawing
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Drawing I
Gr. K-1
$135
Meets 6 times, April 27 – June 8

Other courses taught by Alicia: Drawing IV, Art Studio I, Painting II

 

In our drawing classes, children learn to use observation, memory and imagination to link the drawing experience to art concepts such as shape and form, texture and shadow, and the relationships between elements in a drawing, in both realistic and abstract work. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed. Students are encouraged to dress for art-making!

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kid drawing
Saturdays: 10 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Art Studio II
Gr. 2-3
$135
Meets 6 times, April 27 – June 8

Other courses taught by Meaghan: Drawing I, Art Studio I, Painting II

 

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. Some of the materials that will be used include collage, colored pencil, oil pastels, watercolor and acrylic paint, air-dry clay, wire and papier mâché. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed. Students are encouraged to dress for art-making!

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Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Painting III
Gr. 4-5
$135
Meets 7 times, April 27 – June 8

Other courses taught by Rebecca: Drawing III, Painting IV, Summer ArtsI

 

In our painting classes, students are encouraged to experiment with different kinds of paint and brushes while learning how to express their own creative ideas, as well as proper painting technique. Painting classes incorporate the genres of landscape, still life, and portraiture, and are inspired by the work of contemporary and historical artists. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed.

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Saturdays: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Drawing IV
Gr. 6-8
$135
Meets 7 times, April 27 – June 8

Summer Arts, Art Studio II, Painting III

 

In our drawing classes, children learn to use observation, memory and imagination to link the drawing experience to art concepts such as shape and form, texture and shadow, and the relationships between elements in a drawing, in both realistic and abstract work. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. No supplies are needed. Students are encouraged to dress for art-making.

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

 
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Important Information for Vacation Week

art on a wall  
What are the program hours?

Vacation week workshops run from 9am-4pm for two days; either Tuesday and Wednesday or Thursday and Friday. You may add extended morning (8-9am)or afternoon (4-6pm) hours for an additional fee.

What is your drop off and pick up procedure for Vacation Week Workshops?

Danforth Art School is located at 14 Vernon Street, and accessed through the parking lot off of Grove Street. The school is entered through the lobby at the rear of the building; take the elevator to the third floor. We will have studio assignments for each grade level on the third floor, where you will be greeted. When dropping off your child, please help them to put coats and bags in the bin in their studios and to find their name tag. Please be aware that if you need to drop off your child prior to 8:45, you will need to purchase the AM Extended Day class in addition to the workshop, if you need to pick up your child after 4:00, you will need to purchase the PM Extended Day class. For AM and PM Extended Day, please go directly to room 315 located directly off the elevator on the third floor.

What is your food policy?

The School Vacation Week Workshop schedule includes daily supervised breaks for morning and afternoon snacks, and for lunch. Students are expected to bring their own, nut-free lunches, healthy snacks, and a water bottle. Refrigeration is not available. All items should be labeled with the student’s full name. Please make sure your child knows which food should be eaten at snack time and lunch time. Danforth Art School is not a nut-free facility; however, students are asked not to bring snacks or lunches that, to the extent verifiable, contain nuts, tree nuts, or products containing those ingredients. We do not inspect people’s belongings, and cannot guarantee that all participants will comply. Please alert the school office if your child has a serious allergy or other medical concerns.

Should my child bring a smock for class?

Typically, children do get messy during art classes. We suggest dressing them accordingly or sending a smock to be safe.