Children's art classes currently enrolling for:

Winter Session

January 7 - March 7 Note: Registration opens on November 21

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.

 
 
 

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. 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
Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
TBD
Art Studio II
Gr. 2-3
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 7 - Mar. 3

Note: No class on Feb. 18

 

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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Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Drawing III
Gr. 4-5
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 7 - Mar. 3

Note: No class on Feb. 18

 

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
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 7 - Mar. 3

Note: No class on Feb. 18

 

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. Students are encouraged to dress for art-making!

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Wednesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Drawing I
Gr. K-1
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: No class on Feb. 19

 

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
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: No class Feb. 19

 

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.
Art Studio III
Gr. 4-5
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 8 - Mar. 4

Note: No class on Feb. 19

 

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.

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Thursdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Art Studio I
Gr. K-1
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 9 - Mar. 5

Note: No class on Feb. 20

 

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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kid water coloring
Thursdays: 4:30 p.m.– 6 p.m.
Painting III
Gr. 4-5
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 9 - Mar. 5

Note: No class on Feb. 20

 

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
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 9 - Mar. 5

Note: No class on Feb. 20

 

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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Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Art Studio I
Gr. K-1
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 11 - Mar. 7

Note: No class on Feb. 15

 

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: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Drawing II
Gr. 2-3
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 11 - Mar. 7

Note: No class on Feb. 15

 

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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Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Comics, Cartoons & Manga IV
Gr. 6-8
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 11 - Mar. 7

Note: No class Feb. 15

 

Students will explore how artwork and storytelling come together in the forms of Comics, Cartoons and Manga. Develop a comic strip with your own invented characters; learn about Japanese comics and how to draw in Manga style; learn how to draw a variety of facial expressions, animate objects, imply motions, and use background space in your stories.

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Saturdays: 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Art Studio II
Gr. 2-3
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 11 - Mar. 7

Note: No class on Feb. 15

 

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: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Painting III
Gr. 4-5
$182
Meets 8 times, Jan. 11 - Mar. 7

No class on Feb. 15

 

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. Students are encouraged to dress for art-making!

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kid drawing

Now Available! Gift Certificates for art classes may be purchased through the Register for Classes Link.

 
 
 

Important Information for Children's Classes

 
Do you have a waiting room?

Yes! Parents should feel free to wait in room 315 which is adjacent to the school office. We can provide you with wifi password while you wait.

Can I drop my child off in the parking lot ?

No. All minor students must be accompanied to and from the art school. The Jonathan Maynard building is open to the public, and therefore the safest option for children is to have adult supervision when arriving and being picked up from class.

How much artwork will my child make over the session?

Typically, students work on a project for one or more classes, so they will end up with many process pieces or “studies” along with a few finished pieces. Our students keep their portfolio of work here at the studio during the session. We invite family members to come in a little early on the last class of each session to view a small exhibit of student work.

Should my child bring a smock for class?

We can get pretty messy during class, so a smock is a good idea.  An old t-shirt or apron works well too.