Children's art classes currently enrolling for:

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.

SPRING CLASSES WILL BE POSTED AND AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION ON FEB. 27

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.

 

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
Friday, March 6 from 6-9pm
Kids' Night Out- Giant Initial Pictures
K-8
$25 per child
Meets once, Friday, March 6
 

Parents, take advantage of a chance to go shopping or get a bite to eat without the kids! This is a night just for the children with us at the Danforth. Inspired by the works on display in the museum by Jo Sandman, we will create fun effects with watercolors on paper, then cut and rip them up into HUGE letters to create our initials in a framed picture. We will also have a scavenger hunt in the museum, play a round of Pictionary and enjoy pizza & lemonade.  NOTE: Limited to 8 participants, Grades K-8.

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Friday, April 3 from 6-9pm
Kids' Night Out- Crazy Collage
K-8
$25 per child
Meets once, Friday, April 3
 

Parents, take advantage of a chance to go shopping or get a bite to eat without the kids! This is a night just for the children with us at the Danforth. We will have fun cutting out pictures of people in fun places and drawing our own crazy scene to place them in! We will visit the photographs by Liz Albert in the museum for inspiration. We will also have a scavenger hunt in the museum, play a round of Pictionary and enjoy pizza & lemonade.  Limited to 25 participants, Grades K-8.

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Friday, May 1 from 6-9pm
Kids' Night Out- Sock Sculptures
K-8
$25 per child
Meets once, Friday, May 1
 

Parents, take advantage of a chance to go shopping or get a bite to eat without the kids! This is a night just for the children with us at the Danforth. Inspired by the fun sculptures by Lisa Barthelson in the museum, we will create our own designs using stockings, socks wire and other stuff! We will also have a scavenger hunt in the museum, play a round of Pictionary and enjoy pizza & lemonade.  Limited to 25 participants, Grades K-8.

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Saturday, February 29 from 1-3pm
Family Workshop: Paper Gardens
Adults K-8
$25 per family
Meets once, February 29
 

Inspired by the colorful ceramic sculptures by Mary Morazzi Henderson on display in the Danforth Art Museum, create your own “garden” of flowers! We will have lots of colorful papers and other fun supplies and we will show you some simple tricks to make paper flowers which will pop and burst with color on your own landscape.

Bring the whole family or just a friend to this fun workshop. Limited to 30 participants. Price includes up to 4 participants per family; $5 each additional member.

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Feb. 18-19
Gr. K-1 Vacation Week Workshop: Tues & Wed
Gr. K-1
FULL
2 days, Feb. 18-19
 
Feb. 18-19
Gr. 2-3 Vacation Week Workshop: Tues & Wed
Gr. 2-3
FULL
2 days, Feb. 18-19
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Family.  Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break. Workshops start at 9 am and end at 4 pm.

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Feb. 18-19
Gr. 4-5 Vacation Week Workshop: Tues & Wed
Gr. 4-5
FULL
2 days, Feb. 18-19
 
Feb. 18-19
Gr. 6-8 Vacation Week Workshop: Tues & Wed
Gr. 6-8
$180
2 days, Feb. 18-19
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Family.  Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break. Workshops start at 9 am and end at 4 pm.

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Feb. 20-21
Gr. K-1 Vacation Week Workshop: Thurs & Fri
Gr. K-1
FULL
2 days, Feb. 20-21
 
Feb. 20-21
Gr. 2-3 Vacation Week Workshop: Thurs & Fri
Gr. 2-3
FULL
2 days, Feb. 20-21
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Family.  Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break. Workshops start at 9 am and end at 4 pm.

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Feb. 20-21
Gr. 4-5 Vacation Week Workshop: Thurs & Fri
Gr. 4-5
$180
2 days, Feb. 20-21
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Family.  Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break. Workshops start at 9 am and end at 4 pm.

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Feb. 20-21
Gr. 6-8 Vacation Week Workshop: Thurs & Fri
Gr. 6-8
$180
2 days, Feb. 20-21
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Family.  Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break. Workshops start at 9 am and end at 4 pm.

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Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
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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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.
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.

February School Vacation Week Workshops

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Family. Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break. Workshops are limited to 12 students.

Gr. K-1  $180

Gr. 2-3  $180

Gr. 4-5  $180

Gr. 6-8  $180

 

Vacation Week Daily schedule:
Full-day, two-day workshops taught by highly qualified, professional artists and art educators.

8 a.m. – 9 a.m Extended AM class
8:45 – 9 a.m.  drop-off in studios
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. morning classes
12 – 12:30 p.m. lunch
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. creative time
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. afternoon classes
4:00–4:15 p.m.  pick up in studios
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Extended PM class*

 

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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.