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.

 

 

 

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
Saturdays and Sundays
pARTy time!
K-8
$70 base price plus $20 per child
Meets once , 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
 

Invite your friends to celebrate your special day with a fun, art-making birthday party! A skilled instructor will demonstrate the project and help you create at home along with your friends in their homes! Danforth will ship you all the materials you need to work with along with a special surprise. All you need to do is pick from our menu of pARTy projects below and we will do the rest. Full descriptions on registration page.
pARTies can be reserved on selected Saturday or Sunday afternoons, from 1-2:30 pm. Please reserve your pARTy time at least three weeks in advance so we can make sure you and your friends receive your fun supplies! Base price is $70 with an additional cost of $20 per child which includes all art supplies, party favors and shipping charges for each kit which will be shipped directly to the participants! We will contact you after registration in order to gather the shipping information for everyone attending.

pARTy Menu:

Fashion Plates – design your own “collection”

Under the Sea-make your own undersea artwork using printmaking and collage methods.

All About Me-design and decorate a wooden frame

Treasure boxes- design a special box to hold your very own treasures

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Tues. Feb 16 & Wed. Feb 17
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb 16-17: Gr. K-5
K-8
$95
Meets 2 days , 9:00AM- 12:00PM
 

Spend a few hours with us making art this vacation week! Each workshop meets for two mornings and includes live instruction in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Children will have the chance to explore a variety of art materials, all supplied for you in a convenient packet available for pick up at the Danforth.  Age groups may be slightly mixed so please remember to include child’s age during registration.

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Thurs. Feb. 18 & Fri. Feb. 19
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb. 18-19 Painting: Gr. 6-8
Gr. 6-8
$95
meets 2 times , 9:00AM- 12:00PM
 

Spend a few hours with us making art this vacation week! Each workshop meets for two days, and includes live instruction in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Students will work with acrylic paint and canvas paper to discover color theory, brush techniques and more. All supplies are included in a convenient packet available for pick up at the Danforth.

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Mondays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Online Gr. 4-5 Art Studio- Monday
Gr. 4-5
$185
Meets 8 times , Jan 11 - Mar 15

No class on Jan 18 or 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.  Drawing and painting skills will be emphasized. Art Studio with Donna Melanson Supply List

 

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Mondays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Online Gr. 6-8 Fantasy Drawing: Heroes & Monsters
Gr. 6-8
$185
Meets 8 times , Jan 11 - March 15

No class on 1/18 or 2/15

 

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

 

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Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30p.m.
Online Gr. 2-3 Art Studio- Tuesday
Gr. 2-3
$185
Meets 8 times , Jan 12 - Mar 9

No class on Feb 16

 

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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Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Online Gr. 4-5 Art Studio- Tuesday
Gr. 4-5
$185
Meets 8 times , Jan 12 - Mar 9

No class on Feb 16

 

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. – 5:30 p.m.
Online Gr. 6-8 Painting & Drawing
Gr. 6-8
$185
Meets 8 times , Jan 12 - March 9

No class on 2/17

 

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

 

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Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Online Gr. K-1 Art Studio- Wednesday
Gr. K-1
CLOSED
Meets 8 times , Jan 13 - March 10

No class on 2/17

 

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 K-1 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
$185
Meets 8 times , Jan 13 - March 10
 

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. The supply list has been amended to include the option of creating a first draft pattern of one of your designs towards the end of the session. See supply list below. No class on 2/17.

SUPPLY LIST for INTRO TO FASHION DESIGN 6-8 grade

 

 

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Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Online Gr. K-1 Art Studio- Saturday
Gr. K-1
$185
Meets 8 times , Jan 23 - Mar 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.  Drawing and painting skills will be emphasized. No class on 2/20.

Saturday Gr K-1 MK supply List

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Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Online Gr. 2-3 Art Studio- Saturday
Gr. 2-3
CLOSED
Meets 8 times , Jan 23 - Mar 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.  Drawing and painting skills will be emphasized. Grades 2-3 Art Studio Supply List RD

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Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Online Gr. 4-5 Art Studio- Saturday
Gr. 4-5
CLOSED
Meets 8 times , Jan 23 - Mar 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.  Drawing and painting skills will be emphasized. No class on 2/20.

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Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Online Gr. 6-8 Painting & Drawing - Saturday
Gr. 6-8
$185
Meets 8 times , Jan 23 - Mar 20
 

Join us for our virtual children’s classes using the platform Zoom! 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.

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Saturday, February 6
Family Virtual Workshop: Animal Silhouettes
All levels K-8
$30 per family
Meets once , 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 

Take a virtual visit to the Danforth Art Museum to see the amazing work of artist Catherine Smith! Each family will have fun using lots of inspirational recycled materials to design a collage silhouette of your favorite animal. We will help guide you as you create a really incredible finished work ready to hang on the wall in your home. Suitable for all ages, no experience required.  All materials provided in a packet available for pick up outside the school after February 1. $30 per family. Maximum is 10 families.

 

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Saturday, Feb 13
Virtual Family Workshop: Make your own Valentine Cards
All levels K-8
$30 per family
Meets once , 1:00PM-3:00PM
 

Celebrate with your loved ones this weekend by making some beautiful greeting cards!  Join artist educator Donna Melanson as she teaches you simple techniques to create pop-up Valentines or other cards to use as gifts.  For all ages, no experience necessary. All materials provided in a packet available for pick up outside the school after February 6. $30 per family. Maximum is 10 families.

 

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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.