Adult art classes currently enrolling for:

 

We offer five levels of study suited to everyone from absolute beginners to those developing their own body of artwork. Students may remain in any level for as long as they would like; instructors will adjust lessons to accommodate new and returning students. Our diverse faculty pool allows students to study painting, drawing and other media with instructors from many backgrounds and perspectives.

All artwork on these pages was created by our students or faculty.

 

Photograph of a woman, from behind, with short brown hair wearing a blue painting smock. She is standing at an easel with a landscape painting. Her paints are to the bottom right, and she is holding her photograph inspiration near the work.  
Photograph of a painting studio with seven older adults, seated or standing, along the back wall, all at easels, painting.  
Photograph of a framed textile with skewed squares of various blues, greens, and purples with black boarders between each. Each square has an off set cross shape in a contrasting color.  

 

 

Beginning classes- are for people who may have never taken an art class before. The instructor will explain suggested materials on the first day of class and provide instruction in technique and concepts. Students may remain in the beginning level for several sessions of classes.

Foundations classes- are for those who have taken one or more beginning level classes; instructors offer lessons which build off beginning level concepts. Students may remain in either level for several sessions.

Intermediate classes- are for those who have taken some classes and would like more focused and complex study. Instructors continue to set lessons, as well as allowing students to pursue individual goals.  Many students remain in intermediate level for a year or more.

Independent classes – are for those who have a body of work and would like individualized critique on works in progress to help develop specific personal artistic goals.

Professional Development- are classes and workshops designed for working artists and teachers.

 

Note: the register for classes button will take you to the main registration page where you will see a Category drop down menu. Please select Danforth Classes- Adult or Danforth Workshops-Adult to see the specific class or workshop for which you are searching.

 

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Day + Time
Instructor(s)
Class
 
Level
Price
Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Independent Painting: Tuesday
Independent
$384
Meets 8 times , Jan. 16 - March 12

No class 2/20.

 

This class is designed for the student who seeks to develop their painting practice while receiving individual critical feedback from the instructor. Work alongside peers to further develop your personal approach. Bring a sample of your work (in oil or acrylic) to the first class. Bring any supplies and materials that you prefer to work with.

 

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Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Intermediate Watercolor: Botanicals
Intermediate
$384
Meets 8 times , Jan. 16 - March 19

No class on 1/30 or 2/20.

 

Study with experienced artist Angela Ackerman as you develop skills to create beautiful botanical drawings and paintings of the beauty of nature. Students will practice observational drawing, expressive brushstrokes, charcoal techniques, and mixed media to create vibrant work. Intermediate Watercolor: Botanicals Supply List

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Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monotype Printmaking Mini-Class
Foundation
FULL
meets twice , Jan. 23 - Jan. 30
 

Explore the process of creating monotypes (one-of-a-kind) works on paper. using an etching press. Incorporating the elements and principles of design, you will create prints using: natural materials (leaves, grasses, eggshells, water,…) and man-made objects (mesh, string, plastic forks, toothbrushes, rags, …). You will explore different ways of creating texture and depth on an inked surface. You will create and pull: the original print, a “ghost” print, and a third print utilizing what ink is left on the plate. The possibilities are endless. Caligo Safe Wash (water soluble, oil based) printing inks will be used in class. Clean up is with soap and water. Monotype Printmaking Mini Class Supply List

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Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Beginning Watercolor
Beginner
$384
Meets 8 times , Jan. 17 - March 20

No class on 1/24 or 2/21.

 

No previous experience needed!  Designed for students with little or no art experience, this class will give you a chance to explore watercolor’s unique transparent properties. Learn about different types of brushes and paper, as you enjoy demonstrations designed to break down the process of using watercolor. Practice basic painting techniques and color-mixing in still-life and landscape compositions. All supplies provided for the first class, at which time your instructor will describe a modest supply list for you to purchase.

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Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Beginning Palette Knife Painting
Beginner
$384
Meets 8 times , Jan. 17 - March 13

No class 2/21

 

In this class you will use a palette knife instead of a brush to learn how to define the planes of objects as they wrap around forms. Work to find the correct color and value for each plane, and your resulting paintings will be strong and sculptural with little (if any) blending. All supplies included for the first class; at that time your instructor will explain what materials to purchase.

Ruth Scotch, Sardine Study- detail,  oil on canvas

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Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Beginning Monotype with Collage: Creating Unique Prints
Beginner
$288
Meets 6 times , Jan. 31- March 13

No class 1/17 or 1/24. No class on 2/21.

 

Create unique and experimental prints and collages using the Printmaking Press (etching press). Work in nontoxic water based media on plexi-glass. Students will learn how to use the press and develop skills to create one of a kind prints to be combined with collage where integration and adhering with gel medium will be discussed and demonstrated. No previous printmaking experience necessary. All supplies provided for the first class at which time the instructor will review supplies to be purchased. Class starts January 31.

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Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Intermediate Portrait & Figure Studies
Intermediate
FULL
Meets 7 times , Jan. 17 - March 13

No class on 1/31 or 2/21.

 

Although drawing portraits and the figure can be complex, in this class students will practice methods and techniques in manageable lessons. Portrait studies will include the skull, planes in the face and facial features. Figure studies will include using schematics and simple shapes to create the complex form of the figure. In this class we will work from a live model and printed material. No class on 1/31. Intermediate Portrait & Figure Studies Supply List

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Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Independent Painting: Palette Knife
Independent
$384
Meets 8 times , Jan. 17 - March 13

No class on 2/21.

 

This class is designed for the student who seeks to develop their palette knife painting practice while receiving individual critical feedback from the instructor. Work alongside peers to further develop your personal approach. Have a sample of your work (in oil or acrylic) available for the first class. Please use any supplies and materials you prefer to work with.

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Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Foundations of Drawing
Foundation
$336
Meets 7 times , Jan. 17 - March 13

No class on 1/31 or 2/21.

 

Students in this drawing class will explore a broad range of drawing ideas, focusing on line, value, texture, proportion, composition and expression. This class is suitable for anyone who has taken at least one drawing class and wants to continue to develop foundational skill with this practice. Foundations of Drawing Supply List

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Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Independent Painting: Wednesday Evening
Independent
$384
Meets 8 times , Jan. 17 - March 20

No class on 1/24 or 2/21.

 

This class is designed for the student who seeks to develop their painting practice while receiving individual critical feedback from the instructor. Work alongside peers to further develop your personal approach. Bring a sample of your work (in oil or acrylics) to first class. Bring any supplies and materials you prefer to work with. No class on 1/24.

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Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Indian Folk Art Painting
Beginner
$154
Meets 3 times , Jan. 18 - Feb. 1
 

Join artist Chaitrali  Kate-Yadav in this short three-week class learning about the colorful traditional art form of Indian Folk Painting. Inspired by the vivid colors, striking patterns and floral designs, you will learn how to create your own beautiful painting in this style working with acrylic paint on paper. All supplies included. No experience required.

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Thursdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Intermediate Drawing
Intermediate
$384
Meets 8 times , Jan. 18 - March 14

No class on 2/22

 

This drawing class is designed for those who enjoy picking up a pencil to sketch things as you see them, or as you imagine them to be. Donna Melanson will lead you through a series of enjoyable and rewarding lessons in a variety of drawing media, focusing on capturing accurate proportions, creating textural effects, discovering blending techniques and expressive compositions. This class is suitable for anyone who has taken a couple of drawing classes and wants to continue to develop foundational skill with this practice.

Intermediate Drawing Supply List

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Thursdays: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Foundations of Watercolor & Drawing
Foundation
FULL
Meets 8 times , Jan. 18 - March 14

No class on 2/22.

 

In this foundational level class, work with artist-instructor, Lee Ball to learn how to create an accurate and simple line drawing to form the basis of your watercolor composition.  Using transfer techniques as well as simple observational drawing, students will develop confidence with realistic as well as experimental and abstract subject matter.  The instructor will review several techniques with watercolors, using brushes, sponges and other tools to build up the watercolor image. Foundations of Watercolor & Drawing Supply List

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Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Independent Painting: Friday
Independent
$384
Meets 8 times , January 19- March 15

No class on 2/23

 

This class is designed for the student who seeks to develop their painting practice while receiving individual critical feedback from the instructor. Work alongside peers to further develop your personal approach. Bring a sample of your work (in oil or acrylics) to first class. Bring any supplies and materials you prefer to work with.

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Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Intermediate Monotype with Collage: Creating Unique Prints
Intermediate
$288
Meets 6 times , Feb. 2 - March 15

No class on 2/23.

 

Create complex, colorful prints and collages. Students in this intermediate class will continue to work with the etching press and expand upon their existing printmaking skills and techniques. Color overlays and multiple plate processes will be explored while advancing composition and conceptual building. Integration techniques for collage will be covered through instructor demos. This course is ideal for students who have printmaking experience using the etching press and wish to advance their techniques. No class 1/19, 1/26 or 2/23.

Intermediate Monotype with Collage Supply List

 

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Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Beginning Acrylic Painting
Beginner
$288
Meets 6 times , January 19- March 15
 

Learn how to paint using acrylics with a focus on color. The hue, value and intensity of color is of primary importance when making a painting. In this class, students will create color charts, copy master paintings, make value studies using only black and white, and eventually create their own compositions. Slides will be utilized routinely for students to visualize each concept. All supplies provided for the first class. No class on 1/26 or 2/2.

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Saturday, January 20 and Saturday February 10
Stoneware Sculpture Workshop
Beginner
FULL
meets twice , 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

In this two day workshop, explore the amazing material of stoneware as you learn from ceramic artist Elizabeth Cohen. No experience is necessary to enjoy the process of creating beautiful shapes and textures using stoneware clay. In the first meeting, participants will learn some simple techniques for building and manipulating clay into decorative forms. In the second meeting, students will embellish the fired works with natural and other materials. Includes all materials and firing fee.

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Saturday, February 3
Exploring Line Workshop
Beginner
$106
meets once , 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

Line is the foundation of all art. It is the first and most versatile of the visual elements in art. Join instructor Lee Ball in the studio to have a fun day exploring the characteristics of line in creating interesting and compelling compositions.  Students will work with multiple materials including pencil, ink, watercolor, wire and embroidery to develop new skill sets in creating lines in their artwork.  Suitable for experienced as well as beginning artists. All supplies included.

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Sunday, February 11
Screen Print Workshop
Foundation
FULL
meets once , 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

Enjoy a day in the studio with artist Donna Melanson as you create an original screen print on various papers and greeting cards. Sketch and cut out (with exacto knife) your design from a sheet of adhesive vinyl (Mask-Ease). After adhering the vinyl to the frame, print multiple times with colorful inks. Limited to 10 participants. Some drawing experience is recommended.

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Saturday, February 24
Trace Monotype Workshop
Foundation
$106
meets once , 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

Create unique prints from your drawings through the Trace Monotype Process. Students will initially draw inspiration from the Museum’s Collection, sketching in the Museum and creating a series of sketches. Back in the studio they will be introduced to the Trace Monotype process through instructor demonstrations. This creative process will transform drawings into finished prints on rice paper. Please bring sketchbook and drawing pencils; all other supplies will be provided. Some artistic experience is suggested. Limited to 10 participants.

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Sunday, March 10
Fine Craft Series: Art Quilt Workshop
Beginner
$106
meets once , 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

Spend a few hours in our studios playing with fabric and designs as you create a unique art quilt using your own special fabrics or some from our collection. Artist Donna Melanson will guide you through some simple techniques for piecing fabric, hand stitching, and applique. Participants will learn how to create texture with embroidery, how to add backing and how to bind the edges to create a beautiful finished wall hanging. No experience required. Bring any fabrics or special threads if you prefer.

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Sunday, March 10
Relief Print Workshop
All levels
$74
meets once , 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
 

Relief printing is well-known for its beauty and versatility as a medium, from elaborate woodblock prints to deceptively simple styrofoam prints. In this class, students will explore relief printmaking techniques using rubber blocks. Over the course of the workshop, we will learn the basics of taking a print from initial sketch to final artwork, and have the opportunity to use a printing press. This class is excellent for printmaking beginners, or for more experienced artists looking to broaden their scope. All supplies included.

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Saturday, March 16
Quick Sketch Figure Workshop
Intermediate
$111
meets once , 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

Students will make a figure painting in one day. This class will focus on creating big shapes within the figure and translating those shapes into color planes. Working from a clothed model, exercises will include using schematics in drawing to develop the form of the figure and mixing paint color to interpret planes. Any water media is fine, acrylic, gouache or watercolor. Intermediate level. Quick Sketch Figure Workshop Supply List

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Know someone who loves art? Consider the gift of an art class! Gift Certificates for art classes may be purchased through the Register for Classes Link.

Photograph of a man standing at a table, drawing on brown paper a box of apples from a still life.  
Photograph of a woman leaning over a brown paper covered table. She has short white hair, glasses, and wearing a grey hooded sweater. She has watercolor paints, palettes, and paintbrushes around her, and is painting on a white piece of paper in front of her.  
Photograph of a man, seated at a table, from behind, drawing with pastels of a still life of a green bottle and a pear.  

Important Information

Is your school accessible?

The Danforth Art School is accessible by elevator which is located in the lobby of the building directly connecting the parking lot. Our parking lot has several designated accessible spots adjacent to the building. If you need additional accommodations, please do not hesitate to reach out to school staff: danforthartschool@framingham.edu.

How do I know which skill level to choose?

We have created a series of experience levels to help, but we understand that these levels may not capture the full picture of individual experience. School staff are always happy to speak with you to help place you with an instructor and class that will meet your goals. Reach us by phone 508-215-5116 or danforthartschool@framingham.edu

I'd like to take a class but I will be on vacation for part of the session. Do you prorate class fees?

We are unable to prorate the class cost due to student absences with the exception of health emergencies. Please call us if you have further questions.

Where can I purchase art supplies?

We order online from blick , many of our teachers use jerrysartarama, and Michael’s or Post Road Art Center in Marlborough usually has most of what you will need.

 

Do you offer online classes?

At this time, we have decided to offer classes in our studios and not online in order to provide the most effective learning environment.