Teen art classes currently enrolling for:

Fall Session

Sept. 24 - Nov. 20

High School students at the Danforth Art School will be challenged to develop high level skill with materials and to communicate ideas through their artwork.

Our program for High School students focuses on providing more advanced instruction in drawing and painting, allowing each student to begin the process of developing a personal viewpoint. Instructors encourage students to explore ideas and content as well as refining skill with various media. Strategies for enhancing portfolios will also be explored.


Classes for teens are designed for students who are in or about to enter Grades 9-12.

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

Day + Time
Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
High School Drawing
Gr. 9-12
Meets 8 times, Sept. 24 - Nov. 19

Note: No class on Oct. 1

Other courses taught by Susan: Foundations of Drawing, Foundations of Painting: Color, Drawing I, High School Portrait and Figure Studies


Develop techniques in drawing media in this fun class designed to expand possibilities for high school students who are serious about art. Working from direct observation and memory, students will learn how various processes and techniques can help express ideas and personal viewpoint. High School Drawing Supply List

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Wednesdays: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
High School Painting
Gr. 9-12
Meets 8 times, Sept. 25 - Nov. 20

Note: No class Nov. 9

Other courses taught by Sue: Intermediate Oil and Acrylic Painting, Beginning Acrylic Painting, Museum Intensive: Painting Techniques


Working from direct observation and imagination, students will explore concepts of color, form, light, and composition while learning about the unique qualities of acrylics and watercolor. In addition to learning basic skills and techniques needed to create strong works for portfolios, students will be encouraged to discover their own unique style and aesthetic as an artist, and to consider what they would like to communicate through their work. High School Painting Supply List

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Thursdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
High School Drawing: Illustration
Gr. 9-12
Meets 8 times, Sept. 26 - Nov. 14

Build your portfolio as you use your imagination and photographic references to learn about the illustration process and methods used in the field. In this class, you will be encouraged to explore and to bring your own creative concepts to life, from initial thumbnail sketches to complete illustration projects. High School Drawing: Illustration Supply List

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Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
High School Fashion Studies
Gr. 9-12
Meets 6 times, Sept. 28 - Nov. 16

Note: No class on Oct. 12 or Nov. 9


An introduction to the world of fashion design from sketching ideas, to understanding the figure, to learning about various fabric choices, and beyond.  Students will develop a series of drawings working with a variety of media, creating mood boards and will begin learning rudimentary sewing terminology and skills. SUPPLY LIST for High School Fashion Studies.

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Saturdays: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
High School Portrait and Figure Studies
Gr. 9-12
Meets 6 times, Sept. 28 - Nov. 16

Note: No class Oct. 12 or Nov. 9


A must for all students working to create a strong portfolio, this class will explore the structure of the clothed figure and head. Students will learn different measuring techniques, spatial positioning, relationships and movement of the figure in space as well as how to base a figure drawing on a skeletal frame and to render clothing with line and a full range of values. Includes three sessions with live model.


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Stay tuned for information about our 2020 Studio Assistantship Program! Contact Catherine Bryne at 508-215-5117 for more information.


Fall Session Teens FAQ

Will your high school classes help students build a portfolio?

Yes. The instructors for our high-school level classes are chosen specifically for their ability to work with teen artists as they create a body of work over time.  At this age, students can vary widely in skill level, but are generally all very serious about learning new techniques and improving their artwork.  Through specific exercises, group critique and exposure to advanced methods, students will be able to start or build a portfolio of work which demonstrates a personal point of view.

Will we need to buy supplies?

Probably. We have included a list of suggested materials along with the class descriptions. Please call us if you need help figuring out what to buy. 508.215.5116

My child is going into eighth grade but he is really good at art. Can he take a High School class?

We encourage students to take classes with their direct peers. While artistic skills may be advanced, the social atmosphere in our classes is important to the overall learning environment. In this case, the age difference would likely create an uncomfortable experience for both your child and the older students in the class.