Teen art classes currently enrolling for:

Spring Session

April 22 - June 8 Registration opens March 15

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.

Teens drawing model at easel  

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

Day + Time
Grade level + Class name
Mondays: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Gr. 9-12
High School Drawing: Illustration
Meets 6 times, April 22 – June 3

Other courses taught by Angela: Drawing IV, High School Portfolio Development, Painting III

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

Tuesdays: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Gr. 9-12
High School Drawing and Painting
Meets 7 times, April 23 – June 4

Other courses taught by Linda: Beginning Drawing and Painting: Portraits for Adults, Art Studio IV, Painting III

Develop techniques in drawing and painting 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 drawing and painting exercises can complement each other and help express ideas and personal viewpoint. High School Drawing and Painting Supply List

Wednesdays: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Gr. 9-12
High School Painting
Meets 7 times, April 24 – June 5

Other courses taught by Susan: Beginning Drawing for Adults, High School Drawing: Figure Studies, Painting IV

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

paint chart
Thursdays: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Gr. 9-12
High School Drawing: Figure Studies
Meets 7 times, April 25 – June 6

Other courses taught by Sally: High School Drawing: Illustration, Drawing IV, Comics, Cartoons, MangaI

This class is a must for all students who want to build a strong portfolio. Students will explore the structure of the clothed figure and head, and learn different measuring techniques, spatial positioning, relationships and movement of the figure in space. They will learn to base a figure drawing on a skeletal frame and to render clothing over an accurate figure, working with line and a full range of values. High School Studio-Figure Studies Supply List

model posing with close up of drawing
pen and ink male figure

Spring Session Teens FAQ

purple ink figure  
What is full day immersion for Summer Arts Teens?

We developed the Full Day Immersion Program in order to provide an enhanced and more comprehensive experience for teens. Our high school students choosing full day immersion will have the opportunity to work on their own in the studio after lunch, continuing projects from morning or afternoon classes. In addition, they will take advantage of learning directly from professionals working in various fields related to art during our after lunch careers-in-art talks. We have many art world professionals such as painters, photographers, children’s book illustrators, museum professionals, architects and a Project Runway participant, who is a graduate of Framingham State University’s well-known Fashion Design department, Nathalia JMag. The full-day participants will also have the advantage of a private tour of the museum designed specifically for them.

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.