Teen art classes currently enrolling for:

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.

Watercolor painting of an Asian woman with an ornate triangle headdress with heart dangles, teardrop earrings, and wearing a pink and black silk dress.  
Photograph of a teenaged girl in a mustard orange t-shirt seated at an easel drawing a model.  
Drawing of a girls face emerging from a black background. The right half of her face is in shadow.  

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

Membership discount—we are pleased to offer 5% off class cost to museum members. To purchase a membership click here

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Saturdays: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
High School Drawing & Painting
Gr. 9-12
Meets 8 times , Jan. 21 - March 18

No class on 2/18.


Working mainly form direct observation, students will explore concepts of color, form, light, and composition while learning about the unique qualities of acrylics and drawing materials. Students will learn basic skills and techniques needed to create strong works for portfolios. This class is perfect for students who enjoy art as a hobby in addition to those pursuing art as a career.  Drawing & Painting Supply List


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Saturday, Feb. 25
Middle & High School Workshop: Comic Art & Illustration
Gr. 6-8 Gr. 9-12
Meets once , 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This intensive workshop will dive into the creatively rich work of comics and illustration. Develop a comic strip with your own characters, learn how to draw cartoon facial expressions, learn how to draw motion and settings. Become a visual storyteller, exercising your imagination and drawing skills.

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Now Available! Gift Certificates for art classes may be purchased through the Register for Classes Link.


Danforth Assistantship Program

This program, designed for teens, provides experience in assisting with educational functions at the Danforth. Assisting at the school includes preparation of materials and studio spaces, organization of supplies, support for teachers, working directly with children, and various administrative tasks. Assisting at the museum includes learning about artwork in the collections and exhibitions, leading gallery tours for children and supporting public programming year-round.

Danforth Assistants must commit to at least four weeks of service during Summer Arts in addition to at least four public events or workshops at the art school or art museum over the following year. In addition to a stipend, all Danforth Assistants will receive individualized mentorship, important experience for resume building, work and school references upon request, and an exit letter that outlines their specific contributions to the program.

Stay tuned! We will be accepting applications to join next year’s team of Danforth Assistants in January 2023.

Charcoal drawing of a woman seated in a tall chair with a leg draped over one of the arms. She is looking down at the floor and has her hair up in a bun.  
Photograph of a teenaged girl in a green t-shirt seated at an easel drawing a model.  
Photograph of a dress form with an outfit in linen and a drawing of a runway with various models wearing different outfits.  

Teen Classes 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.