Teen art classes currently enrolling for:

Online classes for Teens
Our goal is to maintain high quality art education in order to keep students invested in their work.

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.

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Mondays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Online High School Drawing
Gr. 9-12
Meets 8 times , Jan 11 - March 15

We invite artists in high school to spend the winter with us in a virtual studio, exploring concepts of shading, shadows, form, light, and composition while learning about the unique qualities of drawing materials. Students will learn basic skills and techniques needed to create strong works for portfolios or to enhance enjoyment of drawing as a hobby. High School Drawing Supply List

Class meets once a week (Mondays 4:00pm-5:30pm) for 8 weeks. No class on 1/18 and 2/15.

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Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Online High School Painting
Gr. 9-12
Meets 8 times , Jan 13 - March 10

No class on Feb 17


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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Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Online High School Drawing: Portfolio Development
Gr. 9-12
Meets 4 times , Jan 23 - Feb 13

High school students, are you interested in developing your portfolio? Take this four week class designed to help you strengthen the drawing segment of your work.  Receive direct input on your current work, with suggestions for improvement along with developing new works to round out the portfolio. Class meets 4 times.

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Mon. Dec 28- Wed. Dec 30
December School Vacation Week Workshop: Teen Portfolio Review & Development
Gr. 9-12 Teens
Meets 3 times , 9:00AM- 12:00PM

This workshop is for serious art students who would like to receive direct input on their portfolio.  After an individual review of each portfolio, students will be guided to make improvements to existing pieces and receive recommendations for strengthening portfolios. Students should collect any portfolio work they would like reviewed, along with their preferred art materials. Class time is 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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


Studio Assistantship 2021

Danforth Art School Studio Assistants gain experience in all aspects of Danforth Art School functions assisting with overall program facilitation during Summer Arts, our highly popular summer art classes for children, and School Vacation Week Workshops. We are seeking responsible high-school or college-aged applicants to help support Summer Arts 2021.  Accepted studio assistants must attend a no cost, non-credit, 5-week class during the spring session at the school, which will provide the necessary training for summer programming. For more detailed information on the program please email Catherine Byrne at cbyrne3@framingham.edu.

“I would definitely recommend this program to others because it has been so beneficial in many aspects of my life. It has not only helped in getting jobs that I love but also has helped me grow as a person”.

Julia H. –Studio Assistant, Summer ‘17


Teen Classes FAQ

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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.