Teen art classes currently enrolling for:

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.

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Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
High School Drawing
Gr. 9-12
Meets 8 times, Jan. 7 - Mar. 3

Note: No class on Feb. 18


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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Thursdays: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
High School Drawing: Illustration
Gr. 9-12
Meets 8 times, Jan. 9 - Mar. 5

Note: No class on Feb. 20


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: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
High School Painting & Drawing
Gr. 9-12
Meets 8 times, Jan. 11 - Mar. 7

Note: No class Feb. 15


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. High School Drawing & Painting Supply List

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


Studio Assistantship 2020

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 us run Summer Arts 2020.  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 what is required and how to apply please see the attached application here: Studio Assistantship 2020- Application

“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.