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.


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

Day + Time
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Middle-High School Fashion Design Workshop
Gr. 6-8 Gr. 9-12
Meets 2 days , Jan. 29 & Feb. 5

In this hands-on workshop students will design a garment for themselves and be taught the basics of draping, pattern making and sewing to bring their unique designs to life. By creating a first prototype in muslin they will learn how to measure and fit the pattern to themselves, then cut and sew in the final fabric. Through the process of making the garment from beginning to end, students learn important construction concepts and fun sewing techniques. Fashion Design Studio Supply List

Register For Classes
Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
High School Drawing at the Museum
Gr. 9-12
Meets 8 times , Jan 11 - March 8

Students will work from direct observation in the galleries of the Danforth Art Museum, learning techniques with drawing media to create expressive interpretations of artwork. Instructor Catherine Byrne will review methods and techniques used by the artists whose work is exhibited, allowing students to practice using various pencils, charcoal, and pastels to create individual responses to selected works. This class is ideal for high school students seeking to flesh out their portfolios. High School Drawing at the Museum Supply List

Register For Classes
Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
High School Drawing & Painting
Gr. 9-12
Meets 8 times , Jan. 13 - March 10

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.

High School Painting & Drawing Supply List


Register For Classes

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

Stay tuned here for information about our Studio Assistantship program supporting year-round classes and Summer Arts in 2022!


Studio Assistantship 2022

Stay tuned here for information about our Studio Assistantship program supporting year-round classes and Summer Arts in 2022!



Teen Classes FAQ

model posing with close up of drawing  
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.