Fall Studio Programs / Adult

Teenagers are welcome in adult classes. Unless otherwise specified, classes are designed for beginning and intermediate levels. Most classes require students to bring their own supplies. Supply lists can be found on our website.

Daytime workshops running more than three hours will break for a 30-minute lunch around noon.


Art History

Cassatt to Christo: An Evolution of Art

Julia Pavone

Learn historical context, art genres, media and aesthetic appreciation of artworks dated from the 1800s to contemporary times. Instructor Julia Pavone will demystify the many “isms” of the periods and elucidate even the most abstract art concepts.

September 28: Impressionism
October 5: Expressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism
October 12: 20th Century American: Abstract Expressionism, Color Field Painting
October 19: 20th Century American: Pop art, Minimalism, Environmental and Installation Art

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 7:45pm
September 28, October 5, 12, 19
Series: Members $35 / Public $50 / Students w/College ID $20
Single Class: Members $10 / Public $15 / Students w/College ID $5
Advance registration requested: 860.536.7601 x209



Intro to Drawing

Jack Montmeat

Improve your understanding of spatial orientation, light and shadow, working from simple 3-D geometric shapes, such as spheres, cubes and cylinders. This skills serve as a foundation for all types of drawing. All levels welcome.
Monday, December 5, 6pm – 9pm
Members $35 / Public $40 per class

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Monitored Figure Drawing & Painting

This ongoing sesion offers the opportunity to maintain and improve drawing and painting skills in a relaxed atmosphere with no instruction. A live model is

Tuesdays, 6 pm – 9pm
September 13 – December 6 *No class 11/29
1 session: Members $15 / Public $20
5 sessions: Members $70 / Public $95*
Series (12 sessions ): Members $160 / Public $220*
*Must pre-pay entire amount to qualify for reduced fee.


Nuts & Bolts of Drawing

Lisa Lyman Adams

Develop or improve your ability to draw realistically. Learn set up, composition, observation skills and techniques to sharpen your accuracy in graphite drawing. Gain knowledge of the physics of shadows and light sources, and learn to measure distances accurately, working from photographs and still lifes. Also practice a variety of rendering and shading techniques for achieving different textures.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
September 14 –  October 12
Members $120 / Public $150

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Intermediate Drawing

Lisa Lyman Adams

Continue to hone your drawing abilities while building upon a basic foundation and learning new techniques. Learn to seamlessly create the illusion of 3-dimensionality in objects, landscapes and human figures. Further your ability to “see” with instruction on identifying axis, midlines, intersections, and positive/negative shapes. One class will feature a live model. Previous drawing experience recommended (Nuts & Bolts or another basic drawing course).

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30pm
October 19 – November 16
Members $130 / Public $165

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Color-Mixing & Paint Application

Howard Park

Learn basic techniques for mixing colors, matching hues and determining values of hues, expanding beyond a standard color wheel. Balance colors to make your paintings more harmonious. Practice using your new color wheel to create a series of small fast paintings. Learn easy strokes for quickly filling in backgrounds and details. This is a foundational class appropriate for painters of all levels and styles, working in acrylic or oils.

Thursday, October 27, 6pm – 9pm
Members $35 / Public $45

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Introduction to Painting in Oils or Acrylics

Jack Montmeat

Learn the basics of painting, from set-up to color mixing, proportions and perspective. Enjoy working from a still life in a relaxed atmosphere. Class includes demonstrations and personal instruction.

Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
September 12 – October 17 *No class 10/10
October 24 – November 21

Members $120 / Public $150

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Faux Encaustics

Julia Pavone

Learn to create surfaces that mimic the look and texture of wax on paint using acrylic gel mediums. Incorporate drawings, photographs and collage materials into your work and secure your paintings with beautiful and durable surfaces.

Saturday, October 22, 1pm – 4pm
Thursday, November 17, 6pm – 9pm

Members $40 / Public $45

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Line & Wash

Howard Park
Learn to record events and experiences as they happen. Gain simple tools for making quick sketches with pen and watercolor. These sketches can serve as studies for later paintings, or as records of experiences. Learn to develop lines, forms and values working from photographs, personal objects, or from the classroom environment itself. Repeat students can hone their skills.
Saturday, November 12, 1pm – 4pm
Members $35 / Public $45

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Photo to Canvas

Sarah Stifler Lucas
Bring your favorite photographs and learn how to create a work of art in acrylic or oils. Instructor demonstrations focus on design, composition and value. Previous painting experience recommended.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
September 14 – October 12
October 19 –
Members $120 / Public $150

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
September 15 – October 13
October 20- November 17

Members $180 / Public $225 per session

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Palette Knife Painting

Howard Park
Learn techniques to paint quickly and creatively using a palette knife. Add contrast and dimension to your canvases, while expanding your knowledge of form and color. Returning students will continue to develop personal style and build upon technical knowledge.

Wednesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
October 19 – November16

Members $180 / Public $225

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Premier Coup Landscapes

Howard Park
Discover how quickly a scene can be captured with oils using the ‘premier coup’ technique of rapid and minimal brush strokes. Learn to develop compositions based on simple placement rules, focusing on contrast, expression, and strong compositions. Using a limited palette, create proper colors that relate to each other and require less mixing, thus saving time. Various impasto techniques will also be demonstrated, as a means of adding dimension to your canvases. All levels welcome.

Wednesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
September 14 – October 12
Members $180 / Public $225

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Special Topics in Photo Editing

Brenda De Los Santos
Tuesdays, 6:15 pm – 8:45pm
October 25 – November 22
Members $30 / Public $40 per class

Members $145 / Public $190 for the five-part series

October 25: Photoshop Basics

Enhance and perfect your images in Adobe Photoshop. Basics like file size/resolution, cropping, levels, contrast, color balance, saturation, and sharpening will be covered. A laptop computer with 3 – 5 images you wish to edit is required.

November 1: Shooting and Editing in RAW Format

Learn to use raw files to take your photography to the next level. A camera with RAW capability and a laptop with the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw or Adobe Lightroom are required.

November 8: Editing with Layer Masks

Use layer masks to edit your photos with fine-tuned control. Enhance certain aspects of your photos like faces and backgrounds, while preserving the detail of the rest of the image.

November 15: Advanced Editing in Photoshop

Continue to hone your photo editing skills. Advanced techniques such as cloning/healing, compositing and “head swaps” will be covered.

November 22: Digital Workflow

Learn the best methods for organizing and archiving your photos. Please come to class with a set of at least 50 images you have shot and need to cull through.

*A recent version of Photoshop (Elements 9 or newer, Adobe CC plan, etc) installed on a laptop is required for these classes. You can sign up for the Adobe Photography plan for $10/month at www.adobe.com. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge must be installed prior to coming to class.


Mixed Media

Beginner Basket Weaving

Nancy Potter

Experience the ancient art of basket weaving while exploring two different designs, a square and a twill-style basket. Each reed basket can be completed in just a few hours. All materials and tools provided.

Mondays, 6pm – 9pm
October 24 – November 7
Members $160 / Public $185


Printmaking Sampler

Carol Dunn

Experiment with mono-type and dry-point techniques. This course will help painters and print-makers alike to view their work with new possibilities. Materials provided and included in workshop fee.

Sunday, October 30, 10am – 4pm
Members $100 / Public $110


Personalized Programs

Private Instruction with MMoA Faculty

Private lessons for beginning and intermediate artists of all ages offer individual guidance in a variety of media. A unique curriculum created for you personally can help with technical skills and artistic development. Contact the Education Department for information and scheduling.


Ways to Save

Early Bird Discount

Participants may request $10 off any class over $100 when registering three weeks before start date.

Refer a Friend

Participants may refer a (new!) friend to any class and both will receive $15 off registration fees of $75 or higher. Both parties must register before discount is applied, both must be registering for classes running during the same time session, and friend must be a newcomer to the MMoA classes. Only one discount may be applied and must be requested at the time of registration.

The Two-Fer

Any student signing up for two classes during the same session receives $15 off his or her 2nd class (both classes must be $100 or more).

Only one discount may be applied per registration.