Summer 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.


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.
Thursday, September 8, 6pm – 9pm
Monday, December 5, 6pm – 9pm
Members $35 / Public $40 per class

Monitored Figure Drawing & Painting

This ongoing session offers the opportunity to maintain and improve drawing and painting skills in a relaxed atmosphere. A live model is provided each week. Pre-registration recommended.
Tuesdays, 6pm – 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
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 pm – 8:30pm
August 3 – 24
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

September 14 – October 12
Members $120 / Public $150

Download supply list here.

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

Portrait & Figure Drawing

Jack Montmeat

This class will feature a portrait model one week and a figure model the next. Each class will consist of one long pose per class. Drawing concepts such as placement of the subject on the page, proportion, likeness, line quality, and using light and shade will be demonstrated. Additionally, basic anatomical landmarks will be given to strengthen work. All levels welcome.

Thursdays, 6 pm – 9pm
September15 – October 13
Members $225 / Public $270


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-9om
Members $35 / Public $45

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

Members $120 / Public $150

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.
Monday, July 25, 6pm – 9pm
Monday, August 1, 6pm – 9pm
Members $35 / Public $45 per class

Download supply list here.

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
July 13 – August 3
Members $95 / Public $120

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
July 14 – August 4
Members $145 / Public $180

Download supply list here.


Digital Photography I

Brenda De Los Santos
Learn the basics of digital photography including composition, exposure, white balance, and depth of field using your digital SLR or point-and-shoot camera with manual capabilities. Discover how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together to create an image. Topics covered include nature, portrait, and action photography. A digital camera with full manual controls is required, and students should have a working knowledge of how to download and save photos on their home computer.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
August 9 – 30
Members $95 / Public $120

Personalized Programs

Private Instruction with MAC 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 MAC 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.