Spring/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.


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
May 3 – August 23
1 session: Members $15 / Public $20
5 sessions: Members $70 / Public $95*
Season Pass (17 sessions total): Members $225 / Public $310*
*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
Members $120 / Public $150

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Figure Drawing

Jack Montmeat
Improve your drawing skills while working in the academy-style. Learn traditional techniques to explore the figure using a live model in the nude.
Thursdays, 6pm – 8:30pm
June 16 – July 21
Members $225 / Public $270

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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, 6pm – 8:30pm
July 11 – August 1
Members $120 / Public $150

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

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Palette Knife Techniques

Howard Park
Learn to make a variety of marks using a palette knife, adding contrast and dimension to your canvases. Palette painting can be an easy, rewarding way to cover a lot of ground in portraits, still lifes or landscapes. Repeat students can hone their skills.
Monday, June 6, 6pm – 9pm
Members $35 / Public $40

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Plein Air Painting

Howard Park
Capture the essence of the landscape by painting outdoors on the beautiful grounds of Haley Farm State Park. Teacher demonstrations will be in oils and focus on applying premier coup principles of rapid and minimal brush strokes to simplifying the scene, as well as palette knife techniques. Graphite, acrylic and watercolor media are also welcome. Class will meet at Haley Farm State Park in Groton. Rain date: Sunday, July 10.
Saturday, July 9, 10am – 4pm
Members $65 / Public $85

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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
June 1 – 29
Members $120 / Public $150

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
July 13 – August 3
Members $95 / Public $120

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
June 2 – 30
Members $180 / Public $225

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

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Expressive Painting

Sunil Howlader – Guest Faculty
Translate emotions, thoughts and ideas into compositions, using paint texture, form and color. Learn how to combine abstract and realistic elements such as symbols and imagery to create a painting that is complex, dynamic and interesting. Oils or acrylics welcome. A basic understanding of painting, including color theory and paint application is recommended.
Thursdays, 6pm – 9pm
July 28 – August 25
Members $180 / Public $225

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Watercolor Essentials

Lisa Lyman Adams
Explore the medium of watercolor by working from still lifes and other reference materials. Learn painting set-up skills, composition, and techniques for layering colors and creating light and shadow to replicate stationary and moving objects, including water, skin and cloth. Instruction includes demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Sketchbooks are required for notes, diagrams and informational hand-outs.
Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 9 pm
June 22 – July 13
Members $120 / Public $150

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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

Digital Photography II

Brenda De Los Santos
Delve deep into composition, lighting, flash, and specialized photography to enhance the images you create. Students must have taken either Digital Photography I or know how to use their cameras in full manual mode.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
June 21 – July 19
Members $120 / Public $150

Mixed Media

Double Coil Bracelet

Mary Anne Sherman—Guest Faculty
Learn to create a bracelet using the ancient Egyptian technique of coiling and manipulating brass wire. Interlocking spirals make it sturdy without requiring soldering. All materials provided.
Saturday, June 18, 10am – 2:30pm
Members $80 / Public $90

Textured Silver Jewelry

Mary Anne Sherman—Guest Faculty
Discover techniques for creating a necklace and matching earrings out of sterling silver sheet, using tinsnips and disc cutters. Then create textures on your pieces with metal stamps. Finish off the pieces with a patina, sanding, and polishing. All materials provided.
Sunday, July 24, 11am – 4:30pm
Members $90 / Public $105


Personalized Programs

Open Studios

Bring your own materials and enjoy working in a relaxed studio environment.
Mondays, May – June 13, 1pm – 4pm. Free. No open studio on 5/30.
The printing press will be available on select Mondays. Contact the Education Department to check for availability.

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.