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
Tom Frohnapfel, Monitor
Weekly sessions offer the opportunity to maintain and improve drawing and painting skills in a relaxed atmosphere without formal instruction. A live model is provided each week. Pre-registration strongly suggested.
Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm
May 9 – August 15  (No class 7/4)
Members $15 / Public $20 per session
5 session pass: Members $70 / Public $95*
*Must pre-pay entire amount to qualify for reduced fee.
*Please note: We recommend calling MMoA before you drop in to a class; there is no guarantee that the class will be running otherwise.


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 9 – 30
Members $130 / Public $160
Download supply list here.


Figure Drawing
Jack Montmeat
Learn traditional techniques for exploring the figure in pencil while working in the academy-style from a live model in the nude.
Thursdays, 6pm – 8:30pm
June 22 – July 20
Members $210 / Public $250
Download supply list here.




Color-Mixing & Paint Application
Howard Park
Learn simple techniques for mixing colors, matching hues and determining values, 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 paintings using quick and easy strokes for filling in backgrounds and details. This is a foundational class appropriate for painters of all levels and styles, working in acrylic or oils.

Wednesday, July 26, 9:30am – 1pm
Members $45 / Public $55
Download supply list here.


Intro 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
August 7 – 28
Members $130 / Public $160
Download supply list here.


Intro to Marine Painting
Howard Park
Learn to paint a convincing seascape in oils or acrylics by understanding the relationships between wind and waves to boats and rocky coastline. Practice quickly capturing a changing landscape, determining the amount of detail you include to make your scene more or less abstract.
Saturday, August 5, 10am – 2pm
Members $45 / Public $55
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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, July 22, 10am – 1pm
Members $40 / Public $50

Monday, July 31, 6pm – 9pm
Members $40 / Public $50
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Palette Knife
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.
Wednesday, August 2, 6pm – 9pm
Members $40 / Public $50
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.

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
June 15 – July 13
Members $195 / Public $240
Download supply list here.


Plein Air Painting
Howard Park
Capture the essence of the landscape by painting outdoors on location around Mystic. Teacher demonstrations will be in oils and focus on applying premier coup principles of rapid and minimal brush strokes, to simplify the scene, and palette knife techniques. Graphite, acrylic and watercolor media are also welcome. The first class will meet on-site at MMOA. Consecutive classes will meet off-site at Haley Farm and two other localities TBD.
Wednesdays, 9:30am – 1 pm
June 28– July 19
Members $180 / Public $225
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. Students should have a working knowledge of how to download and save photos on their home computer.

Tuesdays, 6pm – 8:30pm
August 8 – 29
Members $130 / Public $160


Digital Photography II
Brenda De Los Santos
Delve into composition, lighting, flash, and specialized photography to enhance the images you create. This class will also introduce photo editing software and techniques, including Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and shooting in RAW. Students must have taken either Digital Photography I or know how to use their cameras in full manual mode. A recent version of Photoshop (Elements 9 or newer or Adobe Photo Plan) installed on a laptop is required for these classes. You can sign up for the Adobe Photography plan for a fee at Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge must be installed prior to coming to class.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
June 20 – July 18 (No Class 7/4)
Members $105 / Public $130


Other Media


Brenda De Los Santos
Create your own bars of soap to keep or give as gifts, using natural oils and botanicals with no additives or chemicals. Most materials provided.
Saturday, July 8, 10am – 2:30pm
Members $65 / Public $75
Download supply list here.


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.