Winter Studio Programs / Adult

Teenagers are welcome in adult classes. Unless otherwise specified, classes are designed for beginning and intermediate levels.
Classes running more than three hours will break for 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 with no instruction. A live model is provided each week. Pre-registration strongly suggested.

Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm
January 9 – April 24 
1 session: Members $15 / Public $20
5 sessions: Members $70 / Public $95
Series (16 sessions):  Members $215 / Public $290
Members $15 / Public $20 per class
We recommend calling MMoA before you drop in to a class to ensure it is running — on occasion, classes are canceled due to low enrollment.
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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. These skills serve as a foundation for all types of drawing. Returning students can continue to hone their skills. All levels welcome.

Saturday, February 3, 1pm – 3pm
Thursday, February 22, 6pm – 9pm
Members $40 / Public $50
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Cast Drawing
Jack Montmeat

Improve your drawing skills while working in the academy style. Explore anatomy using plaster casts. Learn basic techniques for drawing human forms working from traditional Barque drawings and 3-D casts.

Saturday, February 24, 3pm – 6pm
Thursday, March 29, 6pm – 9pm
Members $40 / Public $50 


Nuts & Bolts of Drawing
Lisa Lyman Adams

Develop your ability to draw realistically. Learn the basics including set up, composition, observation skills and techniques to sharpen your accuracy in graphite drawing. Gain knowledge of the physics of shadows and light sources, measure distances accurately, and learn how to render a variety of shading techniques to achieve different textures.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
January 10 – February 7
Members $130 / Public $160
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Beginning – Intermediate Drawing
Lisa Lyman Adams

Designed for the artist drawing for the very first time or those who are looking to advance their skills. Learn to seamlessly create the illusion of three-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.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
February 21 – March 21
Members $130/ Public $160
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Figure Drawing
Tom Frohnapfel

Working with your choice of material, explore the techniques of figure drawing with individualized direction. Specific classroom exercises focus on visual analysis and the skills needed for expressive two-dimensional form such as line, tone, mass and illusionistic space. A model, both clothed and nude, will be provided each week.

Thursdays, 6pm – 9pm
January 25 – February 22
Members $235 / Public $285


Basic Color-Mixing
Howard Park

Learn simple 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 rapidly a series of small paintings. This is a foundational class appropriate for painters of all levels and styles, working in acrylic or oils.

Wednesday, January 31, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Saturday, March 3, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Members $40 / Public $50
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Figure Painting: Nothing but the Truth
Dan Truth

Advance and refine your oil painting techniques and concepts by working in the traditional academic style. Learn how to analyze, interpret, and convincingly portray your subject, modelling form, and creating luminosity, illusionistic depth and atmospheric space. Achieve the subtle translucent tones of the human complexion. A model, holding one pose for the entirety of the series will be provided each week along with instructor demonstrations and individualized feedback. This class will build upon foundational skills and is appropriate for intermediate or advanced painters.

Saturdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
January 27 – March 3
Members $235 / Public $285


Intro to Intermediate Painting in Oils or Acrylics
Jack Montmeat

Learn the basics of painting while working from a still life in a relaxed atmosphere. First time students will learn the fundamental concepts of painting such as color theory, composition, proportions, creating a value scale, shading, balance, and texture. Previous students will continue to hone their painting skills, building upon their current knowledge. Class will work from still lives and images, with the last class featuring a live portrait model. Class includes demonstrations and personal instruction.

Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
January 8 – February 5
April 2 – April 30
Members $130 / Public $160
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Landscapes in a Flash
Howard Park

Discover how quickly a scene can be sketched out in oils or acrylic using rapid and minimal brush strokes. Develop compositions based on simple placement rules, focusing on contrast and expression. Learn to use a limited palette to minimize mixing and match values, tones, highlights and local color. Techniques and demos used in this course are applicable for plein air painters or indoor painters working from photographs.

Wednesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
February 7 – March 7
Members $195 / Public $240


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.

Saturday, March 10, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Thursday, March 22, 6pm – 9pm
Members $40 / Public $50
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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
January 10 – February 7
February 21 – March 21
April 4 – May 2
Members $130 / Public $160

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
January 11 – February 8
February 22 – March 22
April 5 – May 3
Members $195 / Public $240
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Watercolor Essentials
Lisa Lyman Adams

Explore the medium of watercolor by working from sill lifes and other reference materials. Learn painting set-up, composition, and techniques for layering colors and creating light and shadow to replicate stationary and moving objects, including water, skin and cloth. Class will focus on demonstrations and hands-on exercises to practice techniques.

Tuesdays, 9:30am – 12pm
January 30- February 27
Members $160/ Public $195
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Botanical Still Lifes
Lisa Lyman Adams

Working in your choice of either acrylics or watercolors, learn the skills for accurately rendering a floral still life. Basic classical painting concepts as well as techniques specific to this genre will be explored. Learn composition, use of tonal value range, focal point development, color harmony, highlighting and shading, and positive and negative shapes. Demonstrations and individualized guidance will be offered.

Tuesdays , 9:30am – 12pm
March 13 – April 10
Members $160 / Public $195


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.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
January 16 – February 13
Members $130 / Public $160
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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 you to 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
March 20 – April 17
Members $130 / Public $160
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Beginner Basket Weaving
Nancy Potter

Traditional baskets have enjoyed a rebirth and can be used for many functional purposes or simply as a decorative accent in your home. Participants will complete one large basket over two sessions while learning a wide variety of basket weaving techniques.

Mondays, 6pm – 8:30pm
January 22 – January 29
Members $90 / Public $100


Twill Weave Basket Making

Learn to create the distinguishing diagonal pattern of a twill weave basket. Prior basket weaving experience useful but not required.

Saturdays, 3pm – 5:30pm
February 10 – February 17
Members $90 / Public $100

All materials are provided and included in fee.
A $25 supply fee is non-refundable after January 8.


Introduction to Zentangle
Carol Dunn

Zentangle is easy to learn, relaxing, and a fun way to create images by drawing structured patterns. Zentangling increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction and can bring a general sense of personal well-being. This project makes a lovely gift.  Bring your own Zentangle supplies, or purchase a beginner kit for $10 in class.

Monday March 5, 6pm – 9pm
Members $40 / Public $50


Introduction to Knitting
Nancy Potter

Learn the basics of knitting such as needle and yarn choice, casting on and off, how to create a knit and purl stitch and how to read a pattern. Acquire basic skills as you begin your first hand-made project.

Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
February 5 – February 26
Members $105 / Public $115


D.I.Y. Body Products
Brenda De Los Santos

Learn to make you own soap, lip balm, sugar scrub, bug spray and lotion. Each student will leave with one of each product.  All materials provided and are included in fee.

Saturday April 7, 1pm – 4pm
Members $55 / Public $65

Personalized Programs

Open Studios 

Bring your own materials and enjoy working in a relaxed studio environment.

Mondays, ongoing, 1pm – 4pm
No open studios on 12/25/2017, 1/1/2018, 1/15/18, and 2/19/18

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 $100 or more when registering at least three weeks before start date.

Refer a Friend

Participants may refer a friend to any class and both will receive $15 off registration fees of $75 or higher. Both parties must register before discount is applied and register for classes running during the same session. The friend must be a newcomer to MMOA classes.

The Two-Fer

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

Only one discount may be applied and must be requested at the time of registration.

Art for All Scholarships

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