Winter Studio Programs / Adult

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Monitored Figure Drawing & Painting
Tom Frohnapfel, Monitor

Weekly sessions offer the opportunity to maintain and improve drawing and painting skills while working with a live model. This program offers a relaxed, supportive atmosphere with no instruction aside from the guidance and encouragement of other artists.

Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm
January 8 – April 30

Members $15 / Public $20 per class
*Drop-ins are welcome.


Figure Drawing
Jack Montmeat

The human form is endless in its variation and possibilities. Working with your choice of material, students will explore the techniques of figure drawing with individualized direction. Specific classroom exercises focus on visual analysis and the skills needed for expressive 2D form such as line, tone, mass and illusionistic space. A model will be provided each week. The class does not assume any prior experience and is designed to cater to a range of levels.

Thursdays, 6pm – 8:30 pm
February 21 – March 21

Members $190 / Public $225


Weathered Buildings in Pen & Ink
Susan Stone

Students will explore the use of pen & ink to capture the beauty and character of weathered buildings, barns and factories with all of their glorious imperfections and the stories they have to tell. Instruction, demonstrations, and guided practice with line quaity and shading techniques to create the illusion of form, texture and value. Students may decide to include media such as watercolors and colored pencil to their composition, adding additional qualities and details to their work.

Mondays, 10am – 12pm
March 4 – April 1

Members $140 / Public $170


Classical Drawing
Jack Montmeat

Learn the classical way to draw realistically as it has been taught for centuries. Working with charcoal and pencil, students will learn the skill set of the great masters. Using the Bargue Method, students will practice copying a reference as accurately as possible. Further advance your skills using plaster cast reproductions and various other still life compositions to observe seeing distances, lengths and angles as well as how light hits the surface.

Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
March 28 – April 25

Members $140 / Public $170




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 9 – February 6
February 20 – March 20
April 3 – May 1

Members $140 / Public $170

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
January 10 – February 7
February 21 – March 21
April 4 – May 2

Members $205 / Public $250


Botanical Still Lifes
Lisa Lyman Adams

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

Mondays, 2pm – 4pm
March 25 – April 22

Members $140 / Public $170


Applied Composition: the action of putting things together; formation or construction.
Howard Park

Why is it when we walk into a museum so many people gravitate to the same images? It can be difficult to say why a composition is good because ideally it is something you don’t even notice. From the most accurate renditions to non- figurative abstract works, all good paintings have a strong compositional element. It is the key to the success of a work and the way in which you convey feeling, tone and information. In this class, learn how a Steelyard composition will improve your seascapes, how a compositional Z will offer your landscapes a better sense of depth or how a diagonal composition can put zing into your abstract works. All levels and mediums are welcome.

Wednesdays, 9am – 12pm
January 30 – Feb 27

Members $205 / Public $250


Still Life Painting
Dan Truth

“Still Life is the touchstone of painting.” Edouard Manet
This class focuses on realism using Classical teaching styles and methods. Working with oils, students will learn how to capture on canvas what our eyes observe. Instruction will focus on preparing a canvas, composition, underpainting, and layering techniques. Students will better understanding the complexities of color mixing, creating luminosity, and realistically rendering the qualities of the visual elements.

Fridays, 9am – 12pm
February 1 – March 1

Members $205 / Public $250


Chinese Brushwork
Eva Leong

Sometimes something so simple can create a profound statement. The essence of each study requires mindfulness and discipline to yield an awakening of imagination and spirit. Through twists, rolls, presses, releases, drags, and dots, the brush produces a flower’s curling petal, a butterfly in flight, a fish gliding through water, or the precipitous drop of a waterfall tumbling down a mountain side. Through demonstrations and guided instruction, traditional Chinese watercolor techniques will be explored and practiced. All levels of ability are welcome. Mondays, 2pm – 4pm

February 11 – March 11

Members $140 / Public $170


Howard Park

When we find ourselves playing more than trying we find our way out of creative blocks. As much as we usually enjoy the process of creating art, it is still “art- WORK” after all and there are inevitably moments when enjoyment turns to frustration when something doesn’t quite meet our expectations. This class is designed to assist both the beginner through accomplished painter advance their skills, try out a new technique, or offer support and guidance in branching out into a new medium or style. Students working in oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolor are welcome.

Saturdays, 9am – 12pm
March 2 – March 30

Members $205 / Public $250


Elements of Art… Take 5
Howard Park

This course is designed to create a greater aesthetic understanding and appreciation of the elements of art. Create art with greater awareness and be able to respond to and evaluate the foundational components of what makes a masterful painting. All skill levels working in oils or acrylics are welcome. Students may register for individual classes or the full series.

Saturdays 9am – 12pm
April 6: Composition / Line
April 13: Color
April 20: Space / Shape / Form
April 27: Value
May 4: Texture

Members $50 / Public $60 per class
Members $205 / Public $250 for series




Digital Photography
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
February 19 – March 19

Members $140 / Public $170


Photo Editing
Brenda De Los Santos

Learning to use your camera is just one piece of the puzzle – learning to process your digital images will take a good image to a great one! This class will introduce you to photo editing software and techniques, using Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom and shooting in RAW file format. The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan is required for this class – you can sign up for this plan for a $10/month at Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge and Lightroom Classic must be installed prior to coming to class.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
April 9 – May 7

Members $140 / Public $170




Mandala Making
Susan Stone

From the Christian rose windows to the Celtic cross to the circular Aztec calendar, mandalas are seen in every culture and religion.  Drawing a mandala can be as simple as a doodle or as complex as Tibetan sand mandalas.  It can have religious meaning to its creator or simply a method for meditation and relaxation. This workshop is designed to introduce students to the harmonious creation of mandala making and to create a beautiful and mindful art piece.

Saturday, January 19, 1pm – 4pm
Saturday, April 13, 1pm – 4pm

Members $50 / Public $60


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, January 26, 1pm – 4pm
Thursday, April 4, 6pm – 9pm

Members $50 / Public $60


Chinese Watercolor
Eva Leong

This workshop will introduce both basic and advanced techniques of Chinese brush painting. Taking inspiration from nature, students will experience traditional materials and tools to create a beautifully evocative painting capturing the spirit or qi (chi) of the subject.

Saturday, February 2, 1pm – 5pm

Members $65 / Public $80


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.

Saturday, February 16 1pm – 4pm
Thursday, April 25, 6pm – 9pm

Members $50 / Public $60


Line and 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.

Thursday, February 28, 6pm – 9pm

Members $50 / Public $60


Blackout Poetry
Lisa Adams

Do you have a passion for the written word? Using recycled text as your inspiration, discover the latest and greatest craze known as Blackout Poetry. The process can be as simple or intricate as you would like. From the simple elimination of words to elaborate collage and drawing additions, this workshop will teach you how to use your emotional connection to words to create a visual response. Discover your own voice as you re-purpose pages to start a new way of art journaling.

Saturday, March 9, 1pm – 4pm

Members $50 / Public $60


Realistic Watercolor
Jennifer Littleton

Have you ever wondered how watercolor artists create atmospheric perspective or how they layer washes to create more intense colors and values? Through discussions, demonstrations and practice, students will learn from our special guest artist, J.M. Littleton as she reveals her process. Although Jennifer’s focus is on wildlife in her own work, the realistic techniques she teaches are applicable for all subject matter including still life, landscape, figure, portrait and marine painting. Students of all abilities will be inspired and revitalized. This is also an excellent opportunity for watercolor instructors to learn new demos & techniques to pass on to their students. Jennifer Littleton is a member of both the American and National Watercolor Societies. You can learn more about her at:

Saturday and Sunday, March 16 – 17 10am – 4pm

Members $225 / Public $250

*Jennifer is a visiting artist, therefore students must notify MMoA by Monday, March 11, of a cancellation or no refund will be issued.


Open Studios
Bring your own materials and enjoy working in a relaxed studio environment.
Mondays, 1pm – 4pm. Free. No open studios on December 31 or January 7.


Private Instruction with MMOA Faculty
Private and semi-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.


Unless otherwise specified, classes are designed for beginning and intermediate levels.
For most programs, students are responsible for bringing their own supplies.
Teenagers are welcome in adult classes.


Programs and Events



Mix cocktails and creativity for your next happy hour. Take on a creative project with one of our instructors as you learn to play and experiment with a variety of media. We provide instruction, supplies, a tasty beverage (signature Martini, Wine, Beer, Non-alcoholic) and plenty of time to socialize with friends.

Thursdays, 5:30pm – 7:30 pm
Members $20 / Public $25


Driftwood Art
Lisa Adams

Working with either a piece of reclaimed wood or driftwood, be inspired by beach house signs as you paint your own masterpiece for your home or surf-shack. Select from an assortment of different types of rustic wood, stains, and paints and grab your paintbrush. Whether it’s an impressionistic seascape, hand painted letters showcasing your last name, your favorite quote or something else, your artwork will be as unique as you!
March 21
Martini: Lavender Lemon Drop


Fairy Gardens
Holly Nowakowski

Who said fairy houses were just for kids? Tap into your inner fantastical spirit as you create a dwelling fit for a fairy. Incorporate natural elements such as moss, branches, grasses and leaves to design an environment that radiates creativity and imagination. Plenty of natural materials will be provided, however, fell free to bring elements you wish to incorporate such as a favorite shell, interesting rock, a found object, etc… Your design may make a perfect gift or nestle it into a secret spot in your very own backyard.
April 18
Martini: Deep Blue Sea Martini