Studio Programs / Summer 2022 / Adult 


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Open Studio Mixed Media Figure

Tom Frohnapfel, Monitor

From academic to abstract, pencil on paper to oil on canvas, highly-rendered to expression-driven, this studio allows you to follow your path at your own pace. It is a great opportunity for all-level artists to get-together and create, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Open Studio at MMoA is a fun way to retain and advance your visual art skills while working with a live model each week. 

Tom Frohnapfel. Pencil on Paper

Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm

Members $10 / Public $15 per session

*Register online or drop-in and pay at the door







Portrait Drawing

Artist Educator: Jack Montmeat

Gain understanding of how to conceptualize and construct a portrait drawing utilizing a live model each week. Working from quick studies and longer poses, students will systematically learn the “landscape” of the human face. Explore techniques for capturing accurate anatomical features, proportions, and likenesses to develop realistic and expressive portraits. Demonstrations will be given, and individualized exercises will be explored each week. The class does not assume any prior experience and is designed to cater to a range of levels. 

5-week Series

Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

September 22 – October 20

Members $220 / Non-Members $260
*Plus an additional model fee of $50




Adult Painting

Photo to Canvas

Artist Educator: Sarah Stifler Lucas

Advance your skills, technique, and personal style using acrylics or oils and a photo reference to inspire your piece. Bring your favorite photographs, magazine images, calendar picture, etc., and explore the process of transforming them into your own work of art. Instructor demonstrations focus on design, composition, and value. Previous painting experience recommended.

5-week Series

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm or 1pm – 4pm

Session 1: September 15 – October 13

Session 2: October 20 – November 17

Members $230 / Public $270





Expressive Skies: In Oil and Watercolor

Artist Educators: Howard Park and Lisa Miceli

Skies are among the most beautiful elements of nature that inspire artists. Skies are also the most abstract part of a landscape. This class will focus on conveying the mood and atmosphere of skies with energy and drama using big brushstrokes applied with freedom.

A common mistake in painting land and seascapes is leaving the sky as an afterthought, and not developing it as a critical part of the composition. The sky needs to be painted in connection with the rest of the painting to achieve a convincing result in color, brushwork, tone, and composition.

In this class, students will learn to see the varied colors in the sky, mix convincing sky colors and avoid using pure colors as the sky is rarely pure blue and the clouds are rarely pure white.

The class will include demos in both oil and watercolor to illustrate the process of creating light and atmosphere in the sky, depicting the dome of the sky, and painting the sky with an economy of brushwork.

Morgan Point Light, Oil, Howard Park

5-week Series

Tuesdays, 9:00am – 12:00pm

October 4 November 1

Members $230 / Public $270

South Beach Sky, Plein Air Watercolor, Lisa Miceli


Animal Portraits 

Artist Educator: Lisa Adams

Are you drawn to animals in art? Learn how to create lively and expressive portraits that honor the spirit of the animal of your choice. This class will focus both on drawing and painting. Learn how to easily transfer a reference image onto paper or canvas, and explore composition, proportion, lighting, background solutions, anatomy and shading techniques for texture using mediums of your choice This class does not require any prior experience and is designed to cater to a range of levels.

Lisa Adams. Diddle Do Do. Graphite, Graph Paper, Masking Tape.

5-week Series

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

September 21 – October 19

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $150 / Non-member $180




Radha Krishna Romance

Artist Educator: Lavanya Shubhakar

Create an extravagant gilded art piece and explore Tanjore Art, a classical South Indian artform that illustrates stories and characters of mythology. Students will create a textured, stone-studded art piece using multiple media: acrylics, fabric paints, gold foil and more.

Lavanya Shubhakar. Radha, the Goddess of Passion and Devotion

5-week Series

Tuesdays 3pm – 5:00pm

September 27 – October 25

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $150 / Non-member $180






Watercolor Basics

Artist Educator: Lisa Adams

This class is designed to build confidence in your watercolor skills. Instruction will start with the basics and build on concepts and techniques through demonstrations and practice. Experiment with wash techniques, color selection, mixing and blending, achieving texture, and more. Work from still lifes, reference photos provided by the instructor, and personal images.

Lisa Adams. Mystery Tour. Watercolor

5-week Series

Tuesdays 10am – 12:00pm

September 27 – October 25

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $150 / Non-Members $180

Lisa Adams. Carrots. Watercolor.


Pure Pigment: Pastels

Artist Educator: Laura L. Gorian

Explore the versatile medium of pastel. With the vibrancy of pure pigment, pastels create painterly images through drawing techniques. Learn mark-making practices and pastel painting fundamentals, as well as advanced methods. This class is for anyone wanting to explore and create! No prior art training necessary.

Laura Gorian. Junction Creek. Pastels

*This class is open to either chalk pastel or oil pastel.

5-week Series

Wednesdays 6pm – 8:30pm

November 2 – December 14(No class on November 23 and 30)

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $210 / Non-Members $250

Anyone Can Paint

Artist Educator: Sunil Howlader

This class will combine abstract and realistic elements to create a painting that is complex, dynamic, and interesting. Students will work on translating thoughts, emotions, and ideas to the canvas using texture, form, and color. A basic understanding of painting is recommended.

*This class is open to either oils or acrylics.

5-week Series

Wednesdays 1pm – 4pm

November 2 – December 14(No class on November 23 and 30)

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $230 / Non-Members $270

Weekend Workshops

Speed Painting 

Artist Educator: Howard Park and Lisa Miceli

In this speed painting workshop, students will learn to simplify a still life through a series of 20-minute paintings completed throughout the day.  The still life will begin with three objects, and at the end of each period a new object will be added without changing the original items, up to as many as seven items by the end of the day.

This will help students to abstract the original three items, and allow for freer, more expressive brush and palette work, minimizing detail, and capturing the spirit of the still life by finding proper values and colors.   The last painting of the day will be of the original 3 items.

This workshop is fast-paced, fun and challenges our usual ways of seeing and approaching paintings.

Students can paint in any medium:  oil, acrylics, watercolor, or pastel, and will need to bring six to eight small painting surfaces (9 X 12” canvas, board, or watercolor paper) and painting supplies.

Saturday 10am – 3pm

October 29

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $85 / Non-member $100

Howard Park. Oil

Lisa Miceli. Watercolor







Artini Hours

Mix cocktails and creativity for your next happy hour! Take on a creative project with one of our instructors, as you learn to play with a variety of media in the studios.

We provide instruction, supplies, a tasty beverage and plenty of time to socialize.

Fridays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Members $30/Non-members $35


September 23

Autumnal Light Lantern

With Kimberly Lutts

The autumn season in New England is unique in many ways, but one of the most significant features of the season is the display of color that surrounds us. Illuminate your home with glowing works of art through the creation of handmade lanterns. Using vellum and your choice of materials to decorate the panels, create the perfect centerpiece that will shine on your next gathering.





November 18

Enchanted Pumpkin Mosaics

With Julia Peterson

Let’s get crafty with pumpkins and decorate them in a surprising way by turning their surface into a beautiful mosaic piece of art. Using traditional tiles, along with other media (such as gems and rhinestones) have fun designing a composition that will make your pumpkin the most creative in your neighborhood.


December 16

Hand Painted Henna Ornaments

With Lavanya Shubhakar

We have all been amazed by the beauty and intricacy of henna art. Learn the basics of traditional henna shapes and practice your new skills by creating your own hand-made ornament. Embellish your design through added detail using a variety of paints and multimedia.






Free Open Studios 

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

Mondays, 1pm – 4pm

September 12 – Dec 19  (No open studio on 11/28)



 *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 at 860.536.7601 x 211 for information and scheduling.