2020 Winter Programs / Adult



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

Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm
January 7 – April 28

Members $15 per class / Non-Members $20

*Drop-ins are welcome.


Figure Drawing in Graphite
Jack Montmeat
Students will gain awareness and confidence in rendering the human form through direct observation of a nude model. Understand how the figure is comprised of simple geometric shapes and planes, then learn a strategic and calculated system that includes rhythm, proportion, light and shadow, and modeling form. Each week will feature demonstrations, short pose exercises followed by one longer pose. Individual attention will be given to each student, attuned to his/ her level.

Thursdays, 6pm – 8:30pm
January 23 – February 20

Members $195 / Non-Members $225


Basic Drawing
Lisa Adams
Drawing is the artist’s most immediate means of recording visual experiences. This introductory class will teach you how to SEE, how to RENDER, and how to EXPRESS.  Through various hands-on activities and class discussions, this course will touch upon observation, shapes, volume, value, line and texture. This class in intended for students with little-to-no previous drawing experience or those who want to sharpen their fundamental skills.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
January 29 – February 26

Members $140 / Non-Members $170


Multi-Media: From Pencil to Pastel
Lisa Adams
Explore the world of drawing in a supportive and relaxed environment. Students work from a reference of their choice, in a medium of their choice, with individualized instruction. Composition, perspective, value, color mixing, layering, and more will be incorporated into weekly lessons along with demonstrations and exercises to advance your understanding and skill.

Tuesdays, 1pm – 3pm
February 18 – March 17

Members $140 / Non-Members $170


Intermediate Drawing
Lisa Adams
Continue building your skills as you explore elements of drawing such as line, gesture, shading, texture, color, composition, proportion and perspective. Learn a variety of techniques to improve observational skills while working creatively with a diverse array of inspirational subject matter.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30 pm
March 11 – April 8

Members $140 / Non-Members $170


Portrait Drawing
Jack Montmeat
The human face is endless in its variation and possibilities. This class will offer a sequential method for drawing portraits, while working with a live model. Learn methods of measuring to help understand proportions and ways to capture natural- looking facial features through understanding the structural characteristics of the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Learn how to use value progressions to capture the effect of the light to make the portrait appear life like. Students will exit with a more eloquent way of articulating portraiture while developing personal style.

Thursdays, 6pm – 8:30pm
March 19 – April 16

Members $195 / Non-Members $225



Photo to Canvas
Sarah Stifler Lucas    
Advance your skills and knowledge in acrylics or oils using a photo reference. Bring your favorite photographs, magazine images, calendar pictures, etc., and explore techniques to transform them into your own work of art. Instructor demonstrations focus on design, composition, and value. Previous painting experience recommended.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Session 1: January 15 – Feb 12
Session 2: February 26 – March 25
Session 3: April 8 – May 6

Members $140 / Non-Members $170

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Session 1: January 16 – Feb 13
Session 2: February 27 – March 26
Session 3: April 9 – May 7

Members $210/ Non-Members $250


Watercolor Basics
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.

Tuesdays, 2pm – 4pm
January 16 – February 13

Members $140 / Non-Members $170


Abstracting Reality
Howard Park
Students learn various painting approaches to creating abstract works using observational methods and photographic sources of real world objects, landscapes, people and more. This course will cover different styles of abstraction by developing your intuitive response with greater emphasis on spontaneity and visual sensation, as well as the basics of composition, color theory, texture, pattern, and space.

Wednesdays, 9am – 12pm
January 22 – February 19

Members $210 / Non-Members $250


Chinese Brushwork
Eva Leong
Sometimes something quite 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, 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 mountainside. Come and learn traditional Chinese watercolor applications. All levels of ability are welcome.

Saturdays, 10am – 12pm
January 25 – February 22

Members $140 / Non-Members $170


Figure Painting in Oils
Dan Truth
This course will serve as a practical guide to figure painting from life, from beginning to end. Intermediate to advanced students will gain proficiency in conveying gestural accuracy, proportional order, tonal comprehension, structural anatomy, and color harmony in their depictions of the human form from direct observation. Instruction will be handled through demonstrations, lectures, and individual critiques. This class works from the nude model, holding one pose for the extent of the series.

Saturdays, 9am – 12pm
February 29 – March 28

Members $235 / Non-Members $275


Landscape Fundamentals
Howard Park
This class will focus on painting the individual elements of a landscape, including trees, water, sky, hills, etc. Students will observe weekly demonstrations and paint studies of these essential components, necessary for a successful landscape painting. Whether you’re new to the genre of landscape or looking to advance your awareness of the outside world, this class will offer demonstrations and guidance as we wind through the myriad skills needed to paint beautiful and believable spaces. This class is appropriate for all painting mediums.

Wednesdays, 9am – 12pm
March 4 – April 1

Members $210 / Non-Members $250


Introduction to Painting in Oils
Eva Leong
Whether you are new to painting or reawakening a passion, this class will cover the basics for aspiring painters interested in working with oils. Build your confidence by slowly familiarizing yourself with the fundamental concepts, one at a time. Watch step by step demonstrations, understand use of supplies and begin to gain confidence in your medium.

Mondays, 9:30am – 12pm
March 23 – April 20

Members $170 / Non-Members $205


Animal Portraits
Lisa Adams
Are you drawn to animals in art? Learn how to paint lively and expressive portraits that honor the spirit of the animal in full acrylic color. We will emphasize likeness of the animal, facial expression, paint handling, and texture, to bring the animal portrait to a high level of finish and completion.

Tuesdays, 1pm – 3pm
March 31 – April 28

Members $140 / Non-Members $170




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.

Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
February 3 – March 2

Members $140 / Non-Members $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 www.adobe.com. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge and Lightroom Classic must be installed on your laptop prior to coming to class.

Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
March 16 – April 13

Members $140 / Non-Members $170




Map Making
Lisa Adams
Are you a person who is captivated by maps? Whether it’s to help find our way, tell a story, visualize a path, or identify where things are, there are countless ways to depict direction. This workshop will explore different types of illustrative and metaphorical maps. Traditional elements will be addressed, as well as ways to make your map more personal and informative. Choose a location that is important to you and turn it into a piece of art.

Saturday, 1pm – 4pm
January 11

Members $50 / Non-Members $60


Palette Knife Techniques
Howard Park
A palette knife can lend countless textural possibilities to your painting. Learn the nuances of this versatile artist’s tool and how it can create a sense of dimension using thick impasto swipes and flat sweeps of color. Through demonstrations and practice, explore what it feels like to create an impression of your subject rather than focusing on details.

Saturday, 1pm – 4pm
January 18

Members $50 / Non-Members $60


Dramatic Skies
Howard Park
Skies are multifaceted and can be rich with colors and shadows. Learn ways to capture the magnitude of atmosphere and the luminosity of light filled clouds. Whether representing peaceful, cumulus clouds or a dark and dramatic impending storm, learn to master the ever-changing sky.

Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2
1pm – 4pm

Members $100 / Non-Members 120


Linoleum Prints
Kristen Thornton
Linoleum printing is one of the easiest and most direct of all the printmaking methods. Learn the simple multi-step process that will allow you to produce quality block prints successfully and consistently. Experience the beauty and simplicity of ink on paper as you take your concept
through to a finish print.

Saturday, 1pm – 4pm
February 8

Members $50 / Non-members $60


Unfolding Who I Am (Hands-on Bookmaking)
Donna Frustere
This workshop will offer a presentation and exploration of several simple bookmaking techniques. Participants will create a handmade, “M-fold” book they can personalize using multimedia collage elements appropriate to their story or interpretation.

Saturday, 1pm – 4pm
February 15

Members $50 / Non-Members $60


Metal Jewelry Making
Mary Ann Sherman
Create personally designed jewelry by learning the basic shapes of coils, spirals, hoops and other shapes in silver and copper. Learn proper use of tools and how they can assist in bringing your design to life. Assemble three ready-to-wear pieces and wear them with pride or turn them into the perfect gift. All materials included.

Saturday, 1pm – 4pm
February 29

Members $65 / Non-Members $75


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. All materials included.

Saturday, February 29 and Saturday, March 7
9:30am – 12pm

Members $105 / Public $120


Understanding Perspective
Howard Park
Having a strong understanding of perspective will bring a reality to your art and will transform how the viewer sees it. Perspective is the key to taking your work to the next level. Explore the centuries-old relation between geometry and art in an intuitive, hands-on approach. Learn to use the principles of perspective, employ a horizon line and vanishing points, measure and place objects in space, and master one-, two-, and three-point perspectives.

Saturday, 1pm – 4pm
March 28

Members $50 / Non-Members $60


Intro to Calligraphy
Sean Kane
Calligraphy adds creative flair to correspondence, parties, decorations, and bridal invitations while offering a soothing and meditative practice. Learn more about this ancient art that is still popular today. This class will cover the basics from recommended tools, how to form and connect letters, and creating a unique and personal style.

Saturday, 1pm – 3pm
April 4

Members $35 / Non-Members $45


Lisa Adams
Learn to draw and paint the delicacy of flowers, structure of tree branches, texture of leaves, etc… by capturing each subject’s personality through line and washes. Students will be encouraged to strive for a lively expression, not necessarily botanical accuracy. The instructor will provide the theory necessary to enhance the image, offer demonstrations, individualized instruction, and detailed analysis of your work.

Saturday, 1pm – 4pm
April 11

Members $50 / Non-Members $60


Sand, Sea, and Surf
Howard Park
Have you always wanted to paint great looking seascapes with lots of depth and atmosphere, or a crashing wave, or accurately depict the proportions of a sailboat? What better place to capture the nautical spirit than in Mystic? This class will cover the basic principles of painting seascapes, coastlines, and boats. Students are welcome to paint in either oils or acrylics.

Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26
1pm – 4pm

Members $100 / Non-Members $120

Personalized Programs

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

Mondays, 1pm – 4pm. Free.
January 6 – April 27

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.

Ways to Save

Refer a Friend
Participants may refer a friend (new to MMoA studio classes) to any class and both will receive $15 off registration fees of $100 or higher. Both parties must register for classes running during the current season before the discount is applied.

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).