2019 Fall Studio Programs / Adult

*Teenagers are welcome in adult classes. Unless otherwise specified, classes are designed for beginning and intermediate levels.



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
September 3 – December 17 (*no class December 3)
Members $15 / Non-Members $20 per class

*Drop-ins are welcome.


Explorations in Drawing
Lisa Adams

Perhaps you have always wanted to try a new medium or further develop your confidence in a particular area. This class will offer a wide range of instruction in various drawing mediums including: graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, colored pencil, and pastel along with an accompanying project each week. Develop or refine your skills, build a more extensive portfolio or simply have fun trying something new.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
September 18 – October 16
Members $140 / Non-Members $170

Supply List for Explorations in Drawing


Pen and Ink Techniques
Susan Stone

Using only a simple pen, the variety of line formation is endless. This class will offer instruction, demonstrations, and practice with line and shading techniques to successfully create the illusion of form, texture, and value. Students will also experiment with incorporating other media such as watercolor and colored pencil to bring their sketches to a more finished rendering.

Mondays, 10am – 12pm
September 30 – October 28
Members $140 / Non-Members $170

Supply List for Pen & Ink


Portrait 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
October 17 – November 14
Members $170 / Non-Members $205


The Sketchbook Project
Lisa Adams

This class is designed to inspire and encourage the habit of keeping a sketchbook. Through weekly drawing prompts, your visual journal will become a creative document of exploration and a non-judgmental record of the world around you. Whether it’s a quick sketch to capture our day-to-day life, drawing the people, architecture, or nature around you, or an abstract doodle to capture your feelings, a sketchbook should be an exciting investigation of techniques and ideas without any pressure.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8pm
November 6 – December 12
Members $140 / Non-Members $170

Supply List for Sketchbook Project Supplies




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
September 4 – October 2 (5 weeks)
Members $140 / Non-Members $170

October 16 – November 20 (6 weeks)
Members $165 / Non-Members $200

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
September 5 – October 3 (5 weeks)
Members $205 / Non-Members $250

October 17 – November 21 (6 weeks)
Members $245 / Non-Members $300


Color Matters
Howard Park

The proper application of color in a painting is nothing short of magical. It can stimulate the brain and evoke a variety of emotions. This course will introduce you to several aspects of color and light perception such as hue, lightness, additive and subtractive color, saturation, chroma, etc… as well as discussions on the psychological components of visual perception. We will explore how to match colors and study classic compatible palettes, as well as creating formulas that work well for specific subjects (skies, skin, shadows).

Wednesdays, 9am – 12pm
September 11 – October 9
Members $205 / Non-Members $250


Realistic Watercolor (via transparent washes)
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 as she reveals her process. Although Jennifer’s own work primarily focuses on wildlife, the realistic techniques she teaches are applicable for all subject matter including still life, landscape, figure, portrait and marine painting. This is also an excellent opportunity for watercolor instructors to learn new demos and 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: www.littletonart.com

Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th.
10am – 4pm
Members $225 / Non-Members $250

*Jennifer is a visiting artist, therefore students must notify MMoA by Monday, September 23 of a cancellation or no refund will be issued.


Pallette Knife
Howard Park

There are countless textural possibilities when using a palette knife to create a painting. Learn the nuances of this versatile artists’ tool and the ways in which it can create a unique sense of dimension using thick impasto swipes and flat sweeps of color. Through demonstrations and practice, explore what if feels like to loosen your style to create an impression of your subject rather than focusing on details.

Monday, October 7, 6pm – 9pm
Members $50 / Non-Members $60


Watercolor Basics
Lisa Adams

This class is designed to build confidence in your watercolor skills. We 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 both still lifes, reference photos provided by the instructor, and personal images.

Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm
October 22 – November 19
Members $140 / Non-Members $170


Sand, Sea, and Sky
Howard Park

Have you always wanted to paint great looking seascapes with lots of depth and atmosphere; or learn how to paint a crashing wave or accurately render 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 with regard to seascapes, coastlines, and boats. Students are welcome to paint in either oils or acrylics.

Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10, 1pm – 4pm
Members $100 / Non-Members $120


The Abstract Landscape
Howard Park

Bring a sense of spontaneity to your art as you free yourself and explore landscape painting in an emotionally expressive way. Discover a new approach to intuitive painting using movement, shapes, patterns, form, and layered colors. This course tackles the abstract language, strategies, and skills to create a personal and convincing work of art. Experiment with different concepts and techniques using your choice of acrylics or oils.

Mondays, 6pm – 9pm
November 11 – December 16 (*no class December 2)
Members $205 / Non-members $250

Supply list for Abstract Landscape


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, 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. Mondays, 2pm – 4pm

November 11 – December 16 (*no class December 2)
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
September 30 – October 28
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 prior to coming to class.

Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
November 11 – December 16 (*no class on December 2)
Members $140 / Non-Members $170


Other / Craft

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, October 5, 1pm – 4pm
Members $50 / Non-Members $60


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 successfully and consistently produce quality block prints. Experience the beauty and simplicity of ink on paper as you take your concept through to a finish print.

Saturday, November 2, 1pm – 4pm
Members $50 / Non-members $60


Metal Jewelry Making
Mary Anne Sherman

Create personally designed jewelry by learning the basic shapes of coils, spirals, hoops and other shapes in silver. 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 holiday gift.

Saturday, November 16, 1pm – 4pm
Members $50 / Non-members $60


Map Making
Lisa Adams

Are you a person who is captivated by maps? Whether it is to help us find our way, tell a story, visualize a path, 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, December 7, 1pm – 4pm
Members $50 / Non-Members $60

Personalized Programs

Open Studios
Bring your own materials and enjoy working in a relaxed studio environment.
Mondays, September  1  – December 15, (closed December 2) 1pm – 4pm. Free.

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.