Studio Programs / Children and Youth 

Family Open Studios

Spend some creative time with your family. We provide the space and basic materials. No reservations necessary. No open studios on 12/25/2017, 1/1/2018, 1/15/2018, and 2/19/2018.

Mondays, 1pm – 4pm
$3 fee per person; Free for members with their own supplies. 


All materials provided for children’s classes unless otherwise specified.


Ages 3.5 – 5 


Art ABCs

Expose children to a variety of media and processes through projects that stimulate imagination and creativity. A different take-home project is explored each week.

Mondays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Members $12 / Public $14 per class
Members $10 / Public $12 per class when you sign up for five or more


Moving to Music
Lisa Lyman Adams

Students explore how music can affect the way that we create art. Children will test how line, color choice, and subject matter can change as they paint to different genres of music.

April 3, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Rain Rain Go Away!
Mary Addison

April showers bring out the amazing artist in us all. Using crayon resist techniques, students create brightly patterned raindrop paintings.

April 10, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Nature Mobile
Melissa Skiadas

Students create an Earth Day mobile using natural materials such as leaves, flowers, and sticks imprinted into clay medallions.

April 17, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Mixed Up Chameleons
Mary Addison

Young artists have fun with “bleeding” tissue paper to redesign Eric Carle’s chameleon character from the popular children’s book.

April 24, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Lets go Fly a Kite
Melissa Skiadas

Children celebrate the Japanese holiday called Koinobori day by creating a carp fish kite using watercolors, streamers, and other multimedia.

May 7, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Mini Mosaics
Melissa Skiadas

Using clay, colorful tiles, and an assortment of mosaic materials, students create decorative garden rocks.

May 14, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Painted Ponds
Mary Addison

Inspired by Claude Monet’s rendering of ponds and gardens, students paint their own Impressionist masterpieces.

May 21, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
Mary Addison

Using cardboard tubes, beans and assorted decorative craft materials, students construct an authentic sounding rain stick.

June 4, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Watercolor Doodles
Mary Addison

Students discover how sometimes an “oops” can turn out great when puddles and drops of watercolors transform into a field of painted flowers.

June 11, 4:30pm – 5:30pm



Ages 6 – 9


Art Explorers

Inspire your child’s imagination and interest in art with fun educational projects in drawing, painting, and mixed media. Students learn fundamental art concepts and art vocabulary.

Tuesdays, 4:15pm – 5:45pm
Members $18 / Public $21 per class
Members $15 / Public $18 per class when you sign up for 5 or more


Ode to Spring
Melissa Skiadas

Working in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe, students experiment with pastels and glue to make floral art.

April 3, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Sensational Seascapes
Lisa Lyman Adams

Artists use paint, bubblewrap, gems, foam sheets, sand and other assorted multimedia to paint an imaginative underwater scene.

April 10, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Modern Masters
Melissa Skiadas

Artists learn about Modern Art by creating work that reflects the styles of Abstraction, Surrealism, and Cubism.

April 17, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Giacometti Sculptures
Mary Addison

Inspired by the unique, simple style of the sculptural artist Alberto Giacometti, students will use foil to learn about the human figure in 3D form.

April 24, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Plaster Master
Mary Addison

Working with a 3D form, students get their hands messy in plaster to construct animal sculptures.

May 8, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Textile Traditions
Mary Addison

Students explore printmaking, patterning, and weaving by making traditional African Kente cloth designs.

May 15, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


It’s Complete Nonsense!
Lisa Lyman Adams

Students create art that simply makes no sense at all in honor of the irrational and absurd Surrealist movement.

May 22, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Playing with Paper
Amelia Onorato

Students transform old scrap paper into decorative loops to create a visually innovative 3D sculpture.

May 29, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Plein Air Painting
Lisa Adams

Students learn about landscape painting in our very own backyard using the beauty of the Mystic River as our backdrop. Class will take place outdoors, weather permitting.

June 5, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Picasso Remixes
Mary Addison

Students design their own cubist sculpture influenced by the distorted portrait art of Pablo Picasso.

June 12, 4:15pm – 5:45pm



Ages 8 – 12


Drawing & Painting Fundamentals
Lisa Lyman Adams

Working from various sources, including still lifes and other reference material, young artists strengthen their skills in drawing and paint application. Foundational basics like form, color, space and line will be discussed and explored. Returning students will advance their abilities and continue developing their unique style.

Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 6pm
May 23 – June 20
Members $85 / Public $100


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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