Studio Programs / Children and Youth 


Family Open Studios
Spend some creative time with your family. We provide the space and basic materials.
No registration or reservations necessary.
No open studios on 11/26/18 or 12/24/2018.
Mondays, 1pm – 4pm
$3 fee per child


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

Ages 3.5 – 12

Children’s Holiday Workshop
Children create a special holiday gift while enjoying music, games, and a special treat.
Friday, November 18, 6pm – 8pm, during Holiday Preview Party
Sundays, December 2,9 & 16, 1pm – 3pm

Members / Public $25
Call 860.536.7601 x 213 to register

Ages 3.5 – 5 

Art ABCs
Inspire your young artist by introducing them to the world of art. Explore a variety of media and processes through projects that stimulate imagination and creativity.
Mondays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Members $12 / Public $14 per class
Members $10 / Public $12 per class when signing up for five or more

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A list of the classes is below.

Tile Time
Students create decorative abstract tiles using markers and rubbing alcohol. The effects of mixing these materials together is simply fascinating. Turn them into a beautiful mosaic or use them as a functional set of coasters.
September 10

Mini Matisse
Get inspired by the bright colors and bold shapes of Henri Matisse and learn the steps to reproduce one of his famous artworks. (Hint… what swims in a fishbowl?)
September 17

Fingerprint Masterpieces
Put your personal mark on it… literally. Will they become leaves on a tree? A bunch of balloons? Birds on a wire? Turn your fingerprints into a work of art by adding detail.
September 24

Yoga and Art
This class combines simple beginner yoga, creative movement, and mindfulness based art in a fun and supportive environment.
October 1

Fruit Prints
What texture would broccoli make? What about a grapefruit? Explore printmaking using sectioned fruit, vegetables and other experimental tools to make your own roll of personally designed wrapping paper.
October 8

Falling Leaves
Celebrate the beauty of Fall by creating a leaf themed crayon resist painting. What will happen when you try to mix oil pastels with watercolors? Let’s find out!
October 15

Painting with Tissue Paper
Create a painting without using paint?! Discover the fun effects of bleeding tissue paper and turn a simple black and white drawing into a colorful masterpiece.
October 22

Day of the Dead
Celebrate this vibrant holiday by creating art that honors Hispanic culture and traditions.
October 29

Cardboard Collages
Let’s think about our garbage in a whole new way.
Using cardboard and other recyclables, students will have fun assembling and painting their “trashy” creations.
November 5

Playing with Emotions
Happy or Sad? Students will create a series of 4 self-portraits, each one showing how line and color choice can affect the feel of a piece of art.
November 12

One Black Dot
What will your imagination do with a black dot? Will it become a balloon, flower, sun, or something else? Let’s discover how all of us see the world in a different way.
November 19

Fairy Doors
Welcome fairies into your world by creating a magical door using colored clay and other multimedia. Keep it small so we don’t let the dragons through!
December 3

Drip Drip Splatter Splash
Discover the many ways paint can be applied to a surface. Remember… artists love to get messy!
December 10

Inspired by Miro
Students paint in the whimsical and imaginative style of Joan Miro by focusing on shape formation and color choice. How will your painting tell a story?
December 17


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 $17 / Public $20 per class
Members $15 / Public $18 per class when signing up for five or more

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A list of the classes is below.

Plein Air
There’s nothing quite like painting in the fresh air. Weather permitting, we will take our canvas and paints outside on the grounds of MMoA and practice painting our beautiful Mystic River.
September 11

Clay Play
Form a decorative bowl using air-dry clay. Discover the many tools to add texture and detail to your sculptural piece.
September 18

Not-so-Still Life
How would you paint a moving pinwheel or fluttering butterfly? Learn ways to draw and paint objects in motion.
September 25

Yoga and Art
This class combines simple beginner yoga, creative movement, and mindfulness-based art in a fun and supportive environment.
October 2

Metallic Masterpieces
Discover how artists use the brilliance of metallics to add shimmer and shine to an art piece. Be inspired by artists like Gustav Klimpt and create a painting “reflective” of their style.
October 9

Falling for Watercolors
Learn the basic skills of applying and manipulating watercolors to create Fall themed art. See the surprising effects of adding lemon juice and salt to your painting.
October 16

Black Out Poetry
Explore your artistic and poetic side. Using old pages of a book as our surface, students will draw on top of the words to leave behind a “refurbished” poem. What mark will you leave behind?
October 23

Assemblage Art
Using found objects such as buttons, golf balls, lids, and popsicle sticks, students assemble and spray paint their modern creations.
October 30

Create an Environment
Using collage techniques and drawing skills, students design a habitat for their animal of choice. Will you design a realistic or wacky world? The choice is all yours.
November 6

Rocky Mountain High
Students learn about atmospheric perspective by painting a mountainous landscape. See how altering the value of a color can achieve depth in art.
November 13

Klee Kreation
Practice drawing a self-portrait in the style of Paul Klee and add a colorful overlay using bleeding tissue paper (no band-aids needed).
November 20

Dream Catchers
Bad dreams be gone! Using sticks, string and decorative fabric, young artists construct and weave a beautiful piece of art to hang in their room or to be given as a gift.
December 4

Moore Sculpture Please
Inspired by the work of Henry Moore, students use a block of foam and discover how to carve out an abstracted 3D form.
December 11

Winter Greetings
Quiz time: What’s better than a homemade card? A homemade card with glitter, of course! Using printmaking techniques, students will design and decorate a set of winter themed greeting cards.
December 18

Ages 4 – 7 

Yoga and Art
Genevieve Kueter
Using mindfulness-based techniques, yoga, creative movement and art, children will have fun and learn healthy ways to relieve stress and find focus. Utilizing both our galleries and studio space, students will blend art and yoga in a relaxing and supportive environment. Projects will include dream catchers, mantra sand art, mindful coloring, and more.
Saturdays, 9:30am – 11am
October 27 – November 17
Member $68 / Public $80

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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 explored. The teacher encourages returning students to advance their abilities and develop their style.
Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 6pm
September 12 – October 10
Members $85 / Public $100

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3D Modeling
Liz Lomax
Students explore model making and sculpting using a variety of non-ceramic clays, plasters, wood, styrofoam, wire, and other assorted multi- media. Students will study the basics of form, texture and color to turn their visions into compelling 3D creations.
Mondays, 4:30pm – 6pm
September 24 – October 29 (no class October 8)
Members $100 / Public $115

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Ages 13 – 18

Portfolio Development
Susan Struck
A portfolio is a body of work containing 12-20 pieces of artwork that preferably includes a variety of subjects and mediums. This class is designed for the high school student who wishes to put together an art portfolio for a future in art school. Students develop the skills needed for admissions, while building a well-rounded, competitive portfolio.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
November 6 – December 11 (no class November 27)

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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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