A full selection of fall studio programs for children and adults are being offered. Please call MMoA to register: 860.536.7601 x 211

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Studio Programs / Fall 2022 / Children and Youth

Art ABCs

Ages 3.5 – 6

Jerelyn Smestad
Expose children to a variety of materials and processes through projects that stimulate imagination and creativity. We offer a supportive and encouraging atmosphere where budding artists will experiment with drawing, painting, and 3D sculpture.

Mondays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

September 19 – December 19

Members $12 / Non-member $15 per class
Members $120 / Non-member $160 when signing up for the full 12 class series

Choose to register for all classes or specific classes

September 19, September 26, October 3, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November14, November 21, December 5, December 12, December 19

All supplies included with registration.


Art Explorers

Ages 7 – 12

Artist Educator: D Derek

Creating Art from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds

Stretch your imagination. Be inspired. Be moved. This class inspires young adults to new art processes and techniques by exploring a diverse group of cultural artists who are astounding attendance at the world’s top art museums. Ever wondered how Frida Kahlo, Kehinde Wiley, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring or Louise Bourgeois made masterpieces? Learn the biographies of a range of artist’s lives, the events that transpired around the time they came to fame, and then create your own interpretation of their art! Engage your youth’s imagination and interest in art with fun educational projects in drawing, painting, 3D sculptures, and mixed media. Students learn primary art concepts and appreciation through art making that further develops creative thinking and self-expression.

Children create teddy bear sculptures while they learn about Japanese artist Takashi Murakami

September 20 – December 13

Tuesdays, 4:15pm – 5:45pm

September 20, September 27, October 4, October 11,

October 18, October 25, November 1, November 8,

November 15, November 22, December 6, December 13

Choose to register for all classes or specific classes

Members $16 / Non-Member $19 per class

Members $170 / Non-Member $200 when signing up for the full 12 class series

All supplies included with registration.


Drawing & Painting Fundamentals

Ages 8 – 12

Artist Educator: 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 21 – Oct 19

Members $110 / Non-member $130

All supplies included with registration. 


Process Based Projects: For Building Creativity and Confidence

Ages 6 – 9

Artist Educator: Jerelyn Smestad

Learn new techniques and skills each week in this 5-week series of workshops. Explore shadow, line, composition, detail, contour, perspective, mark making and observation.

Week 1. Eraser drawing: Creating Tones. Exploring value and using grayscale to add depth to a drawing by using eraser on charcoal.

Week 2. Half and Half-using photographs & magazine images: Combining imaginative drawing with observational drawing.

Week 3. Feather Drawing: Exploring textures using a variety of mediums.

Week 4. Creating depth of Field (sfumato): Exploring different gradations of light and dark areas to show perspective.

Week 5. Resist Drawing: Creating a sense of volume by using a liquid resist and contour line.

Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

October 13 – November 10

Members $110 / Non-member $130

All supplies included with registration. 

Basics of Portraiture: Graphite/Charcoal/Colored Pencil

Ages: 10 – 14

Artist Educator: Marissa Assal

Learn basic techniques for laying out and painting portraits. In this class, students will focus on features (eyes, nose, mouth/teeth, ears), front-facing face (proportions), side profile (silhouette), mixing skin colors, blending & shading, and hair (blocking & detailing).

5-week Series

Mondays 4pm – 5:30pm

November 14 – December 19(No class on November 28)

Members $110 / Non-member $130

All supplies included with registration. 


Homeschool Programs

The Mystic Museum of Art offers specially designed in-person homeschool classes for children ages 5 – 12. Taught by MMoA’s artist educators, these programs are a combination of discussion and hands-on art making in our galleries and studios. All programs focus on a variety of art techniques, elements of art and design, teach art vocabulary and utilize critical thinking skills.

Homeschool programs are usually seven-week sessions and run for 2.5 hours on Monday afternoons from 1:30pm to 4pm. MMoA’s home school program offers a variety of courses throughout the year.

This year, we will be starting off the homeschool programming with a block printing course for children to complement MMOA’s printmaking spring exhibition.

Homeschool Program: New Session Fall 2022 

Still Life Portrait of your Favorite Stuffed Animal or Toy: In this class, children will learn to compose still life paintings, from set up, lighting, positioning within the canvas, to drawing and finally using acrylic paint to complete the artwork.

Painted by Elizabeth, Age 9.

Artist Educator: Grace O’Connor

 Mondays, 1:30pm – 4:00pm

September 12 – October 24

Members $225 / Non-Members $260

All supplies included with registration.

Maximum number of students is limited to 15

Advanced registration required:

Register online or call (860)536-7601 x211. A minimum of 5 students is necessary to run this program


Weekend Workshops for Children 

Sculpted Stories

Ages: 7 and up

Artist Educator: Julia Peterson

Bring characters from your imagination to life. In this one-day workshop, children will design and create clay figures and produce a short film with the use of stop motion. Students will approach the project in these steps: creating a story, planning a story board, sculpting the characters, designing a background, selecting props, and finally taking pictures to digitally string together into a film.

October 15, Saturday, 10am – 2pm (12 – 12:30pm Lunch Break)

Members $60 / Non-member $75

All supplies included with registration.


Spooky Crafts and Fun

Ages: 3.5 – 7

Artist Educator: Jerelyn Smestad.

Ghouls, Ghosts, and Witches OH MY! It’s time to get our spook on and celebrate the season with fun and festive Halloween crafts. Come and explore a variety of themed hands-on art making stations as we get into the spirit of the holiday.

October 22, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Members $15 / Non-member $20

All supplies included with registration.

Bridging Art and Engineering: Two Bridges over Mystic

Ages: 10 – 15

Artist Educator: Jeff Crew

Bridge building involves not only physical science concepts such as forces and strength of materials, but also design, drawing and hands on construction and testing. This workshop is a perfect blend of art and engineering where children will explore two of Mystic’s engineering masterpieces, the Mystic bascule bridge, and the Mystic train swing bridge.

The workshop will include:

  • A studio presentation where children will learn about the functions and unique features of each bridge with the use of models, drawings, and a short video.
  • A mini field trip to the bascule bride for an up-close look and understanding of the entire opening and closing cycle.
  • Observing the swing bridge as it swings open to allow boat traffic through.
  • Students working as a team to create a scale model truss bridge.
  • Testing the bridge structure for areas of strength and weakness using weights.
  • A discussion-based gallery visit to view our current exhibitions, 100 Years of the Mystic River and the Bascule Bridge, and Building Bridges

Taught by Jeff Crew, a professional exhibit designer and maker of machines and mechanical art, this workshop is a fantastic hands-on opportunity for students to gain an understanding of how structures are made to work as bridges, and an appreciation of our local engineering marvels.

November 12, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Members $60/ Non-member $75

Special Group Pricing: 45$/child for school/homeschool groups of 7 or more students

Maximum number of students is limited to 15

All supplies included with registration.


Bedazzled Pumpkins

All Ages

Artist Educator: Jerelyn Smestad.

Let the pumpkin be our canvas in this fun and whimsical Fall themed workshop. Using assorted multimedia, how will you decorate your pumpkin? This “no-carve” class is fun for the whole family or you may choose to drop and go. Make your pumpkin the most creative one in your neighborhood!

November 19, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12

Members $15/ Non-member $20

All supplies included with registration.


Winter Wonderland: Magical Dioramas

Ages: 5 – 12

Artist Educator: Jerelyn Smestad.

Dioramas give young artists room to explore open ended art making using creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Using a variety of materials from paint, to multi-media, to clay, your child will have the opportunity to create a scene inspired by the wonder of the winter season.

December 17, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12

Members $30/ Non-member $35

All supplies included with registration.


Studio Programs / Winter 2022 / Adult


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 program 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 passions while working with a live model each week.

Tom Frohnapfel. Pencil on Paper

Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm

Members $10 / Public $15 per class

*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 likeness to develop realistic and expressive portraits. Demonstrations will be performed, 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 one of the most beautiful elements of nature that are often a source of inspiration for artists. Skies are often 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.

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 gold 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


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 3 objects, and at the end of each painting a new object will be added without changing the original items, up to as many as 7 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 face 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 6-8 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 your 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 & 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, get excited to create the perfect centerpiece that will shine light on your next gathering.


October 7

Miniature Framed Calligraphy

With Sean Kane

The art of letter making is a skill you will treasure forever. Learn the basics of calligraphy, add in your own creative flare, and enjoy turning your newfound knowledge into a decorative art piece. It will make the perfect gift for someone special or to display in your own home.


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 mosaic 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 for information and scheduling.