ART CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

We offer year-round classes for all ages and skill-levels in a variety of media. Register at the museum, online, or by calling 978-345-4207. Explore our courses and general information about fees, policies, and pick up times below. If you want to enroll after registration is closed, please call the museum to confirm that the class is still being offered. 

ADULTS

Acrylic Painting for ages 15 to adult
Saturdays, 9:30 am–12:30pm
February 29, March 7, March 21, and March 28 (4 weeks; No class March 14)
Instructor: Carolyn Todd
In four classes, participants will explore the various techniques in texture, opacity, transparency, and clarity of this water based medium. Students will be challenged to develop a personal expression based on individuality, creativity, and critical thinking. The supplies list can be found on our website under this class description, or by calling 978-345-4207. $120, $100 Museum members.

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Watercolor Beyond the Basics for ages 15 to adult
Saturdays, 1:30–4:30pm
February 29, March 7, March 21, and March 28 (4 weeks; No class March 14)
Instructor: Carolyn Todd
In four classes, participants will focus on the techniques associated with different emphases of light on subjects, including spliced, shadow, and distorted light. The classes will also emphasize creating substantial compositions to be critiqued by the instructor and class members. Some experience in watercolor is recommended. The supplies list can be found on our website under this class description, or by calling 978-345-4207. $120, $100 Museum members. 
For any questions about the classes, please email: carolyn@thetoddreport.com and title the email as FAM Art Classes.

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Memories as Muse Workshop for ages 15 to adult
(and ages 10 to 14 accompanied by an adult)
Sunday, March 29, 1:30–3:30pm
Instructor: Krista Bebezas
Create a tribute to a loved one in an artwork. Bring photos, writing, and other mementos to memorialize your special friend, family member, or pet. We’ll supply paint, brushes, collage materials, paper and canvas board. $30, $25 Museum members.

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Yoga for ages 15 to adult
Tuesdays, 6:30–7:45pm

Instructor: Melissa Magane
January 7 – February 25 (8 weeks)
March 3 – April 21 (8 weeks)
Experience warm-up postures, yogic breathing, and relaxation. Instruction is adapted for all levels of experience. $88, $72 for Museum members, Drop-ins $14 per class,  payable in class.

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YOUTH

Drawing Characters for Comics for ages 9 to 12
Sundays, 1–3pm
January 26, February 2, 9, 23 (4 weeks; No class Feb. 16)
Instructor: Liz Young
Learn how to make the body proportions and facial expressions of your characters express your story. We’ll look at examples from professional comics creators, and draw our characters in different sizes, ages, and poses. Tips on how to develop your own story will result in a four-page story featuring your characters. $84, $64 Museum members.

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February Vacation Week Workshops

Workshops are $22, $18 for Museum Family-level members, for each child. Supervised lunch hour between morning and afternoon workshops for ages 9-12 is an additional $3 per child (students bring their own lunch).

Assemblage Animals for ages 5 to 8
Wednesday, February 19
10 am–noon
Create an imaginary animal with recycled materials, markers, and more.

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Landscape Painting for ages 9 to 12
Wednesday, February 19
10 am–noon
Paint a landscape scene with acrylic paints on canvas board.

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Drawing and Painting with Watercolor Pencils for ages 9 to 12 
Wednesday, February 19
12:30–2:30pm
Choose your own subject, draw it, then add water to turn it into a painting.

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Pop-up Paintings for ages 5-8
Thursday, February 20
10am–noon
Paint a scene or design, them make parts of it pop out.

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April Vacation Week Workshops 
REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

About the Instructors: 
  • Melissa Magane Certified Yoga Instructor, CYT, Northampton Yoga Center, Northampton, MA, Certified since 1999.
  • Carolyn Todd has a BFA and MA in Fine Arts and Art Education. Her extensive experience teaching includes middle school, high school, college, and adult students. She specializes in drawing, all types of painting, color theory, and art history. The National Park Service selected her to be an Artist-in-Residence at the Amistad National Recreation Area. Her paintings, drawings, and illustrations are in private collections in the United States and South America.
General Information
  • General Information
    Youth classes are taught by professional art educators who enjoy teaching children. All supplies are provided for youth classes. Adults must bring their own supplies. A list of suggested supplies will be sent automatically if you register through www.familyid.com; otherwise please call the front desk to request one. All youth classes, except the Making Comics Workshop, meet for 5 days, Monday-Friday. Please drop off and pick up children promptly at the Museum’s main entrance on Elm Street. Parents/guardians do not have to stay in the Museum during class. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Laura Howick, Director of Education, at 978-345-4207 ext. 305 for details. We believe creating art is especially good for children; they learn motor skills, decision-making, visual literacy, and positive self-expression. Your child does not have to have “talent” to take our art classes, just an interest in art.
  • *Fees
    If you sign up for both morning classes for ages 5-8, the fee is $105 for Family-level Museum members; $125 for non-members. Each class for ages 9-12 is $105 for Family-level Museum members; $125 for non-members. There is an additional fee of $15 for supervision during lunch if the student is taking a morning and afternoon class. (Students must provide their own lunch and snacks.)
  • Photography Policy
    Often the Museum staff or local newspaper would like to photograph students in the classroom for publishing on social media or in the newspaper. If you do not want your child photographed for this purpose, please indicate that on your registration form, otherwise we will assume we have your permission.
  • Class Cancellations Due to Under-Enrollment or Instructor Illness
    If a class has to be cancelled due to these circumstances, students will be notified by phone and refunds will be issued.

Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone 978.345.4207
info@fitchburgartmuseum.org