Children drawing

August 2 – 9

Due to the corona virus, this summer FAM is offering its youth classes online using the Zoom video conferencing service. Classes will be live and held at a specific time. During the class period, instructors will provide demonstrations, and students will follow along at home and receive individual feedback from the instructor. A password and link to the class on Zoom will be sent after registration. Adult assistance is not necessary during the class, although an adult may want to be nearby in case of spills, etc.

Please read the Important Information below regarding Art Supplies, Registrations, Refunds, and Holding an Art Class at Home.

Observational Drawing for ages 9-12
Two teen students drawing.

Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7
Instructor: Claire Higgins
Learn techniques to create realistic drawings from observation. We’ll begin with a variety of drawing pencils and charcoal sticks, and later add watercolor paint for color. $55, $45 for Museum Family-level members.

Wonderful Wildlife for ages 5-8
Youth students sculpt with found objects.

Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7
Instructor: Claire Higgins
Be inspired by wildlife! Create animal portraits, wilderness landscapes, crazy 3-dimensional animals, and fantasy animals. $50, $40 for Museum Family-level members.

Comics: Share Your Story! for ages 11-14
Colorful comic art featuring a playful cat.

Artwork credit: Liz Young 

Sunday, August 2 and 9
Write, illustrate, and share your story with guidance from comics artist Liz Young. Play drawing and writing games, learn to design your own characters, and develop your own mini comic! $45, $35 for Museum Family-level members. 

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Important Information

Art Supplies
Art supplies for youth classes are provided and available by: 
* Curbside pick-up: Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1, from 12:30-2:30 pm at FAM’s Elm Street entrance.
* Mail: For registrations made before July 27, supplies can be mailed for an additional cost of $6.00.
* Supplies you might need from home: recycled plastic containers to hold water or pencils, a regular pencil, masking tape, scissors, cellophane tape, paper towels.


Deadline: July 27
If you wish to enroll after the deadline date, please contact the Museum to find out if the class is running, 978.345.4207. We do not prorate class tuitions for enrollments made after the first date of the class.

To register
Phone: 978.345.4207
Mail: Download the registration form from our website
In-person: During our open hours

Full refunds for classes are given if you withdraw your child by July 23, 2020 by emailing or phoning Laura Howick, Director of Education at or 978.424.4505. Full refunds are also given if the Museum has to cancel the class for any reason. 

Holding an Art Class at Home
Making art is a fun, but often messy, process. It’s important to provide a special place for your child to focus and create. Start with a table or countertop, covered with newspaper, in a well-lit space. You may want to cover the floor under and around the table with newspaper, too. Place the computer on top of a box or upside-down baking dish on the table, at a height that lets your child watch it comfortably. This will protect the computer from water or paint spills. Lay out the art supplies, except for the paper, along one side of the table where they can be easily be reached. Keep paper and any supplies not needed for that day off to the side in a bag or box. If the lesson calls for water in a container, fill the container only half-way.


Wednesday–Friday  12pm–4pm
Saturday–Sunday  11am–5pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
1st Thursday of the month  12pm–7pm 


Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone 978.345.4207


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