Museum Art School

The Museum Art School offers a wide selection of studio arts and humanities classes and weekend workshops for people of all ages and skill levels. The Museum’s studio facilities are state-of-the-art, including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, and jewelry-making. Last year the Museum Art School had 2,300 students of all ages, from its intensive Master Artist Workshops to the exciting Summer Art Camp program. Please call (772) 231-0707 x116 for more information.

Fall 2018 Adult Classes

Fall session begins October 1, 2018

Registration opens August 20, 2018

Drop/Add week October 1 – 5, 2018

Click here to download a printable version of the Museum Art School’s Fall schedule, available August 15th.

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Tuition Plus

As we attempt to serve the broadest possible public and keep class fees competitive, as with many other community art schools, tuition fees unfortunately do not cover the full expenses of the Museum Art School in offering courses and workshops. On average, the fees charged in tuition cover only 68-75% of the total expenses.

Tuition Plus provides a way for students to support the Museum Art School by contributing toward these additional expenses. By making a fully tax-deductible gift in the amount of $100 for each registered course, you can help the Museum Art School continue its community mission of providing the finest studio art and humanities learning experiences for children and adults.

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Cork Canvas & Company – Fall Foliage (wine glass painting)

October 18 @ 6:00 pm

Explore your creative side with new friends in the studios. Whether your idea of art is drawing doodles or you are an experienced artist, Cork, Canvas & Company is a fun night out for everyone. A professional artist will guide and assist in creating your masterpiece. Bring your own wine and light hors d’oeuvres; all art materials are included. Thursday, October 18, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

Cork Canvas & Company – Zen

November 1 @ 6:00 pm

Explore your creative side with new friends in the studios. Whether your idea of art is drawing doodles or you are an experienced artist, Cork, Canvas & Company is a fun night out for everyone. A professional artist will guide and assist in creating your masterpiece. Bring your own wine and light hors d’oeuvres; all art materials are included. Thursday, November 1, 6:00 - 8:30 pm.

ART FOR HEALTH’S SAKE: YOGA AT THE MUSEUM

November 5 @ 9:00 am

YOGA AT THE MUSEUM Himalaya Parker All levels Be creative, aware and renewed. This course emphasizes combining the fl ow of your breath with movement as we bring health to our whole body, and will include some specific therapeutic movements for each of the joints as well. A guided relaxation completes each session. Students who enjoy the experiences of art and form will become their own work of art as we become more aware of how we both move and…

WATERCOLOR: INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR

November 5 @ 9:30 am

INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR Dawn K. Mill Beginner level Students will be introduced to this fun, versatile medium and learn how to use it creatively and with confidence, by painting a variety of subjects. Each painting lesson will include a handout and step-by-step detailed demonstration. This course is for beginners and will touch on the basics, including values, color mixing, washes, negative painting and more. Classes meet November 5 – December 3 Register by Sep 29 Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30…

DRAWING: YOU CAN DRAW

November 5 @ 9:30 am

YOU CAN DRAW Marlene Evans Putnam Beginner level This course for beginner students will ensure that students will learn to see shapes, understand shadows, and use line in a powerful or delicate way. In this five-week course students will learn to use their drawing tools properly and confidently. Students will be amazed at their steady progress as they learn to design and compose their projects. The instructor will teach by both lecture and studio demonstration. Classes meet November 5 –…

Painting with Oils and Acrylics: Landscapes and More

November 5 @ 1:00 pm

PAINTING WITH OIL AND ACRYLICS: LANDSCAPES AND MORE Dawn K. Mill Intermediate and Advanced levels Explore the techniques to capture the light, color and feeling of the outdoors. Create a still life using harmony, shape and value. Students will learn how to take a photographic ideal and transform it into an artistic composition. Students will create an exciting painting in their own unique style. This class is for intermediate and advanced students and includes weekly demonstrations and critiques. Classes meet…

Portrait Painting in Acrylics

November 5 @ 1:00 pm

PORTRAIT PAINTING IN ACRYLICS Judy Burgarella All levels Students will learn a variety of techniques for handling this fast-drying, very forgiving medium, from color mixing and layering to handling brushes. The instructor will guide you through the step-by-step process of creating a portrait in acrylic, transferring subjects to canvas either freehand or other methods. Students will experiment with  composition and the use of negative space, backgrounds, mapping out the face, painting light and shadows, painting hair and clothes and the…

ART FOR HEALTH’S SAKE: QIGONG AND GUIDED MEDITATION

November 6 @ 8:00 am

QIGONG AND GUIDED MEDITATION Hester Denniston All levels Each class will consist of a 40-minute Qigong practice followed by a 25-minute guided meditation. The ancient practice of Qigong includes gentle movement, selfmassage, visualization, breath work and balance. Using these elements we work on cultivating life energy, or qi, in our bodies, bringing vitality and health to mind, body and spirit. Qigong is from Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used for centuries as a health-enhancing, energy-building practice appropriate for all…

DRAWING: LEARNING TO SEE II

November 6 @ 9:30 am

DRAWING: LEARNING TO SEE Gloria Clifford Beginner and Intermediate levels Believe it or not, you can draw! But first you must learn to see. Guided by the book Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards in this two-part course the instructor has developed a five-week course teaching proven drawing methods, which is immediately followed by a second five-week course sequel where students will learn more in depth drawing methods. Please note: it is highly advised that…

DRAWING: YOU CAN DRAW

November 6 @ 9:30 am

YOU CAN DRAW Marlene Evans Putnam Beginner level This course for beginner students will ensure that students will learn to see shapes, understand shadows, and use line in a powerful or delicate way. In this five-week course students will learn to use their drawing tools properly and confidently. Students will be amazed at their steady progress as they learn to design and compose their projects. The instructor will teach by both lecture and studio demonstration. Classes meet November 6 –…

JEWELRY: WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE-PURPOSE YOUR OUT-DATED JEWELRY?

November 6 @ 1:00 pm

WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE-PURPOSE YOUR OUT-DATED JEWELRY? Gina Johnson Intermediate levels Do you own beads that are broken or matched a dress you no longer wear? Do you have pearls that need restringing? Would you like to create a modern design with your grandmother’s crystals? Have fun learning to make fashionable jewelry using your outdated necklaces. This is an opportunity to repurpose your jewelry and repair broken pieces. Individual assistance will be given. New beads and findings can be…

OIL AND ACRYLIC PAINTING: OIL & ACRYLIC STUDIO

November 6 @ 1:00 pm

OIL & ACRYLIC STUDIO Lorraine Fouquet Intermediate and Advanced levels This enjoyable and relaxing course is for those who have had a beginning painting class. It will help the student progress and learn more about color, composition and finding their own style by translating a personal photo or photographs that inspire them into paintings. Each student gets personal attention from the instructor helping them with drawing, painting and turning their photographs into works of art. The students may also work…

Acrylic Painting Basics & More FF31

November 6 @ 1:00 pm

ACRYLIC PAINTING – THE BASICS AND MORE Christine Thomas Beginner and Intermediate levels Learn how to master the medium of acrylic in this class for beginner and intermediate students. Get comfortable with the fundamentals of color, mixing color, under painting, layering and brush handling. Students will learn how to easily transfer their images and designs to canvas, even if the student is not proficient in drawing. Enjoy the versatility of acrylics, and easily clean up with soap and water, plus…

OIL AND ACRYLIC PAINTING: PAINTING STUDIO AND MORE

November 6 @ 6:00 pm

PAINTING STUDIO AND MORE Christine Thomas All levels Come join a friendly group of artists, who work independently while sharing with each other. The instructor provides suggestions and demonstrations as needed or requested. This studio class is open to 2-D media, including oil, mixed media, watercolors and drawing. This is a ‘no pressure’ class of which everyone goes at their own pace. All classes include positive critiques to increase your skill and enjoyment. Classes meet November 6 – December 4…

Acrylic Painting Basics & More FF32

November 7 @ 9:30 am

ACRYLIC PAINTING – THE BASICS AND MORE Christine Thomas Beginner and Intermediate levels Learn how to master the medium of acrylic in this class for beginner and intermediate students. Get comfortable with the fundamentals of color, mixing color, under painting, layering and brush handling. Students will learn how to easily transfer their images and designs to canvas, even if the student is not proficient in drawing. Enjoy the versatility of acrylics, and easily clean up with soap and water, plus…

The Joy of Watercolor

November 7 @ 9:30 am

Marlene Evans Putnam Beginner level One of the most fun mediums to work in, this course will help students to use the water properly and be more confident with paper and color. We will experiment with washes – wet into wet, dry brush, and other techniques. This course will incorporate still life, using backgrounds and understanding why and what makes them go back. The instructor will lecture, demonstrate and teach color mixtures. Classes meet November 7 – December 5 -…

OIL AND ACRYLIC PAINTING: PAINTING STUDIO AND MORE

November 7 @ 1:00 pm

PAINTING STUDIO AND MORE Christine Thomas All levels Come join a friendly group of artists, who workv independently while sharing with each other. The instructor provides suggestions and demonstrations as needed or requested. This studio class is open to 2-D media, including oil, mixed media, watercolors and drawing. This is a ‘no pressure’ class of which everyone goes at their own pace. All classes include positive critiques to increase your skill and enjoyment. Classes meet November 7 – December 5…

OIL AND ACRYLIC PAINTING: PAINTING WHAT YOU WANT IN OILS

November 8 @ 9:30 am

PAINTING WHAT YOU WANT IN OILS Marlene Evans Putnam Intermediate level This course is for students who aspire to go to the next level in oil painting. An intensive study of tones and values, design and composition will be done in every class. Students will learn unique color combinations as well as paint application techniques. Still life and other subject matter will be demonstrated and discussed every week. Classes meet November 8 – December 13 Register by Nov 1 No…

Acrylic Painting Basics & More FF33

November 9 @ 9:30 am

ACRYLIC PAINTING – THE BASICS AND MORE Christine Thomas Beginner and Intermediate levels Learn how to master the medium of acrylic in this class for beginner and intermediate students. Get comfortable with the fundamentals of color, mixing color, under painting, layering and brush handling. Students will learn how to easily transfer their images and designs to canvas, even if the student is not proficient in drawing. Enjoy the versatility of acrylics, and easily clean up with soap and water, plus…

Cork Canvas & Co. – Sandhill Cranes

November 15 @ 6:00 pm

Explore your creative side with new friends in the studios. Whether your idea of art is drawing doodles or you are an experienced artist, Cork, Canvas & Company is a fun night out for everyone. A professional artist will guide and assist in creating your masterpiece. Bring your own wine and light hors d’oeuvres; all art materials are included. Thursday, November 15, 6:00 pm.

Workshop: How to Look at Contemporary Art

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The exhibition Made in Germany: Contemporary Art from the Rubell Family Collection includes some of the most significant German art created over the last 35 years by both experienced and emerging artists. So, what is contemporary art and why is it significant? During this interactive adult workshop, participants will explore contemporary art, gain an understanding of how to view and discuss this kind of art, and create their own work of art inspired by the exhibition. The VBMA’s Curator of…

Workshop: How to Look at Contemporary Art

November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The exhibition Made in Germany: Contemporary Art from the Rubell Family Collection includes some of the most significant German art created over the last 35 years by both experienced and emerging artists. So, what is contemporary art and why is it significant? During this interactive adult workshop, participants will explore contemporary art, gain an understanding of how to view and discuss this kind of art, and create their own work of art inspired by the exhibition. The VBMA’s Curator of…

Cork Canvas & Co. – Picasso (Painter and Model)

November 29 @ 6:00 pm

Explore your creative side with new friends in the studios. Whether your idea of art is drawing doodles or you are an experienced artist, Cork, Canvas & Company is a fun night out for everyone. A professional artist will guide and assist in creating your masterpiece. Bring your own wine and light hors d’oeuvres; all art materials are included. Thursday, November 29, 6:00 pm.

WORKSHOPS: DESIGNING YOUR PAINTING IN WATERCOLOR

November 30 @ 10:00 am

DESIGNING YOUR PAINTING IN WATERCOLOR Joel Johnson This workshop will focus on how to design your painting. Composition and design principles will guide the student in how best to organize shapes and spaces and where to emphasize specific areas in the painting. Workshop meets November 30 - December 1 Register by Nov 26 Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. #FF57 $225 (Museum members $200)

Cork Canvas & Co. – Holiday (wine glass painting)

December 13 @ 6:00 pm

Explore your creative side with new friends in the studios. Whether your idea of art is drawing doodles or you are an experienced artist, Cork, Canvas & Company is a fun night out for everyone. A professional artist will guide and assist in creating your masterpiece. Bring your own wine and light hors d’oeuvres; all art materials are included. Thursday, December 13, 6:00 pm

Drawing Basics – with Douglas David

January 31, 2019 @ 9:30 am

DRAWING BASICS A simple, fun approach to give a better understanding of drawing… January 31, 2019 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. This simple one-day workshop on drawing will walk you through many of the “basics” of drawing. Whether a refresher or the first drawing class you have ever taken, it will make sense and help you have a better understanding of drawing. Developed by the many requests of painting students, Douglas has assembled all the basic areas of drawing and…

Classic Florals and Still Lifes in Oil – with Douglas David

February 1, 2019 @ 9:30 am

CLASSIC FLORALS AND STILL LIFES IN OIL February 1-3, 2019 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. A very popular class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to painting florals, and still lifes - beautiful florals, some fruits and vegetables and maybe even a donut or a few! Includes interesting and memorable discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow: and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork…

Opening the Realm of Abstraction – with Marianne Mitchell

February 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - February 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

This course is for realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract expression in their work and for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. The focus will be on understanding the four phases involved in creating an abstract painting that engages emotionally and intellectually through the artist’s handling of their chosen medium. Discussions, demonstrations and exercises will emphasize the relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill and technical facility while each student is supported on their artistic journey throughout the…

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