Fitchburg Art Museum
 

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Nurture your or your children's creativity with our high-quality art classes. Studio art classes and workshops are offered in the fall, winter, and spring for adults and children, and also in the summer for children.



Adult Art Classes

(Teens age 15+ welcome)Please note: PDPs for teachers are available for classes and workshops. See our website for instructors’ credentials.
NOTE: Students in adult classes are responsible for bringing their own art supplies. Materials lists will be posted here or can be obtained by calling the Museum at 978-345-4207.





Yoga (All levels)
Tuesdays, 6:15 – 7:30PM, April 8 – June 17 (11 weeks)

Instructor: Melissa Magane

Reap the health benefits of yoga as you are guided through warm-up postures, yogic breathing, and relaxation. Instruction will be adapted for all levels of experience. $99M, $121NM; Drop-ins $14 per class, payable in class.

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Realistic Oil Painting (All levels)
Wednesdays, 9:30AM 12:30PM, April 9 – June 18 (10 weeks; No class April 23)

Instructor: Alexander Farquharson

Working with still life and landscape themes, this class focuses on the techniques of oil painting and making things look real. You’ll be guided through two paintings using a three-layered approach of under-painting and finishing touches. Realistic principles of drawing and color handling will be emphasized. $210M, $230NM

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Painting via the Copy (All levels)
Wednesdays, 1:00 3:30PM, April 9 – June 4 (8 weeks; No class April 23)

Instructor: Alexander Farquharson

Try the simple and time-honored method of learning by copying an admired work. Choose a good quality reproduction of an artwork in any style and time period while working in any color or drawing medium. Students should come to the first class with a reproduction and all materials. $140M, $160NM

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Go With the Flow – Watercolor Painting (Intermediate to Advanced)
Wednesdays, 12:30 3:30PM, April 9 – May 21 (6 weeks; No class April 23)

Instructor: Valera Krol Nichols

Energize your watercolor paintings by learning to paint more freely as you discover your unique style. You'll add spontaneity to your paintings through short exercises that make the most of what makes watercolor so unique - water! $126M, $146NM

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Acrylic Painting (Beginner/Intermediate)
Wednesdays, 6:30 8:30PM, April 9 – May 21 (6 weeks; No class April 23)

Instructor: Linda Malone

Begin or continue to learn how to mix colors, create depth, and depict light and shadow using water-based acrylic paints. $95M, $115NM

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Media Sampler: Art from Observing Nature (Beginner)
Fridays, 12:00 – 2:00PM, May 2 and 9

Instructor: Ginger Hughes

Sample a new medium (or two) in this short class. Beginners will work with watercolors, pencils, and various mixed media outside while observing the FAM's beautiful landscaping.  If it is raining, we will work from an indoor still life. All materials will be provided. $50M, $60NM

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How to Use Your Digital Camera to Make Great Photographs
Saturdays, 9:00AM – 12 Noon, April 12 – May 31 (6 weeks; No classes April 19 and May 24)

Instructor: Norm Eggert

Learn what all of those buttons on your digital camera can do, and how they can turn your photos from good into great! Each student receives individual attention as well as group feedback. $126M, $146NM

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B.E.T.A. (Better Education Through Art) - European Aspects of Twentieth-Century Photography
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30PM, May 7, 14, and 21

Stephen Jareckie, FAM's Consulting Curator of Photography, places American 20th-century photography into a larger context by examining the concurrent trends in Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, and their fascinating similarities and differences. FREE for members; non-members pay admission fee for each lecture ($9 adults, $5 seniors). Pre-registration is appreciated, but pay at the door. This course is supported by the Elsie D. Simonds Lecture Fund

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Youth Art Classes



Pee Wee Picasso (for ages 2-5 with an adult)
Saturdays, 9:30 10:30AM, April 12 – June 14 (8 weeks; No classes April 19 and May 24)

Instructor: Donna Goguen

Spend quality time with your young one, meet other families, and have fun creating art together with different materials and techniques. $60M, $80NM

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Mixed Media Studio (for ages 9-12)
Fridays, 4:00 5:30PM, April 11 – May 30 (6 weeks; No classes April 18 or 25)

Instructor: Nancy Fillip


Draw, paint, collage, and create sculpture. New projects each session. $70M, $90NM

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Making Art with the Masters (for ages 6-8)
Fridays, 4:00 5:30PM, April 11 – May 30 (6 weeks; No classes April 18 or 25)

Instructor: Noelle McMahon

Explore painting, sculpture, collage, mobiles and more as you learn about different styles and materials used by master artists. $70M, $90NM


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Building the Basics - Drawing (for ages 13-17, Beginner to Advanced)
Thursdays, 4:00 6:00PM, April 10 May 22 (6 weeks; No class April 24)

Instructor: Greg Barry

Explore a variety of drawing materials, techniques and styles as you develop your individual project ideas and creative concepts. You'll visit the Museum's collections for inspiration. Limited to 12. Class fee includes cost of basic materials. $120M, $140NM. *Sign up for both teen classes as receive a $10 discount!*

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A Primary Vision - Acrylic Painting (for ages 13-17, Beginner to Advanced)
Thursdays, 6:30 8:30PM, April 10 – May 22 (6 weeks; No class April 24)

Instructor: Greg Barry

Learn observational acrylic painting techniques as you develop your understanding of color theory using primary colors. You'll move from simple to more complex subjects, and find inspiration from the Museum's collections. Limited to 12. Class fee includes cost of basic materials. $120M, $140NM. *Sign up for both teen classes as receive a $10 discount!*

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April Vacation Week Workshops
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22 and 23

Registration deadline: Friday. April 18, 4:00PM
Decisions about whether or not workshops scheduled for Tuesday, April 22 will run will be made on this day. (Note: The Museum is closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, April 21)

Sign up for individual, 2-hour workshops for any number of days. Workshops are $17M, $20NM for each child. Supervised lunch hour between morning and afternoon is an additional $3 per child per day (students bring their own lunch). Sign up one child for both days, morning and afternoon (4 workshops) and get a $5 discount! On FamilyID, see the Wednesday afternoon workshop for $5 discount option. All materials are supplied.


Workshop Descriptions

Crazy Creative Birdhouses - Build and paint a birdhouse fit for an artist
Mythical Clay Monsters - Learn about monsters in mythology and make one in clay
Spring into Painting - Draw and paint the wonders of nature in spring
Zany Tangles Drawing - Make zany patterns with lines, then add color!



Tuesday, April 22

10:00AM - 12:00 Noon

Zany Tangles Drawing (for ages 5-8) Register
Instructor: Nancy Filip

Mythical Clay Monsters (for ages 9-12) Register
Instructor TBA


12:30 - 2:30PM

Mythical Clay Monsters (for ages 5-8) Register
Instructor TBA

Zany Tangles Drawing (for ages 9-12) Register
Instructor: Nancy Filip



Wednesday, April 23

10:00AM - 12:00 Noon

Spring into Painting (for ages 5-8) Register
Instructor TBA

Crazy Creative Birdhouses (for ages 9-12) Register
Instructor: Nancy Filip


12:30 - 2:30PM

Crazy Creative Birdhouses (for ages 5-8) Register
Instructor: Nancy Filip

Spring into Painting (for ages 9-12) Register
Instructor TBA