Fitchburg Art Museum

Take a Class  

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.


Educator's Workshop: Going Global!
Wednesday, November 5, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Go global with FAM!  Explore art from two broad cultures that have migrated to other parts of the world.  Mary M. Tinti, Associate Curator, discusses artworks by contemporary Latino artists from southern New England, and Jean Borgatti, Consulting Curator of African Art, show how African artisitc traditions have adapted to contemporary materials, techniques, and purposes in Africa, Cuba, and America.  Light refreshments.  PDPs available,
$7M, $10NM, includes resource packet.

Yoga  (All Levels)   SIGN UP
Tuesdays, 6:15 - 7:30
Instructor: Melissa Megane

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.
September 16 - FREE drop-in class for anyone wanting to try yoga!
Session 1: Sept. 23 - Nov. 4 (7 weeks; No class Nov. 11)  $63M, $77NM
Session 2: Nov. 18 - Jan. 13 (8 weeks; No class Dec. 23)  $72M, $88NM
Sign up for all 15 weeks and save!
Sept. 23 - Jan 13 (15 weeks) $126M, $154NM
Drop-Ins $14 per class, payable in class

Zany Drawings and Design
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am
Sept. 23 - Oct. 28 (6 weeks)
Instructor: Nancy Fillip

If you like to doodle, you canlearn to draw designs and create exciting images
"inspired by the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing."  It's relaxing, fun, and no artistic experience is necessary.
$95M, $105NM

Acrylic Painting (Beginning/Intermediate)
Note day change:  Tuesdays, 6:30- 8:30
Sept. 23 - Nov. 18 (8 weeks, No class Nov. 11)
Instructor: Linda Malone

Begin or continue to learn how to mix colors; create depth, and depict light and shadow using water based acrylic paints.
$120M, $140NM


Realistic Oil Painting (All levels)
Wednesdays, 12:30 -3:30 pm *Please note time change
Sept. 24 - Dec. 3 (10 weeks, No class Nov. 26)
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 layered approach, from underpainting to finsihing touches.  Realistic principles of drawing and color handling will be emphasized.
$210M, $230N



Go With the Flow Watercolor (Intermediate/Advanced)
Wednesdays, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Sept. 24 - Nov 12 (8 weeks)
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!
$165M, $185NM



Figure Drawing (All levels)
Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Oct. 2 - Nov 6 (6 weeks)
No instructor

Drawing the human figure is a fantastic way to improve your drawing skills.  Bring your own supplies and practice drawing a nude model in our spacious studio.
$100M, $120NM plus a $20 refundable security deposit for studio maintenance


Basic Drawing  (Beginning/Intermediate)
Saturdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Sept. 27 - Nov. 8 (6 weeks, No class Oct. 18)
Instructor: Jennifer Lynn Fusco

Discover the calming appeal of drawing, whether you are a beginner or want to advance your skills.  You'll explore composition, proportion, and shading as you draw still life arrangements, nature, and in the galleries.

Introduction to Colored Pencil Workshop (Beginning) 
Saturday, Oct. 18, 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Valera Krol Nichols

Colored pencil drawing is an easy art form to carry around and inexpensive to start.  Learn stippling, masking, highlighting, and layering and discuss developing your own style.
$40M, $55NM



Fabulous Family or Group Portraits Workshop
Sunday, Nov. 23, 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Norm Eggert

Learn how to create a fabulous photo of your family or a group to send with your holiday cards, post on social media, or display proudly on your mantle.  Bring your camera and a notebook to class.
$35M, $50NM


Pee Wee Picasso (Ages 2-5 with an adult)
Saturdays, 9:30 -10:30 am
Sept. 27 - Nov. 22 (8 weeks, No class Oct. 11)
Instructor: Donna Goguen

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


Drawing and painting Through Time (ages 6-8)
Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Oct. 1 - Nov. 5 (6 weeks)
Instructor: Elizabeth Buck

Travel back in time to create a cave painting, and then draw and paint your way back to the future using different techniques and styles.  Draw Greek heroes, paint like an impressionist, and even try ma
$60M, $80NM


Art Labratory (ages 9-12)
Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Oct. 2 - Nov. 6 (6 weeks)
Instructor: Elizabeth Buck

Create awesome works of art using a variety of media, and learn a bit of science along the way.  You'll experiment with bubble prints, natural and manmade geometric forms, salt and ice painting, and more!
$60M, $80NM


Beyond Selfies (ages 13 - 17)
Saturdays, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Sept. 27 - Nov. 8 (6 weeks, no class Oct. 11)
Instructor: Jennifer Lynn Fusco

Build your portfolio with this unique portraiture class.  Begin with a selfie of your face, and then recreate yourself in multiple identities using painting, mixed media illustration, and ceramic sculpture.
$100M, $120NM, includes all materials

Mask Making Workshop
ages 5 - 8 with an adult, ages 9-17 unaccompianied, and adults
Saturday, October 25, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: TBA

Make a one-of-a-kind mask for Halloween!  Start witha  blank mask, then embellish it with cardboard, feathers, wire, colored paper, tissue paper, glitter glue, paint and more!
$15 FAM Family level Members, $18 NM
No charge for adults who assist youngsters but do not make a mask.


Abstract Sculpture Workshop (ages 6-12)
Saturday, December 27, 1:30- 4:30 pm
Instructor: JoAnn Pellecchia

Build a creative abstract sculpture using cardboard, card stock, wire, paint and more!  Learn several building techniques, then paint it with bright colors and patterns.
$25 FAM Family-level Members, $30NM


Girl Scout Troup Leaders!

Exploring Art at the Fitchburg Art Museum

A day long program for Girl Scouts ages 7 - 10
Saturday, October 25, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Program includes a guided tour of our interactive ancient Egypt gallery, and ancient Egyptian art activity, a guided tour of a special exhibition, lunch break and exploring galleries on your own.
$10 per Girl Scout, $3 per adult


Paddle and Paint (adults and children 13 and over)  SIGN UP
Sunday, October 5th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
EXCURSION: River Paddle and Paint
Instructor: Linda Malone

Join local artist and instructor Linda Malone, along with canoe guides from Nashoba Paddler LLC of Groton, for a relaxing fall afternoon exploring the plant and wildlife of the Squannacook River. Bring a sketchbook, paint supplies and/or camera to record scenic view of the river and surrounding landscape.  No previous drawing or canoeing experience necessary.  Excursion departs from Groton, Ma.
$60M, $75NM, Registration required and limited to 12, Rain date Sunday Oct. 12