CURRENT HOURS: Monday - Sunday 11AM - 5PM

Current Season of Art Classes


Adult Programming

Free Open Studios

Bring your own materials and enjoy working in a relaxed studio environment.

Mondays, 1pm – 4pm

April 17 – June 5 (No open studio on 5/29)

Open Studio Mixed-Media Figure

Tom Frohnapfel, Monitor

From academic to abstract, pencil on paper to oil on canvas, highly-rendered to expression-driven, this studio allows you to follow your path at your own pace. It is a great opportunity for all-level artists to get together and create, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Open Studio at MMoA is a fun way to retain and advance your visual art skills while working with a live model each week.

Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm

April 18 – June 6

Members $10 / Non-Members $15 per session

Register online or drop-in and pay at the door.

Basic Drawing and Creative Thinking

Lisa Adams

Sketchbooks offer more than just an opportunity to practice techniques and get down ideas; they provide a way to follow through on your art projects. Using your creative engine to generate imagery first starts with drawing. This class will focus on both… inspiration and drawing. By spotting imaginative opportunities and visualizing them- students will be given drawing instruction and techniques, alternative media tips plus weekly prompts. Also provided will be a variety of collected reference and a review of artists and art movements for you to kickstart your inspired self-expression. Learn drawing techniques and How-to-Begin a drawing. Develop a finished piece, fill your sketchbook and walk away with ideas and the ability to further your creative journey.

Five-week series

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

April 19 – May 17

Members $150 / Non-Members $180

Photo to Canvas

Sarah Stifler Lucas

Advance your skills, technique, and personal style using acrylics or oils and a photo reference to inspire your piece. Bring your favorite photographs, magazine images, calendar pictures, etc., and explore the process of transforming them into your own work of art. Instructor demonstrations focus on design, composition, and value. Previous painting experience recommended.

Five-week series

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm or
1pm – 4pm

May 4 – June 1

Members $230 / Non-Members $270

Anyone can Paint: Between Abstraction and Realism

Sunil Howlader

This class will combine abstract and realistic elements to create a painting that is complex, dynamic, and interesting. Abstract realism opens a whole new world of creating. Students will work on translating thoughts, emotions, and ideas to the canvas using texture, form, and color. A basic understanding of painting is recommended. *This class is open to either oils or acrylics and is designed to cater to a range of levels. Whether you want to start from scratch or want to work on an already started artwork that is in need of new ideas or inspirations, this is the class for you!

Five-week series

Wednesdays, 1pm – 4pm

May 10 – June 7

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $230 / Non-Members $270

Portrait Drawing

Jack Montmeat

Gain understanding of how to conceptualize and construct a portrait drawing, utilizing a live model each week. Working from quick studies and longer poses, students will systematically learn the “landscape” of the human face. Explore techniques for capturing accurate anatomical features, proportions, and likenesses to develop realistic and expressive portraits. Demonstrations will be given and individualized exercises will be explored each week. The class does not assume any prior experience and is designed to cater to all levels.

Five-week series

Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

May 11 – June 8

Members $220 / Non-Members $260
Plus an additional model fee of $50


Monotypes: Creative Printmaking Without a Press. Saturday Workshop

Laura LoTurco-Gorian

Monotypes are a painterly printmaking process.  It offers the flexibility and freedom to create prints using drawing and painting methods, each print being unique. Monotypes unlike many other printing methods do not require a press. They offer the exciting freedom to work with a variety of materials and methods that give you the opportunity to create with spontaneous and often surprising results. Explore the singular unique impressions that can be created by combining these techniques and simple materials to achieve a creative understanding of this fun and versatile printing method for seasoned artists and beginners alike. This creative image making technique generates spontaneous and distinctive prints from bold and colorful to delicate drawings while offering an opportunity to explore color, line, texture and tone and how it translates to the printing method. This workshop will explore a variety of techniques to create prints that include variations in paper, plates, mark making practices and transfer methods. While prior painting and drawing knowledge is helpful, it is not mandatory to create effective works of art. The workshop will begin with demonstrations, discussions of materials and techniques. Participants will then set-up and work on the given projects with personalized guidance from the instructor. The session will end with questions and discussion.

Saturday, 10am – 3pm

June 3

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $85 / Non-Members $100

The Creative Journal. Saturday Workshop 

Laura LoTurco-Gorian

Journals and diaries have always excited people, as handwritten letters with notations in the margin, musings on the borders; Scrapbooks with bits and pieces from long-ago parties and events that make up a life. A journal is intended to record a vast amount of information about what you experience, the focus is to set down details, bold descriptions, and impressions that will enable you to follow in your footsteps with vivid recollection. This workshop will focus on creative writing stimulated by writing prompts, then finding the images within each student’s writing. Students will create these images using various artist materials such as colored pencils, watercolors, and collages. Each participant will begin learning the process of keeping their own creative journal. Keeping a journal doesn’t require remarkable skill in writing or painting but the final work is worth all of the effort.

Saturday, 10am – 3pm

June 10

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $85 / Non-Members $100

Introduction to the Art and Craft of Calligraphy. Sunday Workshop

Caroline Joy Adams

Now is the perfect time to learn the art of calligraphy, or “beautiful handwriting.” In this workshop, you will work on creating hand-crafted bookmarks, greeting cards, favorite quotes ready to frame, journals, and other projects.  Participants will find it to be a fun, calming, experience, and will be surprised how quickly they can make wonderful creations in this both practical and excellent art form. Four different calligraphic styles will be introduced, including Bookhand, Uncial, Italic, and Blackletter, so you will come away with a variety of techniques and creative possibilities, and can then focus on the styles you most personally enjoy and resonate with. Various tools and materials will be used in class, and are listed in the list of suggested materials.

Sunday, 10am – 3pm

June 11

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $85 / Non-Members $100


Mix cocktails and creativity for your next happy hour! Take on a creative project with one of our instructors, as you learn to play with a
variety of media in the studios. We provide instruction, supplies, a tasty beverage, and plenty of time to socialize.

April 21, Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Members $30 / Non-members $35

Earth Day Repurposed Wood Art

With Lisa Adams

Celebrate Mother Earth with recycled art. Using reclaimed wood as your canvas, create an artistic sign or work of art. Choose from a plethora of art supplies including a variety of paints and collage materials such as ropes, rocks, shells, nautical finds, ribbons, and stencils, to add to your masterpiece. Walk away with a fun, vibrant, and eco-friendly work of art.

April 21

Decorative Macramé Plant Hanger

With Emily Vanstaen

Design and create your own unique macramé plant hanger. From clove hitch knots to square knots, learn the art of twisting and knotting to
produce an original plant hanger with 3mm 100% cotton, natural macramé cord. Customize the plant hanger to fit the size and type of your pot. A stunning addition your room décor!

May 19, Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Members $30 / Non-members $35


With Annie Chapman

Take your yoga practice outside this summer with Annie Chapman, E-RYT® 500, YACEP® for hour long Slow Flow classes on the museum’s waterfront patio. Connect asana with breath and find your zen with expansive views of the Mystic River. This class is open to students of all levels. Bring your own yoga mat or rent it from the teacher for $2.

Register online or drop-in and pay at the door.

Sundays, 8:30am – 9:30am

June 25 – September 24

Ages: Youth and Adults


Children’s Programming

Drawing and Painting Fundamentals  

Lisa Lyman Adams

Working from various sources, including still lifes and other subject matter, young artists strengthen their skills in drawing and paint application. Foundational elements like form, color, space, and line will be explored. The teacher encourages returning students to advance their abilities and develop their style.

Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 6pm

April 19 – May 17

Members $110 / Non-Members $130

All supplies included with registration.

Homeschool Programming

The Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) offers specially designed homeschool classes for children ages 5 – 12. Taught by MMoA’s artist educators, these programs are a combination of discussion and hands-on art making in our galleries and studios. All programs focus on a variety of art techniques, elements of art and design, art vocabulary, and critical thinking skills.

Homeschool programs are usually seven-week sessions that run for 2.5 hours on Monday mornings from 9:30am to 12pm. MMoA’s homeschool program offers a variety of courses throughout the year.

Still Life Portrait of Your Favorite Stuffed Animal or Toy

Grace O’Connor

In this class, children will learn to compose still life paintings, from set up, lighting, and positioning within the canvas, to drawing and finally using acrylic paint to complete the artwork.

Mondays 9:30am – 12pm

April 24 – June 12 (No class

Members $225 / Non-Members $260

All supplies included with registration.

Maximum number of students is limited to 15.

Advanced registration required: register online or call 860.536.7601 x211.

A minimum of 5 students is necessary to run this program.

Art Explorers: Ages 6 – 12

Derek Da Silva

Cultural Diversity in Art

Stretch your imagination. Be inspired. Be moved. This youth art program offers a vibrant spectrum of classes that teaches painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, and sculpting techniques to create two- and three-dimensional works of art. Create art inspired by an exciting array of cultural artists from around the world. Explore a variety of mediums and materials including acrylic, watercolor, markers, graphite, clay, plaster, paper, fiber, organic and recycled materials. Students learn through experimentation and imagination to develop creative thinking and self-expression.

Choose to register for all classes or specific, individual classes:

Tuesdays, 4:15pm – 5:45pm

April 25 – May 30

Members $85 / Non-Members $100 when signing up for the 6-class series.

Members $16 / Non-Members $19 per class:

April 25, May 2, May 9, May16, May 23, and May 30

All supplies included with registration.

Free Creative Family Afternoons

Join us for free, drop-in art activities for the whole family!

Paint and Pot: Flowerpots for Moms

Paint a terracotta flowerpot and plant a flower with your mom or for your mom, or any other special woman in your life!

May 6, Saturday, 1pm – 4pm


Registration Required