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Art History Classes Boston

Discover the rich artistic heritage of Boston through a variety of engaging art history classes, exploring everything from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary art movements.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in Boston have spots left, but 2 classes live online are available.

Creating Compositions for Multiple Figure Paintings

New York School of the Arts @ Online Classroom

Discover the art of creating captivating multiple-figure paintings in this immersive virtual course. Dive into the world of art history, explore narrative storytelling, and learn how to use formal elements of design to convey content and context. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, unleash your creative potential and bring your own self-authored paintings to life.

Tuesday Apr 2nd, 9:30am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (9 sessions)


9 sessions

Key Elements of Fine Arts

Art School of SF Bay @ Virtual Classroom

If you are looking to kick-start a new hobby, this course is the best choice. It covers all the fundamentals artists use to draw freely from imagination or real life. Even a complete beginner by the end of this course will be able to paint a portrait and create a composition from scratch. Detailed Schedule Day 1. The Cezanne lesson. Obtaining desired color by mixing. Day 2. The Silhouette lesson. Learning to assess proportions, adjust...

Wednesday Feb 7th, 6:30–8:30pm Pacific Time

 (13 sessions)


13 sessions

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All About Me!

Milton Art Center @ 334 Edge Hill Rd, Milton, MA

In this class we will explore you! What makes you unique? Artists can be funny, creative, smart, and serious. Do you like dogs, flowers, rockets, or maybe monsters?  Students will learn about artists and art history that create self portraits and art that depicts what they are thinking and feeling. Artists in this class will learn to create self portraits, comic books, and mixed-media artworks that help us learn about them.

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4 sessions

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Explore Art Private Group Events

Explore private group events and team building activities ranging from cooking to art, escape rooms, trivia, and more

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Intro to the History

Museum of Fine Arts @ 465 Huntington Avenue , Boston, MA

This one day workshop will introduce you to a historical survey of classical architecture’s evolution from antiquity through the present day.  Explore historical and contemporary attitudes towards classicism and its relationship to other major architectural traditions throughout history. Supplies will be provided.

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Color Theory Painting

Milton Art Center @ 334 Edge Hill Rd, Milton, MA

Color is one of the most powerful and personal qualities of painting. This course will focus on the practical application of the color theories, focusing on the interaction and relativity of color. Students will also gain a basic and practical understanding of mixing color and handling paint. Most importantly, students will learn how to utilize and apply color to their artmaking practice in a personal, interesting and insightful manner.

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6 sessions

Art Lab

Art School 99 @ 86 Joy St, Somerville, MA

Specifically created for total beginners this class starts with basics of composition, color theory and art history leading you to your own world of art and self-discovery! We will discuss all other materials at the first class. Please prepare $5 for the art materials if you don't have your own. These classes are also available in packages of 3, 5 or 10 classes.

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5 sessions

Painting Intensive

Museum of Fine Arts @ 465 Huntington Avenue , Boston, MA

Develop your own personal ideas and techniques while painting subjects that you are passionate about. Explore paint materials of your choice. An emphasis will be made on creating a cohesive, visually and conceptually linked series of works. Research and preparation will make work richer and more meaningful. Students will gain new skills, use of color theory and strong composition.  Each class will begin with warm-ups, demonstrations and preparatory...

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10 sessions

February Teen Art Program GR 7-8 and 9-11

The New Art Center in Newton @ 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA

This program offers opportunities for teens to express their talents, develop skills, learn techniques and gain important communication and critical thinking skills. Teens participate daily in two classes: ceramics class including wheel throwing and handbuilding and Mixed Media class including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and 3D art exploring materials. This is a great opportunity for teens to express their creativity, increase or start...


4 sessions

Old Master Composition and Design

Academy of Realist Art Boston @ 112 South St, Boston, MA

Does the “secret” to Old Master painting lie in traditional materials or a specific working method?  Possibly neither, given that masterpieces have been made from many different mediums and methods.  What unifies all great art is a common, visual language: formal elements organized through universal design principles.  Becoming conversant in this language is essential to succeeding as a painter.  Studying traditional painting...

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3 sessions

Turkish Pottery (Cini) Painting

Turkish Cultural Center Boston @ 1105 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

The art of Turkish tiles and ceramics have a very important in the history of Islamic art. Its roots can be traced at least as far back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries. Its subsequent development was influenced by Karakhanid, Ghaznavid, and (especially) Iranian Seljuk art. With the Seljuks' victory over the Byzantines at Malazgirt in 1071, the art followed them into Anatolia and embarked upon a new period of strong development fostered...

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Teaching Visual Art

The Eliot School @ 253 Amory St, Boston, MA

Join in for a discussion of drawing and the practice of teaching this medium. The class is open to all who are curious about teaching drawing and talking about drawing in its various forms. While art instructors might find this particularly interesting, those who are starting teaching or looking to start may also find this workshop helpful. Drawing had long been considered a starting place for painting and sculpture, but over the past many...

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Beginning Drawing

The Eliot School @ 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

For people who haven’t drawn in a long time, or want to get started. Learn the basics of composition, gesture, line, texture and tone. Working from still lifes, experiment with a variety of drawing mediums and approaches. Examples from art history will open you to drawing’s vast range. Soon you will be drawing with confidence, accuracy and expression. This class will be appreciated by beginning artists as well as those who used to draw but have...

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10 sessions

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