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Cabaret Conversations

92nd Street Y

Award-winning cabaret performer and member of the 92NY School of Music Faculty Michael Kirk Lane curates a series of conversations about the art form of cabaret in New York City. Welcoming performers, directors, and journalists, these conversations will delve into the history and current state of this unique performance style. Each conversation will also include a Q&A session for the participants. These conversations may be purchased individually,...

Monday Oct 23rd, 7–8:30pm Eastern Time

A Queer History of Visual Art

92nd Street Y

This seminar course celebrates the achievements of LGBTQ+ individuals in the visual arts, from Renaissance to contemporary. Through weekly image presentations, readings, and films, students gain a broad understanding of how LGBTQ+ identity—both hidden and “out”—has shaped aesthetic experiences. Readings include Susan Sontag’s “Notes on Camp” and “Post Cards from America: X-Rays from Hell” by David Wojnarowicz. Please note, course...

Monday Nov 6th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Creating Compositions for Multiple Figure Paintings

New York School of the Arts @ Online Classroom

In this virtual, eight-session painting course, we will begin by exploring multiple figure compositions in paintings from art history and making smaller master copies in our sketchbooks. We’ll discuss the narrative behind historical paintings, using the story as an introduction to understanding how the painting was constructed. Each class will include a slide presentation that discusses the formal elements of design within a given composition,...

Tuesday Nov 14th, 9:30am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (11 sessions)


11 sessions

Fear-Free Drawing: Beginners Portrait Drawing

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Learn how to draw the human portrait in this inspiring, stress-relieving and online, live Beginners Portrait Drawing Class! The human face has been an inspiring muse for artists throughout art history, and this supportive, non-judgmental online drawing class will teach you the fundamental drawing techniques, tricks, and tools that you need to know to draw your own portraits. If you hear yourself saying, “but I can’t even draw a straight line,”...

Tuesday Nov 7th, 8–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Fear-Free Beginner Painting, Collage & Mixed Media Art

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

This is an Online Art Class. Our instructors will work with you over high-quality live video and teach you to make art from the comfort of your home. The Art Studio NY conducts classes from New York City, United States (Eastern US Time Zone) Unlock your creative fulfillment in this relaxing, encouraging and self-expressive collage, painting and mixed-media art class with NYC's #1-rated art studio, The Art Studio NY! Explore a wide variety of...

Sunday Oct 1st, 7:30–8:45pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

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Intermediate Painting, Collage and Mixed Media Art

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Deepen your creative expression in this relaxing, encouraging and instructive intermediate level collage, painting and mixed-media art class with NYC's #1-rated art studio, The Art Studio NY! Take your artwork to the next level as you continue to experiment and learn about a wide variety of art materials, fundamental art techniques and personal style. Express your unique, creative point of view through a combination of papers, textures, paint,...

Tuesday Nov 7th, 11am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

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All About Me!

Milton Art Center @ 334 Edge Hill Rd, Milton, MA 02186

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

Intro to the History

Museum of Fine Arts @ 465 Huntington Avenue , Boston, MA 02115

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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Mastering Matisse

The New Art Center in Newton @ 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460

The energy and vigor of his work, from the Matisse Chapel to the beautiful SNAIL, composed of colored paper squares, will be the underpinning of this workshop. Develop new work influenced by the study of Matisse's use of intense color, line, pattern, and shape, using a variety of materials, not all of which were available to the master. Materials not provided.


2 sessions

Color Theory Painting

Milton Art Center @ 334 Edge Hill Rd, Milton, MA 02186

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

State of Clay: Bay Area Ceramics

Harvard University - Office of the Arts @ 224 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134

From pottery to sculptural expression, Nancy M. Servis unveils the dynamic variety of ceramics found in Northern California. Long recognized as a vital and populous state with extensive clay deposits, California has been the home of refined vessel-makers and artistic rule-breakers for over 75 years, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her image-illustrated presentation, State of Clay: Bay Area Ceramics contextualizes clay's extensive...

Art Lab

Art School 99 @ 86 Joy St, Somerville, MA 02143

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 02115

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 02460

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 02111

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

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