Classes & Workshops

In light of the current situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the museum will temporarily close until further notice.   All museum programs and classes are cancelled or postponed while the museum is closed.  The safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff is of most importance.  Please check our website and social media postings for updates.

To register for classes and workshops please use the pay online link in the class descriptions below to register and pay online.

Please make sure when registering for classes that you provide your preferred email address and phone number. Make-up classes will be scheduled by the instructor only in the event they are cancelled due to weather or if the instructor cancels. No refunds will be made after one week of classes. Classes cannot be pro-rated.

Watercolor Painting

with Jack Haran (POSTPONED)

Thursdays, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM, March 5 – April 9, $198

The goal of the class will be to demystify watercolors, from planning, materials, composition, washes, shapes, perspective, values, edges and anything else that comes up. Each day will start with a short talk and demo followed by the class painting following the advice.

Watercolor artist Jack Haran is the past president of the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS) and past President of North River Arts Society (NRAS). He sits on the Board of Directors for NRAS. He earned a BS in Fine Arts from Northeastern University and a Fine Arts Diploma from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has studied with Tony Van Hasselt and Judi Wagner, Zygmond Jankowski, John Kilroy, Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic.

Register and pay online for this class.

Spring Equinox Creative Day Retreat:  Yoga, Meditation, Sacred Sounds and Mandala Painting

with Marnie Bacon, Deb Ogden and Sally Dean Mello


Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, $108 per person

Lunch and materials are all included

On this day of balance, learn how to invite more peace and more creativity into your life!

Marnie Bacon, longtime professional yoga instructor, will guide you through a yoga and meditation practice to open you up to your own flow of creativity and to your authentic self. Deb Ogden will accompany the session with the resonate sounds of Tibetan bowl playing to inspire you even further beyond. And you will be bathed in healing mantra music as a special piece to our morning session.

Next, enjoy a delicious lunch provided by The Green Light Juice Bar and Cafe and take your own tour of The Art Complex Museum’s current exhibition.

Spend the afternoon at The Alden Studio (on premise) with local artist Sally Dean Mello, who will inspire and guide you through the spiritual process of painting a dot mandala in acrylic paint on rocks and canvasses.

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Cheating at Perspective

with John Roman

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, $125.

A one-day workshop based on the Artists Magazine feature article written by John Roman.

Artists are aware modern-day “perspective” drawing was discovered during the years of the Renaissance (1435-1550AD). What’s not as well known, however, is the fact that countless Renaissance artists were intimidated by the geometry and mathematics associated with “technical” perspective drawing…so, they practiced a form of approximate perspective in their paintings and drawings.

This one-day workshop will introduce you to seeing the three dimensions around you as well as quick ways to draw convincing perspective. Based on principles first conceived by the artists of the Renaissance, we will experiment with ways to capture depth in our art without the dry, technical rules most of us associate with perspective.

 John Roman has been teaching Perspective Drawing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 1993. He is also the author of The Art of Illustrated Maps (Simon & Schuster/HOW Books, 2015), and an award-winning illustrator (website below). He has written for Communication Arts magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Professional Artist and Print magazine. Roman’s article, “Urban Sketchers and Plein-Aire Painters: Descendants of The Renaissance,” appeared as a feature story in the November 2019 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.

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Japanese Woodblock Printmaking Workshop

with Lisa Houck

Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, 10:00AM – 3:00PM, $175

Japanese woodblock is a technique rich in tradition dating back to the 17th century. Ukiyo-e means “pictures of a floating world” because these prints depicted all parts of daily life. We will be carving wood blocks and inking them with watercolors and nori paste to create painterly gradations of color called bokashi. Students will have the opportunity to create two and three color prints and to experiment with a variety of Japanese papers. This non-toxic print medium is colorful and subtle and allows for beautiful transparent washes of color as well as detailed textures and wood grain, all of which make for unique imagery. Please bring sketchbooks, photos and other inspirations to the first class.

Lisa Houck works in watercolor, oil on wood, ceramics, mosaics and printmaking. Each medium allows her to invent new ways to express her view of nature through color and pattern. Lisa’s artwork has been exhibited widely, and is in numerous public and private collections, including The Boston Athenaeum, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Fidelity Investments, four libraries in Broward County Florida, Hale and Dorr, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Oil Painting for the Beginner and Beyond (Adults)

with Laura Tryon Jennings

Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (six classes per session)
$198 per session (plus $28 supply fee to be given to instructor)

Session 1 (February 5-March 11, 2020)
Session 2 (March 25-April 29, 2020)
Session 3 (May 13-June 17, 2020)

Artist Laura Jennings approaches teaching with each student individually, so they can paint freely, at their own level, and paint a subject (landscape, still life, portrait, abstract, interior, etc. from life and/or from a photograph) befitting their skills and needs. She talks with each new student before taking their first class to get a feel for what he or she would like to accomplish. This enables her to help guide his or her own unique creative strategies. For each session there is an optional assignment or challenge for those students who would like more direction and/or to discover a new technique. Often the class works on diverse paintings with a few participating in the assignment/challenge. Each session focuses on learning the basics of oil painting materials, foundations of color theory, color mixing, composition, and critique. Class can also be used to learn helpful tips and techniques to help promote your art professionally. The classes are sprinkled with beginners, intermediates, and beyond students. Each class contains a relaxed, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere enabling the student to find a distinctive pathway to oil painting. All supplies will be provided or bring your own supplies if you prefer.

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Open Printmaking Session

with Kyle Turner

Wednesdays, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, (four classes per session, held weekly), $150 per session

Paper available for purchase

Session 1 (March 4 – 25, 2020)
Session 2 (April 8 – 29, 2020)
Session 3 (May 6 – 27, 2020)

Weekly evening of printmaking in which participants will produce unique handmade images in multiples. Utilizing the Alden Studio’s intaglio printing press, specialized tools and dedicated work space as well as instruction and assistance provided by Kyle Turner, beginner printmakers will be given the opportunity to sample techniques including drypoint, relief and monotype printmaking. Participants with more experience will have the opportunity to pursue a more self-directed printmaking project in the process of their choosing (minding limitations). All experience levels are welcome.

Open Sessions are recommended for individuals of skill level beginner to intermediate, though experienced individuals looking for a space to work or a community to share in are wholly welcome.  Limitations: Incl. Press dimensions, equipment, techniques (drypoint, relief, mono, collagraph), etc.

Growing up art obsessed in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Kyle Turner has been engaging in the community’s creative scene from an early age.  In college, Turner pursued his interest in painting and found new appreciation for printmaking and art history. In 2013, he received his BFA, with a concentration in painting, from New Hampshire Institute of Art, in Manchester, NH.  Since 2014, Turner has been a member of the Art Complex Museum staff.

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Drypoint Workshop

with Kyle Turner

Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, $90

Paper available for purchase

Weekend of printmaking focused on exploring the technique of drypoint engraving. Practiced by the likes of Rembrandt and Camille Pissaro, drypoint is an etchant-free intaglio printmaking process in which a design is drawn on a printing plate with a sharp instrument. Once the plate is methodically inked and wiped, the incised design is transferred to paper using an intaglio printing press. Beginning with a special viewing of examples of drypoint prints from the museum’s permanent collection, participants will be introduced to the intaglio process and leave with multiple impressions of their own original handmade prints. All experience levels are welcome.

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The Art of Painting with Alcohol Inks

with Mary Wojciechowski

Friday, April 3, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, $95

Alcohol inks, highly pigmented and quick drying, differ from any other fluid medium as they flow, intermingle and create unique textures.  This workshop is designed for all levels of experience and offers opportunities to explore characteristics of these inks as well as learning the accessories and tools needed in the process.

One of the benefits of painting with alcohol inks is the opportunity to begin with an abstract composition and then, as the alcohol evaporates and the ink pools, to see the possibility of adding realistic elements. During this workshop, both abstraction as an objective and working abstractly toward a representational image will be investigated.  Class time will be divided between demonstrations and creating many small paintings for personal exploration of this exciting and unpredictable medium. The workshop will end with a critique allowing participants to share their paintings and to discuss what they have discovered.

$5.00 material fee paid directly to instructor. It would be advisable to bring a paint shirt or apron to protect clothing.

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with Kezia Bacon

Pay by the month at $10 per class, or $15 for individual classes (pay in class)

Gentle yoga, suitable for all ages and abilities. Suggestions for modifications will be offered as needed. This is a great place to start if you are a beginning yoga student, and a wonderful place to continue your practice if you’re more experienced, but prefer a gentle style class.

Kezia (pronounced: Kee-za) has been a yoga instructor since 1997. Most of her training was at Kripalu: including basic and advanced yoga teacher certifications, plus meditation, breathing techniques, and yoga for pregnancy. Kezia’s approach to yoga is to proceed gently, and with a sense of humor. She is well-versed in posture modification, and specializes in helping people develop a yoga practice to meet their individual needs.

Please call 781-934-6634 x 10 for more information or to check class availability.

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