Classes & Workshops

Saturday Yoga with Kathleen Young

Every other Saturday
8:30—9:30 a.m.

Gentle flow yoga with Kathleen Young is a one-hour class that incorporates simple flowing sequences to warm up the body as well as slower paced movements focusing on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility.

Each class ends with a period of relaxation.

This class is appropriate for anyone of any age, shape, or size.  No experience or flexibility required.  Kathleen is a certified yoga teacher and has been teaching for over 20 years.

Fee: $15.00 per class; you must register for each class individually

10 participants maximum per class

Gentle Yoga with Kezia Bacon (September, 2023)

Wednesdays (4 classes)
September 6, 13, 20 and 27
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Suitable for beginners, this 1-hour class includes centering, warm-ups, and gentle yoga postures to help you stretch, strengthen, and tone your body while calming your mind. Most students feel relaxed and refreshed by the end of class.

Sessions are held in the museum’s Phoenix Gallery.
Kezia (pronounced Kee-za) is a Kripalu-Certified Yoga Instructor who has been teaching since 1997.

Fee: $48.00

Registration required for monthly class:

12 participants maximum in each class.

Kezia also offers drop-in classes for $15.00.

Tai Chi with Kathryn Demers (Sept 2023)

5 weeks, Fridays
September 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tai Chi is an ancient art involving postures, breathing, and movements to enhance the flow of energy, or chi, throughout and around the body. It is based on the concepts of yin and yang, the dynamic balancing of opposites, and the rhythms of the natural world.  Tai chi is a mind-body practice originally developed as a martial art, and now widely practiced for its many health and wellness benefits.

Kathryn Demers is a certified tai chi and qi gong instructor. She has studied tai chi and qi gong with Master Fang Chih-Lee for several years. She teaches Yang style, with the focus on enhancing health and wellness through the mind-body connection. With a diverse background in education, movement-based learning and energy modalities, Kathryn enjoys teaching the art and science of tai chi. She offers classes at several locations in the area.

“Tai Chi and Qi Gong are gentle on the body, calming to the mind, and good for the spirit,” says Demers. “I love the many health benefits of tai chi and qi gong and am glad to have the opportunity to share this practice with others.”

Fee: $75.00

Registration required:

12 participants maximum in each class.

Oil Painting with Laura Tryon Jennings (September, 2023)

Wednesdays (6 classes)
September 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Oil painting for adults of all skill levels. Laura teaches each student individually, so they can paint at their own level and paint a subject befitting their skills and needs.

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 except for COVID-19 related events.

Fee: $198.00 ($28.00 supply fee to Laura if you need supplies)

Registration required for monthly class:

12 participants maximum in each class.

Introduction to Painting with Acrylic Paint

Thursdays (6 classes)
September 14, 21, and 28, 2023
October 5, 12, and 19, 2023
2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Kelley MacDonald

If you are new to painting or have been away from it for a while, this is the class for you! Using acrylic paints, we will cover the basics every artist needs to know to create art in your own voice. Composition, value, color, line, edges, and more will be weekly topics. Our exercises each week will build your skills, and then we will apply the knowledge in a painting each day.

Leave your anxiety behind, as this is a gentle class that will provide you with the tools you need to create and the confidence to take your skills to the next level.

Fee: $175.00

12 participants maximum

Basic Linoleum Block Printing

Fridays (6 classes)
September 29, 2023
October 6, 13, 20, and 27
November 3
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Sally Dean

Learn the art of block printing. Explore the steps of designing, carving, and printing linoleum blocks. Creating a plate can be meditative and the results are exciting! We will work on small prints for cards and fabric, as well as a larger, more in-depth piece. We will do both hand printing as well as printing with the press.

Fee: $175.00 (All materials included, but please bring a sketchbook.)

12 participants maximum

Color Patterning on Baskets

October 21, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Instructor: Dianne Stanton

No previous basketmaking experience is necessary to make this basket, as instructor Dianne Stanton walks you through all the steps. The final basket will measure 17” long x 12”wide x 8”deep (excluding handles).

Tools for students to bring to class: Your lunch, a bucket or dishpan, a small towel, a pencil, an awl or knitting needle, scissors and/or diagonal cutting pliers, and some clip clothespins.

Stanton is an artist who has been weaving baskets since 1977.  She has taught and exhibited her work nationally and internationally.

Registration Fee: $80.00

Materials Fee: $48.00 (Payable directly to instructor on the day of the workshop)

12 participants maximum

Lemon Etch Lithography

November 4, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Instructor: Carolyn Muskat

This one-day workshop will introduce the basic principles of lithography, using aluminum foil, gum Arabic and lemon juice.  Developed during the past year, Lemon Etch Litho is a method of using simple materials to produce small, beautifully tonal lithographs with or without a press.  Based on Kitchen Litho, this method pushes the tonal capabilities of the process closer to traditional stone and plate litho.

Litho is often considered a complex and challenging medium, requiring a wide range of materials and equipment.  This method shifts that concept around, using easily accessible materials.  We will create an image from start to finish, including processing and printing a small set of prints onto thin Asian-style papers. We will also introduce methods of adhering our images onto backing sheets (chine collé)!

No prior printmaking experience is necessary.

Carolyn Muskat owns and operates Muskat Studios, a professional printmaking studio in Somerville, MA, where she creates her own work and collaborates with artists to produce original fine art prints. She has taught at many local art colleges and is a former President of the Boston Printmakers.

Registration Fee: $175.00

Many of the materials are included in the fee, but students are required to bring a few items.
Please see the Supply List below:

  • 1 piece of plexi, approx. 9 x 12” for image plate (if you wish to continue at home)
  • 1 – 2 sponges
  • Gloves (for clean-up)
  • Shop towels (heavy duty paper towels) or rags
  • Newsprint
  • No. 2 graphite pencil
  • Apron or work shirt
  • Thin Asian-style papers– Mulberry, Kozo, Kitikata, etc. (Can also print on heavier papers such as Rives Lightweight or Heavyweight if using the press)
  • Small container with a lid for storing Gum Arabic in refrigerator

Optional supplies:

  • Small cotton pads or cotton balls (from make-up aisle at the store)
  • 1 – 2 soft brushes
  • Inexpensive ball point pen (for registration marks)

12 participants maximum

Felted Coasters

November 17, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Instructor: Betty Greene

Needle Felting is a fairly new art medium, developed by women who wanted to stretch the envelope of working with the barbed needle used for 3-D wool sculptures often done in Montessori schools. It has since expanded globally with many oil and watercolor painters finding it a wonderful way to create images.

In this class you will learn the basics by observation and practice. One of the most common observations felt by beginners is the sense of calm that is produced by the repetitive poking of wool into the background fabric.

You will be supplied with a variety of needles, wool felt “canvases” and soft fluffy wool which will be your “paint.” I will also bring foam pads for you to work on, a necessity to keep the needle from breaking as the wool is poked through the felt.

Please bring a lunch. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.

Betty Greene has always lived and earned as an artist. She discovered needle felting just 7 years ago and immediately found she was “made” for it.

Registration Fee: $69.00

Materials Fee: $15.00 (payable directly to the instructor on the day of the workshop)

12 participants maximum

Origami: Sonobe Balls

December 9, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Instructor: Andrea Plate

Make a gift that will bring joy all year:  Origami Sonobe Balls.

Registration Fee: $60.00

Materials Fee: $3.00 (payable directly to the instructor on the day of the workshop)

12 participants maximum

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