ADULT Programs

We have a variety of adult classes and workshops for those who love to learn! Many of our classes are on a rolling admission and some are drop-in to offer a bit of flexibility for busy lives. Check back often to see new opportunities.


 Intro to Drawing With Catherine Carter

6 Weeks | January 3, 2019 – February 7, 2019  |  Thursdays 6 – 8 pm
$157 member/ $175 Non-Member

Anyone can learn to draw! You just need clear, detailed instructions and a little encouragement. Join Catherine Carter to discover the world of line, form, value, and composition. We will work from direct observation, using basic materials and classical methods. Students will complete the course with the ability to create realistic depictions of still-life objects, botanical subjects, portraits, and other traditional subject matter.

Catherine Carter has taught drawing and painting classes to all ages and levels at college programs and art museums for more than 20 years. She has exhibited her own paintings extensively, including shows at the United States Embassies in Oman and Cameroon. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and currently resides in New Bedford.

To Register for this class: CLICK HERE!


Watercolor for All Levels | Adult Painting Class                      

6 Weeks  |  Jan 12–Feb 16  |  Sundays 12:30–2:30 pm

Non-member: $175.00    Member: $157.00

This course is perfect for students new to watercolor, or experienced painters looking to refine their skills. Each week students will explore different methods and techniques through of landscapes, still-life, figurative or abstract paintings. Please email instructor Patty White at [email protected] for material list. Pre-registration required.

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NEW CLASS:  Reclaiming Memories | Adult Photography Class 

4 weeks  |  Jan 13–Feb 3  |  Sundays 12:30-2:30 pm

Non-member: $125.00   Member: $112.00

Do you have boxes of old photographs and filmstrips collecting dust in your home just waiting to be restored and shared? Revisit old memories and convert your old film photographs to digital images in our Film to Digital Photograph Restoration course.

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Clay CLASSES for Adults

NOTICE: Due to increase material/personnel costs, we will be raising our prices for our clay classes in Jan 2019.

Ongoing Clay | Handbuilding & Wheelworking for Adults

Every Thursday  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm
Member: $22      Non-Member: $25

Every Saturday  | 10:00am – 12:00 noon
Member: $22      Non-Member: $25

There will be no class December 8th.

Complimentary 2lbs of clay is provided for first class.  Additional clay can be purchased for following classes; 5$ per 5 pounds. Low fire glazes and firings included.

To CLICK HERE to register for a class and pay, or call the museum at  508-961-3072. If the online site won’t allow you to purchase tickets for a specific date, it means that the class is sold out for that time.

NEW: Advanced Wheel-Working  |  Adult Clay Class:

4 weeks  |  Jan 13–Feb 3  |  Sundays 1:30–4:30 pm

Non-member: $ 193.00   Member: $177.00

This 4-week course will take your ceramic skill to the next level. Join experienced potter Corrinn Jussell as she teaches you the advanced skills to create beautiful and useful vessels. This class is designed for students who want to progress in their skill and gain real independence in the clay studio. The 3-hour class and the weekly schedule allows you to really understand the clay and prepares you for more advanced forming techniques.   25lbs of clay included with purchase of class, additional clay can be purchased through the museum. 8 Student Maximum.

CLICK here to register for this class.

Open Clay Studio

For our advanced adult clay students who can work independently we are now offering open studio time during the week and weekend. No instructor is provided. Open studio is available during New Bedford Art Museum gallery a hours, 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday, when the clay studio is not being used for our regularly scheduled classes. Please call to schedule your time slot.

Cost: $9 per hour for members, $10 per hour for non-members

Adult students interested in doing open studio must either take one adult clay drop-in class, or  schedule a meeting ($10 for an hour) with the studio manager to review studio rules and practices.

Call Deb (508-961-3072) to make arrangements for Open Studio.



New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! reaches out to the following communities and beyond to engage a diverse audience, offer exemplary educational programming and provide a vibrant center for the arts: New Bedford, Marion, Mattapoisett, Dartmouth, Westport, Rochester, Wareham, Acushnet, Freetown, Berkley, Swansea, Fall River, Fairhaven, Middleborough, Bristol, Newport and Providence.