ADULT Programs

We have a variety of adult classes! Many of our classes are on a rolling admission and some are drop-in to offer a bit of flexibility for busy lives.

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DATE: 4/26 – 6/14/2018
TIME: Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm
COST: $180.00 Member/ $200 Non-Member

To register, call our Studio Arts Director, Deb Smook at 508-961-3072.


Click here to register Online. 

Learn oil painting and the classic methods used by the old masters. Using traditional tools, learn the skills to create and propel your art to the next level. Students will be given a photograph of a still life or landscape that Ryan will provide for the class. The instructor will work alongside the class so comparisons can be made and creative changes will be possible.  Returning students can decide on your own subject or finish previous unfinished work. Intermediate and advanced participants can bring in still life objects or if you would prefer a landscape please bring a photograph with you. Clip-on lights are needed. If you have some please bring them with you.

Ryan Santos is an illustrator and painter that was trained and exhibited in New York City as well as New England. This New Bedford native currently makes the South Coast his home.

Click here to download the painting class supply list.


Every Thursday from 6 pm – 8 pm

Saturday from 2:30pm – 4:30 pm

$25 Tuition – $22 for Members
Additional cost  clay; 1$ per pound. Low fire glazes and firings included.

Pay as go instructional clay classes from beginner to advanced students.
Classes will be held at 608 Pleasant St. New Bedford Art Museum.

Open Clay Studio

If you are unable to meet on Thursdays 6-8 pm for our adult clay class and can work independently we are now offering open studio clay for adults. No instructor is provided. Call and reserve your day and time. Open studio is available when the clay studio is not being used for our regularly scheduled classes and New Bedford Art Museum gallery and office hours. Same price as adult clay class. See above.

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.