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.

New Session: TBA
Thursdays 6-8pm
$100 Non-members/ $90 Members


Acrylic Painting with Catherine Carter

DATE(S): January 11 through March 1, 2018
TIME(S): Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm
COST: $180.00 Member/ $200 Non-Member

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Discover the possibilities of acrylic paint, from representational depiction based on observation to fun textural explorations. All the basics will be clearly explained, from materials to techniques to styles of painting. Intended for beginners, but continuing students will be challenged with new projects and concepts.

Bring to first class:

  1. 1 stretched canvas, 16″ x 20″
  2. Pad of white drawing paper, 16″ x 20″
  3. Tube of ultramarine blue acrylic paint
  4. Tube of titanium white acrylic paint
  5. Selection of brushes
  6. 2 large plastic water cups
  7. Roll of paper towels
  8. Roll of masking tape
  9. Pencil and eraser

Catherine Carter has taught drawing, painting, and design at colleges and museums for 15 years. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and currently, works at Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford. Her artwork may be viewed on her website:


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DATE(S): November 30, 2017 through January 18, 2018
TIME(S): Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
COST: $180.00 Member/ $200 Non-Member

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Oil Painting in the Shadow of the Masters

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.

Download the painting class supply list HERE


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Every Thursday from 6pm -8pm
$25 Tuition – $22 for Members
Additional $25 for 25 lb of clay, glazes and firing.

Pay as go instructional clay classes from beginner to more 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 to make arrangements.


DATE(S):First Sunday every month. Begins January 7, 2018

TIME(S): 12-2 pm. Level B

COST: $10.00 per person / per session

To register, contact Life Drawing coordinator:
Bradford Johansen
[email protected]

Come draw from a live nude model. No instruction. Bring all your own drawing/painting gear. Short and long poses.

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

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.