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.






Watercolor for All Levels | Adult Painting Class

6 Weeks | Feb 23 –March 30, 2019 | Saturdays 10:00 am –12:00 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 see website for material list. Pre-registration required.

CLICK HERE for registration.

Intro to Drawing With Catherine Carter

6 Weeks | February 28, 2019 – April 4th, 2019  |  Thursdays 6 – 8 pm
Non-Member: $175  Member: $157

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.

CLICK HERE to register!





NEW: Intermediate Wheel-Working  |  Adult Clay Class:

4 weeks  |  Mar 3 – 24  |  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 the purchase of class, additional clay can be purchased through the museum. 8 Student Maximum.

CLICK HERE to register!






Introduction to Wood Carving
4 weeks |Mar 17 – Apr 7, 2019  | Sundays | 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Non-member: 170.00    Members: 155.00

Learn the art of woodcarving  with Bill. This is a beginners class. Create your own low relief carving with step by step instructions from a local woodcarver and artist. You choose the theme.
Pre-registration is required.
Sign up by March 3 to order wood carving kits.

CLICK HERE to register!

Questions? Email [email protected]





NEW: Watercolor for Absolute Beginners 

4 weeks | Apr 6 -27 | Saturdays | 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Non-member:$125.00  Member:  $112.00

Discover the joy of watercolor with easy-to-follow instructions.  Anyone can achieve fun and colorful paintings by being guided through some simple steps.  You will be taught how to use washes and layering techniques as a foundation for your artistic creations.  Students will complete the course with a foundation for the pursuit of future watercolor projects.  Enjoy the meditative qualities of watercolor as you explore the possibilities this medium has to offer.

Jane Bregoli has taught art to all levels from beginner to advanced students in all settings. Please contact Jane at [email protected] for materials list.

CLICK HERE to register!

NEW CLASS:  Reclaiming Memories | Adult Photography Class

4 weeks  |  Apr 7 – May 5  |  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.

CLICK HERE to register!

Clay CLASSES for Adults

Ongoing Clay | Handbuilding & Wheelworking for Adults

Every Thursday  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm
Member: $25      Non-Member: $28

Every Saturday  | 10:00am – 12:00 noon
Member: $25      Non-Member: $28

Complimentary 2lbs of clay is provided for the 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.

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 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: $10 per hour for members, $12 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.