For the safety of our visitors and staff, New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Due to growing concerns over the COVID-19, we have decided this will be the best course of action for our organization. All Museum events are canceled or postponed while the Museum is closed. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

ADULT Programs

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





Adult Introduction to Wood Carving CANCELLED
Bill White
Sun, Apr 19 – May 17, 2 – 4 PM
4-weeks, no class May 10

Non-Members: $170     Member: $155

Learn the art of woodcarving with Bill. This is a beginner’s 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. Minimum 6 participants to run class.
Sign up by April 1, 2020 so we can pre-order the wood carving kits for you.
On-line registration: Best Way.
Questions? Email [email protected] / [email protected]

Unable to commit to a session? Check out our Workshops!

Clay Handbuilding & Wheelworking
Thurs, 6 – 8 PM,  Sat, 10 – 12 PM,  rolling admission
Non-Member: $28      Member: $25

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

Clay classes are paused until further notice, any questions please email us at [email protected]

*Please note that if the website does not allow you to register for a class, the class is full.*

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: Member: $10/hr         Non-member $12/hr

Adult students interested in doing an 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.