Art Classes and Workshops

NBAM offers creative and engaging educational experiences for anyone ready to learn.
Discover our Art Classes and Workshops to explore your inner artist.

Printmaking/Bookmaking

Cricut Cut Screen Printing Class
Saturdays: January 21, 2023 - February 11, 2023
Signup deadline: January 8
10:30AM - 1:00PM
Non-members: $220.00
Members: $198.00

Ages: 18+

This 4-week class will introduce the silk screening process using a Cricut die-cutting machine. Students will learn basic planographic printmaking skills and explore materials, layering, and color mixing. This workshop will use vinyl to create a stencil on a silk screen.

Students will learn to design images that will be converted into the Cricut Workspace. Screens will be printed using acrylic ink with a squeegee on the material of student provided choices. Class Maximum: 12 students.

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Katrina Emily Benner is an artist and designer from Southeastern Massachusetts. She received a BFA in Printmaking with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 2019 and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth CVPA in 2022. Katrina has been the recipient of numerous awards; including the 75th Boston Printmakers Book Award, Corporal Kristina Paglio Commitment to Service Award (RISD), and the John A. Chironna Memorial Scholarship Award for Printmaking (RISD).
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Intro to Relief Printmaking
Sundays: January 22, 2023 - February 12, 2023
Signup deadline: January 8
9:30AM - 12:00PM
Non-members: $220.00
Members: $198.00

Ages: 18+

In this introductory 4 week class, you will learn about various relief printing processes. Topics include, soft linoleum carving, hand-and-press printing, multi-block prints, and chine-colle techniques. All materials included. Class maximum: 12 participants.

Taylor Hickey is a printmaker, bookmaker, and sculptor working out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Born in Southeast Texas, Taylor earned her BA in Drawing and Printmaking from McNeese State University and went on to earn an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2021. She developed a body of work which pays homage to the human endeavor to understand the universe at large.

Bookmaking Class
Sundays: January 22, 2023 - February 12, 2023
Signup deadline: January 8
1:00PM - 3:30PM
Non-members: $220.00
Members: $198.00
Ages: 18+

In this 4 week introductory class, students will learn about various bookmaking techniques. Topics include personalized paper marbling, accordion style books, creating a zine, and stitched binding techniques. All materials included. Class maximum: 12 participants.

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Taylor Hickey is a printmaker, bookmaker, and sculptor working out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Born in Southeast Texas, Taylor earned her BA in Drawing and Printmaking from McNeese State University and went on to earn an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2021. She developed a body of work which pays homage to the human endeavor to understand the universe at large.

FIBER ARTS

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Intro to Weaving
Saturdays: January 21, 2023 - February 11, 2023
Signup deadline: January 8
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Non-members: $220.00
Members: $198.00
Ages: 18+

In this 4 week introductory class, students will learn how to create your very own tapestry piece through the art of weaving. Students will learn techniques to achieve various textures within their project. This medium is great for beginners who are not quite ready for weaving looms but want to experiment with color and form. Class maximum: 12 students.

Tania Vasconcelos is an artist from Southeastern Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a BFA in Textile and Fiber Arts in May 2022. Tania has also worked as an artMOBILE educator for the Art Museum.

Shibori Dyeing Workshop
Saturday: February 18, 2023
Signup deadline: February 5
12:30PM - 3:30PM
Non-members: $90.00
Members: $81.00

Ages: 18+

This one-day, 3 hour workshop, will introduce students to the world of resist dyeing in the form of Japanese Shibori. This technique can be dated back to the 5th century and is traditionally dyed with Indigo. Students will learn different methods of Shibori and basic fabric dyeing. All materials are included. Class maximum: 12 students

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Tania Vasconcelos is an artist from Southeastern Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a BFA in Textile and Fiber Arts in May 2022. Tania has also worked as an artMOBILE educator for the Art Museum.
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Devin “Nived” McLaughlin is a multi-faceted artist and educator with an A.A. in Fine Art. His specialties include painting, drawing and sculpture. Works made by Devin are retained in private collections across the United States.

Introduction to Artistic Needle Felting
Session I: Sundays, January 22 - February 12, 2023
Signup deadline: January 8
Session II: Sundays, March 5 - March 26, 2023
Signup deadline: February 19
Time: 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Non-members: $220.00
Members: $198.00
Ages: 18+

In this 4 week course you will learn the basics of needle felting, it's science and it's history. This contemporary fiber art has ties to both the textile industry and to Massachusetts itself! Students will learn how to plan and create 3 dimensional woolen sculptures, and felted 'paintings' using little more than a single needle. This is a perfect course for crafters and fine artist alike! All materials included. Class maximum: 12 students.

Two sessions available. Those that wish to develop their skills even further than the 4 week introductory course are encouraged to enroll in the second session, where they will be able to continue with expanded projects.

"Galentine's" Day Friendship Bracelet Workshop
Monday: February 13, 2023
Signup deadline: January 30
6:00PM-8:00PM
Non-members: $55.00
Members: $49.50
Ages: 18+

What is "Galentines" Day?
A yearly celebration of female friendship the day before Valentine's Day. We welcome all friends (of any and all genders) to attend!

Learn step-by-step beaded bracelet techniques and guided instruction on creating your own chevron patterned friendship bracelet with embroidery threads. All materials included. Class maximum: 16 participants.

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Taylor Hickey is a printmaker, bookmaker, and sculptor working out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Born in Southeast Texas, Taylor earned her BA in Drawing and Printmaking from McNeese State University and went on to earn an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2021. She developed a body of work which pays homage to the human endeavor to understand the universe at large.
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"Rage Squares" Workshop
Sunday: February 19, 2023
(Snow date: Sunday, February 26, 2023)

1:00PM - 3:00PM
Ages: All
Admission: Free

The project, as envisioned by textile artist Agusta Agustsson, is to make a large, crowd-sourced community quilt to support women’s health and reproductive rights. Participants can voice their support through a signature, slogan, or quote. "Individual squares show our RAGE. The project, like that in the larger world, is ongoing."

No sewing skills are required. Participants may bring fabric that is meaningful and think about a phrase or sentence to convey in the square. A sewing machine and materials will be provided. Finished squares can be taken or donated. This workshop is free with a limit of 30 participants. Pre-registration guarantees admittance.

 

Agusta Agustsson began making quilts as a painting major at Massachusetts College of Art. Concurrently, at the Graphic Workshop, she created silkscreened posters which received local, national, and international recognition. Many of her pastel landscapes can be found in corporate collections. She worked as an art teacher for 22 years. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston acquired one of her quilts in 2017. Her work has been included in the Museum’s recent publication "Fabric of a Nation," a contribution to textile arts history that documents 400 years of quilting in America.

PAINTING

Exploring Acrylic Paint
Sessions I: Sundays, January 22, - February 12, 2023
Signup deadline: January 8
Session II: Sundays, March 5 - March 26, 2023
Signup deadline: February 19
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Non-members: $198.00
Members: $220.00
Ages: 18+

In these two 4 week-classes you will learn the basics of acrylic painting through practical application. Devin 'Nived Art' McLaughlin will guide the courses covering everything from the basics of understanding and manipulating color to exploring both classical and contemporary painting techniques. These courses are perfect for beginners and those looking to sharpen their existing skillsets alike! All materials included. Class maximum: 12 students. 

Two sessions available. Those that wish to develop their skills even further than the 4 week course are encouraged to enroll in the second session, where you will be able to continue with expanded projects.

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Devin “Nived” McLaughlin is a multi-faceted artist and educator with an A.A. in Fine Art. His specialties include painting, drawing and sculpture. Works made by Devin are retained in private collections across the United States.
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Abstract Painting
Dates: Wednesdays, January 25 - February 15, 2023
Signup deadline: January 8
Time: 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Non-members: $220.00
Members: $198.00
Ages: 18+

In this 4-week course, local painter Devin 'Nived' McLaughlin will lead you through the basics of creating abstract paintings. Students will explore both the techniques and styles of abstract masters of and developing their personal painting styles to create. All materials included. Class maximum: 12 students.

Devin “Nived” McLaughlin is a multi-faceted artist and educator with an A.A. in Fine Art. His specialties include painting, drawing and sculpture. Works made by Devin are retained in private collections across the United States.

Mixed Media Acrylic Painting
Session I: Fridays, January 27 - February 17, 2023
Signup deadline: January 8
Session II: Fridays, March 3 - March 24, 2023
Signup deadline: February 19
Time: 5:30PM - 8:30PM

Non-members: $220.00
Members: $198.00
Ages: 18+

These two 4-week courses are all about the exploration of mixed media assemblage and pushing the boundaries of our imaginations. Together, with the guidance of Devin 'Nived Art' McLaughlin, you will challenge yourselves to create astounding works of wonder that seem to, and very well might, come to life right off the wall! These courses combine both painting techniques and an array of unique sculptural elements. With each creation that you bring to life you will face new challenges and new opportunities to grow as an artist. Materials included. Feel free to bring your own personalized mixed media materials. Class maximum: 12 students.

Two sessions available. Those that wish to develop their skills even further than the 4 week course are encouraged to enroll in the second session, where you will be able to continue with expanded projects.

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Devin “Nived” McLaughlin is a multi-faceted artist and educator with an A.A. in Fine Art. His specialties include painting, drawing and sculpture. Works made by Devin are retained in private collections across the United States.

POTTERY

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Ashley Jeneé Collins is currently a post baccalaureate ceramics student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Ashley's professional experiences have included: management of a private ceramic studio, and production of product photography for a small non-profit social enterprise. Through Ashley's fourteen years of ceramic experience, she has assisted in throwing demonstrations for undergraduates, worked with at-risk youth to express themselves through clay projects and personalized stepping stones, and assisted in a community school ceramics classes.

Intro to Pottery
Weekends: Saturdays, January 21 - February 11, 2023
Weekdays: Wednesdays, January 25 - February 15, 2023
Signup deadline: January 8
Saturdays: 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Wednesdays: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Non-Members: $330.00
Members: $297.00
Ages: 18+

In these two 4-week introduction classes, learn about the basics of pottery making! Students will learn proper technique and form on a pottery wheel to create functional vessels. Students will glaze and seal their work and the Art Museum will fire final pieces. Available on Wednesday or Saturday nights. All materials are included. Class maximum: 8 students.

income based discount

The New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! is committed to providing quality art experiences for all people of our community. Please contact [email protected]  to request an income-based discount form.