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    Adult Classes

    Adult class descriptions can be found online. If you need help finding the right class, the registration staff will be happy to assist you. The best way to reach us is by email at transactions@worcesterart.org; your question will be forwarded to the person or department most appropriate to answer your question. Unless noted, supply lists are available at the first class.

    Adult Course Key

    • 100 Novice/Beginner For those interested in learning and exploring a new medium. No previous experience is necessary.
    • 200 Beginner/Intermediate For those inexperienced in a medium.
    • 300 All Levels Open to all levels of beginning and continuing students.
    • 400 Intermediate For those who have taken at least one other class in that medium.
    • 500 Intermediate / Advanced Pre-requires two or more similar courses
    • 600 Advanced / Intensive For advanced students and Professional Artists only.

    Youth Classes

    Youth class descriptions can be found online. All materials are supplied for our youth class program. If you need help finding the right class the registration staff are happy to assist you. The best way to reach us is by email at transactions@worcesterart.org.

    Youth Class Key

    • Ages 3-5 w/adult These classes introduce young children to art materials and new experiences through studio activities, games, and stories. Required parent/guardian participation reinforces communication skills and assists children in developing motor skills. Shared and individual activities help children gain self-confidence as adults model life-long learning habits. These classes require one adult (guardian) per child enrolled.

    • Years 5+ w/adult Students of varying ages and a parent/guardian learn together about art materials through gallery visits and studio activities. Required parent/guardian participation reinforces creative thinking, design, implementation and assists younger students in developing these skills. These classes allow up to two children per one adult (guardian) enrolled.

    • Ages 5-7 Students are exposed to a broad range of ideas and art forms through medium-specific classes such as sculpture and painting, as well as through theme-based classes. Emphasis is on self-expression and experimentation.

    • Ages 8-10 & 11-13 Students strengthen creative confidence and technical abilities through medium-specific courses. Projects focus on developing observational and technical skills as well as furthering the student's ability to think independently.

    Teen Classes

    Teen class descriptions can be found online. All materials are supplied for our youth class program. If you need help finding the right class the registration staff are happy to assist you. The best way to reach us is by email at transactions@worcesterart.org.

    Teen Class Key

    • Ages 14-17 Projects and critiques continue to help develop technical skills and support the student's ability to make personal decisions about expression, style, and content.


    Spray paints, fixatives, and aerosols are prohibited in adult and youth classes. We recommend the use of non-toxic no odor solvents; ask your instructor for more information. The Worcester Art Museum is not responsible for materials left on the premises. Please bring any appropriate supplies you already have to the first class. Instructors will go over specific supply lists during the first class meeting.

    Professional Development Partnerships/Points

    PDPs are available for all Adult Classes. Request by email: transactions@worcesterart.org. Certificates are sent when the entire session has ended. For more information on how your school district can join the Professional Development Partnership Program, call the Registration Administrator at 508.793.4333 or email transactions@worcesterart.org.

    Refund Policy - Important!

    Classes and adult workshops: a 90% refund is given upon withdrawal in writing 5 or more business days before first class meeting. Withdrawal must be in writing. Email withdrawal request to: transactions@worcesterart.org. No credits or refunds are given on withdrawals less than 5 business days before the first class meeting. When a class is canceled, students are issued a full refund. Vacation week programs: supervised lunch, extended day and workshop fees are non-refundable. Make-up classes are not offered if students are absent. Class tuition cannot be prorated due to student absences.

    Confirmations/Schedule Changes

    The Worcester Art Museum reserves the right to cancel any under-enrolled course, restrict the registration in a course, change instructors when necessary, and reschedule individual classes as needed and appropriate. If the Museum finds it necessary to cancel courses or make schedule changes, every effort will be made to notify registered students.

    Schedule Changes & Inclement Weather Closings

    In case of snow or inclement weather, please check facebook.com/WorcesterArtMuseum, whdh.com, or call 508.793.4333. Please note that Museum classes may still be held when local schools are closed. The Museum schedules make-up classes when possible.

    Driving Directions, Entrances and Accessibility

    Please click here for door to door Driving Directions. Classes are located in the Higgins Education Wing is accessible through the Lancaster Street entrance. Wheelchair and handicapped access is available through the Tuckerman Street entrance. Please let us know if you have any mobility needs or concerns when you register. Free Museum parking is available on Salisbury, Lancaster, and Tuckerman Streets.


    From time to time our in-house photographers and members of the news media take pictures of students participating in classes and programs, as well as their artwork, which may be reproduced for promotional purposes. If you prefer that you or your child not be photographed, please inform the photographer. If we have used a photo or video of you that you would prefer not be used, please contact us by email transactions@worcesterart.org, request that we remove the image, and we will be happy to take the photo or video down from our website and not use the photo in future print publications. Please be sure to fully describe the page and image, so we can identify it correctly.

    As a courtesy to other students and our faculty:

    Out of consideration for other students, we ask that cell phones be turned off. If you must make a phone call during class, please use the Lancaster Lobby to avoid disturbing others. Students are not allowed to leave early from class without written parent release form filled with the Education desk. Parents and guests must wait in the Lancaster Lobby or the Museum galleries during their child's class. Only registered students are allowed in the studios and galleries.