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    Adult Classes

    Adult class descriptions, supply lists and syllabi can be found online. 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; your question will be forwarded to the person or department most appropriate to answer your question.

    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; your question will be forwarded to the person or department most appropriate to answer your question.

    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 activites help children gain self-confidence as adults model life-long learning habits. These classes require one adult (guardian) per child 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 Confidence in creativity and technical skills is strengthened through medium-specific courses. Projects focus on developing observational and technical skills as well as furthering the student's ability to think independently.
    • 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. Assistance in developing a portfolio or selecting a class is available.

    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 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.


    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 we have used a photo or video of you that you would prefer not to have used, please contact us by email transactions@worcesterart.org requesting 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.

    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.


    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. For classes that have a material list, it will be provided in your email receipt. If you are registering online, all material lists and syllabi follow the course description.

    Professional Development Partnerships/Points

    PDP's are available for all Adult Classes request by email: transactions@worcesterart.org. Certificates are sent when the entire session has ended.

    In response to Education Reform legislation that mandates school system-sponsored Professional Development opportunities for all teachers, the Worcester Art Museum has created its Professional Development Partnership Program. Since then Professional Development Partnerships have been available to school systems in Central Massachusetts. These Partnerships allow teachers in public school systems to attend classes at the Worcester Art Museum free of any charge to them. Each Partnership is underwritten by the individual school system with administrative support from the Worcester Art Museum. Contact your school district to find out if they have become a Professional Development Partner.

    A Professional Development Partnership places teachers in adult education courses at the Worcester Art Museum where they can earn one Professional Development Point, per credit hour in the visual arts, creative writing, technology and the humanities. Teachers can also enroll in education classes that focus on the museum as an interdisciplinary teaching resource. We have a state-of-the-art Computer Studio and corresponding course instruction.
    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.

    Confirmations/Schedule Changes

    If you would like to confirm your registration, please call the Registration Administrator at 508.793.4333. The Worcester Art Museum reserves the right to cancel any under-enrolled course, to restrict the registration in a course, to change instructors when necessary, and to 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.

    Program Cancellations Due to Inclement Weather

    In case of snow or inclement weather, please go to WHDH Channel 7 site www.whdh.com. Please note that Museum classes may still be held when local schools are closed. The Museum schedules make-up classes when possible.