If you have questions or would like more information, please contact MFA Studio Art Classes staff at artclasses@mfa.org.

For registration questions, you may also call the Box Office at 1-800-440-6975.

Please also review the Museum’s Ticketing Policies.

Ticketing and Registration

Pre-registration is required for all Studio Art classes. Classes fill quickly, so make sure to mark your calendars for on-sale periods. We accept payment by American Express, Mastercard, or Visa. There are currently no in-person ticket sales on site at the Museum.

Purchase Online: Purchase studio art classes and workshops. You can search class listings by day of the week, time of day, medium, and instructor. There are no fees for online orders.

Please make sure you register using your primary e-mail address, as that will be used for all communications.

Fall, Winter, and Spring session registration ends at 1 pm the day before class is scheduled to start.
Summer Session registration ends at Noon the Friday before classes are scheduled to start.

Please note that kids summer classes primarily spend most of their time indoors in a single classroom space, which could be approximately 7 hours a day. Therefore it is not recommended that students under the age of 12 register for more than three consecutive weeks of summer classes.

Online Classes

Physical tickets are not distributed for online classes. After registration, you will receive a digital ticket via e-mail from tickets@mfa.org. The ticket will include your order number, the dates that each class meets, and a link to join your Zoom classroom. The link is valid for every session that the class meets: use this link to access the class each week. Save this link (in your e-mail or as a bookmarked page on your browser) to easily access each week. Do not share this link, as it is unique to you and doing so puts you at risk of being locked out of the class.

In-person Summer Classes

Physical tickets are not distributed at this time. After registration, you will receive an order receipt via e-mail from tickets@mfa.org. One week prior to the start of class, you will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail from artclasses@mfa.org. Your name will be added to a class roster so when you arrive Studio Art administrative staff will check you off and confirm registration.

Stonybrook Fine Arts, Diablo Glass School, and Eliot School classes do not meet at the MFA. You may now register for partner classes directly with the institution by visiting their website.

During the registration period, the MFA may cancel classes due to low enrollment. We will do our best to switch students into similar classes or offer a refund. Students will be notified at least 24 hours prior to the class start date if their class in under-enrolled.

To find out about class cancellations due to inclement weather, please call the Museum at 617-369-3295. Studio Art Staff will update the outgoing message should classes be cancelled due to inclement weather. In general, Studio Art Classes will be cancelled if Boston Public Schools announces a closure. We regret that there is no makeup or refund for classes and workshops cancelled due to inclement weather.

Refunds are given only if the class is cancelled by the MFA for reasons unrelated to inclement weather.

We do not offer make-up classes for students who need to miss a class.

All ticket sales are final. Refunds are given only if the class is canceled by the MFA. We regret that there is no makeup or refund for classes and workshops canceled due to inclement weather.

If Studio Art Class students have been asked to leave the program due to exposure or testing positive for COVID-19, they may be eligible for a full or partial refund. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and discussed with the program manager. Depending on space available in a future class, registrations may be switched within the Summer session when the student is symptom-free. Contact artclasses@mfa.org.

Planning

Where to set up your space

A dedicated location with good lighting—whether it’s a free corner of your kitchen or converting an unused dining table—is all you need. Make sure you have enough room to work: take into account the size of your piece, and give yourself enough room to move around it. You should have enough room to lay out the materials you will be using, as well as space to set up your laptop or tablet so you can interact with your instructor and classmates.

We suggest laying out newspapers or a drop cloth underneath your workspace to protect your table.

We also recommend having a camera or camera phone on hand, so you can take in-progress pictures of your work to share with the class.

Storage

Organize your materials and have somewhere to tuck them away when you’re not using them. A few recommendations from our own home studio setups:

  • Mason jars or yogurt cups can be used for organizing pens, pencils, and paintbrushes.
  • A storage cart can be used to organize supplies; tuck them away when not in use.
  • Wire and clothespins can be used to dry (and display) in progress pieces of art. For larger or heavier works on canvas, we recommend having a few designated hooks on the wall or storing them vertically in a larger box or crate where they won’t accidentally get bumped.

Any questions?

Feel free to ask their instructor any home-studio tips, or be in touch with our Studio Art admin staff. We can be reached at artclasses@mfa.org.

Visitors to the MFA have three self-parking options: the Huntington Lot, the Fenway Lot, and the Museum Road Garage, all of which have entrances on Museum Road. All parking facilities have handicap spaces. Museum members are entitled to a parking discount.

Kids and Teen Classes: Parents and guardians of an enrolled Studio Art Class student can receive up to 20 minutes of free parking in the MFA Garage. If you park more than 20 minutes, parking price rates apply.

Arriving for Summer Classes

Students must arrive and enter at the Linde Family Wing Entrance, located off of Museum Road. Studio Art administrative staff will be available to begin checking in students up to 30 minutes before class starts. Do not arrive before this time. Admission for Studio Art Classes will not be permitted at other Museum entrances. Please follow the directions of Studio Art staff to line up 6 feet apart along the sidewalk. Do not wait in an active roadway. Do not congregate or cluster. When class is ready to begin, students will be escorted to their respective classrooms.

Parents and guardians of kids and teen students are expected to leave immediately after checking in with administrative staff and dropping off their child. Parents and guardians are not permitted to enter the Museum with their children. We recognize this can be challenging, particularly with our youngest students! We ask your help in talking through the program and what to expect with your children ahead of time, and helping them get excited for what they will experience while at the Museum. As much as possible, please have the same person responsible for drop-off and pick-up during the week.

COVID-19 Health Screening

All students are required to complete the COVID-19 Health Screening for each class. This can be completed on a smartphone. This is a required regulation. Please answer the questions honestly and completely each day of the program. If you have been sick or had any known exposures, do not attend the program.

Departing for Summer Classes

All students must exit via the Linde Family Wing Entrance. Parents and guardians of students under the age of 12 must prepare to present a photo ID for verification for the student to be released. To indicate adults that are authorized to pick up the student, please complete the Student Form. A link to the Student Form can be found in your confirmation letter.

Teen Self-Dismissal

All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older in the Museum. Students ages 12 and above may self dismiss.

Masks

Recommended (2) masks, marked with the student’s name

Food

All necessary nut-free food, as there will be no options available to purchase on site. Staff will not be able to provide food or utensils to students. If a kid or teen student forgets food or a water bottle, administrative staff will contact parents and guardians first, followed by emergency contacts, to arrange a drop off at the Linde Family Wing Entrance.

Water Bottles

Water fountains are available on site to refill water bottles. Drinking directly from water fountains is not permitted. Drinks are not available for purchase on site.

For Adult Students

Art supplies. Please check Supply Lists for individual supplies lists for each class. Supplies for kids and teen classes are provided. Bringing a snack or water bottle is suggested.

For Kids and Teen Students

Towel (to eat picnic lunch outside, weather permitting); and a smock or shirt that can get messy.

We do not offer make-up classes.

Studio Art classrooms are located in several areas of the Museum. Due to the building’s historic architecture, the third-floor classrooms, 305A, 305B, 305D and 305E, are not wheelchair-accessible and must be accessed by stairs. Please let us know in advance if the student has limited mobility; we can make accommodations, including relocating the class to an accessible space.

To inform the Studio Art Class program of any access needs, please e-mail artclasses@mfa.org or call our office at 617-369-3295.

Wheelchair Accessibility

Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at all entrances. The MFA also welcomes your personal walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters. All galleries in the Museum are wheelchair accessible.

Personal care attendants are welcome to accompany the student for the duration of class and are admitted free of charge. Assistive-listening devices are available upon request.

For more information about Accessibility, e-mail access@mfa.org or call 617-369-3189 or TTY 617-369-3393.

All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older while in the Museum. As such, children under the age of 12 who are enrolled in a studio art class must be released to an adult 18 or older.

Students ages 12 and above are permitted to self dismiss.

When minors are left in our care, it is important that we have access to the student’s emergency contacts, health information, allergies and authorizations in the event of an emergency in order to relay relevant information to medical professionals. Please complete the required information prior to the start of classes by clicking the link sent to you in the confirmation letter. Records must be updated annually and filled out completely.

On-Site Accommodations

The number of students in each class has been reduced, to allow for six feet of social distancing. There is a maximum of ten students plus one instructor and for kids and teen classes, an additional teaching assistant. Teachers and teaching assistants do not change throughout the week. Class groups will not mix throughout the week.

Classrooms have been rearranged and remodeled for social distancing. Kids and teen students will have a unique designated space where they can store their belongings. Due to limited space and capacity, we strongly advise students against bringing unnecessary items, i.e. toys from home. Studio classrooms have been inspected by our facilities team, who installed HVAC filter upgrades as needed and Nanoseptic self-cleaning stickers on gallery doors.

For Kids and Teen Classes

Each student will be given their own kit of supplies to use throughout the week, to reduce cross-contamination by sharing supplies. Kids and teen students do not need to provide their own supplies.

For Adult Classes

Adult students are responsible for providing their own supplies. Easels and commonly shared equipment in the studio classrooms are sanitized each day.

Studio Art Classes will have exclusive use of the Museum galleries on Mondays and Tuesdays, when it is closed to the public! Each class will have scheduled time to visit the galleries and draw inspiration from our collection. The Museum is following every safety precaution, and still enforces timed-ticket entry, so, regretfully, class visits to the galleries are not permitted when we are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday. On those days, students will spend dedicated studio time pursuing their projects. Since classrooms are located throughout the Museum, students are expected to proceed directly to the classroom location and not stop in the galleries.

The studio classrooms and Museum undergo a rigorous nightly cleaning using all CDC recommended cleaning products. The Museum has installed hand-sanitizing stations at regular intervals throughout the Museum, including near the studio classrooms.

Hand washing is required when:

  • Entering the studio classroom
  • Before and after meals
  • After sneezing, coughing, or nose blowing
  • After toileting
  • After touching shared surfaces that may be contaminated

All students and staff are asked to wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times while in the program, to minimize exposure to COVID-19. A student who does not comply may be asked to leave the program. This is in accordance with current CDC recommendations, and may change as the program continues.

Students are encouraged to take brief mask breaks as needed, and should step briefly into the hallway to take a break.

Lunch breaks will take place either in the classroom or outside (weather permitting). All students must bring their own individually packaged food, snack, drink, water bottles, utensils, and towel (to spread on the ground when eating outside). Staff cannot provide any utensils and/or food. There are public water fountains on site to refill personal water bottles. Drinking directly from water fountains is prohibited.

Lunch Indoors

Classes will take lunch in their classroom. Multiple classes do not take lunch together. Students will adjust to face the same direction while eating, and not face each other.

Lunch Outdoors

Weather permitting, classes can take their lunches outdoors on the MFA grounds or in the nearby Evans Way Park. Students should bring a towel to lay out on the grass for outdoor lunches.

As we operate a busy summer program, we are frequently away from our desks and focusing our attention on students. E-mail is therefore often the quickest and most consistent way to reach us at artclasses@mfa.org.

Phone

We will reach out by phone only in time-sensitive circumstances; in most other cases, we will reach out by e-mail.

In the event your student begins to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, they will be required to leave the program immediately. Studio Art administrative staff will help arrange for immediate pick-up for minors by contacting parents/guardians or an emergency contact by phone.

Students are expected to behave in conformity with the rules and regulations of the Museum. In the event their behavior is detrimental to the program, parents and guardians of minors will be contacted by phone for immediate removal from the program.

E-Mail

E-mail is our primary form of communication, and how we will share COVID-19 reports, request health forms, and send program reminders. The e-mail address used to register for the class is the e-mail address we will pull for all communications. Please also ensure e-mails from artclasses@mfa.org are designated as “important” in your inbox, and are not misdirected to spam / junk / promotions.

We will e-mail students as soon as possible if any student or staff has a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19 during the session.

If a current student or staff is reported to test positive for COVID-19, those within their class or who may have come in contact will be notified via e-mail as soon as possible. If the student has been with their class within two days before or after they have tested positive the entire group will be notified to quarantine for 14 days since their exposure.

We appreciate your prompt and open communication with program administration relating to positive COVID-19 cases in their circle by contacting the program directly at 617-369-3295 or artclasses@mfa.org.

Provisions

MFA Studio Art Classes are non-credit courses. Non-credit courses are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn new skills, upgrade existing skills, and develop personal interests. Non-credit courses are not applicable toward a degree. Students who need additional documentation may ask for a letter of completion.

In no event shall MFA Studio Art program, or any of its managers, employees, studio instructors, administrative assistants, be liable (jointly or severally) to a student for personal injury or any special, incidental, indirect, or consequential damages of any kind, or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage, and on any theory of liability, arising out of or in connection with an MFA Studio Art program, course, class, or workshop.

Third-Party Locations

When attending a Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) Studio Art program that takes place outside or off site from the MFA studios or galleries, you may encounter third-party services (“TPS”), including, but not limited to food and beverage service from the venue where sessions of the course take place. You understand that you are responsible for all additional charges you incur at your course TPS’s location, including, but not limited to, food and beverage charges.

Some of these TPS may even use MFA Studio Art program logos in connection with your MFA Studio Art class session. MFA Studio Art program is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of such TPS. MFA Studio Art program is held harmless from all claims involving or relating to the provision of TPS. If you have any questions, concerns, complaints, or claims about a particular TPS, you should contact the support or contact personnel of the particular TPS provider and not MFA Studio Art program, unless otherwise indicated by MFA Studio Art program.

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (“the MFA”) has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, the MFA cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending the MFA, participating in MFA-led classes, tours or programs could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.

By enrolling in a Studio Art Class at the MFA, you acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that you may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending the MFA and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death.

You understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the MFA may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of yourself and others, including, but not limited to, MFA employees, other students, vendors or affiliates and their families.

You voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to yourself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that you may experience or incur in connection with your attendance at the Museum or participation in Museum programs.

On your behalf, you hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless the MFA, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the MFA, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto.

You understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of the MFA, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any MFA programs.

All students attending MFA Studio Art Classes are expected to practice full independence of their toileting including their personal hygiene, to self-manage undressing/dressing as well as follow proper sanitary procedures. Staff are not permitted to assist students in any way while in the restroom. The MFA supports the privacy and inclusion of our students, including those with healthcare needs; therefore, if a student needs assistance in the restroom, the primary care provider/guardian must provide a one-to-one aid. Personal care attendants and care providers are admitted to the Museum free of charge. In the unlikely event that students may wet and soil themselves, we ask that the primary care provider/guardian provide an extra set of clothes and expect that the student be able to change themselves without the assistance of staff. When a student is unable to carry out personal care needs themselves, the primary care provider/guardian will be notified to assist. No student will be subjected to embarrassment or punished as a result. A student may not be accepted into the program and/or may be subject to leave the program if additional toileting support is required and different to the practices and procedures as outlined above.

The MFA takes great care to ensure a safe and constructive learning environment, however the MFA is not responsible for lost or stolen student valuables. Anyone walking through the Museum in gallery space may not bring backpacks, book bags, duffel bags, suit cases, or any other bags larger than 11 x 15 inches. The exceptions to this rule are when a visitor is carrying a bag containing medical supplies and/or diaper bags or students enrolled in an MFA Studio Art Class passing through to reach the classrooms. These bags should then be marked with a yellow tag to allow entry and should be instructed to carry the bag at their side or in their hands.

Abandoned Student Artwork

Student artwork left on MFA’s premises must be picked up within one week of the end of each academic season because of limited space in the MFA studios. Any property remaining after that date shall be considered abandoned and it will become the property of the Museum, unless a formal arrangement has been made with an instructor or Studio Art Class administrator to retain the work beyond this deadline. The Museum will not be responsible for the location and/or condition of abandoned student artwork.

Statement of Use

The MFA Studio Art Class program reserves the right to retain artwork produced by students for exhibition and reproduction as part of their program of study while enrolled in a Studio Art Class, and has a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to photograph, tape, reproduce, or otherwise use or display student work for marketing, promotional, archival, reference, research, classroom, educational, and other purposes. Students will be credited for the use of such reproductions at the discretion of the Museum. Reproductions of student artwork may be edited at the Museum’s discretion, but in doing so, the Museum will make a good faith effort to act respectfully and responsibly so as not to unduly compromise the integrity of the original artwork.

Exhibition

At the end of each Fall, Winter and Spring session, participating Studio Art Classes display children and teen student artwork for a one-day exhibition. Some students work will be selected for the display cases near the 3rd floor studios. Unfortunately, due to limited space, not all students will be selected to display their work in these cases. Displayed artwork will remain on display until the following spring at which point Studio Art Class staff will contact the artist to arrange pick-up. Any artwork remaining and unclaimed shall be considered abandoned and it will become the property of the Museum.

Age Restriction

The MFA Studio Art program courses that could involve alcoholic beverages such as “Drawing in Pubs” and or “Workshops with Friends” are only for adults who are of the legal drinking age in the venue where your session is being held. MFA Studio Art program is not responsible in any manner if persons under the legal drinking age where the course session is being held attend that session. In the event MFA Studio Art course instructor discovers that a session attendee is under the legal drinking age in the venue where the session is held, MFA Studio Art course instructor will refuse to offer instruction to any underage individual, regardless of whether that individual has a ticket/enrollment to the course. MFA Studio Art course instructor has the right to request that you present a valid form of identification demonstrating your age, in which circumstance you agree that you will comply with such request.

Other

The Studio Art Program offers limited financial aid assistance. To apply, submit a financial aid application. Applications are due one week prior to the start of class or until space is filled.

Financial aid is provided in part through grants from the John and Dorothy Wilson Fund, the Mary O. H. Longstreth Fund, the Renée Rapaporte Scholarship Fund, the Sarah G. Leahy Scholarship Fund, and the Rosenthal-Silverman Scholarship Fund.