If you have questions, 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

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.

Purchase through the website: 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 the e-mail address associated with your account is your primary e-mail address, as that will be used for all communications.

Registration ends at 12 pm the day before class is scheduled to start.
For kids and teen vacation week classes, registration ends at 12 noon the Friday before class is scheduled to start.

In-Person Classes

Print-at-home tickets are emailed at the time of registration to the account used to register for class. It is important to save this e-mail and attachment so you can easily find them for each date that your class meets. If you cannot find your ticket, please search your inbox or spam folders from  with the subject line “Your MFA Ticket(s)”. The attached PDF includes a QR code.

When you arrive, show your printed or digital ticket from your electronic device.

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.

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.

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

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.

For 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.

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

Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and discussed with the program manager. Contact artclasses@mfa.org.

Due to the high volume of inquiries, we do not keep waitlists. If a space opens up in a class, our website and ticketing links are automatically updated. We suggest you check the website frequently for any updates.

Planning

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.

For kids and teen class drop-off and pickup, parking is complementary for 20 minutes in the MFA lots. Rates apply for over 20 minutes. Parking in the bus lot is at the discretion of the parking attendant.

Weekend Kids and Teen Classes (Fall, Winter Spring Sessions)

Please enter through the Huntington Avenue Entrance and show your printed or digital ticket from your electronic device. Parents and guardians of students ages 5-11 are expected to escort their students to the classroom for weekend classes, and pick up from the classroom at the end of class. Parents may not remain in the classroom. This does not apply to pre-school classes, which are planned for a child and guardian to attend together.

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.

 

For Kids and Teen Students

Supplies are provided for kids and teen classes

For full day summer classes, please pack a nut-free lunch and snack, utensils and water bottle. Food will not be available to purchase on site.

Since students will be participating in many fun but messy art projects, bring a smock or dress in clothing that can get dirty. Because of the occasional accident or spill, we cannot guarantee that clothing will remain stain-free.

For Adult Students

Adult students are responsible for providing their own 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.

The Museum does not allow food, beverages, or large bags in the galleries. If you must transport your supplies in a bag larger than 11” x 15” please carry it at your side.

Food and Water Bottles

For classes that take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, there is no food available on site. Feel free to bring any necessary nut-free food. Water fountains are available on site to refill water bottles. Re-entry is not permitted.

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 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. The link will be emailed from artclasses@mfa.org a week or two before class starts. Records must be updated annually and filled out completely.

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.

Getting to Your Studio Art Class

map showing route from Huntington Avenue entrance to Druker studios

  • After entering through the Huntington Entrance, proceed straight
  • Pass the coat check
  • In the rotunda (round room), take a left and proceed through the glass doors
  • Go through four galleries until you reach the Linde Family Wing group entrance
  • Take a right and proceed past the bookstore
  • Turn right after the bookstore
    • 159 is the first door on the right
    • 160 is straight ahead

map showing route from Huntington Avenue entrance to workshop studio

  • After entering through the Huntington Entrance, proceed straight
  • Pass the coat check
  • In the rotunda (round room), take a left and proceed through the glass doors
  • Go through four galleries until you reach the Linde Family Wing group entrance
  • Take a right and proceed past the bookstore
  • Take the stairs on your right down one level
  • For elevator access: take the elevator near the bookstore down to level G
    • Exit to the left and proceed down a long hallway
    • Walk through the Garden Cafeteria and turn left
    • Proceed through the glass doors

map showing route from Huntington Avenue entrance to third floor studios

  • After entering at the Huntington Entrance, proceed straight
  • At the coat check, take a right
  • Take the elevator labeled “for Studio Art Class Students and Staff Only” (across from the coat check) to the third floor
  • Exit the elevator and turn left (bathrooms are to the right)
  • Proceed down the stairs one level and the classrooms are to the right

map showing route from Huntington Avenue entrance to Sharf Visitor Center

  • After entering at the Huntington Entrance, proceed straight
  • Pass the coat check on your left
  • Walk straight across the rotunda (round room)
  • The Sharf Visitor Center has a long desk

map showing route from Huntington Avenue entrance to Level G studios

  • After entering at the Huntington Entrance, proceed straight
  • Pass the coat check on your left
  • Walk straight through the rotunda (round room) and straight through the Sharf Visitor Center with a long desk
  • At the curved wall, veer to the right
  • Pass the Fenway coat check and turn right
  • Go through a long hallway gallery and proceed through the glass doors
  • Take the elevator or stairs down to level G

On-Site Accommodations

There is a maximum of ten - twelve students plus one instructor. Kids classes may have an additional teaching assistant in the room.

Studio classrooms have been inspected by our facilities team, who installed HVAC filter upgrades as needed.

For In-Person Kids and Teen Classes

Each student will be given their own kit of supplies to use. Kids and teen students do not need to provide their own supplies.

For Adult Classes

Adult students are responsible for providing their own supplies. Please check Supply Lists for individual supplies lists for each class.

For Online Classes

All students enrolled in online classes (kids, teens and adults) are responsible for providing their own supplies. Please check Supply Lists for individual supplies lists for each class.

Permitted Hazardous Materials

Gamsol, oil paints, products with a CL (Cautionary Labeling) Seal, denatured alcohol, rubber cement, permanent markers, dry-erase markers, hot glue guns

Prohibited Hazardous Materials

Aerosols, spray paint, fixatives, solvents other than Gamsol, turpentine, varnish, toluene, xylene, enamel, epoxy, dry loose pigments, adhesive spray

Safety

  • Review your product labels for any toxic hazards and use the least hazardous products possible.
  • Do not remove manufacturer's labels.
  • No eating or drinking in Studio Art classrooms where hazardous materials are present.
  • Limit direct skin exposure with hazardous materials and flush contacted areas with water. Seek medical attention if necessary.
  • Wear gloves or other protective clothing, respirators and safety glasses as necessary to minimize exposure to hazardous materials.

Solvents

  • Gamsol (an odorless mineral spirit used for thinning oil paint) is the ONLY approved solvent for use in our facilities and provided complimentary for student use. Review the Gamsol Materials Safety Data Sheet for further details.
  • Non-hazardous supplemental solvents permitted for use include linseed oil, walnut oil, and safflower oil. Pack in/pack out only. Please do not store containers or dispose of liquid from these materials in our Solvent Disposal Waste container or sink drains. While not hazardous, rags and paper towels soiled with these materials can spontaneously combust and should be disposed of in the Oily Materials Waste Can.
  • Keep solvent containers sealed when not in use to reduce exposure to fumes and when transporting containers throughout the building.

Clean-Up and Disposal

  • Sink disposal of hazardous materials is prohibited.
  • Excess oil paint should be discarded in the Oily Materials Waste Can. All other paint can be disposed of in the trash.
  • Excess Gamsol should be disposed of in the Solvent Waste Disposal container located in the Flammable Storage Cabinet.
  • Oil and/or solvent soiled rags and paper towels are discarded in the Oily Materials Waste can to prevent fires and spontaneous combustion.
  • Clean up spilled solvents and/or oils immediately.
  • Clean brushes and hands with the provided baby oil, vegetable oil, Masters Brush Cleaner and/or Gojo Soap. Do not clean materials or hands using solvents.

The Museum has installed hand-sanitizing stations at regular intervals throughout the Museum, including near the studio classrooms.

Hand washing is encouraged 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

Phone

To contact the Studio Art Class office directly, please call 617-369-3295.

In the event a 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

To contact Studio Art Class office directly, please e-mail artclasses@mfa.org. The e-mail address on the account used to register for the class is the e-mail address we will pull for all communications.

Do not include sensitive information, such as credit card details, in any e-mails.

Provisions

Students shall behave in conformity with the rules and regulations of the MFA, and in the event that their behavior is detrimental to the program, understand that the MFA has the right to end the student’s participation in the program immediately. In the case of gross misconduct, illness, or accident, no refund will be made. Although the MFA maintains the highest safety standards, the Museum does not assume liability for accidents, illness, or disease.

Zero Tolerance Violations

Students may be subject to immediate expulsion from the Studio Art Program for the following reasons:

  • Physically harming or assaulting an individual
  • Using threats, harassment, intimidation, coercion, fear, or other comparable conduct toward anyone or urging other students to engage in such conduct with the intent to cause bodily harm
  • Bullying, emotional abuse, sexual harassment, stalking
  • Disrespectful behavior and harassment based upon an individual's sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristics will not be tolerated
  • Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. Students who are under the influence are not permitted to attend Studio Art Classes and are treated as though they had alcohol or drugs in their possession.
  • Defacing or destroying Museum or personal property
  • Theft of Museum or personal property
  • Lighting fires or smoking indoors/vaping
  • Possession, controlling, or transferring a weapon or any other dangerous devices
  • Pulling the fire alarm device or contacting Protective Services unnecessarily
  • Exhibiting other behaviors which may endanger the health and safety of others or the good order of the Museum
  • Involvement in gangs or gang-related activities, including the display of gang symbols or paraphernalia

Based on the seriousness of the offense, the incident may be reported to authorities at the discretion of the MFA’s Protective Services staff.

Registration in Studio Arts Classes automatically authorizes the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to photograph, film, videotape and/or record students’ voice and likeness to use, reproduce and distribute in any media for the purpose of promoting programs presented by the MFA, and other educational purposes. The resulting photo, film, videotape, or recording shall be the sole property of the MFA. The MFA is under no obligation to use or publish this material. Students will receive no fee or payment for being photographed, filmed, videotaped, or recorded. Registration in Studio Art Classes automatically grants the MFA a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual license to use a student’s image, name, voice, and likeness for all standard Museum purposes including, but not limited to, promotional material for the MFA and its programs and exhibitions, publications, educational programs, archival purposes, and public relations purposes.

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.

We expect every child enrolled in a drop-off MFA Studio Art Class to be toilet trained and are able to control their bladder and bowel movements. All students 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 aide. 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. Staff cannot wash out soiled clothing per regulations set by the Center for Disease Control. Soiled clothing will be put in a plastic bag to take home. When a student is unable to carry out personal care needs themselves and/or does not have a clean set of clothes to wear, the primary care provider/guardian will be notified to assist. No student will be subjected to embarrassment or punished as a result. We understand that accidents happen. “Accidents” are defined as unusual incidents and should happen infrequently. A child is not considered toilet trained if the child consistently has multiple accidents in one day or as a daily occurrence. 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.

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.

Studio Art Classes: Supply Lists

Review the supplies needed for your class!

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Studio Art Staff

Chelsea Revelle, Senior Manager of Studio Art Classes

Maurin Stubbs, Studio Art Co-op

Mia Zilahy, Assistant Manager of Studio Art Classes