Classes for Beginners
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The Yard School of Art has a range of classes and workshops for beginner-level students where MAM teaching artists can help you develop your skills. The benefits of art classes for adults are numerous—not to mention lots of fun!
Why take an art class?
● Creating, and even looking at art, has been shown to relieve stress.
● Art encourages creative thinking.
● Making art boosts self-esteem.
● Taking an art class helps you meet new people.
● Being an art-lover helps support a strong cultural community.
A scattering of art made in the Art for the Nonartists class.
Art for the Nonartist


If you've been wanting to do something creative but don't know where to start, this is the class for you. This course is designed to bring out your inner creativity by exploring different mediums and techniques. 

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A painting by Kirk Maynard of a woman's profile.
Introduction to Painting

JANUARY 13 – MARCH 17, 2022

Dive in: learn about the medium and supplies for painting while learning about composition, color theory, brushwork, and working from life and imagination.

An example of shibori on fabric created by Miriam Jacobs.
Shibori Indigo Dyeing Workshop

MARCH 12, 2022

Learn how to fold, clamp, and wrap fabric to make traditional patterns with Shibori, sometimes called Japanese tie dye.

A student's hands working on the pottery wheel.
Wine and Wheel Workshop


Try your hands at the potter’s wheel in a relaxed and fun evening with friends. Make wheel thrown objects such as cups, bowls, or vases. BYOB, 21 and over.

two students are working on the pottery wheels in the ceramic studio. Both are focused on their clay cylinders and not looking at the camera. Instructor Steve is in the background, looking a finished pieces on the shelves.
Intro to Wheel Throwing Workshop

A basic introduction to the fundamentals of the potter’s wheel, students learn basic pottery techniques. 

An example of zen art
 Zen Art Workshop

Zen art is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns and doodles. 

an example of a quilled card by Nanci Iovino
Paper Quilling Workshop

Learn the detailed art of paper quilling: rolling, gluing, and folding strips of paper to create a three-dimensional design. 

Looking for something different?

MAM has something for everyone this season. Check out our adult, kids, or teen class listings.