Things may be different this year…
our commitment to help everyone find and express their own creative voice is the same.

  • All offerings are listed below. Use the age range buttons to jump around. Some classes skew across age ranges, so double check the individual program.

  • In person offerings take place at the Big Yellow House, 647 Main Street Melrose MA.

  • All information about protocols, class sizes, and contingency plans for in person classes can be found on our Covid Protocols page.

  • Online offerings require a device with a camera and WiFi capabilities, and can be taken from anywhere!

Let’s Paint!

Ages 4-6
4 Thursdays: 11/12-12/10 (no class 11/26)
2:45-3:45 PM 
Cost: $110 (member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: This group is all paint, all experiments, and all fun! Young artists use different kinds of paint, including acrylics and watercolor, and various techniques and painting implements to explore the basics of color, form and texture. This program allows for young painters to fully engage in the process of creative exploration. Supplies included.

Creative Arts Junior

Ages 4-6 
4 Fridays 11/13-12/11 (no class 11/27)
10:00- 11:00 AM
Cost: $110 (10% member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: Through age appropriate art experiences with a variety of media, your child will explore basic art skills with a balance of structure and experimentation. Groups are designed to build problem-solving and expressive skills, as well as reinforce natural creative tendencies. Materials and concepts are presented in a way that takes into account the child’s creative interests, developmental level, and any particular cognitive, social, and emotional needs. Supplies included.

Artful Stories

Ages 4-6
4 Fridays 11/13-12/11 (no class 11/27)
2:00-3:00 pm 
Cost: $110 (member discount available)

IN PERSON OFFERING: NOT your usual story time! We choose creative books with a careful eye toward art concepts and themes that emphasize creativity, flexibility, and validation of everyone’s artistic worth, then follow with an art activity that explores fine art concepts in a way that connects to the story. Supplies included.

Little Masters

Ages 4-6
Tuesdays 11/10-12/8 (no class 11/24)
2:45-3:45 pm
Cost: $110 (10% member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: Our favorite drop in is now a class! This inquiry-based group will look at work by noted artists and discuss what they see and what they think is happening. The group will then give it a try to create their own work in this artists’ style exploring various art materials. The group will work on expressive vocabulary describing what they see and also using these mindful words to help each other with their own creative process. Supplies included.

Puppet Performance!

Ages 4-6
4 Wednesdays: 11/11-12/9 (no class 11/25)
4:00-5:00 PM 
Cost: $110 (member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: Explore the exciting world of puppetry! Each week, students will design and create a new puppet character.  Together, our characters will perform a story! Students will learn acting basics, self expression and confidence in this unique class designed for social distancing and masks! Supplies included.

Ages 6-8 (more or less...double check each program)

Creative Arts

Ages 5-8
4 Wednesdays: 11/11-12/9
5:15-6:15 PM 

Cost: $110 (member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: This class covers it all! We’ll explore new and familiar materials, try multiple projects in both 2-D and 3-D media, while building expressive and problem-solving skills. Projects are presented with an age-appropriate balance of structure and exploration. Supplies included.

Clay Date

Ages 5-8
4 Mondays: 11/16-12/7
2:45-3:45 PM 
Cost: $110 (member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: Clay is fun to play with, but the basics are vital! Learn the building blocks of any good hand-built clay sculpture, beyond the “basic” pinch pot to slabs, coils, and how to create a stable piece. More experienced sculptors can learn variations on these forms, perfect their techniques, and transform the familiar into something new! Supplies included.

Mixing Media

Ages 7-10
4 Thursdays: 11/12-12/10 (no class 11/26)
4:00-5:00 PM 
Cost: $110 (member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: This class is a direct result of what artists at our studio tend to do naturally, and we are happy to oblige by adding a little structure and encouraging experiments to achieve new techniques. We’ll explore combinations of 2-D media. We’ll paint on collages, combine textures and drawing, and play with familiar mediums in new and exciting ways. This is perfect for the artist who likes to put it all together! Supplies included.

Painting Techniques

Ages 7-12
4 Wednesdays: 11/11-12/9 (no class 11/25)
2:45-3:45 PM 
Cost: $110 (member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: While acrylic and watercolor paints may be familiar mediums to young artists, we’re going to expand on previous knowledge and introduce new concepts in color theory, composition, and strategies for our paintings. We’ll balance imagination and real-life observation to create a series of studies and final paintings in both acrylic paint and watercolor. Supplies included.

Ages 9-12 (more or less...)

Scene Studies

Ages 10-14
6 Tuesdays: 10/27-12/1
4:30-5:30 PM  
Cost: $145 (member discount available)

ONLINE OFFERING! Grab your friend and sign up for Scene Studies.  This class is designed for partners! Each week, pairs of students will explore a scene and perform for the group.  Students will learn acting techniques and have a chance to become their own playwright.  For our final performance, students will write their own scene with their partner! This performance will be recorded and shared with families!

Drawing the WHOLE Picture

Ages 8-12
4 Thursdays: 11/12-12/10 (no class 11/26)
5:15-6:15 PM 
Cost: $110 (10% member discount available)

IN PERSON OFFERING: In this drawing class, we’ll work on projects that build on our artist’s interests, exploring different techniques through engaging subjects. Individual instruction will help your young artist learn the fundamentals of building a drawing and developing a personal style, building on what they already know, and encouraging exploration and experimentation. Supplies included.

Comics:
Mysteries

Ages 8-12
4 Tuesdays: 11/10-12/8 (no class 11/24)
4:00-5:00 PM 
Cost: $110 (10% member discount available)

IN PERSON OFFERING: Explore storytelling in the form of one-page comics. This session: Mysteries! Our characters will find clues to solve a puzzle, learn about something new, or maybe end up with even more questions! We’ll dive into panel construction, dialogue, and drawing techniques to create engaging visual stories. Each student will end the class with a complete, one-page comic. As always, our themes are a jumping-off point, and artists may pursue other stories that they’re interested in! Supplies included.

Painting Techniques

Ages 9-12
4 Wednesdays: 11/11-12/9 (no class 11/25)
2:45-3:45 PM 
Cost: $110 (member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: While acrylic and watercolor paints may be familiar mediums to young artists, we’re going to expand on previous knowledge and introduce new concepts in color theory, composition, and strategies for our paintings. We’ll balance imagination and real-life observation to create a series of studies and final paintings in both acrylic paint and watercolor. Supplies included.

Clay Works

Ages 9-12
4 Mondays: 11/16-12/7
4:00-5:00 PM 
Cost: $110 (member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: This class will explore the fundamentals that make clay pieces work – with emphasis on expanding on forms that artists may already know, as well as introducing new techniques. Students will gain confidence as they learn the skills to problem-solve and create stable clay sculptures, with freedom to expand on projects in directions of personal interest. Supplies included.

Ages 12-16 (ish...)

Advanced
Creative Arts

Ages 12+
Wednesdays: 10/14-11/4
5:15-6:15 PM 
Cost: $110 (member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: This class is perfect for older artists who want to work in several different mediums, and learn more techniques for each along the way. Artists will be encouraged to see favorite subjects in a new way, where they can learn more about how to create interesting compositions, and develop work in multiple mediums like collage, watercolor, clay, or printmaking. Supplies included.

Teen Drawing:
Narrative Illustration

Ages 13+
4 Thursdays: 11/12-12/10 (excludes 11/27)
7:00-8:30 pm
Cost: $165 (member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: In this class, we’ll work on developing techniques for effective storytelling through our drawings. Artists will decide on a scene that they’d like to illustrate – whether it’s something original, or based off of a book, movie, or video game – and we will work through the process of creating a finished illustration of that scene. We’ll cover composition, thumbnailing techniques, refining our sketches, and taking our drawings to a finished product.Supplies included.

Clay Independent Study

Ages 13+
4 Mondays: 11/16-12/7
5:15-6:15 PM 
Cost: $110 (member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: This class is designed for students with some clay experience and an idea (or ideas!) for a piece that they might like to create. Students will be able to build on current knowledge and learn new techniques to help them further their projects. We’ll provide materials, firing, and instruction to help artists plan a project that can be completed over the course of this four-week class. Supplies included.

Ages 17-97

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Fall Still Life

Tuesday 11/10
10:00-11:30 AM
Cost: $35 (10% member discount available)

ONLINE OFFERING: A still life is a painting (or drawing) made up of mostly inanimate objects.  These things can be natural (such as flowers, vegetables, rocks and shells) or man-made (such as glass, books, vases and coins).  But how does a bunch of things make a painting?  And how should these items be arranged?  This online workshop will look at the unique characteristics of a still life painting, and how still life paintings differ from other types of artwork.  Then, we will use watercolor paints to create our own autumn-themed still life (yes, there will be a pumpkin!).

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Colored Pencils

3 Tuesdays 11/10-12/1 (no class 11/24)
10:45 AM-12:45 PM
Cost: $120  (10% member discount available)

IN PERSON OFFERING: Learn the potential of colored pencils in this all-level class. We’ll study color, shape, form, composition, opacity, and transparency. Our aim is to develop self-confidence and creativity, and we’ll take a look at examples of both fine arts and illustration. Each class will begin with a demo and will end with a discussion between students, a general review of work achieved, and goals for the next class. Many artists use colored pencil, from Picasso to David Hockney. Subjects and inspiration will be offered by the instructor, students are very welcome to bring their own to class.

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Explore Monoprint

4 Mondays 11/16-12/7
10:45 AM-12:45 PM
Cost: $165 includes supplies (10% member discount available)

IN PERSON OFFERING: In this class suitable for all experience levels, we’ll explore many of the possibilities that monoprinting has to offer! Monoprint techniques create unique works of art that can be added to, drawn into, and even collaged on top of. Mark making and subtractive techniques will be introduced, and artists will be able to select favorite prints to continue working and drawing into. All necessary materials provided.

Art 1:1 

4 Mondays: 11/16-12/7
10:45am – 12:45pm
Cost: $150 (registrant provides supplies)
(10% member discount available)

IN PERSON OFFERING: This is an opportunity for guidance and feedback in drawing, watercolor, acrylic painting, and mixed media. Sara will take a maximum of 6 artists from beginning to intermediate levels and help you to create a personal goal based on interest and ability. This is a great way to get started with your “I’ve always wanted to….” art goals. Because of the independent nature of the class, there is no supply list, but the instructor will get in touch with you ahead of time about what supplies you should bring, based on your interests.

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Creative Writing for Adults

Sunday 11/22
10:00-11:00 AM
Cost: $10
Limited number of seats available in person.

IN PERSON AND ONLINE OFFERING! Give the gift of poetry. Whatever the occasion, a poem makes a wonderful gift. With an audience of one person in mind, let’s brainstorm and draft poems of celebration, love, or gratitude to give in this or any season to someone special in our life. We’ll talk about some of the more traditional poems of homage – odes, sonnets, ballads, and elegies – but also conjure ways to create new forms and approaches to communicating how much we care.

Joe McGonegal has taught writing to all ages for 20+ years and is currently a communications professional at MIT. He has written for WBUR, the Boston Globe, and The Patriot Ledger, and his creative writing on grief and other topics has appeared in Two Hawks Quarterly, Saranac Review, Talking Writing, and McSweeneys Internet Tendency. 

All ages (almost...)

Saturday “Drop In”

Saturdays 
Age 3-5: 10:00-11:00 
Cost: $20 (for child and parent together)
Ages 5+: 11:15-12:15 (drop off only)
Cost: $15 per person

IN PERSON OFFERING: A reworking of our Saturday drop ins, Covid-style! The same creative, flexible, art-making options as usual, but with timed pre-registration required. Projects can be adapted to most ages, including preschool — and adults! We can’t be as spontaneous as we used to be with our Drop Ins, so registration is required and space is limited to 8 artists. Registration for this program will open Friday for the next day. Ages 3-5 can register for the 10:00 spot and must have an adult with them. Ages 5+ can register for the 11:15 spot and drop off (of course, you can also register yourself and stay and play too!)

Giftmaking for everyone!

Ceramic Gifts: 
A Family Class!

4 Tuesdays: 11/17-12/8
5:15-6:15 PM 
Cost: $195 for two family members (you can add additional at registration, member discount available) 

IN PERSON OFFERING: Work together to make multiple ceramic gifts in this 4-week class. We’ll present a choice of simple, functional ceramic projects(including tea-light holders and wall hangings). Choose your project and spend the first three weeks making projects, then glaze pieces on the last day. Your work will be fired and ready to pick up by December 14th. The perfect way to show love and appreciation for family, friends, teachers – anyone you’d like! Please note: Initial price includes all supplies and firing fees for two family members. You can add additional family members for $45 each at registration.

one-hour gift making workshops...two kinds of gifts, lots of times to create!

Glass Bead Snowflakes

Cost: $30 per person,  make up to 6 snowflakes 
Recommended ages 9+ (younger if an adult is pairing with the younger child)
Adult WITH a child younger than 9 can work together to make 8 snowflakes for $40

Create glass-beaded snowflakes that are great as ornaments and sun-catchers, and are always a hit as a handmade gift! We’ll provide plenty of beautiful beads to choose from, and all the materials and expertise required to send you home with a set of snowflakes to keep or to share!

Custom Greeting Cards

Cost: $30 per person,  make up to 10 snowflakes 
Recommended ages 9+ (younger if an adult is pairing with the younger child)
Adult WITH a child younger than 9 can work together to make 15 cards for $40

Make a set of custom greeting cards – you can make a set of the same design, or do something different on each one. We’ll have plenty of inspiration available, and will use sharpies for bold outlines, and then watercolor with brush markers to create bright and cheerful seasonal greeting cards that make great handmade gifts to send!

* As always, financial assistance is available.
Please email our Director, Kris Rodolico,  
at krodolico@fyamelrose.org,
or leave a message at 781 665 4140