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.

  • 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
7 Thursdays: 4/29-6/11
 2:45-3:45 PM 
Cost: $195 (member discount available)
Facilitator: Jen Blesso

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 
7 Fridays 4/30-6/11
10:00- 11:00 AM
Cost: $185 (10% member discount available) 
Facilitator: Jen Blesso

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.

Little Masters

Ages 4-6
7 Tuesdays 4
/27-6/8
2:45-3:45 pm

Cost: $195 (10% member discount available) 
Facilitator: Sally Gordon

IN PERSON OFFERING: 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 Performances!

Ages 4-6
7 Wednesdays 4/28-6/9
4:00-5:00 PM

Cost: $195 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Mara Stewart

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)

Acting Adventures

Ages 6-8
5 Mondays, 4/26-6/7
NO class 5/10 or 5/31
4:00-5:00 PM

Cost: $125 (10% member discount available)

Facilitator: Mara Stewart

ONLINE OFFERING: Join us for an acting adventure! Our class will work together to create characters and bring them to life in our very own play! Students will learn acting and storytelling techniques, problem solving and connecting with their peers.  Each week, we will create a new scene for our play that will be recorded on our last day of class!

Creative Arts

Ages 5-8
7 Wednesdays 4/28-6/9
5:15-6:15 PM 

Cost: $195 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Sara Gravante

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
6 Mondays:
4/26-6/7
(no class 5/31)
2:45-3:45 PM
Cost: $165 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Alessia O’Brien

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
7 Thursdays: 4/29-6/11
4:00-5:00 PM
Cost: $195 (member discount available)
Facilitator: Jen Blesso

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
7 Wednesdays 4/28-6/10 
2:45-3:45 PM
Cost: $195 (member discount available) 
 Facilitator: Sara Gravante

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...)

NEW! Your Story Matters: Intro to Picture Books

Ages 10-14
4 Wednesdays: 4/28-5/19
6:00-7:30 PM

Cost: $95 (10% member discount available)

Facilitator: Yuko Okabe

ONLINE OFFERING: Do you want to learn how to beautifully merge your art and writing? Students in this class will learn the basics about creating a cohesive 8 or 12 page picture book. Classes will focus on character design and development, storytelling, simple bookbinding, and group feedback sessions. Be prepared to interact, share your ideas, and have fun!

Scene Studies

Ages 10-14
7 Tuesdays 4/27-6/8
(no class 5/11)
4:30-5:30 PM

Cost: $150 (10% member discount available)

Facilitator: Mara Stewart

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!

Sculpture

Ages 8-12
7 Thursdays 4/29-6/10
5:15
-6:15 pm

Cost: $195 (10% member discount available)

Facilitator: Alessia O’Brien 

IN PERSON OFFERING: This class emphasizes creative problem solving in sculpture, with a focus on design elements that enable imaginations to soar. Beginners will learn the basics of construction, while advanced artists can make finished products with a focus on formal design, structuring, and surfacing elements. There will be age appropriate emphasis on planning and design. Students will create small mock-ups as well as larger projects, with the potential to collaborate on a whole-class piece. Supplies included.

Drawing the WHOLE Picture

Ages 8-12
7 Tuesdays: 4/27-6/8
 5:15-6:15 PM 
Cost:
$195 (member discount available)
Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

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.

NEW! Bookmaking!

Ages 9-12
 7 Tuesdays 4/27-6/10
4:00-5:00 PM 
Cost: $195 (10% member discount available)

Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

IN PERSON OFFERING: Learn to make your own books! We’ll explore various book forms, including sewn and glued bindings. Our focus will be on trying out different types of bindings and creating blank books, but there will be opportunities to design covers, cases, and more! Supplies included.

Painting Techniques

Ages 9-12
7 Wednesdays 4/28-6/9
2:45-3:45
PM

Cost: $195 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Sara Gravante

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
6 Mondays: 4/26-6/7
(no class 5/31)
4:00-5:00 PM 
Cost$165 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Alessia O’Brien

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. 11-12 year olds also welcome in Clay Independent Study, just scroll down. Supplies included.

Ages 12-16 (ish...)

NEW! Your Story Matters: Intro to Picture Books

Ages 10-14
4 Wednesdays: 4/28-5/19
6:00-7:30 PM

Cost: $95 (10% member discount available)

Facilitator: Yuko Okabe

ONLINE OFFERING: Do you want to learn how to beautifully merge your art and writing? Students in this class will learn the basics about creating a cohesive 8 or 12 page picture book. Classes will focus on character design and development, storytelling, simple bookbinding, and group feedback sessions. Be prepared to interact, share your ideas, and have fun!

Mixed Media

Ages 13+
7 Tuesdays 4/27-6/8
7:00-8:30 PM
 
Cost:$285
 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Sue Lembo

IN PERSON OFFERING: Explore unexpected combinations of various media and art techniques – we’ll try methods of working with new and old materials in different ways! Each student will create two pieces of art based on a theme or personal interest. Over this seven-week session, students are encouraged to bring in personal materials, photo references, and creativity to the process. Supplies included.

Teen Drawing:
Independent Projects

Ages 13+
7 Thursdays 4/29-6/10
7:00-8:30 PM

Cost:$285
 (member discount available)
Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

IN PERSON OFFERING: In this class, students will be able to further develop their drawing skills as they work on projects tailored to their interests. Chiara will work with each student to identify their goals and interests, and projects can range from creating short comics, to developing realistic pencil drawing skills. Each student will try short exercises and small studies to help them build confidence, and will end the course with at least one finished piece. Supplies included.

Clay Independent Study

Ages 11+
6 Mondays: 4/26-6/7
(no class 5/31)
5:15-6:15 PM 
Cost$165 (member discount available)  
Facilitator: Alessia O’Brien

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.

Photography Club

Ages 12-15
Every other Friday
3:00-4:00pm
beginning Jan 29

Cost: FREE

A PILOT PROGRAM: This is an opportunity for budding young photographers to connect, share photos and feedback, and learn from each other. Hosted by two HS photography students, the group will engage in creative challenges and learn from their mentors and each other and build their portfolio. There is potential for an art show at the Big Yellow House this spring! A digital camera is encouraged but not required. Email director Kris Rodolico at krodolico@fyamelrose.org if you are interested in learning more!

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Writer as Witness

ONLINE OFFERING
Four separate workshops
Individual or Full Series registration available

Cost: $20 per session

Facilitator: Jennifer Mancuso 

If our writing today went into a time capsule, what would our poems, novels, flash fiction, and other pieces tell future generations of this unprecedented time? Each workshop explores short historical text excerpts followed by writing prompts. Use these texts as a springboard for writing in response to our current climate. Writers can also use the prompts to breathe new life into an ongoing project. These workshops are for everyone—new and seasoned writers, and those interested in exploring these pivotal texts. 

March 30: The Musicality of Words | Harlem Renaissance, Jazz Age
Excerpts from “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin and “Another Good Lovin’ Blues” by Arthur Flowers

April 6: Dialog | Black Arts Movement, The Great Migration, Civil Rights Movement, Post WW II with excerpts from “Fences” by August Wilson and “Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry

April 27: Landmarks, Objects and Current Events | Vietnam War, Freedom Summer, The Great Migration with excerpts from “One Way Ticket” by Langston Hughes, “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday, “Ain’t I a Woman” by Sojourner Truth, “Lines for a Hard Time” by Gena Ford, “Oxford Town” by Bob Dylan

May 4: Characterization | The Depression, WWII, The Great Migration, The Black Arts Movement, Harlem Renaissance with excerpts from “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou and “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison.

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Poetry 101

4 Thursdays: 4/29 -5/20
10:00-11:30 AM

Cost: $140 (10% member discount available)

Facilitator: Yasmine Ameli

ONLINE OFFERING: In this class, students will look at diction, syntax, the stanza and the line, sonic play, imagery, and figurative language in poetry as well as practice poetic forms (e.g. persona poems, odes, elegies, ekphrasis) that necessitate a curiosity about the outside world. Each class period, we will learn a new poetry concept, read a poem and discuss how we see the work at play, and then generate our own poems. There will be opportunities to share our work with peers.

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Explore Monoprint

6 Mondays: 4/26-6/7 (no class 5/31)
10:45 AM-12:45 PM 

Cost$250 (member discount available)  

Facilitator: Sara Gravante

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.

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Art 1:1 

6 Mondays: 4/26-6/7 (no class 5/31)
10:45 AM-12:45 PM 
Cost$225 (member discount available, registrant provides supplies)

Facilitator: Sara Gravante

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: Where to Begin?

*Different time and day
Thursday April 29th

7:30-8:30 pm
Cost: $10

Facilitator: Jane Roper

ONLINE OFFERING!* If you’re starting a new piece of writing, you may feel stuck right from the start: Where should your story or essay begin? In this class, we’ll look at and try out different types of beginnings, and share practical tips for defeating that most terrifying of beasts: The empty page! *Please let us know if you need to attend this session onsite at FYACS.

Note: we’re putting a new spin on our Sunday morning monthly writing sessions and trying out different days and times for a few months. Let us know what you think.

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Painting Spring Flowers

Tuesday April 27th
10-11:30 AM

Cost$35 (member discount available)

Facilitator: Margie Samuels

ONLINE OFFERING: One of the joys of the springtime is painting the flowers as they bloom. The workshop is designed to show you some tricks on how to compose and paint these flowers. We’ll be working with watercolor paints, and this workshop is opened to both beginners and more experienced painters.

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Painting from a Photo
Tuesday May 11th
10-11:30 AM

Cost$35 (member discount available)

Facilitator: Margie Samuels

ONLINE OFFERING: We all have some amazing photographs that we might want to paint from – pictures from our vacations, special sunsets, or outings This online workshop will show you how to compose your own artwork from pictures you’ve taken yourself. Both beginner and more experienced painters welcome.

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Art Assemblage

Saturday May 15
1:00-4:00 PM
Cost$60 (member discount available, registrant provides supplies)

Facilitator: Erika Lally

IN PERSON OFFERING: We will provide a wooden box, and all the materials and technical support to let your creativity loose. Explore the possibilities that bringing together seemingly-unrelated objects can provide, and create your own unique work of art.

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Lessons from Winslow Homer
Tuesday June 10th
10-11:30 AM

Cost$35 (member discount available)

Facilitator: Margie Samuels

ONLINE OFFERING: Winslow Homer was a remarkable American artist who furthered the field of watercolor painting, especially plein air landscapes. This special workshop will look at Homer’s life as well as his artwork, analyzing his unique method of using watercolor paints. Then, we will use Homer’s processes and techniques to create our own ‘Homer-like” watercolor landscape! This workshop is designed for both beginner and more experienced painting.

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Alcohol Inks

Will return this spring! 
 

ONLINE OFFERING: Each week we will paint on different alcohol ink substrates to experience the nuances of each one. Techniques from abstract to realistic will be introduced, and this course is suitable for beginners, to those with some experience working with alcohol inks. 

SOME supplies provided – students responsible for inks 

All ages (almost...)

NEW! Outdoor Creativity Corner

Tuesdays starting April 27th
3:00-3:45 PM
Age 5+
Cost: $15 ($10 members)

Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

OUTDOOR OFFERING! Taking art outside! This is a pilot offering that is weather dependent. We will meet on the front porch and head to our outdoor art station (depending on number of artists, this will be either the front porch, in the grassy area in front of the church, or behind our building). Registration for this program will open on the Saturday before, and is weather dependent!  Email info@fyamelrose.org 

Saturday “Drop In”

Saturdays 
Age 3-5: 10:00-11:00 
Cost: $20 (for child and parent together)
Ages 5+: 11:15-12:15 AND 12:30-1:30 (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 by 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 create too!) Click on the registration button to read about this week’s project!

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