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!

Ages 17-97

Photo by bongkarn thanyakij from Pexels_SQUARE

Where to Begin?

Wednesday June 9th
7:30-8:30 PM

Cost: $10 

Facilitator: Jane Roper 

IN PERSON OFFERING: When starting a new piece of writing, you might wonder, “Where should my story or essay begin?” In this session, 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!

Our writing sessions are for new and seasoned writers. Come write with us in person using facilitator-guided prompts for inspiration. Please wear a mask and bring something to write with.

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

College

Confidence in Your College Essay

Thursday June 10th
7:30-9:00 PM

Cost: $20 per person

Facilitator:  Tracy Geary

ONLINE OFFERING: The college application essay is the only opportunity a student has to show schools who they are and what they care about. The story a student chooses – and the way they tell that story – can make all the difference between an acceptance and a rejection. Tracy has helped hundreds of seniors craft compelling personal essays that help them stand out from the crowded application pool. Please join her for an informative discussion on what admissions officers are looking for, how to choose the story you want to tell, picking the right prompt, Do’s and Don’ts, and so much more! The goal is for each student to walk away from this hour with an idea for their essay, feeling ready and excited to start writing!

monoprint

Explore Monoprint
NEW SECTION! 

6 Wednesdays: 4/28-6/2
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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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.

homer

Lessons from Winslow Homer
Tuesday June 8th
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.

willow

Alcohol Inks

Will return soon 
 

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! Drop In Creativity Corner

Tuesdays starting May 4th
2:45 -3:45 PM
Age 5+
Cost: $20 ($15 members)

Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

IN PERSON OFFERING: We are bringing back our informal Drop In from “The Before Times!” This creative hour will be materials based, meaning we will have different materials prepared for you each week, and all you need to bring is yourself and your imagination.

NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY! This is a drop in, drop off, cash or check only program.

In nice weather, we’d love to take this program outside! 

Saturday Drop In
School Age Special

Ages 5+: 11:00-12:00
Cost: $15 
(drop off)

IN PERSON OFFERING: Drop in is BACK! Pre-registration is appreciated and will guarantee your space but not required. Guest drop in facilitator Sally Gordon is with us for a special paper cutting project! Drop in for littles will be back next week.

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