Adult Studio Classes & Workshops

Studio classes at the Springfield Art Museum are designed with the intention of providing an enriching learning environment for all skill levels. Classes primarily focus on a special topic or technique and include making connections to art objects from the Museum's permanent collection or our current exhibitions. They are also a great place to meet and network with artists, class attendees, and instructors! 

General studio classes are offered in the spring, fall, and winter and typically run three weeks. Special programs and workshops are also offered regularly as 2-4 hour or one-day workshops. Studio classes are open to ages 16 and up unless otherwise noted.

In order to ensure a quality experience, registration is required for all our classes and workshops. Materials are not included in studio class fees unless otherwise noted. Additional classes will be listed as instructors become available.

Contact Museum Educator Lori Gipson at or (417) 874-2835 with questions regarding studio classes and workshops.

A group of adult students sit around a table painting in the Watercolor Classroom
A group of adults sit in front of a row of etchings making notes and sketching.

Spring 2023 Studio Classes

Thursdays, January 5 - February 23, 2023, 5:45-7:45 PM. $320 class fee. Materials included. Instructor: Patricia Ervin

This class will focus on hand building techniques to create decorative and utilitarian objects using earthenware clay. Over eight weeks, beginner and intermediate students will learn to utilize methods of pinching, coiling, and slab construction along with various texturing, finishing, and glazing techniques. *Depending on the kiln firing schedule, pieces may not be ready at the end of the session. You will be notified when pieces are ready to be picked up. Register here.

Charcoal Drawing
Wednesdays, January 11 - January 25, 2023, 6 - 8 PM. $120 class fee.

In this class we will go over the basics of using charcoal as a drawing medium. There will be a mix of subject matter as well as demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, and work time. This class is open to all skill levels. Register here.

Screen Printing for Beginners
Saturday, January 14, 2023, 10AM-3PM (a break will be given for lunch), $75 class fee. Printing materials are included. Students will need to bring their own items to be printed on. Instructor: Lillian Fitzpatrick

Screen printing is a fun way to reproduce your own designs (Or even your kids' drawings) on clothing, fabric, or paper. During this class you will assemble an 8x10 screen for printing, transfer your design, and print your design onto the fabric item of your choice. You will learn some easy and inexpensive methods to make your own screens at home. And you can take home and reuse the screen you make in class! Register here.

Still Life Painting
Wednesdays, February 1 - February 15, 2023, 6 - 8 PM. $120 class fee.

This class will work on a still life painting over all three weeks. We will look at layout and composition, do a foundational drawing, and then use acrylic paint to create the painting. This class is open to all skill levels. Register here.

Coil Pottery
Saturdays, February 4 - February 18, 2023, 1-4 PM. $180 class fee. Materials included. Instructor: Kyle Bird

In this class you will work with clay and glazes to complete an original ceramic piece over the course of three weeks. Taking inspiration from the Museum's collection of ceramic art, you will explore hand-building techniques with a emphasis on coil pottery This class is open to all skill levels.  *Depending on the kiln firing schedule, pieces may not be ready at the end of the session. You will be notified when pieces are ready to be picked up. Register here.

Abstract Sculptures in Paper-mache
Sundays, February 5 - February 26, 1-3PM. $150 class fee. Materials are included. Students will need to bring gardening or leather gloves and are encouraged to bring newspaper. Instructor: Lillian Fitzpatrick

During this 4-week class, students will use paper-mache to create a unique abstract hanging or standing sculpture. We'll begin with taking a brief look at the work of Dale Chihuly and discussing Chihuly's use of multiple smaller forms to create larger more complex pieces. Register here.

Metals: Sawing and Texturing
Wednesdays, March 1 - March 15, 2023, 6 - 8 PM. $150 class fee; all materials included.

Students will be taught how to use jeweler's saws, files, and a drill press and how to texture metal. With their skills, students will create a pendant or pair of earrings from copper and brass. This class is for beginner and intermediate skill levels. No experience is necessary. Register here.

Wednesdays, April 5 - April 19, 2023, 6 - 8 PM. $150 class fee; all materials included. 

Learn how to apply color on metal. During this session students learn about the nature of enamel, how to prep materials, and the correct operation of a small enameling kiln. Students will complete at least one small project and will receive the materials to make objects such as pendants, earrings, or pins. Register here.

Mixed Media Collage
Wednesdays, May 3 - May 17, 2023, 6 - 8 PM. $120 class fee.

Inspired by pieces in the Museum's permanent collection, students will explore different mediums and create mixed media collages. Register here.

Winter 2022/Spring 2023 Workshops

Family Painting Workshop: Anything but a Paint Brush
Sunday, December 11, 2022, 2 - 4 PM. $55 workshop fee; all materials included.

In this workshop, inspired by abstract paintings on view in Lyrical Abstraction, each "family" group will receive one 24” x 36” canvas and work together to create an abstract painting – no paintbrushes allowed! Use your creativity to explore other methods of applying paint to the canvas for fun textures and shapes. Workshop fee covers a group of up to 5 people. Register here. Ages 5+

Movement Workshop
Thursday, January 5, 2023, 6 - 7 PM. $10 workshop fee.   

Join faculty from the Springfield Ballet for a participatory workshop that combines visual art and dance. Taking cues from work on view in Humanities, Vol. 2, participants will explore their bodies’ connections with and responses to art. No experience or ability required. Register here. Ages 15+

Gesture Drawing Workshops
Wednesdays, January 11 - May 24, 2023, 12:15 - 1 PM. FREE.

These fast-paced one-time drawing workshops keep your body and mind moving while practicing the art of gesture drawing. You will not leave with finished, refined drawings. The goal is to practice capturing movement and energy. No experience is necessary. Registration required. Ages 16+

Still Life Drawing Workshop
Friday, January 20, 2023, 5:45 - 7:45 PM. $40 workshop fee; all materials included. 

Be inspired by the work of Frieda Logan, on view in Frieda Logan: Swap Meet, as you practice the art of still life drawing in this in-gallery workshop. Register here. Ages 16+

Self-Portrait Workshop
Friday, February 10, 5:45 - 7:45 PM. $40 workshop fee; includes all materials.

This workshop will go over some basic drawing methods for portraits and self-portraits. Participants will create their own self-portrait after viewing self-portraits on view in Rodney Frew. No experience required. Register here. Ages 16+

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Gift Certificates

Give the gift of art-making! Purchase gift certificates for studio classes and workshops at the Museum's front desk, or contact Lori Gipson at to learn more. Gift certificates are only eligible for classes and workshops at this time. They cannot be redeemed for Museum retail merchandise or event ticket purchases.

Class & Workshop Refund/Cancellation Policy

Updated policy coming soon!