Boston’s Best Art Classes For Adults

December 30, 2013 6:00 AM

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Being an adult does not preclude visitors and residents of Boston from taking art classes. In fact, Boston has a thriving adult art education community. Whether individuals are looking for classes that combine social outings with art or more intense classes, Boston has a place to go. Learn to paint landscapes, draw people, blow glass and much more at single studio classes, ongoing classes and even bars.

Harvard Museum of Natural History Adult Classes
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-3045

The Harvard Museum of Natural History does more than just teach visitors about the creatures, both flora and fauna, that are on exhibit there. It also teaches adults how to draw them at its various art classes. Examples include drawing classes capturing flowers, butterflies and trees. This is the perfect place for adults who plan to draw outdoor scenes and pictures of animals. Often, the exhibits in the museum itself provide the inspiration for the art students create in these classes.

The Urban Art Bar
163 Old Colony Ave.
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 596-0553

At The Urban Art Bar, students are not confined to a classroom or museum. They are in the midst of South Boston’s social scene and having a good time with a few drinks. Guests are invited to bring dinner or grab some at the pizza shop next door. The classes are based around recreating works of art such as Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” There are also paintings of Boston to recreate. Which paintings will be the focus of each night are listed at the bar’s website, so aspiring painters can choose the painting they want to paint before booking a class.

Studio Art Classes at the Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts remains one of the best places in the city for adults to take art classes. This organization lives and breathes all areas of fine art and is even affiliated with a fine art school. The best part about taking classes at the MFA is the variety. Painting, sculpting, mixed media, drawing, embroidering, glass art and much more are offered to students. People who are looking to learn a less popular or more difficult art form have the best shot of finding what they want here.

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Lesley University’s Center For The Adult Learner
700 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 349.8300

Prospective artists who are looking for more serious study than a single art class or even a few months worth of classes can find what they need at Lesley University. Art history, art therapy, writing and much more are offered here. Degrees from a Bachelor in Science to a Master of Fine Arts are possible with this school. The school’s Center for the Adult Learner works with adult students to transfer any existing credits toward reaching artistic goals.

Boston Center for Adult Education Art Classes
122 Arlington St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-4430

Whether students are looking to dance, write or create works of art, the Boston Center for Adult Education has a related class. The options range from making baby blankets and applying makeup to painting and sculpting. Some of these classes are great for building a solid foundation in these art styles. Others are useful to gain knowledge of arts that will help at home or help start a career in design, crafts or even cosmetology.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at