Danforth School of Art

Studio Art for Adults and Children

At the Danforth Art School, we are known for a culture of community and excellence in instruction. 
We work hard to make sure taking a class at Danforth is convenient, comfortable, inviting and inspiring for all our students.

School staff are happy to assist adult students with selecting the class which best fits their goals, offering five levels of study suited to everyone from absolute beginners to those developing their own body of artwork.  Our diverse faculty pool allows students to study painting, drawing and other media with instructors from many backgrounds and perspectives. 

Our children’s program is known for its comprehensive studio art experience with classes in drawing, painting and mixed media/sculpture designed to develop skill with materials and knowledge in artistic concepts.  All students maintain a portfolio of work, and visit the museum which provides opportunities to analyze and discuss important works on display.   Our small class sizes and dedicated instructors allow students to have fun experimenting with materials while learning how to express personal viewpoints and create well-crafted art.

For the last 40 years, all of our students have had the wonderful resource of our museum available to support learning. Looking ahead to 2019, we are excited to once again enjoy museum exhibitions when the school and museum return to our permanent home at the Jonathan Maynard Building.

Upcoming Sessions of Art Classes

The spring session is underway and closed to new registrations. The next session is Summer Arts beginning on June 25 and running until August 24. This is a program for children in Grades K-12 and will take place on the Framingham State University campus.

There will be no adult classes during the summer.

Our Fall session will feature classes for adults and children and will open sometime in late September. We expect to post the schedule in August. Classes will be held at 23 Salem End Road.

The Winter session will take place in the Jonathan Maynard Building, 14 Vernon Street and will begin in early 2019. We will have more information about the specific dates and classes in the fall.

About Danforth Art School

Danforth Art School, including the School Office, will be temporarily relocated to 23 Salem End Road House on the campus of Framingham State University. Starting in April, 2018.


Danforth Art Faculty consists of over 40 professional artists and art instructors dedicated to the teaching process. Over 300 classes and workshops are offered annually for preschoolers, children, teens, adults and teachers, inspiring artists at all levels to explore drawing, painting, watercolor, and other materials and techniques.

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Masschusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Mass Cultural Council

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