Adult Classes & Workshops

Registration for Winter Session classes is open!
Classes start the week of January 10, 2022 (unless otherwise noted).

Please Note: The Umbrella’s reservations, payment, and communications system provides streamlined account management, conveniences and benefits to our community members. First-time registrants need to create a new account and opt-in for communications. Already have an account? Simply login with your user email and password. Customer accounts can be used for ALL Umbrella purchases going forward! If you experience any difficulties, please let us know and our team will be happy to help.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: To protect the most vulnerable members of our community, and in keeping with updated CDC guidance, The Umbrella is instituting policies requiring visitors, artists, staff and students to wear a mask in indoor public areas at 40 Stow Street, regardless of vaccination status. The Umbrella is additionally instituting a policy requiring adult students to be fully vaccinated before the first class. If you have a reason why you are ineligible to be vaccinated, please contact us. This policy is in effect as of August 23, 2021 and is subject to change. The Umbrella's full Covid safety guidelines can be found here.

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Ceramics

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Beginner Wheel, introductory class for adults. Learn the basics of wheel throwing including but not limited to making bowls, cups, mugs, lidded forms, and the... Learn More »
Instructor:
Sarah Bartolotta
Day/time:
Mondays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Purchase up to six different kinds of clay in bags of 25lbs.Clay Type DetailsB mix 5 - Laguna WC 401Porcelain - Standard 213Sculpture Clay - Sheffield S-... Learn More »
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A coils class where all skill levels are welcome. Combined with hand building techniques, coil building allows a ceramic artist to hand-form whatever they desire... Learn More »
Instructor:
Sarah Chapman
Day/time:
Mondays, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
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You have basic hand-building and wheel skills, now you can take your work to the next level by developing you own style. This class will expose students to various... Learn More »
Instructor:
Terry Goss
Day/time:
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Suzanne Hill, “Copper Flare” (11.5” x 8.5”)
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We will be offering demonstrations on throwing and altering this winter, especially with serving pieces, casseroles and other functional pieces. Decoration will... Learn More »
Instructor:
Suzanne Hill
Day/time:
Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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The wheelthrowing class will be a welcome and energetic re-introduction to the wheel. After too many months of gathering ideas and nothing to build, we will look at... Learn More »
Instructor:
Marc Mancuso
Day/time:
Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Ceramics classroom
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Totally new to ceramics? Taken a break for a while and ready to get back in the studio? This class is for you! A great introduction for those new to clay or a... Learn More »
Instructor:
Conor Pickett
Day/time:
Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
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We will be offering demonstrations on throwing and altering this winter, as well as working with coils to create large pieces. Decoration will be focusing on color... Learn More »
Instructor:
Suzanne Hill
Day/time:
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
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See what’s possible by pushing: clay & boundaries. Didn’t think you could do it? Well you can! Experience the many ways to build: BIG, small, slow, quick &... Learn More »
Instructor:
Tina Forbes
Day/time:
Fridays, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
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For the more experienced student, this class will introduce you to a variety of surface decoration techniques using colored slip, underglaze, terra sigilatta, and... Learn More »
Instructor:
Conor Pickett
Day/time:
Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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This course is designed for those who would like a basic understanding of the fundamentals of wheel throwing as well as for those with experience who want to build... Learn More »
Instructor:
Zachary Mickelson
Day/time:
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30 PM

Drawing

For adults who wish to revisit their creativity or who have always wanted to learn to draw. Step by step instruction to demystify, provide tools and a solid... Learn More »
Instructor:
Bryony Bensly
Day/time:
Mondays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
This course will explore the use of colored pencil techniques. Colored pencils have the ability to achieve a painterly look, or a more delicate, traditional look,... Learn More »
Instructor:
Ilse Plume
Day/time:
Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
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A course for students interested in experimenting with different mediums and classical techniques to further their own work and fill in gaps. We will cover working... Learn More »
Instructor:
Bryony Bensly
Day/time:
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
This class is open to those who would like to feel comfortable using graphite pencils, colored pencils, charcoal, pastels or ink. Studenets will develop an... Learn More »
Instructor:
Joy Buell
Day/time:
Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
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Examine how a camera can help you create “realistic” drawings. A Xerox can teach you shading. Deconstruct color with over-exposure. Draw from photos. Then examine... Learn More »
Instructor:
Alicia Herman
Day/time:
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
This course will focus on the creation of a picture book. This might be a book for children, a book of poetry, or an original text or a journal of travel. ... Learn More »
Instructor:
Ilse Plume
Day/time:
Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00 PM

Painting

Joy Buell Student Work 2
Starting with basic techniques and an introduction to the acrylic medium, this course takes you through a series of exercises, with support from the instructor-your... Learn More »
Instructor:
Joy Buell
Day/time:
Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Designed for intermediate to advanced oil or acrylic painters. Students may work in either oil or acrylic, or a combination of both. This class will emphasize... Learn More »
Instructor:
Kat O'Connor
Day/time:
Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Think about some painting you admire; what are the elements the painter used to make that statement?  In this class we consider Composition: the... Learn More »
Instructor:
Lois Andersen
Day/time:
Mondays, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
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Note: This is a virtual only class.A zoom class designed to get you painting and thinking through the winter months. Each of the first 9 weeks, a project will be... Learn More »
Instructor:
Kat O'Connor
Day/time:
Thursdays, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
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A painting class for intermediate to advanced watercolor painters. This class will emphasize technique and its importance in the development of the individual’s own... Learn More »
Instructor:
Kat O'Connor
Day/time:
Fridays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Mixed Media

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Learn different bookbinding techniques. This session we will start with simple accordion style books and build technique to make a sewn book. Along the way we will... Learn More »
Instructor:
Sarah Scoville
Day/time:
Fridays, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Creative Mindfulness

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Traumatic and volatile times call for creative play and community. Come slip into your breath; claim your movement, stories and song as we deepen our practices for... Learn More »
Instructor:
CC King
Day/time:
Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Are you craving a different way of being in your life? Why not try laughing, moving, telling stories, experimenting with your voice, finding stillness, and... Learn More »
Instructor:
CC King
Day/time:
Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Glass

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In this class, we will be exploring soft (moretti) and hard (borosilicate) glass by creating beads, marbles, small sculptures and progressing to beginner blown... Learn More »
Instructor:
Toby Walters
Day/time:
Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
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Join us by melting glass in a torch to create mini shamrocks. This class is open to beginners as well as those with experience. These will become lucky keepsakes... Learn More »
Instructor:
Toby Walters
Day/time:
Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Fiber Arts

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Using a variety of wet and dry felt making techniques, students will create several felt pieces in both two and three dimensions over the course of this class.... Learn More »
Instructor:
Elizabeth Stubbs
Day/time:
Mondays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Using both wet and dry felt making techniques, we will create a beautiful landscape inspired by the nature that surrounds us. Taking place over two mornings, this... Learn More »
Instructor:
Elizabeth Stubbs
Day/time:
Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:30 PM