Visual Arts & Crafts

Our visual arts and crafts classes offer an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and skill levels to flex their creative muscles and have fun working with with paint, charcoal, ink, metal, wood, glass, fiber, and more.

Call for Art! Spring 2020 Art Show

Recent Works Exhibition and the Berta Golahny Awards

CCAE invites you to submit two-dimensional artwork you have produced in the past year, in or outside of a class, for inclusion in our spring exhibition, Recent Works, which will run from Friday, April 17th through Thursday, June 4th. Submit here by March 9th, 5pm.

Read more about the Berta Golahny Awards

Winter Art Show

Reflections: The Figure & Portrait in Watercolor

On Display: January 9 - March 19

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9th, 5:30-7:30pm at 42 Brattle Street. Free and open to the public

These figure and portrait paintings marry the fluid, luminous qualities of watercolor with the dynamic gestures of the human figure. Working with watercolor’s spontaneity and ability to reflect light, these artists play with value and color to create uniquely expressive reflections of the human form.

Nude Study By Stephanie Ressel

Nude Study by Stephanie Ressel

Propose a Small Group Show!

Small group shows are small groups (3-10 CCAE artists) who would like to display their work together under a specific shared vision. It is a chance for students to connect with other artists, display their own work, and participate in a larger artist community at CCAE. Read the Proposal Submission Guidelines or fill out the Proposal Submission Form.

Art Supplies

Many of the visual arts classes require the purchase of additional art supplies. The supply lists can be found in the section description for each class.

Once you register for a class, the supply list will be accessible through your online account under Academics > Current Classes > Section description.

CCAE Studio School

Since 1994, Cambridge Center for Adult Education’s Studio School offers a group of coordinated intensive classes that focus on perceptual drawing and oil painting. Students develop skills that enable them to record and interpret, analyze and express. Our Studio School classes include painting and drawing from life, stressing the importance of spatial relationships and careful observation. Studio School instructors include Jeremy Durling and Brett Gamache.

Learn more about CCAE's Studio School

"I have been coming for years and still learn new things every time."

Steffen, Build a Small Box with Hand Tools

"I admired the way that Ellen [Stutman] critiqued with pointers but always had something positive to say about everyone."

Lynn L., Drawing with Color

"Kelly [Knight] was awesome and so were my classmates. I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot."

Sarena D., Woven Wall Hangings

"The one-on-one teaching together with the very creative interactions with fellow students and their projects really provide a valuable learning experience."

Student, Advanced Printmaking