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.

Summer Art Show: Objects & Space

A group show featuring Martha Cassel, Donna Haig Friedman, Brett X. Gamache, Valeria Martin, Diana Meservey, Virginia Swain, Susan Varga

On Display: Thursday, June 20th – Thursday, August 15th

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 20th, 5:30–7:30pm at 42 Brattle Street. Free and open to the public.

These works display the magic of objects and spaces emerging onto the canvas in both still-life and landscape painting. Each artist captures a sense of color, light, and space through a close study of similarities and differences within one color group or between contrasting colors, as well as by simplifying a scene to essential elements and focusing on the visual power of spatial relationships.

Virginia Swain Calla Lilies Website Resize

Calla Lilles by Virginia Swain

Propose a Small Group Show!

CCAE is currently seeking proposals for the Fall 2019 term. Small group shows are small groups (3-8 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