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

Call For Art: Winter Art Show

CCAE is now accepting submissions for our winter 2020 art show: Reflections: The Figure & Portrait in Watercolor. The submission deadline is December 2. Click here for more details and to submit.

Nude Study By Stephanie Ressel

Nude Study by Stephanie Ressel

Fall Art Show

Inside the Studio: Painters Painting Painters


On Display: September 13 – December 5

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 26, 4-6pm. Free and open to the public

These paintings and drawings feature painters and models at work inside the studio, capturing the concentration, creativity, and camaraderie of studio work among friends, teachers, and colleagues. These works were mostly created in the CCAE Art Studio at 56 Brattle Street.

Peter Working On His Self Portrait By Jeannette Atkinson

Peter Working On His Self-Portrait by Jeannette Atkinson

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