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.

About CCAE's Studio School

In these classes, students develop skills that enable them to record and interpret, analyze and express. Studio School classes include painting and drawing from life, stressing the importance of spatial relationships and careful observation.

Studio School Instructors Brett Gamache and Jeremy Durling lead classes for new and continuing students to closely study in a supportive and focused environment, with classes that include drawing and painting from the figure, still life, and landscape.

Brett Gamache

Brett Gamache has been teaching drawing and painting in the Studio School at CCAE since 2010. Gamache holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire. Learn more about Brett here.

Jeremy Durling

Jeremy Durling holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has been teaching drawing and painting in the Studio School at CCAE since 2014, as well as beginner level drawing and oil painting. Learn more about Jeremy here.

Featured Class

Painting Outdoors on the North Shore with Brett Gamache

Join us for a plein air landscape painting class along the North Shore's seacoast with locations including Gloucester, Rockport, and Ipswich. Topics covered include: setting up, beginning a painting, composition, mixing color, creating space, and capturing light. Students are asked to bring materials (paints, brushes, portable easel, canvas) as well as a mask. Oil painting is the preferred medium, some painting experience is required. This class will meet in-person outdoors. Students are asked to wear a mask throughout the class and follow Massachusetts state guidelines regarding physical distancing.

5 Fridays, 9am-1pm. Begins April 30. Register Here

Rocky Coast By Brett Gamache

Rocky Coast by Brett Gamache

"I loved this class! First time and I'm hooked. Brett is an excellent instructor. I learned so much. Good balance of demo and hands on work."

Holly, Studio School Drawing

"A chance to pick up something I've not done in years. I like that all levels are welcome."

Ken, Intensive Drawing Boot Camp

"Jeremy had a really well thought out curriculum, introducing new things every week. His comments were always helpful and supportive, whether you were a beginner or more experienced. "

Student, Painting: Foundations