We offer a variety of courses at Essex Art Center from drawing, painting and digital photography to clay, stained glass, sculpture and animation. We also offer ART-VENTURES over February, April and Summer Vacation which are one day workshops for kids.

Current Courses being offered:

Winter 2015: January 26 - April 10
offering various 1-day to 10-week ART opportunities

Ways to Register
Registration and payment can be made online, by mail or in person.

Note: returned checks are subject to $20 fee.

Early registration is highly recommended as classes fill early or insufficient enrollment may cause cancellation.

VIEW WINTER 2015 BROCHURE register TODAY! Session begins January 26 and includes February vacation ARTventures

VIEW SPRING 2015 BROCHURE: REGISTER TODAY! Session runs April 27 - June 12, includes ARTventures: Apr 21 - 24

Summer 2015: July 6 - August 21
NEW! Sign up today for our SUMMER INTENSIVE CLASSES!
7 different weeks of thematic based 5-DAY ARTventures, ages 6-10
SIGN UP EARLY MARCH for 1-day ARTventures and weekly classes.

Class Art Supplies

Essex Art Center provides all art materials necessary for Children’s classes.
Adult course descriptions will state if materials are provided or if we will provide you with a suggested supply list to purchase your own art materials.

WINTER 2015 SUPPLY LISTS (listed alphabetically by Instructor)

Caleb Stone, Capturing the Light in Oils
Dennis Hart, Painting with Acrylics
Dennis Hart, Using Color with Acrylics
Don Mathias, Editorial Illustrations
Elizabeth Buckley, PHOTOGRAPHS and PAINT and other THINGS: Photo-based MIXED MEDIA
Georgia Renfroe, Selected Artists of the 20th Century
Jennifer Wood, Handmade Mixed Media Collage
Jonathon Nix, Extended Figure
Luba Shapiro, Drawing With Conte Crayons and Pencils
Luba Shapiro, Looking Within: Developing Your Personal Visual Symbolism
Luba Shapiro, Oil Painting; Exploration of Color
Mary Ann McArdle, Art Book Group
Mary Ann McArdle, Joy of Watercolor
Mary Ann McArdle, The Basics of Drawing
Paul Endres Jr., Many Portraits
Paul Endres Jr., Rethinking Drawing
Paul Endres Jr., The Graphic Novel
Rahat Mama, Fun with Watercolor
Thea Shapiro, Art for Social Change


SPRING 2015 SUPPLY LISTS (listed alphabetically by Course name)

Capturing the Landscape through Watercolors, Caleb Stone
Drawing & Collage, Luba Shapiro
Foundation Acrylic Studio, Dennis Hart
Fun with Watercolor, Rahat Mama
Gelli Plate Printing Workshop, Adria Arch
Joy of Watercolor, Mary Ann McArdle
Long Pose Figure Drawing, Jonathon Nix
Mosaics, Cassie Doyon
Pastel Drawing and More, Luba Shapiro
Plein Air Pastel Landscapes, Jonathon Nix
Portraits: Real to Surreal, Luba Shapiro
Textile Fun - Create a Free Lace Scarf, Carole Bisgrove
The Basics of Drawing, Mary Ann McArdle
The Landscape in Oils, Caleb Stone



Ways to Register:
Register online, mail in completed registration form with payment or visit EAC office to pay in person. Full payment must be included.
(See tuition assistance). We accept cash, check or credit cards. (*Returned checks are subject to $20 fee)

Early registration is highly recommended; as classes fill early or insufficient registration could cause cancellation of some courses.
If you find a class unsatisfactory please contact the office at your earliest convenience.

Essex Art Center provides all art materials necessary for children’s classes. Adult courses will state if materials are provided or if a suggested list is available on line.

Photo Release:
The Essex Art Center programs are sometimes photographed for publicity purposes such as brochures, advertising and other promotional
material. Permission to be included in publicity is implied by enrollment. Please contact the office in writing if you do not wish to be included in publicity.

Children’s Special Circumstances:
Parents must notify the office about any medical conditions, allergies, learning styles, social needs or other special circumstances that might affect your child’s participation in the program, at the start of each term.

Course Cancellation:
The Essex Art Center reserves the right to cancel classes with a full refund due to insufficient enrollment.

Weather Cancellation:
The Essex Art Center cancels all Adult and Children’s classes when Lawrence Public School is closed due to inclement weather. EAC website and phone are updated with any cancellations.

Course Withdrawal & Refund:
Full refunds are given for classes withdrawn from 14 or more calendar days before the first class, less $15 processing fee. 50% tuition refund 7 days prior to the first class meeting. The Essex Art Center will retain $15 processing fee on all registrations if a cancellation by the student may occur. Sorry, no tuition refunds after the course has started.

Tuition Assistance or Payment Plan:
Most Scholarships are partial and require some financial participation from the family. For more information, please contact Sara Hidalgo at 978-685-2343 or

Only one discount option may be applied and you must register in person. Students age 60 or older receive a 10% discount. Show your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and register for one class per family per session for $10.

All Students in Children’s Classes MUST be Potty Trained.

Any Questions Please Call Essex Art Center at 978-685-2343