This intermediate - advanced painting intensive will use still life and other objects from the MFA’s collection, to concentrate on color, composition, and style. Work with transparent washes in watercolor and acrylics with impasto and stains.

Students are responsible for providing their own supplies. View the supply list.


Ticket Information

Before registering for classes, please review Program Information and Policies.

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

Ticketing Policies

Accessibility

Due to the building’s historic architecture, the third-floor classrooms, 305A, 305B, 305D and 305E, are not wheelchair-accessible and must be accessed by stairs. Please let us know in advance if the student has limited mobility; we can make accommodations, including relocating the class to an accessible space.

To inform the Studio Art Class program of any access needs, please e-mail artclasses@mfa.org or call our office at 617-369-3295.


About the Instructors

Bill Commerford has taught core and graduate subjects at the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Art, where he received his BFA in advertising design and his MFA. He has also taught a History of Modern Art class at Boston State as well as Illustration, Design, and Typography at Massachusetts College of Art. He was the award-winning typographic director of world-famous T.J. Lyon’s Antique Type Collection, and one of his dozens of watercolors, “The Third Moose,” was published in Yankee magazine’s anthology “The Best of Fifty Years.” A twenty-year teacher of watercolor and water media at the MFA, Bill is also a principal of FIVESEVENDELLE, a premiere Boston alternative art space providing exhibitions and community interactive opportunities for artists and local institutions in the Mission Hill neighborhood.

Sharon Lucie Avakian is an artist and educator. Avakian graduated with honor from Boston State College, with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Psychology, Art, and Music, simultaneously receiving the Massachusetts Teachers Certificate for K-12. Being an emotionally based painter in acrylic, oil, pastel, and water-based medium leaves her open to an experimental process of painting and teaching. She has upcoming shows in the Boston area.