Develop your own personal ideas and techniques while painting subjects that you are passionate about. Explore paint materials of your choice. An emphasis will be made on creating a cohesive, visually and conceptually linked series of works. Research and preparation will make work richer and more meaningful. Students will gain new skills, use of color theory and strong composition. Each class will begin with warm-ups, demonstrations and preparatory drawings for your paintings. The instructor will provide optional subject matter and assignments to stimulate thinking as students observe art history examples, use of the MFA collection and critiques to encourage ideas, inspiration and personal feedback of one’s work.

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


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 or call our office at 617-369-3295.

About the Instructor

Paula Pitman Brown has taught teens and adults painting, drawing, and sculpture for 36 years at schools and instututions such as Chelmford High School, Waltham Public Schools, Decordova Art Museum School, and the Multicultural Art Camp. Brown graduated with distinction from Massachusetts College of Art, with a BFA in Painting and Art History, and also received the Massachusetts Teacher Certification for grades K-12 from Suffolk University and Boston State College. She is consistently creating her artwork of storytelling allegories that are inspired from personal ideas and art history. She has shown her work mostly around the New England area.