If you have questions or would like more information, please contact MFA Studio Art Classes staff at artclasses@mfa.org.

For registration questions, you may also call the Box Office at 1-800-440-6975.

Please also review the Museum’s Ticketing Policies.

Ticketing and Registration

Pre-registration is required for all Studio Art classes. Registration ends at 1 pm the day before class is scheduled to start. Classes fill quickly, so make sure to mark your calendars for on-sale periods. We accept payment by American Express, Mastercard, or Visa.

To Purchase Online: Purchase studio art classes and workshops. You can search class listings by day of the week, time of day, medium, and instructor. There are no fees for online orders.

Online Classes: Physical tickets are not distributed for online classes. After registration, you will receive a digital ticket via e-mail from tickets@mfa.org. The ticket will include your order number, the dates that each class meets, and a link to join your Zoom classroom. The link is valid for every session that the class meets: use this link to access the class each week. Save this link (in your e-mail or as a bookmarked page on your browser) to easily access each week. Do not share this link, as it is unique to you and doing so puts you at risk of being locked out of the class.

Stonybrook Fine Arts, Diablo Glass School, and Eliot School classes do not meet at the MFA. You may now register for partner classes directly with the institution by visiting their website.

During the registration period, the MFA may cancel classes due to low enrollment. We will do our best to switch students into similar classes or offer a refund. Students will be notified at least 24 hours prior to the class start date if their class in under-enrolled.

To find out about class cancellations due to inclement weather, please call the Museum at 617-369-3295. Studio Art Staff will update the outgoing message should classes be cancelled due to inclement weather. In general, Studio Art Classes will be cancelled if Boston Public Schools announces a closure. We regret that there is no makeup or refund for classes and workshops cancelled due to inclement weather.

Refunds are given only if the class is cancelled by the MFA for reasons unrelated to inclement weather.

We do not offer make-up classes for students who need to miss a class.

All ticket sales are final. Refunds are given only if the class is canceled by the MFA. We regret that there is no makeup or refund for classes and workshops canceled due to inclement weather.

Non-member or lapsed-member customers who purchase program tickets at the non-member full price rate, and who subsequently join or renew as a member, may receive a refund equal to the difference between the member and non-member rate within seven (7) days of the date of purchase.

If you have lost your studio art ticket, you can go to any admissions desk at the Museum and ask for a reprint of your ticket.


Where to set up your space

A dedicated location with good lighting—whether it’s a free corner of your kitchen or converting an unused dining table—is all you need. Make sure you have enough room to work: take into account the size of your piece, and give yourself enough room to move around it. You should have enough room to lay out the materials you will be using, as well as space to set up your laptop or tablet so you can interact with your instructor and classmates.

We suggest laying out newspapers or a drop cloth underneath your workspace to protect your table.

We also recommend having a camera or camera phone on hand, so you can take in-progress pictures of your work to share with the class.


Organize your materials and have somewhere to tuck them away when you’re not using them. A few recommendations from our own home studio setups:

  • Mason jars or yogurt cups can be used for organizing pens, pencils, and paintbrushes.
  • A storage cart can be used to organize supplies; tuck them away when not in use.
  • Wire and clothespins can be used to dry (and display) in progress pieces of art. For larger or heavier works on canvas, we recommend having a few designated hooks on the wall or storing them vertically in a larger box or crate where they won’t accidentally get bumped.

Any questions?

Feel free to ask their instructor any home-studio tips, or be in touch with our Studio Art admin staff. We can be reached at artclasses@mfa.org.

Visitors to the MFA have three self-parking options: the Huntington Lot, the Fenway Lot, and the Museum Road Garage, all of which have entrances on Museum Road. All parking facilities have handicap spaces. Museum members are entitled to a parking discount.

Kids and Teen Classes: Parents and guardians of an enrolled Studio Art Class student can receive up to 30 minutes of free parking in the MFA Garage. Present your Studio Art Class admissions ticket and parking ticket to the garage attendant in the garage office. Please do not idle your vehicle at any Museum entrance during pickup and drop-off. If you park more than 30 minutes, parking price rates apply.

Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions: For in-person, onsite classes - On the first day you will be expected to bring the student directly to the classroom. For the remaining classes you may escort them to class yourself or you can drop them off with Studio Art staff that will be stationed at the Huntington entrance each week. Those students will be escorted back to the Huntington entrance at the end of class. If you arrive late you will need to escort the student to the classroom yourself, please have your Studio Art Class ticket available to show to the guard for entry. Please park in the MFA Garage and do not idle your vehicle at any Museum entrance during pickup and drop-off. Refer to the parking section for more information.

February, April, and Summer Vacation Weeks: For in-person, onsite classes - each day please check in at the Linde Family Group entrance with Studio Art staff to sign the student in. You do not need to wait with the student. When class is ready to begin, students will be escorted to their respective classrooms. When you return to pickup at the Linde Family Group entrance, prepare to present your photo ID or Studio Art Class ticket for verification. You will need to sign out the student and they will be released to you. To indicate adults that are authorized to pickup the student, please complete the Student Form. A link to the Student Form can be found in your confirmation letter. Please park in the MFA Garage and do not idle your vehicle at any Museum entrance during pickup and drop-off. Refer to the parking section for more information.

Teen Self-Dismissal: All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older in the Museum. Students ages 12 and above may self dismiss.

We do not offer make-up classes.

Studio Art classrooms are located in several areas of the Museum. 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.

Wheelchair accessibility

Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at all entrances. The MFA also welcomes your personal walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters. All galleries in the Museum are wheelchair accessible.

Personal care attendants are welcome to accompany the student for the duration of class and are admitted free of charge. Assistive-listening devices are available upon request.

For more information about Accessibility, e-mail access@mfa.org or call 617-369-3189 or TTY 617-369-3393.

All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older while in the Museum. As such, children under the age of 12 who are enrolled in a studio art class must be released to an adult 18 or older. If your child is signed up for both a morning and afternoon studio art class during vacation weeks, supervised lunch is required.

Students ages 12 and above are permitted to self dismiss.

Please pack your child a nut-free lunch. Meals are not provided and may not be purchased onsite in the cafeteria.

Please note: Supervised lunch cannot be sold with the registration of a single class. Students under the age of 12 and registered in both a morning and afternoon studio art class are required to purchase supervised lunch, sold separately. It is not an option for those students to be dismissed for lunch.

When minors are left in our care, it is important that we have access to the student’s emergency contacts, health information, allergies and authorizations in the event of an emergency in order to relay relevant information to medical professionals. Please complete the required information prior to the start of classes by clicking the link sent to you in the confirmation letter. Records must be updated annually and filled out completely.


MFA Studio Art Classes are non-credit courses. Non-credit courses are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn new skills, upgrade existing skills, and develop personal interests. Non-credit courses are not applicable toward a degree. Students who need additional documentation may ask for a letter of completion.

In no event shall MFA Studio Art program, or any of its managers, employees, studio instructors, administrative assistants, be liable (jointly or severally) to a student for personal injury or any special, incidental, indirect, or consequential damages of any kind, or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage, and on any theory of liability, arising out of or in connection with an MFA Studio Art program, course, class, or workshop.

Third-Party Locations

When attending a Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) Studio Art program that takes place outside or off site from the MFA studios or galleries, you may encounter third-party services (“TPS”), including, but not limited to food and beverage service from the venue where sessions of the course take place. You understand that you are responsible for all additional charges you incur at your course TPS’s location, including, but not limited to, food and beverage charges.

Some of these TPS may even use MFA Studio Art program logos in connection with your MFA Studio Art class session. MFA Studio Art program is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of such TPS. MFA Studio Art program is held harmless from all claims involving or relating to the provision of TPS. If you have any questions, concerns, complaints, or claims about a particular TPS, you should contact the support or contact personnel of the particular TPS provider and not MFA Studio Art program, unless otherwise indicated by MFA Studio Art program.

All students attending MFA Studio Art Classes are expected to practice full independence of their toileting including their personal hygiene, to self-manage undressing/dressing as well as follow proper sanitary procedures. Staff are not permitted to assist students in any way while in the restroom. The MFA supports the privacy and inclusion of our students, including those with healthcare needs; therefore, if a student needs assistance in the restroom, the primary care provider/guardian must provide a one-to-one aid. Personal care attendants and care providers are admitted to the Museum free of charge. In the unlikely event that students may wet and soil themselves, we ask that the primary care provider/guardian provide an extra set of clothes and expect that the student be able to change themselves without the assistance of staff. When a student is unable to carry out personal care needs themselves, the primary care provider/guardian will be notified to assist. No student will be subjected to embarrassment or punished as a result. A student may not be accepted into the program and/or may be subject to leave the program if additional toileting support is required and different to the practices and procedures as outlined above.

The MFA takes great care to ensure a safe and constructive learning environment, however the MFA is not responsible for lost or stolen student valuables. Anyone walking through the Museum in gallery space may not bring backpacks, book bags, duffel bags, suit cases, or any other bags larger than 11 x 15 inches. The exceptions to this rule are when a visitor is carrying a bag containing medical supplies and/or diaper bags or students enrolled in an MFA Studio Art Class passing through to reach the classrooms. These bags should then be marked with a yellow tag to allow entry and should be instructed to carry the bag at their side or in their hands.

Abandoned Student Artwork

Student artwork left on MFA’s premises must be picked up within one week of the end of each academic season because of limited space in the MFA studios. Any property remaining after that date shall be considered abandoned and it will become the property of the Museum, unless a formal arrangement has been made with an instructor or Studio Art Class administrator to retain the work beyond this deadline. The Museum will not be responsible for the location and/or condition of abandoned student artwork.

Statement of Use

The MFA Studio Art Class program reserves the right to retain artwork produced by students for exhibition and reproduction as part of their program of study while enrolled in a Studio Art Class, and has a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to photograph, tape, reproduce, or otherwise use or display student work for marketing, promotional, archival, reference, research, classroom, educational, and other purposes. Students will be credited for the use of such reproductions at the discretion of the Museum. Reproductions of student artwork may be edited at the Museum’s discretion, but in doing so, the Museum will make a good faith effort to act respectfully and responsibly so as not to unduly compromise the integrity of the original artwork.


At the end of each Fall, Winter and Spring session, participating Studio Art Classes display children and teen student artwork for a one-day exhibition. Some students work will be selected for the display cases near the 3rd floor studios. Unfortunately, due to limited space, not all students will be selected to display their work in these cases. Displayed artwork will remain on display until the following spring at which point Studio Art Class staff will contact the artist to arrange pick-up. Any artwork remaining and unclaimed shall be considered abandoned and it will become the property of the Museum.

Age Restriction

The MFA Studio Art program courses that could involve alcoholic beverages such as “Drawing in Pubs” and or “Workshops with Friends” are only for adults who are of the legal drinking age in the venue where your session is being held. MFA Studio Art program is not responsible in any manner if persons under the legal drinking age where the course session is being held attend that session. In the event MFA Studio Art course instructor discovers that a session attendee is under the legal drinking age in the venue where the session is held, MFA Studio Art course instructor will refuse to offer instruction to any underage individual, regardless of whether that individual has a ticket/enrollment to the course. MFA Studio Art course instructor has the right to request that you present a valid form of identification demonstrating your age, in which circumstance you agree that you will comply with such request.


The Studio Art Program offers limited financial aid assistance. To apply, submit a financial aid application. Applications are due one week prior to the start of class or until space is filled.

Financial aid is provided in part through grants from the John and Dorothy Wilson Fund, the Mary O. H. Longstreth Fund, the Renée Rapaporte Scholarship Fund, the Sarah G. Leahy Scholarship Fund, and the Rosenthal-Silverman Scholarship Fund.