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Art education for every artist.

SMFA's Continuing Education courses, workshops, and certificates foster creative exploration for individuals at every stage of their artistic journey—from novices ready to learn the fundamentals of visual expression to seasoned artists in search of master-level techniques or exposure to new materials and techniques.

Browse a variety of courses and workshops by day, or by semester, explore our certificate programs and programs for pre-college and high school students, or consider one of our upcoming winter session workshops.  

Faculty Expertise

  • Tap into the experience, knowledge, and expertise of practicing artist/faculty members
  • Study and create alongside artists whose work can be found in collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, whose illustrations appear in The Boston Globe and in books acclaimed by The New York Times

Studio Resources

  • Access the classroom and studio spaces of a top tier art school and give yourself the space to create and grow
  • Our courses span access to Mac Labs, painting and drawing studios, animation studios, printmaking studios, as well as the W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library

Creative Community

  • Join a community of makers and find inspiration among fellow students and faculty
  • Sit in class with dentists, teachers, marketers, painters, designers, and doctors, and see your own work in a new way
  • Walk the art-covered halls of the SMFA for daily inspiration, or attend a gallery or exhibition opening to network and nourish your practice

Virtual Experiences

  • Bring all the SMFA has to offer right to your doorstep!
  • Sharpen your design skills, learn to launch a business, dive into a new painting technique, or connect with creative classmates and mentors from your home studio
  • Wherever you may be, bring your art practice along for the ride with online art opportunities

Courses & Workshops Enrolling Now

Figure Drawing

Instructor: Patrick Carter
In-Person | Jan 7, 2023

Join us for a one - day drawing, painting and mixed media day focused on the observation of the figure. The initial goal is to heighten senses to see beyond the symbol or formula; to think of the unit of the whole figure and the importance of the play of light and shadow. Possible individual choices for materials include charcoal, pastels, gouache, acrylics, oils, etc. During the session a range of artists will be introduced to provide points of departure, inspiration, and a variety of approaches to this timeless subject. We will begin with short poses to underscore the value of the essential gesture and intuitive responses to the figure in space. Next the focus will be on the long pose. This provides time to navigate, rework and problem solve various issues toward a substantial work of art. During the long pose, we will be able to share examples of art, discuss solutions, give a demo or whatever will be useful to the student. This workshop is tailored to the individual and personal sensibilities. The objective is to create a curious and supportive atmosphere in which encourages confidence to experiment, discover and to surprise oneself.

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Building Your Artist Website: Design Bootcamp

Instructor: Keith March Mistler
Online | Jan 10 -12th

Web design and site creation are important skills for many people in our tech-forward world. This 6-hour introductory workshop will task students with creating a personalized website portfolio using a free CMS (content management system). Students will learn how to plan a website using wireframing and site mapping skills as well as how to format content for the web. Design concepts will be introduced and applied. Experience in design is recommended but not required.

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Intaglio and Etching: Introduction

Instructor: Louis Meola
In-Person | Jan 3 - Jan 12, 2023

Intaglio printing means printing ink from the incised marks in a plate or matrix. Etching means that acid is used to corrode these marks into the plate. This is a course for beginning students seeking thorough exposure to intaglio printmaking, both etched and not, who wish to explore the medium in greater depth. In addition to etching basics (hard ground, soft ground, and aquatint), we will give special attention to a broad array of intaglio applications: found objects, collagraph approaches, alternative plates (non-etched), collage, and monoprint techniques.

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SMFA Continuing Education - Certificate Programs

Certificate in Virtual Reality

NEW - The certificate in Virtual Reality brings a flexible, intensive, skills-oriented program to students and professionals interested in the intersection of art and technology. Through six short online asynchronous courses, students are given the skills to tackle virtual reality environment design for application in a variety of fields.

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Certificate in Graphic Design

The certificate in Graphic Design provides you with the practical and theoretical skills of a design professional. Throughout the program you will learn from a team of faculty with extensive teaching experience and recognition in their field.

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Certificate in Illustration

The certificate in Illustration provides you with a solid foundation for creating illustrations, learning illustrative techniques, and understanding an illustrator's creative process.

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My photography professor, Joanna Tam, helped me not only learn the technical skills of digital photography, but also she fostered my conceptual development as an artist, challenging and elevating my work.

Photography - Student, 2020

You have a 360 range of motion creating digitally now, and I think that makes for really rich digital atmospheres and worlds

Bella Kiser, SMFA at Tufts BFA+BS Alum

Robert Siegelman's approach of confidence, play and experimentation is exactly what I need right now. Helping me lean into my own ideas, and also stretch my awareness both through seeing a huge variety of work and by communicating with the other students in the class. His stressing a daily practice is also life changing.

Mixed Media Drawing - Student, 2020

You have a 360 range of motion creating digitally now, and I think that makes for really rich digital atmospheres and worlds

Bella Kiser, SMFA alumni, reflecting on virtual reality and art

Billy is great. He is clearly knowledgeable about VR and Unity, and has a very relaxed manner in his introduction videos. He is very detailed and articulate in his demonstration videos as well, taking the students step-by-step through the process. He is very responsive via email and via the discussion boards and is available every week for office hours. During office hours he is patient and clear and helpful.

SMFA Virtual Reality Certificate Student

Having been a graphic designer for many years, I’d taken my first painting class in 2015. When I returned to Boston I knew I wanted to continue developing as a painter, and hoped I’d find a good instructor. I looked at the SMFA course descriptions, enrolled in Elaine’s class, and quickly knew that I had hit the jackpot.

Advanced Painting Student

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