Art in Needham, MA! with Karen Jerome Skillins

2017-2018 School Year Schedule

All enrolled in the present session have first option to continue in the same class, into the next session.  Example: One cannot enroll in the winter session until a headcount is taken of those who want continue from the late fall session.

Monday 3:00 - 4:30 only
Fall: Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct: 2,(no 9th, Columbus Day), 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6
Late Fall: Nov. 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4
Winter: Jan. 8, (no 15, no school), 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 26 
Spring: March  5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 
Depending on the number of snow days, a few more classes may be added.

Tuesday 3:00 - 4:30, 4:30 - 6:00, NEW 6:30 - 8:00 
Fall: Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24,(no Oct. 31), Nov. 7
Late Fall: Nov. 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12
Winter: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13
Spring: Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27,  April 3
Depending on the number of snow days, a few more classes may be added.

Wednesday 3:00 - 4:30 only
Fall: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1
Late Fall: Nov. 8, 15, Dec. 29, Dec. 6
Winter: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14
Spring: Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4
Depending on the number of snow days, a few more classes may be added.

Thursday 3:00 - 4:30, 4:30 - 6:00, NEW 6:30 - 8:00 
Fall: Sept. 14, (no 21, no school), 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 
Late Fall: Nov. 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14
Winter: Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15
Spring: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5 
Depending on the number of snow days, a few more classes may be added.

NO SATURDAY CLASSES THIS FALL.


Columbus Day (Monday 10/9)
Options: 10am - noon, 12:30 - 2:30pm, possibly 9:30 to noon and 2:30 - 3pm

Veteran’s Day weekend (Friday 11/10)
Options: 10am - noon and 12:30 - 2:30pm. Optional 30 min add-on.

Martin Luther King Day (Monday 1/15) 
Options: 10am - noon, 12:30 - 2:30pm, possibly 9:30 to noon and 2:30 - 3pm

February Vacation (2/19-2/23)
Minimum of two days for sign up offered for this school vacation week.
Options: 10am - noon and 12:30 - 2:30pm.

April Vacation (4/16-4/20)
Two, three, four or five day options will be offered for this school vacation week.
Options: 10am - noon and 12:30 - 2:30pm.

To register/check availability for the 2017-2018 school year art classes, please send us an email at: studio@ArtinNeedham.com. Once you know there is space for you artist  on the day and time you request, then you may submit payment. PayPal or Credit card options are below.  A check or cash are also acceptend.  Please make sure to send an email with the student's name, age, the class time and day, and your mobile number in case of emergencies. Then an email confirmation will be sent.  

Thank you!




Fall 2017 Art Classes






Fall AND Late Fall Art Classes





Fall, Late Fall, AND Winter Art Classes





Columbus Day (Monday 10/9)





Veteran's Day (Friday 11/10)





MLK Day (Friday 1/15)





(+30 min) Feb. Vacation Art Classes





Feb. Vacation Art Classes





(+30 min) April Vacation Art Classes





April Vacation Art Classes



About the Studio
Students are encouraged to draw and paint from reference material that interests them while offering guidance toward improved drawing skills and color theory.’ Ages 8 to 15 for school vacations.  Ages 9 to 15 for after school classes.


Draw with Karen Brochure This brochure is an example 
of one teaching method that is used with new students.  
I call it ‘training wheels’ for the new artists. It seems to work very well for most.
A class usually includes a ten minute model sketch (the model being one of the students in the class). During the rest of the class, students work on their own projects at their own speed using media that may include watercolors, pencil, colored pencils, pastels, oil pastels, pen and ink and/or acrylics. Karen and the studio helpers work with all students. Drafting tables are separated to promote better focus. A large photo reference file is available with animals, landscapes, people, cartoons and more. Students are also encouraged to look through art books and still life objects for inspiration.


Karen's Drawing Set
A great for gift, and travel treat for when you have the time to draw! The drawing set includes: 4H, 2H, 2B and 4B pencil, 1 kneaded eraser, 1 pink eraser, 1 pad of Strathmore bristol drawing paper (a better quality drawing paper), 1 pencil sharpener, 1 marker, 5 sheets of plastic, 5 pieces of removable tape, and the tutorial brochure, Draw with Karen
This brochure explains one of the ways Karen teaches at the studio. It has helped many learn to draw with more confidence and accuracy. You may learn a few helpful hints from Karen's tutorials on YouTube: Karen Jerome Skillins

Add-on Colored Pencils, $18
24 Prismacolor premium colored pencil tin
(Pencils can also be bought separately)

Add-on Pen and Ink set $15
Two pen holders and an assortment of  pen nibs, each with a different weight line, and 1oz. bottle of waterproof black ink. (Pen and ink can also be bought separately). If your purchase is being picked up at the studio, your shipping fee will be reimbursed.




Drawing Set & options


Pen and Ink Set
The pen and ink set has two pen holders with a selection of pen nibs (pen points) and one 1oz. bottle of Higgins ink. This set works well with the drawing set, or colored pencils.  The nice clean ink line can complement some artwork. Caution: When using the ink, please place the bottle in a shallow mug.  If the ink spills it will only spill in the mug and not on your rug!
If picking up at the studio, the shipping fee will be reimbursed!


Pen and Ink Set Options


Colored Pencil Set 
24 Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils 

This colored pencil set works well with the Drawing set, or the Drawing and Pen and ink set. If your purchase is being picked up at the studio, your shipping fee will be reimbursed.


Colored Pencils set options



The only thing needed is water! 
Karen's Watercolor Set 
Better supplies, better experience!

Included is Strathmore cold press watercolor paper (140lb.), nine 8 oz. Cotman watercolor tubes, (Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Pale, and Red Pale, Cerulean, Cobalt, Ultramarine, Alizarin, and Permanent Rose), a chart of the characteristics of each color, three brushes, a tutorial on the color wheel and how colors work with each other, a palette, and three brushes. 
More watercolor tutorials can be found on Karen’s YouTube channel, Karen Jerome Skillins

The drawing set would also complement the watercolor set. It would help with the drawing of the watercolor painting (the ‘skeleton’ of the painting). But this set is also fine on it’s own.
If you are picking up at the studio, the shipping fee will be reimbursed.


Watercolor Set


Gift Certificates
Gift certificates are valid for one year from date of purchase, in a class or workshop where there is room for the student.  The student must be between 9 and 15 years old. Students age out after their freshman year in high school. If you prefer another amount, please contact the studio.


Gift Certificate