Art Classes

Creative Arts Workshop employs over 55 professional artists part-time to teach classes and workshops to more than 2,000 student artists each year. Classes are available for students at all levels of experience and are kept small to ensure that individual attention can be given to everyone. Students learn in a supportive environment and are encouraged to fully explore their creativity and strive for excellence. Advanced students and professional artists come to the Workshop to learn new techniques and to take advantage of open studio sessions with access to equipment, live models, and critique sessions.

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Open Enrollment

March 13-19 is your chance to explore all of our Spring term classes for free! Come over, and see what it’s like to take a class, meet our dedicated students and world-class faculty, and find new inspiration outside of your usual department. No pre-registration or fees are required to see yourself at CAW.

Note:  Only full-term classes that meet during the designated days are eligible for open enrollment, which excludes classes that start later in the term and all workshops.

Manage Online Account

You can manage your courses and payments anytime using our online registration system with Active Network.

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Class Types

All levels
Individualized instruction for any kind of artist – beginners and those exploring new mediums, high school students and wise-ones, new and returning learners.

Intermediate & Advanced
Pre-requisites or approval from faculty required to deepen your creative process.

Open Studios
Work independently during monitored sessions in our fully-equipped studios. No instruction; approval from faculty required.

Workshops and Mini-Classes
Kick-start your creativity or learn a specialized skill in a convenient, shorter format.

If you are unsure whether a certain course is suitable for you, please don’t hesitate to ask. If necessary, we can arrange for the instructor to contact you to answer your questions.


Start browsing our departments to find the perfect class for you!

Financial Aid

The Workshop offers tuition assistance for both adults and children. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid must submit an application. Forms are available at the Workshop’s front office or by request from the Registrar. The deadline to be considered for Spring term courses is February 24, 2017.  Applications received later than this date may result in delays or ineligibility for their desired course.

Download a PDF version here:  Adult Application (ages 18+) | Young People Application (ages 2-17)


Fall Term 2016: September 19-December 18

Wintersession 2017: January 9-February 26

Spring Term 2017: March 13-June 11

Summer Term 2017: June 26-August 27