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DISCOVERY WITH CLAY – Introduction to Ceramics with Cora Pucci  (Beginners to Intermediate)
Focus on a combination of hand-building and throwing on wheel, as well as astering glazing techniques.  Excellent facilities and individual instruction by a professional studio potter.   Please inquire about openings.  Cora is more than happy to take names for a waiting list.

6:00 - 9:00pm ,  July 8 – Aug. 26
(8 sessions) (meets in Ceramics Studio)

Member                      $263*

Non-Member            $308*
* Fee includes clay, glazes, firing
Maximum # of Students:  10

CORA PUCCI is a professional studio potter. She has exhibited both local, nationally and abroad.  Cora has taught for many years at MIT Student Art Center, DeCordova Museum School children’s summer program, The Cambridge Center for Adult Ed, and in her own studio at the Old Schwab Mill in Arlington, MA.

ith Lynne Fisher
(Beginners-Intermediate)  (Junior Membership is required)

Focus on both wheel and hand-building techniques, as well as decorating and glazing high fire stoneware. Please inquire about openings: Lynne will take names for a waiting list.  Contact the Society Office regarding openings and information about becoming a Junior Member at 781-862-9696.

THURSDAY EVENINGS, 6:00 - 8:30pm  (meets in Ceramics Studio)

SESSION 1:    June 25, July 2, 9, & 16 (4 classes)

SESSION 2:  July 23, 30, Aug. 6, & 13 (4 classes)

Junior Member               $ 132*     * Fee includes clay, glazes, firing

Maximum # of Students:  10 per class

LYNNE FISHER is a professional potter; juried shows; professional teacher. 


with Sayaka Rawizza   (Beginners to Intermediate)

Working with clay offers endless possibilities.  In this 6-week class, we will focus on simple pinching and slab hand-building techniques.  We will create simple and creative forms and finish the pieces with various surface design techniques, including texturing, stamping, slip decorating,  stenciling, and image transfer.  This class is appropriate for complete beginners through intermediate level.

FRIDAY EVENINGS,  6:30 - 9:30pm  
July 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug.14, last class To Be Arranged
(6 sessions) (meets in Ceramics Studio)

Member                      $197*
Non-Member            $233*
* Fee includes clay, glazes, firing
Maximum # of Students:  10

This piece was done by pinch, slab and coil technique.

with Jeanne Paglio

Zentangle art is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Similar to doodling, Zentangle is more focused and deliberate. It can be used to create beautiful images, to increase focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction along with a better sense of personal well-being. Zentangle art is enjoyed around the world and encompasses a wide range of skills, interests and ages. There is no wrong way to tangle and there are no mistakes, only opportunities. Zentangle celebrates life in an art form and tangling is a deliberate artistry for life. Students will learn the art of relaxation while creating beautiful art work. No experience is needed, just enthusiasm to learn how to make art without having to think about it. You can learn to relax, have fun while you create a 3 1/2" square masterpiece, and know there are no mistakes, only possibilities as you do so.

All materials provided by instructor.  Students keep their pens and get extra tiles to work with.

SESSION 1:   Wednesdays & Thursdays, July 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 10am-Noon

(4 Sessions)

SESSION 2:  Wednesdays & Thursdays, Aug. 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 10am-Noon

(4 Sessions)

Society Member                $145*

Non Member                                  $165*
*includes $20 Materials Fee.

Maximum # of Students: 20 (meets in  Seminar Room)
Junior membership required for students aged 12-18.

– Summer Intensive

with Kevin Kennedy

Time to refurbish?   Learn upholstery.  Bring a piece you can carry (from an ottoman to a chair) and reupholster it under the expert guidance of Kevin Kennedy.  You will learn how to prepare your piece, what materials and tools to use, and the first class will include a consult about how to select appropriate fabrics and patterns.  This is an excellent opportunity to acquire some valuable decorating skills and knowledge.

Included in the class fee is $35 as a materials fee for basic materials and supplies, and additional supplies can be purchased from Kevin, as needed.

Maximum # of Students: 12

Monday - Friday, 6:00 – 10:00 pm.

July 20-24
(5 sessions) (Meets in Plummer Studio)

Member Fee:            $377

Non-Member Fee:  $407


with Laurie Savage  (Intermediate-Advanced)

This is an opportunity for adult students to work on independent projects.  Answers to questions and guidance from the instructor will be based on the needs and interests of the students.  Laurie also has great bench tips to help students create successful projects.

Students provide their own materials.

SESSION 1:   WEDNESDAYS,  10:00am-3:00pm

July 15, 22, & 29  (3 Sessions)

 WEDNESDAYS,  10:00am-3:00pm

August 5, 12, & 19  (3 Sessions)

Metalworkers Guild Member

Society Member                              $115*

Non-Member                                    $133*  

(*Non Members must get the instructor’s approval to take this class.  Contact the LACS Office at 781-862-9696)
Maximum # of students: 10 (meets in Metalworkers Studio)


with Liz Check  (Open to all levels)

Do you have unfinished pieces in your tool box?  Are you looking for time in the studio to figure out how to transform your samples into masterpieces?  Maybe this summer is the time to focus on learning to make bezels, flush set stones or fold form. 

This class will focus on helping students complete ongoing projects, find solutions for difficulties with ongoing projects, or learn specific techniques. 

Demonstrations could include etching, fold forming, keumbo, tube setting, hollow construction, rolling mill inlay and bezel setting.   Tool kits are available for rental.  Some materials will be provided by the instructor, along with information on the purchase of additional materials and tools.


July 15 – August 19 (6 sessions) (meets in Metalworkers Studio) 

Metalworkers Guild Member      $129 *

Society Member                              $147*

Non-Member                                    $183*
* Fee includes lab & administrative fees           
Maximum # of Students: 10 per class

LIZ CHECK has been a metalsmith for 24 years, and has taught at the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society for the past eight years.  Her primary focus with both classes is to expose students to as many tools, techniques and metalsmithing processes as possible.

Instructor will provide copper for first forging project.  Additional materials can be purchased at

SEEING THE POSSIBILITY: Creating with Natural & Found Objects: How to look, discover, collect, & create from there! 

with Judith Cooper 

The world offers us abundance for creative ideas if we know how to look, take the time to gather, and have the ability to brainstorm possibilities for what to do with our discoveries!

This course invites you to think in ways that can bring the creative process into your life to produce interesting and meaningful creations.  We will look at different ways that natural and found materials can be utilized to create 3-dimensional pieces and how personal concepts can be expressed through them.

Materials:  natural & found materials, miscellaneous every-day objects, wire, needle-nose pliers, etc.

Mondays,  10 am to 1 pm

July 6, 13, 27, & Aug. 3   (4 Sessions)

(meets in Plummer Studio)

Painters Guild Member     $162

Society Member                  $171

Non-Member                        $195

Maximum # of Students: 12

PAINTING A COLOR CHART - Learning to Use Watercolors

with Bill Bright
Adults and Teens* (*Junior membership required)

This class is a great way to give watercolors a try! Learn to handle and mix watercolors by painting a color chart.  There will also be a talk about painting with “warm” and “cool” colors.  An instruction sheet will be provided, and sample color charts will be shown.  

Maximum number of Students:  10

Tuesday & Wednesday Afternoons – 2:00-4:00 pm

 (2 sessions)  (meets in Seminar Room)

SESSION 1:   July 7 & 8

SESSION 2:   July 28 & 29

Society Member

Non Member                         $58
Materials Fee: $5 (Instructor will provide paints, brushes, and paper) included in class price.


Adults and Teens* (*Junior membership required)

This is an opportunity to learn the most popular laws (principles) of traditional Chinese calligraphy.  Students will learn to construct their names beautifully by first learning to understand how to handle their brushes to make a variety of strokes.  Then they will become familiar with the relevant principles of calligraphy in order to construct their names and produce a unique work of their own. 

The class will consist of  live demonstrations and personalized instruction.  Materials (brush, ink, ink stone, and papers) will be provided by the instructor for class use only.  Students are welcome to provide their own brushes.  A materials fee of $5 is included in the class price.

SESSION 1:  Tues.,  6:30-9 pm,  July 7,14, 21 (3 sessions)

SESSION 2:  Tues., Wed., & Thurs., 6:30-9 pm,  August 18, 19, & 20

(3-day intensive)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Society Member                  $75

Non Member                                    $90

Maximum # of students:  10  (meets in Seminar Room)

– Summer Intensive

with Maris Platais, ASMA/AAA    (All Levels)

Come to a farm setting with stone walls, fields and fences, horses and ponds for a delightful plein air painting experience.

This workshop will focus on subject selection and interpretation, design, color mixing and the creation of atmosphere. There will be demonstrations as well as individual critiques. The goal is to enhance each person's creativity and personal vision. We will also see how a value study can be achieved using the actual canvas as a thumbnail sketch. And don't forget the "happy accidents".

You will need necessary outdoor painting equipment, as well as a box lunch.  Some light refreshments will be provided.

The first day we will meet at LACS and caravan to River Road Farm, Carlisle. Thereafter, weather permitting, we will meet directly at the farm.  In case of inclement weather, class will be held at LACS in Plummer Studio.

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday,

10 am to 4 pm, July 7, 8, & 9

(3 sessions)

Painters Guild Member    $202
Society Member                  $214
Non-Member                        $232
Maximum # of Students: 12


with D’Ann Brownrigg   (All Levels)

Learn to relax and focus on enjoying the joining of water and paint on paper to produce colorful, lively, transparent paintings.  Paint a subject that interests
you in a way that reflects your own personality. Still lifes and reference photos are available or bring your own reference material.  We discuss basic techniques
and design strategies and usually start each class with a short demo.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

12:30 - 3:00pm    

July 14, 15, & 16

(3 Sessions)              (meets in Plummer Studio)

Painters Guild Member    $74

Society Member                  $80

Non-Member                        $98
Maximum # of Students:  12

D’Ann Brownrigg is an award-winning member of the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society and a Distinguished Artist at Concord Art Association. She is an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association and won their 2009 Charlotte and Alfred Movali award for excellence in any medium.  
View D’Ann’s paintings at her website:


with Sharon Santillo

Summer intensive workshop: Every family has amazing stories. Make a beautiful book of one of your family’s stories over the course of one week, meeting for two hours Monday through Thursday and completing in-between class assignments.  This is an art course and a writing course. No previous experience necessary to attend.  We will paint textured papers, cut and glue collages of major scenes, then write family stories. All art materials, computer scanning, editing and published book are included in course fee. Participants keep all originals and computer files.

For all ages and all levels of art and language experience.

Monday – Thursday, 12:30-3:30 PM,  July 20 – 23

(4 sessions) (meets in Seminar Room)

Society Member      $265*

Non-Members          $285*
*includes $80 for class materials and instructor’s  out-of-class work – scanning art, editing writing,  and printing each student’s book.
Maximum # of Students:  8

SHARON SANTILLO is a certified art and writing trainer for the University of  New Hampshire who uses Picture Writing™, an art-and-literature-based model for teaching writing.  She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Art Educator of the Year 2011.


with Shelly Eager  (Beginner and beyond)

There is no more luminous medium than pastels and the Masters like Renoir and Degas  understood this and painted profusely in pastels.  With the current Renaissance in pastels aren't you just a little bit Interested in exploring the medium?  Of course you are!

This course will introduce you to the medium and take you beyond the beginner stage.  You will learn many pastel techniques.  You will learn how to stress value and temperature, how to push color and how to paint in the full spectrum.  You will get lots of one on one help at your easel and you will grow immensely in your painting abilities.

Shelly’s love of pastel comes from the luminosity and vividness of the colors. She will teach you to “push” color and put down bold confident marks to help you turn an ordinary photo into an extraordinary painting. You will work from your own photos that have special meaning and capture the energy of the place and the experience.

This class is for those who may not have tried pastels before but are comfortable in painting in other mediums. It is also suitable for those who have experience in pastels but who want to take their work to the next level.  Shelly is a very generous teacher who shares all that she knows.  She is a licensed educator who understands how to teach others with passion, kindness, and a strong nudge to do more and produce better work.

I will have a big box of pastels for the students to use  who do not own any and who choose not to purchase until they know they like the medium.

Tuesday & Wednesday, 
10 am – 4 pm   (Bring Lunch)
August 11 & 12
(2 Sessions)  (meets in Plummer Studio)

Painters Guild Member     $167
Society Member                   $175
Non-Member                         $190
Maximum # of Students: 12

SKETCH AROUND LEXINGTON with Pen & Ink and Watercolor 
with Emily Passman 

A one-day workshop using pen and ink with watercolor en plein air in and around Lexington.   Gather at Lexington Arts & Crafts Society by 9:30 am. If it rains, then the class will be held in Plummer Studio at LACS.

Saturday,  9:30 am to 4 pm 

July 25  (1 Session) (Bring Lunch)

Painters Guild Member     $59
Society Member                  $64

Non-Member                        $79

Maximum # of Students: 12


Coordinated by Cathy Keller        

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, 7:00-10:00pm   

July 15, & 29, August 12, & 26
(depending on room availability )    

Drop In Rate:       Members:   $15* per session       Non-Members:   $20* per session
*covers professional model, studio fee,  & Society administrative fees

Maximum # of Students:  15
For information about this group and joining the Society, please call the Office 781-862-9696.


Coordinated by Cathy Keller              


July 10, 17, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28     

Maximum # of Participants:  12      

LACS members paint with each other in a relaxed, congenial environment.  
(No instruction.  May be costs associated with bringing in professional demonstrators during this period to be determined by the group.)

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Please contact Office to inquire about openings and information about joining the Society 781-862-9696 or by email:


Coordinated by Leslie Safford              


July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

*Dependent upon space availability – meeting room and start time may vary depending on scheduling and upcoming LACS commitments.

LACS members paint with each other in a relaxed, congenial environment.

(No instruction.  May be costs associated with bringing in professional demonstrators during this period - to be determined by the group.)

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Please contact Office to inquire about openings and information about joining the Society 781-862-9696 or by email:

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