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Class Registration and Policies

Refund Policy — Important!

Classes and adult workshops: a 90% refund is given upon withdrawal in writing 5 or more business days before first class meeting. Withdrawal must be in writing. Email withdrawal request to: No credits or refunds are given on withdrawals less than 5 business days before the first class meeting. When a class is canceled, students are issued a full refund. Vacation week programs: supervised lunch, extended day and workshop fees are non-refundable. Make-up classes are not offered if students are absent. Class tuition cannot be prorated due to student absences.

Confirmations/Schedule Changes

The Worcester Art Museum reserves the right to cancel any under-enrolled course, restrict the registration in a course, change instructors when necessary, and reschedule individual classes as needed and appropriate. If the Museum finds it necessary to cancel courses or make schedule changes, every effort will be made to notify registered students.


Spray paints, fixatives, and aerosols are prohibited in adult and youth classes. We recommend the use of non-toxic no odor solvents; ask your instructor for more information. The Worcester Art Museum is not responsible for materials left on the premises.

Adult: Please check the course online for a supply list and bring any appropriate supplies you already have to the first class. Instructors will go over specific supply lists during the first class meeting.

Youth: All materials are provided for youth classes.

Professional Development Partnerships/Points

PDPs are available for all Adult Classes. Request by email: Certificates are sent when the entire session has ended. For more information on how your school district can join the Professional Development Partnership Program, call the Registration Administrator at 508-793-4333 or email

Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy

The Worcester Art Museum’s Studio Class Program keeps the safety of its students and faculty at the forefront of our minds when it comes to traveling in inclement weather.

We reach out individually to all affected students via the email and/or SMS text in your student record if a class is cancelled; please call or email us at or 508-793-4333 to update or confirm your current contact information. Please note, our class cancellations will not be broadcast on any television stations.

You may also find out about WAM class cancellation on:

The decision to cancel a class due to inclement weather will be made as soon as possible; no later than:

  • 7:30AM for a Morning Classes
  • 11AM for Afternoon Classes
  • 4PM for Evening Classes

MAKE-UP CLASSES: WAM will guarantee that the first 2 classes cancelled by WAM due to inclement weather will be made up. Make-up classes for subsequent weather cancellations will be scheduled as possible. Make-up classes will be scheduled on the same day of week and at the same time as the normally held classes during the weeks following the planned end of class. Make-up classes are not offered to individuals who choose not to attend a class that was held for any reason, including travel conditions. Students may not “sit in” on any other class, even with the same instructor, to make-up for a class absence or cancellation.

Adult Classes

Adult class descriptions can be found online. If you need help finding the right class, the registration staff will be happy to assist you. The best way to reach us is by email at; your question will be forwarded to the person or department most appropriate to answer your question. Unless noted, supply lists are available at the first class.

Youth Classes

Youth class descriptions can be found online. All materials are supplied for our youth class program. If you need help finding the right class the registration staff are happy to assist you. The best way to reach us is by email at

Youth Class Key

  • Ages 3-5 w/adult These classes introduce young children to art materials and new experiences through studio activities, games, and stories. Required parent/guardian participation reinforces communication skills and assists children in developing motor skills. Shared and individual activities help children gain self-confidence as adults model life-long learning habits. These classes require one adult (guardian) per child enrolled.

  • Years 5+ w/adult Students of varying ages and a parent/guardian learn together about art materials through gallery visits and studio activities. Required parent/guardian participation reinforces creative thinking, design, implementation and assists younger students in developing these skills. These classes allow up to two children per one adult (guardian) enrolled.

  • Ages 5-7 Students are exposed to a broad range of ideas and art forms through medium-specific classes such as sculpture and painting, as well as through theme-based classes. Emphasis is on self-expression and experimentation.

  • Ages 8-10 & 11-13 Students strengthen creative confidence and technical abilities through medium-specific courses. Projects focus on developing observational and technical skills as well as furthering the student's ability to think independently.

Teen Classes

Teen class descriptions can be found online. All materials are supplied for our youth class program. If you need help finding the right class the registration staff are happy to assist you. The best way to reach us is by email at

  • Ages 14-17 Projects and critiques continue to help develop technical skills and support the student's ability to make personal decisions about expression, style, and content.

Driving Directions, Entrances and Accessibility

Please click here for door to door Driving Directions. Classes are located in the Higgins Education Wing is accessible through the Lancaster Street entrance. Wheelchair and handicapped access is available through the Tuckerman Street entrance. Please let us know if you have any mobility needs or concerns when you register. Free Museum parking is available on Salisbury, Lancaster, and Tuckerman Streets.


From time to time our in-house photographers and members of the news media take pictures of students participating in classes and programs, as well as their artwork, which may be reproduced for promotional purposes. If you prefer that you or your child not be photographed, please inform the photographer. If we have used a photo or video of you that you would prefer not be used, please contact us by email, request that we remove the image, and we will be happy to take the photo or video down from our website and not use the photo in future print publications. Please be sure to fully describe the page and image, so we can identify it correctly.

As a courtesy to other students and our faculty

Out of consideration for other students, we ask that cell phones be turned off. If you must make a phone call during class, please use the Lancaster Lobby to avoid disturbing others. Students are not allowed to leave early from class without written parent release form filled with the Education desk. Parents and guests must wait in the Lancaster Lobby or the Museum galleries during their child's class. Only registered students are allowed in the studios and galleries.

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