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Frequently Asked Questions

I have heard about workshops at the Academy. What is the difference between a class and a workshop?

An Academy “class” is a sequential learning experience wherein students attend weekly or monthly sessions over an extended period of time. “Workshops” offer students the opportunity to work closely with renowned guest artists for a concentrated period of time. Workshops can range from 2 days to several weeks; classes follow the trimester schedule outlined above.

I work full time. Do you have options for evening or weekend study?

Yes! We offer classes on weeknights and weekends. Check the schedule for available classes.

Do you have other studio offerings at Lyme Academy?

Yes! In addition to workshops (see above), we have Weekly Open Drawing Sessions, Open Printmaking Sessions, and the Core Program

I'm retired and looking for studio classes. Will I be the oldest one in the room?

No! We welcome students of all ages and educational backgrounds, and we are prepared to accommodate your learning needs.

I have special transportation and/or educational needs, can the Academy accommodate me?

The Lyme Academy is dedicated to offering every student an equal learning experience. Our campus is ADA-accessible, and our instructors provide individualized instruction to accommodate each student’s educational needs. For further information, please contact our Director of Academic Affairs at

What supplies do students need?

Supply lists are available on each course description page; these supplies are available for purchase through the school art store, online, or at other fine art stores.

What kinds of painting do students make?

Classes focus on representational painting using exclusively oil paints.

Can I take a tour of the studio prior to registration?

Absolutely! To make an appointment for a tour and to see our facilities, contact

Do you offer payment plans?

Not at this time. Full payment for each class or trimester is due at the time of registration.

What will the Continuing Education classes prepare me for?

The students in our Continuing Education classes develop technical facility, visual literacy, and critical observational skills that can be applied to a professional art career. The Program can also be taken to prepare for college or other art programs, or for personal enrichment.

Does the Lyme Academy offer a degree program?

No, this is not a degree-granting program. Students in the Core Programs receive a certificate of completion at the end of the Program.

Is there an application process to join the Continuing Education Program?

No application is required; we accept students of all levels, and will work with them individually to meet their specific goals and needs. For registration information, first, put in your enrollment paperwork, once your enrollment paperwork is submitted, you will receive a login for the student portal where you can register for classes.

I have heard about your Core Program. What is the difference between the Core Program and the Continuing Education Program?

Students must apply to the Core Program, and admission is highly competitive. The Continuing Education classes are open to all registrants.

The Core Program has a rigorous set schedule and curriculum, and requires a minimum commitment of 2-4 years. The Continuing Education classes do not require a time commitment, and classes can be taken based on each student’s schedule.