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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 offer opportunities to study in the summer?

Yes! We offer a series of classes and workshops in the summer. We encourage you to follow us on Instagram (@lymeacademy) and subscribe to our mailing list ( for the most up-to-date information.

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 Program Coordinator at

What supplies do students need?

Supply lists will be provided for each class; 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

Can I register after the start of the term?

Yes! We accommodate rolling enrollment, allowing students to enroll at any time with prorated registration for that trimester. To make arrangements to register after the online registration has closed, contact our Program Coordinator at

Do you offer payment plans?

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

If I register for a class and decide I would like to join as a full-time student, can I?

Yes! If you register for one or two days a week and decide you like the classes, you can join the Studio Immersion Program at any time at a prorated tuition rate. (See above for a description of the Studio Immersion Program.)

Do I have to commit to a full year for the Studio Immersion Program?

No. Students may register per term, with the ability to step away from the Program and return at a later date.

At what age can a student enroll in the Studio Immersion Program?

Students ages 15+ can register for the Program.

What will the Studio Immersion Program prepare me for?

The Studio Immersion Program develops technical facility, visual literacy, and critical observational skills which can be applied towards a professional art career. The Program can also be taken to prepare for college or other art programs, or for personal enrichment.

Is the Studio Immersion Program a degree program?

No, this is not a degree-granting program. Students in the Studio Immersion Program receive a certificate of completion at the end of the Program which acknowledges that the student has completed all of the assigned exercises.

Is there an application process to join the Studio Immersion 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, please contact our Program Coordinator at

Do you have scholarships available for the Studio Immersion Program?

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. For a scholarship application, contact our Program Coordinator at

I have heard about your Core Program. What is the difference between the Core Program and Studio Immersion Program?

Students must apply to the Core Program, and admission is highly competitive. The Studio Immersion Program is open to all registrants.

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