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(Old Lyme, CT) The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts has announced a full schedule of Continuing Education programs beginning September 27th. Both part-time and full-time programs and classes are available, with enrollment beginning immediately.

The 11-week trimester, part-time Continuing Education classes are open to the community throughout the year, attracting students of all ages and abilities who will benefit from skills-based art instruction, led by professional artists. The three- or four-hour classes will run on weekdays and Saturdays from September 27th through December 11th and range in cost from $500-$850 per class.  Classes are offered in Drawing, Life Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Oil Painting, Content and Composition, and Figure Painting.

The full-time ‘Requisite Program’ is a one-year portfolio preparation program designed to provide a solid, skills-based visual education to develop one’s portfolio and abilities under the leadership of professional artists. The program consists of five main courses including Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Synthesis Composition and Printmaking as well as access to lectures, demonstrations, and critiques from Master Artists. The full-time curriculum classes are conducted 5 days per week, approximately 6 hours per day for 11-week Trimesters, beginning September 27th with the Trimester school year ending June 10th. The full-time Requisite Program tuition costs total $7350, which includes the annual tuition of $6000 and mandatory annual studio fee of $1,350.00. Scholarships are available.

All classes will be led by professional artists; Kimberly Monson, Drawing, Life Drawing and Sculpture; Paul Michael, Printmaking; Justin Wiest, Oil Painting; Jon Sideriadis Content and Composition and Jerry Weiss, Figure Painting. For more information and to register, visit

About Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Founded in 1976 by the sculptor Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, the Academy was created as an institution dedicated to a traditional, skills-based education. In 2021, Lyme Academy, a non-profit educational organization, returned to its founding roots to offer foundational skills in the fine arts; providing a curriculum which combines rigorous studio instruction in drawing and painting with anatomy, sculpture, and the history of art. The Academy affirms its legacy and commitment to the community of Old Lyme by providing a vibrant schedule of lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and part-time programs. Located midway between Boston and New York, Old Lyme, Connecticut has been a site of artistic congregation for over a century, becoming the heart of the Lyme Art Colony and the Home of American Impressionism. Learn more by visiting


  1. Classic old master casts are used as models for Lyme Academy’s Continuing Education curriculum.
  2. Student learns the proper way to measure for Lyme Academy’s Portfolio prep year.