Upcoming Spring Classes at the AIC

Abstract Acrylic painting at the AIC


The latest list of cool classes, events and workshops at the Art & Innovation Center (AIC) is out and it’s filled with new challenges and fun, as well as “classics” like From Drawing to Painting, a class the Owl loved last fall. If you do not subscribe to the AIC’s newsletter, I highly recommend it–not only does it contain events at the AIC but also tells you about opportunities in the area. You can subscribe here.

Some of the upcoming classes are:

  • Laser Cutter Certification: Various Dates
  • 3D Printing Certification: Various Dates
  • Cricut Maker Certification: Various Dates
  • Screen Printing and Sewing Series: SOLD OUT!
  • Moroccan Cooking: Registration closes Mar 15
  • Intro to Aqua Oils: Registration closes Mar 21
  • Succulent Garden: Registration closes Mar 22
  • Drawing to Painting: Registration closes Mar 25

In addition, you can sign up for a zoom this week on March 9, 7-8 pm, with Adria Arch, who the Owl just learned is a sculptor as well as an awesome acrylic painting teacher (the Owl took two classes with Ms. Arch). She will discuss her new exhibit, Sirens and Sentinels, which is at Boston Sculptors Gallery, on view through April 2. Adria will talk about her journey from being an award-winning painter to a museum-exhibiting sculptor. This lively program will include images of her work through the past five years to the present. You can RSVP for that program here.

Here’s a quick look at two of the AIC’s upcoming classes–one art, and one culinary art:



From Drawing to Painting : 8 Wednesdays starting Mar 29 (Mar 29, Apr 5, 12, 19 & 26, May 3, 10 & 17) (10:30 am-12:30 pm). This series is designed for beginner to intermediate or those looking to re-ignite their creative skills. The Owl took this class last fall and LOVED it. Drawing is tough. Painting comes a bit more naturally over here.

Part 1: the first four sessions will focus on the basics of drawing and observational skills through exercises focusing on line, shape, form, and value. Our conversations will cover basic drawing supplies. Most of our drawing work will focus on dry media, including but not limited to graphite charcoal and colored pencils.

Part 2: the second four sessions will build on our drawing foundation and move into introductory painting skills.  Wet media options will include watercolor, gouache and/or acrylic paints. Composition, color value, color mixing demos and experiments will allow you to play with paint and build confidence. We will experiment with realistic an abstract exercises. Come with an open mind, be prepared to get messy, experiment and play! Registration closes Mar 25. A list of suggested materials will be sent after registration. Cost: $275. You can find out more or register here.



Across three courses, students will discover authentic Moroccan cuisine in this hands-on cooking class with chef Lamia Mrabet. For the first course, you’ll learn how to prepare a healthy and delicious citrus walnut salad. Then, you’ll dive into the main course featuring mouth-watering eggplant and ground meat tagine. (vegan option available at registration) For the finale, you’ll wrap up your meal by mastering the art of making the world-famous aromatic Moroccan tea. After the cooking is done you will have time to sit and enjoy your meal. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your culinary skills and indulge in a delicious culinary experience! Registration closes Mar 15. Please Note That This Menu CONTAINS: Nuts. Cost: $100 (all materials included)

Date: Sat, Mar 18 (5pm-7:30pm). You can find out more or register here.


The Weston Art & Innovation Center is located at 356 Boston Post Road. https://westonaic.org/

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