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Registration for summer classes is up and running!

Classes start June 19 and are held at Joy Street Studios in Somerville, MA.

Classes: 8
Class size: 5 student maximum
Materials: All materials are included in the cost and are available in the studio.
Cost: $395


Learn the basics of oil painting in a supportive, relaxed art studio setting. No prior experience necessary!

In this class, we will learn the fundamentals of painting with oil, including: mixing colors, using painting mediums, composing a still life, painting the figure, and experimenting with abstract painting techniques. Students will be encouraged to develop their personal style and instruction will be tailored to their interests. With a small class capped at 5, each student receives a good amount of personal attention and feedback. 


10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

June 21 - August 9


6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

June 19 -August 7


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Option 1: All paints, mediums, and use of brushes are included in the cost and are available in the studio. Students purchase and bring their own canvases and painting surfaces. 
Cost: $370
Option 2: Students purchase and bring all of their own materials, canvases, and painting surfaces. 
Cost: $340


In these three hour classes, students receive guided instruction on one or more independent projects. This is ideal for students who want to dive deeper into a specific topic, are looking for extra studio time, or have an idea for a large painting or series. The class is open to anyone who has taken a class at Lauren Kent Painting School or has prior experience painting with oils.

Sessions: 8
Class length: 3 hours
Class size: 5 student maximum


6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

June 20 - August 15


10:00 am-1:00 pm

June 21 - August 9

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Working with charcoal, pencil, and oil paint, intermediate students will focus on how to depict people in their drawings and paintings. We will work from a mix of live models and photograph images and will practice painting both full figures and zooming in on faces. Students can build skills in creating realistic representations as well as abstracted, stylized interpretations. 

Classes: 8
Class size: 5 student maximum
Materials: All materials are included in the cost and are available in the studio. Model costs are also included.
Cost: $395


6:00-9:00 pm

June 21 - August 9


I have searched for this class my whole life. It was transformative: the subject matter, contribution of class mates, and a teacher who is both a gifted painter and teacher. Lauren adjusts seamlessly to each person’s skill level and enables them to flourish.
I had a fabulous experience with Lauren’s introductory oil painting class. Patient, perceptive, and playful, Lauren could not have been a better teacher. She took the time to explain the nuances of her craft and to consider the strengths and weaknesses (mostly strengths) of our work as students. I found her studio to be comfortable and inviting and I look forward to trying out my new skills with confidence and grace!
Lauren helped me to discover talent I didn’t know I had. She really encouraged us to realize our own visions, rather than having us mimic her aesthetic. The class was so comfortable and fun, and Lauren clearly cared that we all felt proud of our work. Lauren is an impressive artist herself, and was generous in sharing her expertise. This class was the best part of my spring!



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Lauren Kent is a painter and art educator, working from her studio in Somerville, Massachusetts. She studied visual art at Brown University and has her MAT in art education from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. She has taught art in multiple schools and community centers in the Boston area and has art in private collections across the country. She strives to create a positive environment of creative exploration and loves seeing how her students interact with their artistic media and sources of inspiration.