Classes, Workshops and Studios

Adult Weekly Studios


Note: High School Students are welcome.
All studio Tuitions include attending Wednesday Night Lecture Series.

Fresh Air Vinyasa Yoga

Instructor: Alex Mackey
Tuesdays  9–10:15 am
All Levels Welcome!
Outdoors on the covered deck – let us know if you need a mat.

Illustrating Nantucket

Instructor: Elizabeth Long
Mondays | 1:00–3:30 pm
Session I: July 10, 17, 24 | $225+15 lab fee
Session II: July 31, Aug 7, 14 | $225 + 15 lab fee

Illustrating Nantucket will cover both landscape and architectural sketching, with technical instruction and on-site sketching across the island. You will learn how to creatively document the island, and will end the course with your very own field guide to Nantucket! Students will primarily work with watercolor, pencil and pen with a focus on capturing the energy of a scene, rather than the exact details. Whether you want to capture the magic of Nantucket in a fanciful style, or wish to faithfully render the island, this is the class for you! The class will give you the tools to create your own unique vision of an extraordinary place.

Watercolor en Plein Air | One Week Workshops

Instructor: Leyah Jensen

July 31, August 1 + 2
Monday, Tuesday, + Wednesday | 9:30 am-12 noon
2 sessions per week: $175 + $15.00 lab fee
3 sessions per week: $225 + $20.00 lab fee
All Levels Welcome!

Fall in Love with Watercolor!

Embracing its astonishing beauty and taking inspiration from the natural world and the landscape, students will learn basic techniques and visit sites around the island to create works. Considering the ancient Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi, Leyah will show students how releasing paint’s unruly components creates something that surprises and delights us! This course offers 3 sessions a week. Students may sign for two or all three.

Watercolor Workshops
Still Life, The Figure, and Portraiture

Instructor: Leyah Jensen

Monday August 7 – Still life
Tuesday August 8 – The Clothed Figure
Wednesday August 9 – Portraiture

2 sessions per week: $175 + $15 lab fee
3 sessions per week: $225 + $20 lab fee

Fall in Love with Watercolor!

All Levels Welcome! Embracing its astonishing beauty, students will learn introductory watercolor techniques, including monotype printing. Considering the ancient Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi, Leyah will show students how releasing paint’s unruly components creates something that surprises and delights us! This course offers 3 sessions a week. Students may sign for two or all three.

Beginner Clay Wheel Throwing

Instructor: Allyson George

Monday evenings | 6:30–9 pm

July 31, August 7 + August 14
Wednesdays | 9:30 am-noon
August 2, August 9 + August 16
Friday evenings | 6:30-9 pm
August 4, August 11 + August 18

One weekly studio for 3 weeks:
$225 + $50 lab fee
Two weekly studios for 3 weeks:
$425 + $50 lab fee
Three weekly studios for 3 weeks:
$600 + $50 lab fee

All levels welcome! Explore the possibilities of clay utilizing the wheel! Starting with centering the clay, we’ll progress to simple forms, such as cylinders and bowls. Trim, alter, and add to these pieces after the clay has been shaped. Experiment with different surface applications such as glazes, slips and underglazes to decorate your pieces. Your lab fee covers the cost of 25 lbs of clay and the firing. There is an Instructional Open Studio once a week open to all seeking additional help with their work.
Students also have access to the Long Shed when other classes are not in session.

Clay: Wheel and Hand-building
Functionality Combined!

Instructor: Allyson George
Thursdays | 1:00–3:30 pm
Session I: July 13, 20, 27 | $225 + $50 lab fee
Session II : Aug 3, 10, 17 | $225 + $50 lab fee
Students will have opportunity to experiment with sculptural and/or functional forms. Explore the art of functional ceramics utilizing both hand-building and wheel techniques to create unique vessels! Our inspiration will be historical and contemporary crafts from around the world as well as textures and forms found here on Nantucket. Learn the different stages of making functional forms, starting with centering the clay and progressing to simple forms such as cylinders and bowls. Combine these techniques with coil, slab and pinch methods, and experiment with different surface treatments.

Clay Wheel – Evening Studio

Instructor Eve Wetlaufer
Tuesdays | 6:30–9:00 pm
Session I: July 11, 18, 25 | $225 + $50 lab fee
Session II: August 1, 8, 15 | $225 + $50 lab fee

Learn the basics of wheel throwing in clay from Nantucket Island potter Eve Christa Wetlaufer. Techniques covered will include wedging, centering, and throwing, as well as additional skills like glazing design, texture, and methods for throwing larger pieces. The newly renovated Long Shed studio at Seaview Farm features electric wheels, a slab rolling table, extruding set up, basic hand tools, electric kilns, and a terriffc “al fresco” view the meadows. Students of all levels including beginners are encouraged to join in!

Discover Nantucket:
A Field Photography Course

Instructor: Ann Conway Jennings
Thursdays | 6:30-9:00 pm
Session I: July 13, 20, 27 | $260
Session II: August 3, 10, 17 | $260
An evening photographing Nantucket’s scenic landscape and sites. We will meet at NISDA campus then depart for a location determined by weather and instructor. An overview of basic photographic principles and mechanics will be discussed, and description of the site included. Time will be maximized for photographing with a focus on methods and challenges to create photographs that are both unique to the photographer and site chosen. The course is flexible and open to all age groups and levels; from absolute beginner to seasoned pro, or family on vacation. All camera formats and/or devices welcomed, and tripod encouraged but not required.

This course is designed for all skill levels, age groups and families. We will meet at the NISDA campus in Wauwinet. Vehicle is required with ability to walk for stretches of time on-site.

The Art, and Cultural Heart, of Asia

Instructor: Haziel Jackson
6-Weeks: Wednesdays | 9:30–Noon
July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16 | $275 + $15 Lab Fee

Enjoy a prelude “Art Tour of Japan” presentation/lecture:
Monday July 10 | 4:30 pm with Haziel Jackson
This presentation is free and open to all – Come tour Japan with us!

Then register to continue your journey with Haziel in “The Art, and Cultural Heart, of Asia”-Workshop:
Journey with guide Haziel Jackson, who has lived, taught, and studied throughout the region, in a once-a-week for 6 weeks workshop exploring Asia’s richly-varied cultural traditions and outstanding artistic creations. After a 1st class overview – including a trek through the southern Buddhist “begging bowl” cultures of Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar – we’ll focus on India, one of the most original and profound founts of world civilization: and the cradle of both Hinduism and its offshoot Buddhism. Next, we’ll venture north over the mighty Himalayas – as the northern “Mahayana” strands of Buddhism did – through ancient shamanic Nepal, Ladakh, and Tibet, then east across the vastness of China, down the peninsula of Koreas and across narrow sea to Japan – where most of the preceding artistic, and spiritual, endeavors were copied, re-imagined and refined. The class will include hands-on experiential learning and self-chosen creative projects – imparting, by the end, a tangible, overall awareness of the long flow of art, and religions, in Asia. Please bring an 8 x 11 (or larger) sketch pad and whatever materials you prefer for notes, drawings etc.


NISDA is happy to arrange individual tutorials with our NISDA faculty. Tutorials can be arranged for individuals and groups for Adults, Teens, Youth or Families. Scheduling is dependent on instructor and/or studio availability. Please call 508-228-9248 or visit NISDA office to inquire. Pricing based on number of participants.


Are you an artist needing studio time to do your work?
NISDA offers Open Studio, scheduling is dependent on availability of studio when not in use for NISDA’s Arts Programming. Please call 508-228-9248 or visit NISDA office to inquire on availability and fees.