Continuing education classes are being taught remotely. Studio classes have live remote meetings. Basic requirements to take a class are an internet connection, computer, and an internet linked camera (like a cell phone). Most classes will be hosted through Zoom or MassArt Moonami. For specific course requirements, contact the CE office at or your instructor. New classes are being added, keep checking!

Left: unknown artist; Right: Kiyohiko Azuma

Landscape Drawing: Rural, Urban and Suburban


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Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays



This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Live meetings
  • Live critiques

Pack your bag with a sketchbook and pencils, sandwich and beverage and grab a folding stool to explore and draw the environment of your choosing. Whether you’re in downtown Boston, pastoral Vermont or anywhere in-between, there is something for everybody.

Walk the ‘Freedom Trail’ of Boston recording historic Federalist architecture or visit the ethnic neighborhoods of Chinatown or the North End. Find yourself beneath the trees of the world in the Arnold Arboretum or stroll the Esplanade and render the Charles River and  Longfellow Bridge. Draw the towering skyscrapers and cool shaded canyons of the Financial District or the statuary beneath the Boston Garden canopies. Explore the beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the woods of New Hampshire or the working harbor of Gloucester to record the docks and fishing fleets. City, country or suburbia, forests, fields or your own garden, wherever you are…there are your subjects!

This course is designed to develop your critical eye, drawing skills, and creative voice while acquainting you with the nature, history, and architecture of your area. Through on-site sketchbook studies, plein air rendering and photo referencing, students will explore their chosen surroundings while learning composition, linear and aerial perspective, light and shading, shape and  line techniques in graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, pen and ink, or washes. By examining the works of masters both old and contemporary, we will embrace landscape drawing in its varied forms. 

Through observation and artistic response, this course is designed to cultivate perceptual drawing skills while reconnecting students of all ages with the environments and history of their choosing. Regular Zoom group meetings, including instruction, individual critiques, digital slide lectures and demonstrations will be held. Course communications will be shared via Google Drive. Computer and Internet access required. 


Gerry Hoag is an artist, craftsman and designer with extensive teaching experience. He has taught at Boston University, New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art, Harvard University, the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and Ringling College of Art. Gerry also spent five summers teaching in Umbria at the International School … Read more