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The Katherine Martin Widmer School of Painting
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40 Quincy St Somerville, MA 02143
40 Quincy StreetUSMassachusettsSomerville02143
(617) 628-0508
Painter, EducationToday 9AM–5PM
Tuesday 9AM–5PMWednesday 9AM–5PMThursday 9AM–5PMFriday 9AM–5PMSaturday 9AM–5PMSunday ClosedMonday 9AM–5PM
The Painting School began in 1979. Fall, Winter, Spring Terms are 10 weeks. Adults: $135; teens and kids $95. Summer Term is 6 weeks. All materials are included. Beginners and experienced artists.
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"10 years ago we brought my 6-year-old daughter here to take painting classes."
"It's perfectly fine, and common, that newbies have never painted before."
"So you see you can take the class on a more spiritual level too."
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Julie-Marie Brown
a week ago
I really enjoy my experience in this class! The instructor has extensive experience which she shares with her students. Katherine will take the time to sit at your canvas with you one on one. She gives class wide advice/instruction as well as individual. The setting is eclectic and stimulating, as is the social dynamic. Alternatively, if you had a long day and just need to unwind, you can simply enjoy the soft music and focus deeply on the paint before you. Highly recommend.
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Jenny Conway
3 months ago
This is a great place and a great community. If you're looking for a creative outlet, I can't recommend this studio enough! I've seen students with no experience become great artists with Katherine's help. I've also seen experienced painters push their boundaries and produce incredible pieces, and more importantly enjoy the company of fellow artists. The School of Painting is the best, and I encourage EVERYONE to give it a try!
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Elena O'Brien
a year ago
I've been taking painting classes with Katherine for 2 years. I found the school on Google maps when I first moved to Somerville and haven't missed a term since. I knew I found a special place when during my first painting class I sheepishly told Katherine that I wanted to paint a purple zebra that I had stuck in my head for some reason. She said, "Great, let's do it!" The open-minded and laid back atmosphere of the School of Painting makes it a great place to unwind and hone some serious painting skills. Katherine pays a lot of attention to you when you're starting out to give you the basics. It's perfectly fine, and common, that newbies have never painted before. Once you get a few terms under your belt you work more independently and use Katherine and other classmates as a resource. You'll also love Katherine's stories, political commentary, and ice cream in the summer. It's a great, creative environment.
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Janice Furtado
3 years ago
I found the K.M.W. School of painting approx. 7 years ago. What a delightful opportunity it is to be able to create a painting! I've had a lifelong desire to paint but had no idea if what I believed, could be interpreted onto canvas. Katherine as teacher, has the ability and expertise to draw out the best of your buried talent as she guides your dreams magically onto canvas. The Studio is located on the 3rd floor of a charming property, complete with skylight, great energy and a great group of fellow painters. Since painting with Katherine, I have had the opportunity to have my work displayed, a number of times, at the Somerville Museum! Also, had the joyous privilege of selling my work!
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Esha Rakhit
3 months ago
I've so far attended one session at the School of Painting and am just a few weeks into my second. I had never painted before my first class with Katherine, but after 6 weeks with Katherine, I'd created a painting that I truly loved and was entirely me. Katherine herself brings out the best in her students, as painters and as people. She will find out the loveliest, most random facts about each of her students and make sure the whole class knows how much she adores them. She has stories about every person who has walked through her school in the past thirty years, and her love of the school and of every painting it produces is wholly evident. Update: I've been regularly taking classes with Katherine for almost five years now. Through Katherine's school, I've showed paintings in three Somerville Open Studios and am preparing for my fourth. If you've always wanted to paint but never tried it, if you're looking for a creative outlet, if you're not sure if you'll be any good, COME TO THE PAINTING SCHOOL. Katherine will help you make something beautiful that is uniquely yours, and you will get to meet the most compassionate, creative, and fascinating woman in Somerville.
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Eric Aranow
3 months ago
10 years ago we brought my 6-year-old daughter here to take painting classes. She was loving them, and one day Katherine told us that in the summer parents could take the class along with their children. We took this opportunity for a nice family activity, and surprise! I was hooked myself! I have been painting there as an adult for nearly 10 years now, and I just love the community, and the way that beginners are encouraged to blossom into amazing artists. The talent I have seen in the artists (from ages 5 to 92) blows my mind, and so many of the artists, like me, had no idea that they could paint great art! The Katherine Martin Widmer School of Painting has been an important part of my life ever since I discovered it, and I hope that my life allows me to keep it that way!
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Joana ferreira
2 years ago
I attended 3 or 4 terms at the K.M.W school of painting around 2001ish. I discovered this hidden treasure because I was lucky enough to live only a few feet from the school, and i am so glad i did! I love art but always lacked concentration hand coordination to ever get past art in elementary school, Katherine helped me change that. She gave me the confidence i needed and helped me with issues that had nothing to do with painting through her kind advice, never ending patience, dedication to her students and stress free environment. I became a better person, i learned to appreciate classical music, my GRADES IN SCHOOL GOT BETTER, and my relationship with my mother was great. The K.M.W school of painting is not only a place where you go to learn/ perfect your ability to paint on canvas, it is also a place where you can come together to meet people of all ages and to also discover yourself! i don't know if this still happens, but in the summer terms, there where breaks in each class where she handed out mini ice cream sandwiches and we all gathered on her porch and just took a minute to chat, get to know each other better and appreciate nature and our time, HOW COOL IS THAT? After i moved and started to work, i was unable to continue attending and have longed to return ever since, and i plan on doing this in the next 6 months! I MISS YOU KATHERINE! P.S. one of my paintings came out so well that i still keep it up and NO ONE believes i did it! ;-)
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Ed Thomas
3 years ago
I spent months searching for a painting class, and I gave up for long periods a number of times. Finally, one day, I found what I was looking for; The Katherine Martin Widmer School of Painting. Obviously the price is unbeatable, not to mention all materials being included in the cost; but after experiencing this class for one and a half terms at this point, I can honestly say that I would pay twice what she charges, at least. There are many great things that can be said about this class. First, being able to paint whatever I want, and not limited to some still-life that everyone else is also painting, makes the class so much more rewarding. Then there is the environment, a cozy studio full of wonderful artistic people, all amazingly friendly and helpful. Finally, I have to talk about the teacher. Katherine is simply a wonderful, interesting, and caring woman who has been teaching students like myself for over 30 years. It is clear that she adores her students and thinks of them like family, and I think most of them feel the same way about her. The only caveat I should mention, which has been mentioned by others, is that it can be a little frustrating waiting your turn when you need help. Since everyone is doing their own thing, and everyone needs separate instruction on the techniques for their own chosen subject, Katherine is kept very busy in the class. This is perfectly understandable, and necessary for the type of class it is, and I think it just requires a little calm patience. I plan to keep signing up every new term for the foreseeable future. I look forward to the next class from the moment the last class ends. (Note: This is my review from Yelp, originally written on 2/25/2010. I remain a student at the school, and have no plans to retire from it.)
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