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The Visual Arts Center is designed to be and to utilize as ecologically responsible practices as possible. This includes cleaning, water, and disposal systems. although many essential art making materials have a range of toxicity, like oil paint or ceramic glazes, we take care to use greener standards and safer alternatives.

Creating Safely during Covid-19

We adhere to Massachusetts guidelines by providing proper distancing through limiting enrollment and class offerings on each of our three floors, and regular sanitation of all shared space, surfaces, and materials.

Masks are required at all times.

Ceramic Studio


  • Clean up with sponges and water
  • Recycle used clay bags
  • Recycle glaze bottles after soaking in water
  • Dispose of all rubbish in provided bins
  • Sanding is permitted outside


  • Sweeping or Dusting or Sanding
  • Disposing of materials in sink.

All Adult Studios


  • Oils: Stand, Linseed, Vegetable, Walnut
  • Solvents: Galkyd or Gamsol
  • Clean up with vegetable oil and soap :
    (palettes, tables, brushes, and easels)
  • ALL Rags and Towels with Paint, Ink, and Solvents are disposed in red cans.


  • Turpentine, Paint Thinner, or Mineral Spirits, including odorless products
  • Fumey and Toxic Glues
  • Liquin, Varnish, Dryers, Fixatives or Aerosols

Complete and comprehensive instructions will be provided for each student taking class.