NSA's Visual Arts Department offers a wide range of visual arts classes designed to provide creative rigor through the sequential approaches to art, experimentation, and group practice, leading to in-house exhibitions and presentations. NSA is committed to the study of the arts which aid the adult and child learner in the incorporation of ideas, concepts, processes, and perceptions of their world. Professional visual arts instructors will prepare each student to actively participate and contribute to their own personal, professional, and creative growth.

Courses and instructors are subject to change.

Group Visual Art Classes

16-week semester

(75 min each lesson)

Registration Fee:  $65.00

Group Classes Tuition: $305.00

Visual Arts Materials Fee

$25 - $40 – there is a one-time materials fee per semester for visual arts classes paid at time of registration. Fee varies per class.  Please see class listing for details.

Tiny Artists

Ages 4 - 6

Saturdays, 9:00 AM, 1 hour

"Children are introduced to the elements of art by learning about different shapes, recognizing colors, as well as mixing colors. It is an experience involving several physiological senses where the children explore a wide variety of age-appropriate and nontoxic media. They develop fine motor skills by painting, drawing, squeezing glue, stringing beads, peeling stickers, cutting, collaging, stamping, and using clay."

Young Painters 1

Ages 5 - 8
Saturdays, 10:00 AM, 1 hour

Students will learn the basics of drawing and painting. Students concentrate on the various drawing techniques, using real life or observational drawing as much as possible. They also learn how to mix colors in watercolor or pastels and the basics components of composition.

Young Painters 2 (Basic Media and Techniques)

Ages 9-13

Tuesdays, 4:30 PM, 1 hour
Saturdays,  11:00 AM, 1 hour

Students will use a variety of materials, and learn techniques for applying different styles and art materials for their paintings and drawings. Projects will include rigorous exercises using mixed media, printmaking, drawing and painting to further hone artistic skills. Students will explore subject - matter such as, animals, still life, buildings, and portraits in this 17 - week course. The instructor will cite historical and stylistic periods to encourage students to develop visual acuity and art terminology.

Advanced Art Techniques and Portfolio Development

Ages 13+ and Adult   Saturdays, 2:30 PM

In this advanced course, students will further develop a creative approach to their drawing and painting using a variety of styles and artistic exercises. It will also help the student build their portfolios using the four tiered process; observational art, personal art, critique, portfolio presentation/home exam. Students will use a range of media such as charcoal, clay sculpture, acrylic paint, collage, printmaking and fabric art. Projects will include, observational drawing, still life, collage, perspective, portraiture and figure drawing.


Comics and Manga Drawing Techniques

Ages 8+

Mondays, 5:30 PM

Saturdays, 1:00 PM

Students will be able to master perceptional drawing and be able to render light and shadow with the use of a variety of mediums, including pencil, charcoal and ink. While the skills they learn will be fundamental for the Anime, Manga and Comic market, they can also be used for the 2D and 3D animation field as well as fine arts.


Ages 12 and up


Students will create 2D and 3D mosaics projects by learning how to use ceramic tiles and cut with such tools as a scoring knife, pliers, clippers and nippers.  Students will explore theories of art and design, as well as the science and properties of glass. Students will explore the theories of Art and design as they bring their creation from conception to completion. Students will create a variety of projects that they will be a blue to take home.

Painting with Oils or Acrylics for Adults

Ages 18+
Thursdays, 5:30 PM

Working from still life displays, landscape photo references and other inspirational sources explore the technical, formal and creative aspects of painting original artworks with oils or acrylics. Lessons will focus on methods used to produce successful oil and acrylic paintings including color mixing, composition, color theory, transparent glazes, design and under painting, use of acrylic gels and additives for texture. All levels.

Material list will be provided at registration.

Specify Oil or Acrylic upon registration

Fashion Design

Ages 12 +

Thursdays, 6:00 PM

This is a great class for students who want to learn how to make their own apparel designs.  Students learn to draw fashion silhouettes, create patterns, create paper mock ups, measure fabric, to create clothing using the sewing machine in an open studio environment. The course ends with a fashion show; perfect for a high school or college entrance portfolio!