The Academy

It’s more than just a class

  • Studios and grounds designed to be experiential and immersive
  • Projects inspired by current exhibitions
  • Fine arts trained instructors, with experience in MoMA principles
  •  Programs developed to embrace Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence’s RULER method

All created to offer people of all ages and talents an opportunity to not only develop new skills, but discover and enjoy the Arts in much more meaningful ways.

The Academy is the only arts education experience in the Westport area that combines exhibit-inspired activities in a semi-private class setting. So each student truly gets an immersion into the world of Contemporary Arts through a variety of media.

Summer Course Offerings @The Academy

Extensive safety measures will be followed in accordance with CT guidelines. To register for a class email kate@mocawestport.org.  Please complete the following summer session waiver before registering. Return the signed waiver to kate@mocawestport.org or bring to first class session.

Toddler Touchpoints
  • - 18 months to 3 years
  • - Thursday and Friday offerings, 10AM - 10:45AM
  • - $20/ session, $100 for entire season
  • - Starting week of July 20
Outdoors Toddler-and-parent art explorations in a new medium each week! These classes allow your child to engage in entertaining, expressive art activities with hands-on art projects, singing, story time, clay, and more!
Sunset Sketch & Paint and Art Therapy
  • - 15 years - adult
  • - Thursday, 7PM - 8:15PM
  • - $25/session, includes a glass of wine for 21+, free to nurses and first responders, $125 for entire season
  • - Starting week of July 13
BYOB for 21+, easels provided at a safe social distance. Come draw, paint our beautiful outdoor space at the most beautiful time of the day. You provide all materials, we provide the easels and light instruction as desired. Explore our beautiful 6 acres of gardens and sky in whatever medium and spot in our yard that you choose!
Parking Space Art-Chalk Murals, Spray Chalk, & Sculpture
  • - Grades K-4
  • - Wednesdays, 11AM - 1PM
  • - $80/session, $400 for entire season
  • - Starting week of July 13
Explore the extensive art of chalk murals, and take your work to a new level! Instructors will guide students in creating masterpieces in their respective parking space canvases with the use of chalk, spray chalk, tape, and a variety of other materials introduced to each student. This is your first crash course in outdoor mural creation! Please bring a brown bag lunch for break.
Skateboards and Spraypaint Art
  • - Grades 5-8
  • - Fridays, 11AM - 1PM
  • - $80 a session, $400 for entire season
  • - Starting week of July 13
Let your creative juices loose and design your very own skateboard under the guidance of our instructors and graffiti artists. All materials provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch!
High School Portfolio Projects
  • - Grades 9-12
  • - Thursdays, 3:30PM - 5PM
  • - $100 a session, $500 for all classes
  • - Starting week of July 13
Students with intentions of applying to art schools are welcome to join this semi-private outdoor class to review and improve their portfolio offerings. Feedback will be offered by curators, college arts instructors, and our internal teaching staff.
Constructivist Toy Take Apart Workshop
  • - grades 1-5
  • - Class One Wednesday, 7/29, 2PM - 5PM
  • - Class Two Wednesday, 8/19, 2PM - 5PM
  • - $100 per session
Back by popular demand from our students! Students will take apart old toys to make new and whimsical artistic creations. Duct Tape, spray paint, glue guns, glitter – we’ll work with it all!

Current Course Offerings @The Academy

Family Shibori Ink and Indigo Outdoors

Discover a multitude of Shibori dying techniques under the guidance of Kate Jackson and our team of Educators in our beautiful outdoor space. Through practical exercises and guidance, you will create original designs and patterns to add to your textile projects! Fun for all ages.

The Academy Outside

Starting May 20th
Looking for a change of scenery and a chance to be messy outside your own home? With the opportunity to open museums outside (as of May 20th, per Governor Lamont's direction), we plan to allow three families at a time to utilize our vast outdoor space for art activities!

MoCA Sip & Sketch

Coming Soon
NEW! We are also launching a new free series, MoCA Sip & Sketch, to bring us together, from home. Dates and times to follow soon; contact us for more details.
The Academy Outside
It was fantastic! The setup was perfect! My kids had a ball! Their art came out beautiful and I can’t wait to hang it in our home! Ive attached some pictures! We can’t wait for next Sunday to come back!

We’ve loved seeing your homemade masks and your projects based on our videos. Please continue to email us your creations and we’ll share here and on our social media.

Mask by Joan Tricario
DIY water bottle stickers by Amelia Driver
Embroidered mask by Ellen Greenberg
DIY stickers by Lulu Khiari

Contact us at 203-222-7070 or academy@mocawestport.org with questions or for more information.

Summer Session Waiver

The undersigned and/or the undersigned on behalf of the minor child as his/her/their guardian has entered into an agreement with MoCA Westport, Inc. (“MoCA”) for the class/program referenced in this registration and offered by MoCA. MoCA will operate said class/program in a manner consistent with the mandate of the Governor of the state of Connecticut. All attendees are asked to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

Notwithstanding the aforesaid MoCA cannot be responsible for the actions of attendees or the health risk associated with interaction between attendees, teachers, MoCA employees, or any other person at MoCA.

By registering for and attending the class/program, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public place where people are present and you hereby voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19 and agree to not hold MoCA, its employees, board, agents, or contractors liable in any way.