Director's Message

Started by a small group of artists in 1950, the Boca Raton Museum Art School is the cornerstone of a modern campus that is comprised of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Artists Guild, and the Art School. The Art School is a dynamic active art center with more than 4,200 annual enrollments in our seven creative studio areas. Faculty and students of all ages and levels find a place where they can share their enthusiasm for the visual arts and process of making art, learn new skills, experiment, and grow in their creativity and talents.

Our classes attract absolute beginners, people who took classes in college and now have time to get back to their passion, as well as experienced artists who want to share in the camaraderie of being among other people interested in art. Whether you are taking a class for the first time or you have been taking classes for years, you will find a creative, friendly, and supportive community at the Art School. We invite you to leave the stress of daily life at the door and enter a world of discovery and creativity.

Our excellent instructors are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and expertise in order to help each individual pursue their artistic goals. In the process of teaching, they may guide, mentor, and challenge you. Each day in the studio can be an exciting new adventure.

In addition to our popular eight week classes, there are a variety of four week classes for beginners to get to know a teacher and discover their interest in the technique. Classes such as painting alla prima, drawing light and shade, and perspective drawing are also excellent for returning students to refresh their skills. I hope you will join us and take the opportunity to enrich your creative side.

See you in the studios,

Walter O’Neill
Art School Director

School Schedules


  Starts Ends Length Closed
Term 3 1/2/18 2/24/18 8 weeks 1/1/18 (New Year's Day)
1/15/18 (Dr. MLK Jr. Day)
2/19/18 (Presidents' Day)
Term 3A 1/2/18 1/27/18 4 weeks 1/1/18 (New Year's Day)
1/15/18 (Dr. MLK Jr. Day)
Term 3B 1/29/18 2/24/18 4 weeks 2/19/18 (Presidents' Day)
Term 4 2/26/18 4/14/18 7 weeks  
Term 4A 2/26/18 3/24/18 4 weeks  
Term 5 4/16/18 5/25/18 6 weeks  

Instructor Bios

Alicia Jane Boswell
M.F.A., University of Massachusetts (metalsmith and jewelry); B.F.A., Murray State University. Extensive teaching and residency experience includes: Artist-in-Residence, the Armory Art Center; Appalachian Center for Crafts; Arrowmont School for Arts And Crafts; Pratt MWP Art Institute, Utica, NY; Boise State University.
Allan Pierce
Allan Pierce has primarily exhibited his photography throughout New York and Florida during the past 35 years. Recent solo shows include “White Picket Fence—The Remains of the American Dream” and “Poseidon—A Subliminal Portrait,” which were presented in several venues (in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. He was recently featured as one of five artists in the January 2016 faculty show at the Boca Museum of Art. He's currently working on “War Babies" and “Two Sons—Dionysus and Apollo.” A founding member of the Shubert Archive and Michael Kirby's Structuralist Workshop, he has also directed and performed experimental theater pieces (many of which included his photography) in numerous galleries and performance spaces in New York’s Soho district. He completed his doctoral studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and he received his master's from the University of Washington and bachelor's from NYU.
Andrea Huffman
Andrea exhibits her textile artwork throughout Florida. Summer resident, Hermitage Artist Retreat, Sarasota, FL. Previously art educator in Broward County Schools.
Barbara Wasserman
M.A., from New York University; B.S., Hofstra University. Extensive exhibitions from South Florida to New York. Collectors include José López Portillo, former president of Mexico; Fred Zimmerman, film producer; and Vicki Carr, entertainer.
Beth Sloat
B.F.A, Graphic Design, Colorado State University and worked as a bio-medical graphic artist. She has exhibited at numerous public venues, art galleries, and has work in private collections. She teaches fundamentals of art to young children and their parents/guardians and teaches young artists at the Armory's Summer Art Camp.
Carla Golembe
Carla Golembe is an award winning acrylic painter and illustrator. Carla has painted 5 animal sculptures for animals on parade public art projects, a Piano of Joy for Keys to the City and created a wine label for Dos Puentes Winery. Her work is included in corporate, museum and private collections throughout the world.
Catalina Aguirre Hoffman
Catalina is an award-winning painter, illustrator, author, and has taught college and adults for over 30 years.
Celestin Joseph
M.F.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.F.A., University of Hartford; Yale/ Norfolk Art Program. Currently teaching advanced placement studio art classes at alma mater, Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale. Exhibits in Philadelphia and South Florida.
Chieko Mihori
Born and educated in Tokyo, studied with the founder of the Sogetsu School and achieved the highest teaching ranking, Riji. The Emperor of Japan bestowed the imperial medal for her extraordinary cultural contributions. Founder and director of the Florida branch of Sogetsu Ikebana, she has taught Ikebana for over 30 years.
Chris Lopez
B.A. Beaux Arts, Pau Gargallo University, Barcelona, Spain. Experienced graphic designer including designs for 1992 Olympic Games. Managed own graphic design shop in Barcelona. Exhibited in Spain and Florida.
Christine Lyons
B.A., Wheaton College; studied the Art Institute of Chicago; and St. Anne's College, Oxford. Has designed national award-winning gardens; was recognized by Scott's Miracle Gro as Classroom Gardener of the Year in 2001. Art, art history, and literature teacher for 34 years.
Clara Lopez-Castro
Fashion Design instructor at the Art School.
Dana Roth
Dana Roth, artist and educator, Ms. Roth has taught at Bak Middle School of the Arts and has taught advanced placement studio art for middle and high school at Posnaach Hebrew Day School and has over twenty years experience teaching gifted and talented. M.A., Villanova University, B.F.A., Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
Daniel Listwan
M.F.A., University of Miami, B.F.A., Cardinal Stritch University, additional studies at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and Chautauqua Institution of Art. Exhibits locally and nationally including Ferrin Contemporary’s survey exhibition Ceramics Top 40. Published in 500 Prints on Clay and featured as an emerging artist in Musing About Mud. Teaching experience: Broward College, Palm Beach State College, and University of Miami.
Dara Caplan
Dara Caplan, B.F.A. Savannah College of Art and Design. Graduate of Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Freelance artist, illustrator, and educator has taught for Boca Raton Community Education, Painting with a Twist, and as a private tutor for children applying to Dreyfoos School.
Diane Reeves
M.A., B.A., University of South Florida. Reeves_ award winning work has been featured in American Art Collector and Southwest Art magazines as well as national exhibitions. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, National Portrait Society, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Boca Raton Museum Artists' Guild. Her work is found in collections in the US and Europe.
Don Dietz
B.A., University of Maryland. Studied gemstone cutting in Taiwan and advanced smithing at Patuxent Lapidary Guild of Maryland. Dietz has lectured extensively on jewelry and lapidary arts and been published in Lapidary Journal and Art Jewelry Magazine.
Eydi Lampasona
M.F.A., Vermont College, Union University; B.F.A., Florida Atlantic University. Work is represented in public and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Signature member of the National Watercolor Society and National Collage Society. Published in The Painters Workshop: Composition & Design and Acrylic Revolution, Rethinking Acrylics, Radical Solutions for Exploiting the World's Most Versatile Medium, The Art of Layering: Making Connections and Collage in All Dimensions.
Genie Appel-Cohen
Award winning artist, teaches colored pencil drawing. She is a member of The National Association of Women Artists, The Colored Pencil Society of America and The Portrait Society of America. Corporate collections include The Prudential Insurance Company, The Hormel Meat Company and Platinum Luxury Auctions. She exhibited in The Tate Gallery in London, England, and was one of only 30 artists nationwide to be invited by The U.S. Department of Interior to paint en plein air in Montana's National Parks.
Jacalyn Gmoch
B.F.A., Floridia Atlantic University. Teaches collage and mixed media workshops throughout south Florida. Designer for Faber Castell pencils and Art Anthology.
Jane Levy
B.F.A., Art Institute of Chicago. Represented in prestigious collections throughout the United States and Asia. Expert jeweler and instructor of enameling, lapidary and metalsmithing. Master instructor in Art Clay; Regional director of education for Art Clay.
Jane McIntyre
B.F.A., University of Connecticut; studied art therapy, New York University. Exhibits throughout the southeastern United States. Member of the National Association of Women Artists.
Janet Onofrey
M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design. Accomplished plein air painter recently awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in 2015-16. Teaches drawing and painting at Broward College.
Jeremiah Jenner
Jeremiah Jenner is a certified photography instructor of Broward County Public School and teaches photography workshops at Sailboat Bend Artists Lofts. His photographs are in public and private collections including Starbucks, PBS and Smithsonian / National Museum of American Art. Exhibitions include The Cornell Museum of Art, Wynwood Art District, Las Olas Capital Arts and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Jeremiah’s photographs have been featured on the cover of Broward Design, Architectural Review, and Palm Beach Design magazines.
Kris Smith
B.A., DePauw University. Internationally recognized portrait artist. Created over 3,500 painted and sculptured portraits of sports figures, politicians and citizens, including President Jimmy Carter, Amy Carter, Lauren B.A.,call, and Charlton Heston. Guest appearances on Oprah, MSNBC, Good Morning America and an article in People magazine for sculpted portrait Marionettes.
Laura Galbán
Laura Galbán, has a BA in Art History from NYU and MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts NYU. After working in prestigious institutions such as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and The Hispanic Society in New York, she was director of the Cultural Department at Canning House in London. In Spain she started representing artists and acting as an art advisor for clients in New York and Florida. When Laura Galban moved to Florida, she founded l’Artban to keep promoting contemporary artists in the United States.
Lawrence Miller
B.F.A., in photography, Florida Atlantic University; and studied at Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He has extensive experience in digital photography specializing in High Dynamic Range landscapes and black and white images. Larry has been teaching photography classes in the local area for nearly ten years.
Leslie Albert
Leslie D. Albert B.A., Stanford University, additional studies in Italy and Master workshops with Anthony Ryder and Steven Assael. Teaching experience: Palm Beach State College, Armory Art Center. Selected exhibits: Art Palm Beach, Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Artistic Design Center and faculty exhibits at Palm Beach State College, and Armory Art Center.
Lew Lautin
Lew is an accomplished photographer/videographer. His photographs have been in numerous exhibits including a solo exhibit at the Coral Spring Art Museum. A series of his portrait photos are displayed at the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, D.C. As a videographer, he has created over 100 videos for commercial use and for non-profit organizations. 'Le Metro' was screened at The Museum of Contemporary Art 25th Optic Nerve Film Festival.
Maria Weiss
B.F.A., School of Visual Arts, Regina Pacis, Buenos Aires; B.A., School of Fine Arts Priladiano Pueyrredon, Buenos Aires. Her paintings have exhibited as part of the Argentine "naive" art movement. Exhibits in Miami, Palm Beach, and New York City. Award-winning photographer.
Mariah Martin
Metropolitan State University; Red Rocks Community College. Assistant in  Jeff Whyman ceramics studio. Flamingo Clay Studio, member.
Marjory Yovin
B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art. Expert in metalsmithing and enamel for 20 years. Began career as a watercolorist and is a founding members of the Palm Beach Watercolor Society. Her art is in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
Mary Belle Cordell
Studied Penland School; Virginia Douglas School of Porcelain. Her works are in several prestigious collections including best-selling author, Mary Higgins Clark. Certified porcelain teacher with the World Organization of China Painters. Her porcelain has sold through The Gemshopping Network. Commissions include murals through tiny porcelain Limoges boxes.
Mary Beth Hietapelto
B.F.A., Flagler College, A.A. Florida School of the Arts. Mary Beth has managed and taught at Painting with a Twist.  She has been the Artist-in-Residence at St.Francis House in St.Augustine, and painted a mural for Banyan Creek Elementary School.
Miles Laventhall
M.F.A., State University of New York, Buffalo; B.A., State University College at Brockport, New York. Publications include 'Portrait of an Artist,' WPTV, New Florida series, and Rethinking Acrylic, by North Light Books. Collections include: General Motors, AT&T, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, and other corporate and private collections internationally. Educational innovator for 35+ years at schools and universities throughout Florida, Oklahoma, and New York.
Misoo Filan
M.F.A., Florida Atlantic University. Exhibits extensively in Florida. Awards: Delray Beach Art League; FAU Fellowship; Merit Award: 62nd All Florida Exhibition, Boca Museum of Art.
Pavel Ouporov
M.F.A., Moscow Surikov State Academy Art Institute. Works are in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Library of Congress, New York Public Library, The State Russian Museum. Awards include NY Artist's Fellowship, Mid-Atlantic Visual Arts Grant, and a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for visual and media artists.
Pinky Shmerler
Occupational Therapy, Ohio State University. Professional weaver/ instructor for 17 years. Published in Handwoven magazine and Weaving for Worship. Commissions include hangings, tapestries, and liturgical textiles throughout the United States.
Ralph Papa
B.A., B.S., CCNY and Queens College. Award winning artist in studio and plein air painting. Teaches drawing and painting and lectures in various aspects of contemporary art. Papa is co-founder of Plein Air Palm Beach and a Past President of the Boca Museum Artists Guild. His work is in collections in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Renee Plevy
Renee Plevy studied at the School of Visual Arts, Art Students League of New York.  Her paintings have been featured in more than 65 exhibits including a one person exhibit at the Paterson Museum. Founder of the "Portrait of a Woman" annual event celebrating prominent Palm Beach women. She has taught portraiture at the School of Visual Arts.
Rita Daire
B.F.A., Florida Atlantic University, with focus on ceramics. As an FAU student, she interned at the International Museum of Cartoon Art. Taught art and graphic design for students in grades 1 to 12 for 6 years. Specializes in China painting and making own ceramic forms that are wheel-thrown.
Roumen Boudev
M.F.A, National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. Exhibited extensively and received numerous awards throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Artwork is represented in many museums, corporate and private collections in 25 countries. Has taught art and art history at colleges and art centers for 23 years throughout the US and Europe. Mural projects include fresco on the ceiling of the Townsend Lobby at the Detroit Opera House.
Roxene Sloate
B.A., Art History, Smith College; studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Art Students League of New York. She has exhibited extensively and received numerous awards throughout the United States.
Shawn Escott
Plein air painter.  Primarily self-taught artist, studied at Lyme Academy of Art. Recently won first place at the Plein Fun Fest, Plein Air Palm Beach.  Exhibits include Boca Raton Museum of Art, All Florida Exhibition; Cornell Museum, Delray FL; Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge.
Sol Filippi
Sol is a jewelry designer originally from Venezuela. Studied jewelry design and metal smithing at the Boca Raton Museum Art School before setting up her own studio. Her jewelry has been featured at the Miami Funkshion Fashion Week and Miami Fashion Week. In 2013 received a recognition award for Excellence in Accessories in Miami Fashion Week and is becoming one of South Florida’s emergent fashion designers
Stephen Futej
M.F.A., Florida Atlantic University; B.A., St. Joseph's University. Professional potter for years. Exhibits in Florida and Pennsylvania.
Suzanne Scherer
M.F.A., Brooklyn College, City University of New York.
Ted Matz
B.A., Eastern Michigan University, Kendall College of Art and Design. Accomplished watercolorist he is Chair of Painting and Drawing at the Lighthouse Art Center Museum and School of Art in Tequesta, Florida. He presents workshops in Massachusetts, Maine, Italy and France. He chairs the Annual Lighthouse Art Center's Plein Air Festival in Jupiter Florida attracting leading artists from across the country to compete for $10,000 in prize awards. He had worked in design related positions with Jacobson's Store, Inc, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.
Teresa Kirk
B.A., Emporia State Teachers College. Formerly director of operations for the Florida Watercolor Society and workshop chair for the Gold Coast Watercolor Society. She has served as president of Florida Watercolor, the Everglades Art Guild and East Hampton Guild.
Thomas Bruckner
B.A., journalism/advertising, M.A., education New Mexico State University. Commendation from the Kennedy Center for Playwriting; teacher of high school art, drama, journalism for Palm Beach county for 26 years. Started the Illustrator Academy at Boynton Beach High School.
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Willie Reed
Willie studied sculpture at University of Portland, University of Mexico, Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara, Italy. Sculptures are exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Works and teaches stone sculpture in the United States.

Art School Policy

  • Classes are filled on a first come, first-served basis.
  • Individual and Household Museum Members receive a 5% discount off tuition and Art Enthusiast Members or higher receive a 10% discount off tuition.
  • Students who cancel any class five (5) days before the first day of class or camp will receive a tuition refund, less a processing fee of $25 for Members and Non-members.
  • Students who cancel any class less than five (5) days prior to the first day of class will not receive a refund.
  • If a class is canceled, students will be notified at least two (2) days prior to the date of class, and tuition will be refunded within three (3) weeks.
  • Courses are subject to cancellation based on enrollment.
  • No fees will be returned for failure to attend. There will be no make-up classes due to a studentís illness, unanticipated travel or other reasons are not the responsibility of the Museum.
  • The Boca Museum of Art - The Art School reserves the right to substitute instructors due to any emergency or illness.
  • The Museum is not responsible for any artwork or personal items lost, stolen or left in the classrooms or lockers.
  • Full tuition is required at the time of registration.
  • There is a $35 charge for all returned checks.
  • The Art School is organized for educational purposes and offers programs and activities to everyone without regard to race, religion, national origin or sexual preference.
  • With my enrollment, I hereby waive and release any and all rights and claims to damages against the Boca Museum of Art and The Art School. I accept all risk incidentals and do hereby release the Boca Museum of Art and The Art School, its employees and representatives, for all liability and injury during any activities. I further agree that in the event medical attention is required due to an accident or illness, and my contact person is unreachable, the Boca Museum of Art shall be permitted to seek such medical services, as it shall deem necessary and appropriate through EMS/911 and/or local hospitals.
  • With my enrollment, I grant full permission to the Boca Museum of Art and The Art School to use photographs, videotapes, and any other record of classes or programs for any legitimate purpose.
  • The Art School follows the Palm Beach County School Districtís schedule for inclement weather and does not provide make-up classes due to weather related school closings.
  • Students and parents must respect the rights of other students and staff or they will be asked to leave the school and forfeit tuition.
  • Youth and teens that are habitually picked-up late will be asked to leave the school and forfeit tuition.

Contact Us

801 W Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33486
Phone: 561.392.2503
Email: [email protected]    

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM