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Please note for all workshops:

To reserve your spot for any workshop (except Tuesday Evening Drop In), contact the
Facilitator, Coach or Instructor not less than one week before the date of the workshop.

  • Bring a camera, snacks/lunch/dinner, as appropriate…, and an open mind and curiosity.
  • Payment is due not less than a week before a workshop begins.
  • Check with the person offering the workshop to register and for details regarding payment.

Workshops are open to all, but the studio is on the second floor of a building without elevators and is not handicapped accessible. For information about becoming an Affiliate of Turtle Studios, contact Camille Musser (617-868-9281,

We offer three types of workshops: Weekly, Periodic and Intensive.

All workshops meet in Turtle Studios, 213 California St., Newton, MA

Embroidery Workshop

Instructor: Camille Musser,

Frequency: Once per month.

Fee: $25 for affiliates $50 for non affiliates.

Description: Are you interested in exploring the creative world of hand embroidery? Creative embroidery is open for experiment. Stitches are used as a means of expressing original ideas in a lively, personal way. By working a stitch in different threads, changing its scale and spacing, working carefully, freely, combining stitches to make new ones or alternating the angle of the needle entering the fabric to vary the stitch, fascinating textures and patterns can be achieved Then this workshop is for you.

Life Drawing Workshop

Facilitator: Susan B. Jones,, 617-304- 4153

Fee: Sessions are $20/session. Advanced payment is discounted.

Description: This Life Drawing program exercises your hand, arm, eye coordination. We start with a series of two-minute poses, proceed to five-, 10-, 15-, and 20-minute poses. Participants are invited to make suggestions as two length of pose, the pose itself. If it meets with the group’s acceptance, we adapt ourselves accordingly.

This workshop is open to the public on either a walk-in or pay-in-advance basis.

“Every Odd Month” Weekend Workshop

Facilitators: Ellie (978-501-0070) and Suzanne McLeod (339-440-2285)

Come to the studio for 1 or 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) and get back to basics: see, move, write, make, play, eat, breathe, listen, share, rest, feel…. Let’s simplify in order to remember and revel in what’s essential in our art making and in our lives.

Ellie and Suzanne have been coaching, playing, writing, building, and painting together at Turtle Studios – off and on – since 1990, and are thrilled to be joining forces once again!
Basic materials for play, drawing, painting and writing provided; bring additional materials as you wish. Lunch both days will be potluck; bring a dish to share – or you are welcome to bring/buy lunch for yourself if that’s preferable. Keep it simple!

Wednesday Workshops

Facilitator and coach: Renu O’Connell

A series of Wednesday workshops for those looking to create works with meaning in the supportive atmosphere of community. To inspire the imagination, the use of “Play” using a variety of materials is used as process. Individual coaching is available if needed.