"Lynn creates a special kind of magic in her studio." 

For nearly 30 years, artist and Brooks School visual arts teacher Lynn McLoughlin has run the popular PassionArt studio classes for children, teens and adults out of the wonderful old barn at her home in North Andover.

This summer, she's seized the opportunity to offer clay classes and art parties at Brooks School — in the new Center for the Arts on campus — and will continue programming throughout the year.

“Classes with Lynn are more than 'how to make art.' They are about how to look at the world, observe it with all your senses and be open to whatever you experience.”Artists of all ages will get the chance to enjoy the Center for the Arts' new ceramics studio, pottery wheels and more.

2019 Summer Schedule

Sessions are available each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:
June 25 - August 22 (excluding August 6-8 and August 13-15). 

  • "Playing with Clay: The Way to Joy"
    Ages 6 -12 — Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m.
    Adults — Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • "Calming with Clay: The Way to Peace"
    Ages 12 - 17 — Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
    Adults — Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • "Meditation + Mindfulness: The Way to Center"
    Adults — Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • "Art Parties: The Way to Celebrate"
    Adults and/or children — Upon request for 90 minutes (12 person limit; $35 per person)

  • Private Healing Arts Sessions Available Upon Request
    Email Lynn McLoughlin at lmcloughlin@brooksschool.org.


Class Descriptions

Playing with Clay

The way to joy

Clay has a way of opening us up to our childlike joy.

Students will explore the joys of using the pottery wheel and hand-building methods with stoneware clay to create pottery and sculpture. Work will be finished with various surface methods. Every class will have a different theme and method as a jumping off place for their own ideas to expand.

Calming with Clay

The way to peace

Clay has a way of grounding us. 

In this class, students will use clay as a tool for learning self-awareness, self-regulation and self-compassion — the way to peace. They will use the pottery wheel to create centered pieces in a practice of balancing struggle with relaxation that allows for acceptance of imperfection.

They will also learn hand-building techniques of pinch pots, coil and slab work to create pottery/sculpture. When using just hands to shape the work, students develop confidence and self-trust. Glazing and surface design will complete the work as a final product. Waiting to see it emerge from the kiln with anticipation, students learn to ease up on the attachment of the end product and embrace the process as the valuable lesson. 

Meditation + Mindfulness

The way to wholeness

Mindfulness and meditation is a practice of observing the present moment with kindness, non-judgment and non-attachment. Learn how to create space from your busy lives and reconnect to what is your internal wisdom. The course teaches relaxation and breathing techniques, mind/body awareness (understanding the brain and body connection), non-attachment (emotional attachment awareness), non-judgment and compassion practices. We can change our minds (our brain chemistry) by bringing space to our situations and learn to respond rather than react. There will be a time of unlearning some habits while developing a new relationship with ourselves.

These practices are ancient and have been scientifically proven to have great benefits to our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. With stress at epidemic levels, mindfulness/meditation practices integrate mind, body, heart and soul create lasting affects. It is a life skill we all need to move through this modern life. It has personally transformed my life, helped me see my blind spots without shame, develop awareness and opportunity to change with compassion, ease my anxiety and self judgment and generally have a sense of well being more consistently. The practice also has opened me to experience life more fully. I am forever grateful for these lessons and hope they can help you too!

Summer Art Cards

Choose one or more art cards, mix + match classes and come to as many sessions as you'd like — when you'd like! 

  • 12 classes: $300
  • 8 classes: $240
  • 4 classes: $140
  • 1 class: $40

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Contact Lynn McLoughlin directly at lmcloughlin@brooksschool.org.

Lynn Evangelos McLoughlin teaches visual arts at Brooks School. A graduate of Framingham State College (B.A.) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell (M. Ed.), she runs her own art school, PassionArt studio, for children, teens and adults.

Why clay?

Read all about McLoughlin's philosophy.

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