Register NOW for ACE Creative Online Classes

Arlington Community Education (ACE) is offering more than 150 adult classes this fall, including 34 new classes. New Fine Arts & Crafts classes feature the opportunity to use a broad-nibbed fountain pen to form beautiful lettering at “Introduction to Calligraphy,” draft and sew an A-Line skirt that will fit your measurements perfectly, create prints without a press, or relax as you twirl and whirl paper into whimsical shapes and designs at “Zen Quilling.”  Many favorites are also returning, including drawing, painting, mosaics, embroidery, and digital photography. Registration for the Arlington Community Education (ACE) fall semester is now open. Brochures containing class listings have been mailed to Arlington addresses and the document is also viewable online at Adult offerings include online Zoom classes and socially-distanced walking and bicycle tours. All ACE kids’ programs will be held online, with classes organized by category instead of by school. Classes begin as early as the week of September 14.

In addition to Fine Arts & Crafts classes, ACE offers the following:

Writing & Literature
Writing & Literature classes offer the opportunity to take a workshop for fiction writers with a published author, discover new ways to write about food, explore the Irish Short Story, celebrate the extraordinary in the ordinary with haiku, and more.

Food & Drink
Get creative in the kitchen with Food & Drink classes focusing on enchiladas, curries, sourdough bread, and whisky tasting. New seasonal cooking classes will teach you to make comfort food in your Instant Pot; cook a romantic fall dinner for two; make Thanksgiving pies from scratch; and prepare pie, tart, and cookie doughs in advance of the winter holidays.

Even More Creative Classes
Learn to play the ukulele, guitar or the banjo; create seasonal floral arrangements; or learn all about beeswax, and watch live demonstration of how to process it, make it into a lip balm, use it to pour candles, and how it can be fashioned into reusable food wraps.

Highlight Events
Highlight events include “The Grateful Dead’s Influence on Bob Dylan” and “The Beatles’ Solo Years Re-Examined,” with author and music scholar Harold Lepidus. Enjoy, appreciate, learn, and offer your thoughts about public art from the comfort of your own home at “Art in the Open: Appreciating Public Art.” Enhance your appreciation of dance as an exciting and ever-changing performance art at “Understanding 20th Century Dance.”

Youth Programs
Arts & Crafts offerings for youth include new book illustration and animal drawing classes, as well as mixed media, collage & mosaic, embroidery, watercolors, recycled art, and Kawaii crafting. New cooking classes feature “Kids Cook Tonight,” “Brunch!” and “Chef School.” Kids can take ukulele and theater classes, or learn how to use Sketchup to develop creative architectural designs

Family Nights
There are seven Family Nights for adults and children to enjoy together. Holiday craft classes focus on woven ornaments, paper quilled cards, and cookie decorating. Family cooking classes include “Maki Roll Sushi” and “Make & Bake Calzones.” 

See all of the possibilities and register for all classes at Many classes fill quickly and under-enrolled classes are cancelled, so be sure to reserve your spot early. Please note that ACE has a new online registration system and all users must create a user profile to register. Visit or email for more information.

Cover Art
This term’s catalog features artwork by Cover Art Contest winner Artist Lara Heermance, who was born and raised in Arlington, MA. She is studying animation with a concentration in story and concept at Savannah College of Art and Design. The majority of Lara’s art tends to be digitally drawn character and environment designs. But she also loves painting animals and nature in watercolor, oil, and digitally. Blue Jay in Autumn is an oil painting. She wanted to do a piece related to a fall theme, and felt inspired by blue jays due to a family that recently nested outside of her window. Visit Lara’s website to see more of work.

“The ACE staff chose to feature Lara’s blue jay painting because of its luminous colors and vibrant energy. We love the detailed strokes of the blue jay against the blended autumnal tones of the background. It feels happy and hopeful at a time when so much in the world is uncertain,” said ACE Director Jen Rothenberg. “The blue jay is alone, but he doesn’t seem lonely. He has a purpose. We hope this artwork will inspire folks to discover a new purpose. Come learn to paint a masterpiece of your own or find a different passion or hobby to help keep you going during this challenging time.” 

Arlington Community Education is a program of the Arlington Public Schools that is completely supported by tuition received from our courses. ACE provides affordable education and enrichment for residents of Arlington and surrounding communities.