Winter Enrollment is now open!

Join us this winter for a 10 week art session!

Classes for children, students, and adults. Also private lessons, special art experiences including The Love Letter and Maureen Claffy Art Academy Birthday Parties.

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MCAA's Mission

The mission of the Maureen Claffy Art Academy is the creation of a joyful and generative studio space where creating amazing, excellent art is an experience where all students feel safe, valued, seen and celebrated. 

Teaching Philosophy

Making art should be pure Joy, building confidence, curiosity and an awareness of the interconnectedness of all things in students of all ages.

Creative thinking and problem solving add to academic pursuits by encouraging organization, innovation and self trust. The studio is a safe place where there are no mistakes, only adventures. 

The tactile nature of art making, the use of color and the experimentation with materials calms the anxious mind. Making art is a spiritual and a meditative practice that positively affirms the and beauty goodness of the entire person.


“Creative thinking and problem solving add to academic pursuits by encouraging organization, innovation and self trust. The studio is a safe place where there are no mistakes, only adventures. ”

Winter 10 Week Session
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Winter 10 Week Session

This Winter, MCAA is offering a 10 week session focused on American Artists.

Our American Painters: Freedom of Expression, the Human Experience and the work of O'Keefe, Sargent, Pollack, Cassatt, Hopper, Warhol, Rothko, de Koonig, Remington and Audobon.

10 classes - $320

All supplies included.

These sessions are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Winter Session (Children)

Tuesdays at 3:30pm to 5:00pm and 5:30pm to 7:00pm, and Wednesdays at 3:30pm-5:00pm and 5:30pm to 7:00pm and Thursday 3:30pm to 5:00pm and Friday at 5:30pm to 7:00pm are ages 5-10.

Thursdays 5:30pm to 7:00pm are ages 10-14.

Winter Session (Teens 13-18)

Wednesdays - 7:15pm - 9pm

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Adult Classes
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Adult Classes

“Art is a Spiritual Practice”

MCAA is offering Adult Classes starting January 10, 2019 - 9 weeks of art making. All supplies included.

Winter Session (Adult)

Tuesdays - 10:00am - 11:30am

Tuesdays - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Tuesdays - 7:15pm - 9pm

Thursdays - 10:00am - 11:30am

Thursdays - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

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Half Session Enrollment
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Half Session Enrollment

MCAA is offering a half session enrollment special of 5 weeks of classes for $160. Choose any 5 classes during the session to attend.

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Private Lessons
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Private Lessons

Private art instruction is available - 3 90 min lessons for $270 ($90/a lesson). All supplies included.

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The Love Letter
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The Love Letter

The Love Letter is a special experience offering from MCAA.

For two hours, you will be guided by Maureen in the creation of a special work of art. The Love Letter is a conscious decision to make art that is encouragement towards a loving relationship - often done between married couple, mother and daughter, mother in law and daughter in law, friends - way of communicating love through art.

The created art will hang in your home as a reminder of your love. 

The Love Letter is available on Thursday evenings: 7pm-9pm.

All supplies are included.  


The essential work is completed in that time frame - if more time is needed that can be easily arranged.

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Have your Birthday with Art!

Guided Birthday Art Creation for up to 20 guests - $400

Fridays at 3:30pm-5:15pm is always reserved for birthdays. Contact Maureen to find the perfect date/time for party.

All Art Supplies Included.

Parents are welcome to bring food and cake and are requested to attend. 

Birthdays at MCAA bring love into the celebration as all guests create original artwork for the special birthday child reminding them of their value and light.

For an additional $125, Maureen will personally create a custom cover and bind the created art into a commemorative book within 2 weeks of the party.

Maureen is happy to help coordinate party favors. Please contact her for more fun ways to personalize your party.

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"Making art should be pure Joy, building confidence, curiosity and an awareness of the interconnectedness of all things in students of all ages."


About Maureen

Maureen Claffy: A Generous Heart

Written by John Seed

Artist Maureen Claffy has a very generous heart. The works that she makes in a variety of media—including acrylic, ink, pencil and mixed media—are meant to remind her viewer of life’s heartfelt joys and beauties. “I paint to encourage others to believe,” Claffy states, “and to serve as a reminder that life is beautiful even when it doesn’t seem that way.” 

Primarily a watercolorist who sometimes switches to thinned acrylics, Claffy creates large format works on canvas, paper and birchwood. Claffy works both independently and for clients: one recent commission centered on family relationships.

Vibrant, expansive and dense with symbols, Claffy’s works also demonstrate the artist’s interest in embracing chaos and letting go.

This emotional fearlessness, rooted in Claffy’s profound optimism and faith, is her way of letting her own love of life leave traces in the form of art. Claffy has said that “Making art is as essential as breathing for me,” and her considerable emotional and artistic energies go hand in hand.

There is a sense of the miraculous in her work, and an essential gratitude in everything she does.

Although Claffy’s work is distinctively hers, you can feel the underlying presence of creative figures that she admires. Van Gogh’s sense of color is certainly there and so is a sense of the organic that might come from Celtic art or the architecture of Antonio Gaudi. During a visit to Paris, Claffy came under the spell of Claude Monet’s sweeping Nymphéas (water lily) murals. Monet’s paintings, which were made after the terrors of World War One were his way of trying to heal the world. Standing in front of them Claffy had an ephiphany: “Beauty is very powerful. It changes the world for the better. I believe in Beauty. That's why I paint.”

Claffy is inclined to work in themed series. She likes to focus her ideas on a central symbol or metaphor and then let the imagery flow.

For example, her “Heart” series came after an extraordinary experience of holding an actual human heart, and grew into a metaphorical exploration of the “language” of the human heart. The “Quilting Series,” used the varied and improvisational imagery of quilts as a departure to discuss the way that we structure and arrange our lives. The “Knitting Series” dealt with themes of nurturance and caring using the metaphor of hand-knit garments. 

Working from personal emotions and observations, Claffy moves towards connection and shared appreciation. Nothing gives her more satisfaction than when a collector—who inevitably will also become a friend if they aren’t already—lets her know what they feel and experience when living with one of her works. “It’s overwhelming,” Claffy says, “to have them appreciate my work.”

You could say that Maureen Claffy is building networks of friendship and shared beauty one image at a time. It’s a generous and extremely positive way of living and of making art.

John Seed is a professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California. Winner of a 2002 Society of Professional Journalists award in art and entertainment writing, and a 2012 Creative Capital arts writers grant finalist, he has written about art and artists for Arts of Asia, Art Ltd., Harvard Magazine, The HuffingtonPost and Hyperallergic. 

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