Check my schedule for any upcoming planned classes at Nicole’s Art Spot. Click adult or children’s classes for more information.

Individual and group silk painting lessons are held in my art studio at Gorse Mill Studios in Needham, MA.

Private Silk Painting Lessons at my Art Studio

You can learn how to paint on silk! I will design a tailored lesson for you based upon your needs and experience, whether you want to create a painting or a scarf or other fun hand-painted silk item. The lesson will take place at my air-conditioned art studio at Gorse Mills Studios in Needham. With my flexible schedule, I can work with you during a weekday, most evenings and the weekends. My studio can accommodate up to eight students at a time. Several mothers and daughters have worked with me in the past and have had a wonderful experience! I charge $25 per hour for an individual lesson and $20 per hour for more than two participants, plus an additional cost of materials; dyes, silk and resist. I can accept payment by credit card or check. There is off-street free parking at my studio building.

Bring your creative ideas and designs and take home a packet of helpful materials to assist your future silk painting exploration. Before long, you'll be creating your own beautiful wearable scarves, pillows, wall hangings and even garments. Write me at for more information or call (781) 373-9050.

Arts and Crafts Birthday Party

Celebrate your child’s next birthday with a unique art and crafts party! I will provide all art and craft making supplies, instruction and clean up. Kids get to make fun arts and crafts and take home their creations. I can come to your home or you can host your child’s party at my air-conditioned art studio in Needham. I can accommodate eight to ten children in my art studio and up to twelve children to do a project outside in the backyard of my art studio building. After clean up, you can celebrate with birthday cake in my studio. There is a refrigerator in my art studio where you can keep cake and drinks.

I can offer other arts and crafts projects that your child would like to create other than what is listed above. I have taught arts and crafts to children at after school programs and community education programs for more than ten years. I was the lead art teacher at the Thompson Elementary After School Program in Arlington. I led art and crafts activities to elementary school children at the Cabot After School Program in Newton, MA for seven years. Since 2013 I have been part of Newton Community Education summer Kids program. I have also taught fiber arts classes and 3D art at the Arlington Center for the Arts and classes through Needham Community Education.

Call or write for party package prices and to book your lesson or party: (781) 373-9050 •

"Nicole Donson has been part of NCE's summer Kids program since 2013. She has taught a variety of arts and crafts classes, specializing in fabric arts. She is a talented artist herself, and loves to share her passion for art with kids. She prepares unique projects for them to do, and they always leave proud of their work."
- Lisa Rucinski, Kids Program Director, Newton Community Education

“Nicole excels in bringing her fiber skills to students of all ages. Mixed age groups have enjoyed creating wearable hand-painted silk scarves, designing and sewing large stuffed animals and making one of kind fleece scarves and mittens. She is caring, empathic, and encouraging and works hard to offer activities that allow students to self-discover, be creative and feel proud of their accomplishments. Parents have always enjoyed being on the receiving end of some of Nicole’s wearable art activities with their children.”
- Lee Guertin, Director of the Cabot After School in Newtonville