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Visual Arts Program

The HCA Visual Arts program welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Led by Director Sarah Alexander, the program provides a welcoming environment where students can discover, explore, and master artistic concepts through a variety of mediums.


Exploration courses are designed to let individuals discover different mediums and set personal goals to achieve at their own pace. Courses and workshops are a balance of skill-building and fun. For the more serious student, the program provides courses that cover foundational and advanced techniques. Students build a portfolio of work and receive guidance and mentorship to set them up for ongoing success in their artistic journey.

Material Lists

Instructor: Marion Buricatu

Oil & Acrylic Painting
Plein Air/Still Life

Multiple Days/Times

Instructor: Sarah Alexander

Beginner Watercolor


Instructor: Sarah Alexander

Intermediate Watercolor


Visiting Instructor: Richard Denzer

Workshops: Watercolor with Richard

Multiple Days/Times

Instructor: Meredith Fitzgerald

Pastel Painting

Multiple Days/Times

If the material list you are looking for is not below please contact Tatiana at  All material lists are to be used as a guide.

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Sarah Alexander

Director of Visual Arts​

Sarah is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist working on paper, canvas, and sculpting with steel. Sarah's work is in private collections and has been shown extensively throughout New England, and abroad. Her work has been published by North Light Book and is featured in Incite, the Best of Mixed Media 1, 2 & 3. Sarah is a core artist member at Fountain Street Gallery in Boston MA.

Marion Buricatu

Instructor and Visual Arts Assistant

Marion was born in France in an artistic family. In 2001, she moved to the US with her family. She took classes with painting teachers before becoming one herself and earned a modern art certificate at the MOMA. Marion is an enthusiastic artist and instructor with expertise in art history and a variety of artistic mediums including oils, acrylic, and mixed media. She shares her passion for all that is art and continuously keeps on learning.

Lee Ball


Lee studied Architecture at North Carolina State University School of Design and received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture.  She also earned a BFA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, concentrating in Painting and Sculpture, and a teaching certificate. Lee taught secondary Visual Art for twelve years. Lee’s work has been juried into regional and national shows including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Fine Art Society, Raleigh Visual Art Exchange, Morini Gallery, Lexington Artwalk, and Cambridge Art Association. Much of her work is inspired by her interest in theatre, museums, and travel.

Cheryl Clinton


Cherie, to her friends and family, is a visual artist and a multi-passionate creative entrepreneur. Her passion for art making, sharing the joy of creativity as a tool for personal growth, and a strong desire to heal the world, took her on a circuitous journey over the past 25 years. Her art teaching career has spanned public schools, private schools, museum schools, and art centers, as well as private mentoring. She is an active promoter of the arts in Boston and the MetroWest region.Cherie was the coordinator and founder of the former Fountain Street Studios in Framingham. In 2010, she co-founded Fountain Street Gallery in the SOWA Arts District of Boston.

Celeste Falcone


As a retired pre-K through 8th grade art teacher and school library media specialist, Celeste has had the opportunity to create lessons utilizing a huge range of art media which support learning about the principles and elements of design and weave in art history and appreciation, as well as children's literature. She enjoys the planning that goes into creating a rich environment for students, that honors the creativity they bring to the learning space.  Celeste's lesson plans have been included in an art text series, "Art Works".

Meredith Fitzgerald


As a working artist, Meredith currently focuses on varying interpretations of landscapes of place, body and memory. Through oil paint, pastel, installations and videos, she explores landscapes affected by passage of time. Meredith has experience with printmaking, knitting, sewing, embroidery, wreath making, calligraphy, origami, woodworking, welding, robotics... the list goes on! She loves problem solving and encouraging others to "get to done" on projects that have been languishing. Meredith has an MFA from the Pratt Institute and has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center.

Margarita Krylova


Margarita Krylova holds a BS in Biological Psychology from Tufts University and a BFA in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts via the schools' Combined Degree program. She has been teaching art to both kids and adults since graduating in 2014. Margarita has painted commissioned murals while on backpacking trips throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia. She currently works out of studio 510 at Western Ave Studios in Lowell and regularly shows her work throughout the greater Boston area. Margarita is a member of the Loading Dock Gallery and Gallery Z in Lowell.

Judith Smith


Judith, Ms. Judy to her students, earned her masters of education degree and teaching certification in Special Education, in moderate disabilities, from BSU. In addition, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University with a B.A. in art with minors in music, education and theater, and earned teaching certificates in Art K-12 and General Music K-12. Judith owned her own floral and special event design business, and an art lesson business under the name of Kreative Kids and Talented Teens. She has worked at Harvard University Le Corbusier Center, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, King Philip Middle School, and the League School for Autism in Walpole.

Kanchan Tare


Kanchan Tare has a Masters of Computer Management and Bachelors in Electronics from Pune University, India. Kanchan has taught fine arts and crafts in India and the US focusing on color theory, painting, drawing, origami and more. In addition, Kanchan leads workshops in clay idol making, Kangra Rajasthani Painting, Warli Painting and Lippan craft.

Beth Gismondi

Beth Gismondi holds a BA with honors in Art History and Neuroscience from Wellesley College and an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard University. She also earned a Certificate in Children's Book Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Beth worked for several years as a freelance illustrator and designer, and owned a custom stationery business. She previously worked primarily in gouache and pencil, and has more recently shifted her focus to acrylic painting.
Beth grew up taking private lessons at a local art studio in NY, so teaching art at the HCA has brought her full circle! She is excited to share her passion for the visual arts with her students.



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