Welcome to Space 35: The Studio for Art and Visual Literacy, Somerville, MA.

Fall/Winter session starts the week of September 15th. Click here to register.

Space 35 offers student-centered art courses in an active studio setting. Fourteen-week sessions and small classes of four or fewer participants allow students to practice, develop and absorb a variety of skills in drawing and painting. Students also learn the practice of critical observation, which can serve as a catalyst to a greater understanding of the world around them. Each session offers in-class demonstrations, guided work time, presentations and critiques by the principal teacher and visiting artists, a grounding in the theoretical principals of visual experience as applied to art and other media, and the application of artistic skills to other subjects and areas of interest. All ages and experience levels are invited to participate.

Who Should Enroll?

  • Beginners looking for a firm grounding in drawing and painting.
  • Artists looking to take their work to the next level.
  • Students wanting to develop a portfolio for undergraduate or graduate school.
  • Individuals wishing to learn at their own pace in a supportive setting.
  • Very young students (under 12 years) who are deeply interested in art and looking for a challenge.
  • Homeschool students wishing to dedicate a semester to studio art.
  • Those hoping to focus their attention on developing their work by taking advantage of the open studio hours and critique sessions.

Course Information

Classes are open to committed students of any age. Students may request to take classes within their own age range (adults with adults, school-age with school-age, etc.)

All students will be taught the practice of careful observation as a means to both understanding and accurately rendering a subject. Contour, perspective, negative space, composition, shading and other elements of drawing will be covered and practiced in depth. Students will be introduced to various painting mediums, including watercolor, oil and acrylic, exploring coloring mixing, hue, tone and saturation, as well as the unique attributes of the various mediums. Once they are oriented to the basic drawing and painting media, students may concentrate their work in any media (or mix of medias) that they choose. They may also choose to work on a project applied to a particular line of interest – for example: botanical illustration, portraiture, abstraction or theme-based projects. When appropriate to age and focus, students will be given readings in visual culture and theory. Click here to view the 14-week syllabus.

Adult students may take advantage of ample studio time to work independently on their projects. Students aged 15 and under receive a printed color catalogue of their work a few weeks after the end of each term and all students will have a private-access portfolio webpage on the Space 35 site, which they may keep and update and make public at no charge for as long as the Space 35 website is active. Here is an example portfolio site. Any student wishing to develop a portfolio for admission to a high school, undergraduate or graduate program will be given critiques with that particular goal in mind, and will also be offered guidance in making digital images of their works and expressing their thoughts in writing for school applications. All students will have the opportunity to participate in Somerville Open Studios in May.

Class Size

Classes are limited to four or fewer students. The Studio for Art and Visual Literacy will serve up to twenty students per session.

Class times and sessions

Classes meet for two hours, once a week, for 14 weeks per session. Weekly additional hours of unsupervised studio work time are offered, free of extra charge, to adult students. The fall/winter session runs from mid-September to early January; the winter/spring session runs from mid-January to late May.

Students choose, and commit to, one weekly class-time slot on either Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays:

  • Monday: 10am – Noon, 3:30 – 5:30pm or 6 – 8pm
  • Tuesday: 10am – Noon, 3:30 – 5:30pm or 6 – 8pm
  • Wednesday: 10am – Noon, 3:30 – 5:30pm or 6 – 8pm
  • Thursday: 10am – Noon, 3:30 – 5:30pm or 6 – 8pm

Free Studio Time

Free studio time for enrolled adult students is available:

  • Monday: Noon – 3pm, 8 – 10pm
  • Tuesday: Noon – 3pm, 8 – 10pm
  • Wednesday: Noon – 3pm, 8 – 10pm
  • Thursday: Noon – 3pm, 8 – 10pm

Your Own Space 35 Web Site/Online Portfolio

Read more about the web site service offered by Space 35.


Each 14-week session costs $960 and includes all art materials. A 10% discount is offered for siblings taking a class together (discount applied to one sibling), and for anyone taking more then one weekly class per session (discount applied to each additional weekly class).


Space 35 is housed in a full first-floor apartment at 35 Trull St, Somerville. It contains an active painting studio, two classroom spaces, a children’s room and an art library waiting area. The building is owned by the principal teacher, Kate Ledogar, who lives upstairs.


Kate Ledogar is the school’s founder and principal teacher. She holds an MFA (2008) from Massachusetts College of Art and has taught students of ages ranging from 2 to 101 for the past fifteen years. Her teaching venues have included college-level drawing and painting classes for Massachusetts College of Art, courses for adults and children in various 2D and 3D media at numerous regional art centers, public libraries, after-school and community programs and galleries. She has studied independently with artists William Wegman and Jeremy Foss and Harvard professor John Stilgoe. Her work was included in the 2007 and 2008 Boston Young Contemporaries exhibits at Boston University, and has been displayed in the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, The Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown, MA), The South Street Gallery (Greenport, NY) and other venues. Her work is primarily in oil and mixed media, and she is currently writing and illustrating a series of children’s books. She was an art columnist for Boston’s Dig magazine from 2003-2005 and she directed The Brookline Arts Center from 2000-2002. She also owned and curated Gallery 108 in Somerville from 2003-2004.

Other regional artists will be making presentations and offering critiques for Space 35 students, twice during each of the two yearly sessions.