A Place to Thrive

Since we opened our doors in 2010, we've been committed to helping people pursue their love for art and creativity. With our passionate faculty, exceptional staff and a talented student community, we're confident in the education, guidance and network you will find here.

Shoe Town Art Center provides a unique and highly personalized method of learning, creating an environment to nurture, educate, encourage and inspire creative individuals to achieve the highest level of success. Browse through our site to learn more about what we have to offer.

Pottery Workshop


To ensure we keep our students and community up-to-date, we’ve compiled our latest news coverage and announcements below. Check back often for the latest information, and get in touch with questions.


Updated May 28, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we are still mandated by the state to postpone all regularly scheduled group classes. However, we are allowing several private classes to continue. We also Added online classes (see below for more details). Please contact us directly by email or text for specific arrangements. 

We are aware of the concerns that are in the surrounding areas and we are taking all precautions necessary. We are increasing the frequency of sanitizing and disinfecting throughout the art center and waiting areas.

If you or someone you live with have been experiencing a fever, coughing or any other sickness within the 48 hours, we ask you to stay home from class. We want to make sure that all students and faculty stay healthy.

Thank you,

Shoe Town Art Center Team


May 28, 2020

Starting June 3, 2020, Shoe Town Art Center is offering free online classes to currently enrolled students whose sessions have been interrupted due to the mandatory COVID19 shutdown. We created classes through Google Classroom and will have sessions during the originally scheduled time of the child's class. We are planning on implementing this until we are able to open up again. 

If you would like to participate, you will need to have access to Google Classroom Classroom.google.com via computer or download the app onto your mobile device. Once your child creates an account all they will have to do is enter the access code to their classroom. Please email info@shoetownartcenter.com for your child’s classroom code. Please connect to the classroom as soon as possible, that way if any issues arise, we can help you as soon as possible, as we will be teaching classes and cannot assist you during class time. Once you and your child are connected to their class on Google Classroom, all future announcements will be made on the classroom platform. 

We also put together a material list. If you are missing any of these materials, please email us at info@shoetownartcenter.com and let us know what materials you need and your address. One of us will deliver materials to your doorstep and we will make sure to be careful, clean and contact free. 

Material list


Paint brushes

pencil with eraser

pencil sharpener

paper or canvas board

Hope to see you all soon (virtually)!

Emily B.


March 13, 2020

We are currently enrolling Weekday and Weekend courses here at Shoe Town Art Center. We offered group and individual classes for children, teens and adults in a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, pottery, drawing, expressive arts fiber arts, drawing and much more. Check out our course offerings page!


February 4, 2020

Housed here at Shoe Town Art Center we have a Sensory Art Studio run by DNL Arts! Different Not Less Arts is a unique space for kids to explore their artistic voice and meet their sensory needs. Brenda Burns owner and educator's vision was to create a space that allowed a child with sensory processing challenges to regulate within the class. Combined by years of research and experience to create this sensory space she chose art to be the focus because her low verbal son speaks through art. She also wanted to try and build a studio that he can work in and build skills for his future as an artist. For more information visit


February 2, 2020

Here at Shoe Town Art Center we offer Art Therapy and Expressive Arts sessions.

The founder of Shoe Town Art Center Emily Lawrence-Boulger, believes that every individual is a learner and that everyone has the ability to create.

Being in the field of special education for many years, Emily has noticed there are few to no after school opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

This is the primary reason why Emily was inspired to open Shoe Town Art Center. She wanted a place for all people to feel welcome, regardless of their skill level or needs.  Emily’s experience and advanced education allows her to work comfortably with students and support a variety of populations including individuals with intellectual, social-emotional and behavioral disabilities.

For students with behavioral disabilities, Emily utilizes the principals of applied behavioral analysis to break down the concepts of art projects into smaller meaningful components.  This enables her to provide concrete instruction to teach new skills and then build upon them.

For individuals with social-emotional disabilities, Emily uses a therapeutic approach focused on creating a comfortable learning environment where her students are free to explore their own creative process.  Then, when students are ready to move on in the process, she can begin introducing new lessons and expanding on the students’ knowledge.

It goes without saying, that every student is unique and will benefit from individualized instruction. We will do our best to accommodate and modify our instruction to meet the needs of each of our students.

Paint Brushes

“Creativity takes courage”

Henri Matisse



200 Merrimack St, Haverhill, MA 01830, USA

(978) 973-6199

Oil Painting Workshop

(978) 973-6199


200 Merrimack St, Haverhill, MA 01830, USA

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