Let the Muse bring out the artist in you.

The Chartreuse Muse was created by two women with a passion for creativity and art making. At the Chartreuse Muse we believe it is important to focus on the academic side of art making in order to provide students with a solid foundation from which they can grow. Our highly qualified teachers create lessons that focus on teaching technique, art history, and the elements of art.

We offer classes for children and adults with a range of skills from beginner to advanced. Please see our selection of classes by clicking on one of the photos below.


“The Chartreuse Muse has been a part of our lives since it moved to 10th Street in 2007. Our daughter took classes there from her elementary years right into high school—from clay to acrylics and watercolor to mixed media. She has studied perspective and modern art with Ellen Roehne and Asian art with Fumiko Caine, and her artistic abilities have flourished. We’ve also been to openings and visit regularly—our home is brightened by art by Fumiko Caine, Jennifer Price, Ann Veneman, and others. We truly consider The Chartreuse Muse to be Modesto’s art center—the building itself is art, from its Art Deco architecture to the bright murals on the northwest wall, but mostly it is the artist-teachers who have brought us back time after time. We love that the Chartreuse Muse helps expand the community’s artistic abilities and that they showcase local artists we’ve really come to admire.” 

~ Gillian Wegener & Joe Orlando

“Jude has loved everything about his art class. He says that Madison is a wonderful teacher and that she is so encouraging and inspiring. He loves that he is learning and exploring different art methods and mediums and he is super excited to continue his education and growth in art. We have been VERY satisfied.” ~ Amber

“For all the years I’ve known her, Sandy has affirmed and supported, constantly boosting my confidence through her encouragement and inspriation to continually hone my artistic skills. Techniques learned as a young child in her fundamentals classes I still use decades later a s a professional artist. Her excitement and light-hearted nature towards the craft is infections as she is ever enthusiastic to venture into new projects, emboldening those around her to do likewise. Steady encouragement and thoughtful, creative energy are hallmarks of her warm and uplifting prodding towards better and greater growth in all those around her.” ~Tasha Boucher

“I love to see the progress of when Bailey does art at home. She’s less intimidated to try a new picture subject and is now enjoying art!” ~Kathleen