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Creative Studios


Summer 2020 Dates Coming Soon


Creative Studios is for students in Grades 7-9 of all abilities who have a desire to expand their knowledge in the visual arts. It is a fun but rigorous program for young artists to develop their creative voice and skills in disciplines they love, including painting, sculpture, fashion, architecture, computer animation, and more.

Through daily art classes, visits to nearby museums and studios, and meetings with visiting artists, students learn about making a connection between their own artwork and the world around them.

Students may attend Creative Studios at MassArt for the full day or for mornings or afternoons only.

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Final Friday and Student Exhibition

The final Friday morning session is open to all students in the program from morning and afternoon sessions. Special activities are designed for the morning instead of regular morning and afternoon classes.

From 11:30am to 12:30pm, family and friends are invited to attend the final student exhibition. This celebratory event includes an exhibition of 2D and 3D works and presentations of certificates. Creative Studios ends at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Program Information and Cost

  • $610 for half-day program
  • $1,220 for full-day program

A $100 non-refundable deposit must be sent with registration form.

Registrations are accepted on a space available basis.

Full payment is due with registration if postmarked after June 3.

Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are based on financial need. To be considered for a scholarship, you will need to submit a copy of your 2017-2018 tax return with your registration.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Full program cost, less the deposit will be refunded if the request to drop is received in writing by June 3. Students who withdraw after June 3 will receive no refund and are responsible for the unpaid balance.

MassArt reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of an insufficient number of registrations.

Contact • 617.879.7170

Class Descriptions

Morning Sessions

Studios run from 8:30am - 12:00pm.

Architecture and Design (Grades 7–9)
How do we express our ideas about the architecture that surrounds us? What would your dream house look like? This studio includes drawing exercises, structural building projects, exploratory field trips, and the basics of drafting and model building.

Drawing Fundamentals (Grades 7-9)
In this class, students learn different tools to help develop drawing skills and techniques, and expand their visual vocabulary. The class covers basics of linear and aerial perspective, as well as a number of traditional and less conventional approaches to composition and drawing.

Fashion Design (Grades 7-9)
Learn how a piece is created from concept to drawing to construction. Students will translate creative designs into finished garments.

Stop Motion Animation (Grades 7-9)
This studio introduces basic principles of stop motion animation through an exploration of different media and storytelling techniques. Students will gain a breadth of knowledge on various contemporary animators and artists. Class time will be spent working in groups and on individual projects.

Afternoon Sessions

Studios run from 1:00pm - 4:30pm.

Comic Book Art (Grades 7–9) 
This studio class focuses on the art of sequential comics. Learn how to translate sketches into clear, dynamic and entertaining comics. Focus on story structure, style, and find your own voice in the ever-changing world of comic art.

Painting Fundamentals (Grades 7–9)
Using acrylic paint, students will learn foundational painting techniques. Composition, color, tone, and line will be explored as students work from observation and develop skills in mixing colors. 

Studio Explorations (Grades 7-9)
Draw, paint and sculpt from the the still life, the clothed figure and from imagination. Visits to neighboring museums and galleries provide inspiration and emphasize the connections between students' artwork and exhibited art. Studio work includes 2D and 3D fundamentals. Composition and design elements are discussed and developed.