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Creative Studios

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MassArt has made the decision to move all Summer 2020 Youth Programs online. 

Course availability and FAQs will continue to be updated on an ongoing basis. We appreciate your patience.



July 6-17, 2020

Morning Sessions: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Afternoon Sessions: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Registration for Creative Studios 2020 is closed. 



Creative Studios is a fun and challenging program for young artists entering grades 7-9 who have a desire to expand their knowledge in the visual arts. Daily studio classes allow students to experience the rigor and excitement of art making by introducing techniques, skills and habits that are fundamental to successful work. For students of all abilities, Creative Studios classes span a range of disciplines and interests for younger artists.

Students may attend Creative Studios for the full day, or for morning or afternoon sessions only.



MassArt Youth Programs will be offered virtually in Summer 2020. Online studio offerings will include:

  • Live presentations from faculty and daily check-ins

  • Time for creative art making, both independently and in class

  • Break out sessions in small groups

  • One-on-one and group critiques with faculty

  • Online resources such as virtual museum tours, TED Talks, external demo videos, “visiting” artists, virtual collaborations, etc.

Every studio will utilize Google Classroom and Zoom. Zoom will be used for the virtual meetings, and Google Classroom will be where the assignments are posted, and other class content will live.


Program Information AND COST

  • Half-Day Program Fee: $639
  • Full-Day Program Fee: $1,278

Prices have been reduced as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A $100 non-refundable deposit must be sent upon enrollment confirmation (emailed 2-3 weeks after submitting a registration form).

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served and space available basis. Submission of a registration form does not guarantee enrollment in a class. If you submit a registration form and your preferred classes are full, you will be placed on the waiting list and notified as soon as possible if a space becomes available.

Scholarships are based on financial need and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To request a scholarship for Summer 2020, please email us at by May 30th with the following information: Student first and last name, program, a copy of your most recent tax return (SSNs removed), and a short statement about why you are requesting financial assistance. Due to limited availability, we are unable to accept new scholarship requests after May 30th.

Cancellation Policy
Full program cost, less the deposit, will be refunded if the request to drop is received in writing to the email one week prior to the start of the program. If the request to cancel is received after this date, you will be responsible for the balance due. MassArt reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of an insufficient number of registrations. You will receive a full refund in the event that a course is cancelled for this reason.



COURSE Descriptions

Morning Sessions

Studios run Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 12:00pm.

Architecture and Design (Grades 7–9)
If you have ever wanted to build a fort or rearrange your bedroom, you have imagined shaping the environment around you in the same way architects begin the design process. This course teaches students to envision a building and represent it through drawing and model making with help from professional architects and advanced student designers. 

Lectures, demonstrations and small group activities that focus on the methods and concepts that help us design buildings will be part of the daily agenda. Students will receive a kit containing basic tools and model-making materials designed specifically for this course. The entire course will be conducted via real time video sharing and other basic means of connectivity.

Drawing Fundamentals (Grades 7-9) - FULL
Learn different tools to develop drawing skills and techniques and expand your visual vocabulary! This class covers the basics of linear and aerial perspective, as well as a number of traditional and less conventional approaches to composition and drawing. Technology needed to participate in this course includes: a phone to take and send pictures of drawings; either a phone, an iPad/tablet, or a computer with a camera to access Zoom sessions; and earbuds.

Fashion Design (Grades 7-9)
Learn how to reinvent your wardrobe! In this class, students explore hand sewing techniques and basic pattern making to deconstruct, alter, and combine garments into one-of-a-kind fashion pieces. Supplies needed include: hand sewing needles, thimble, thread, sharp scissors for fabric, seam ripper, and garments to take apart and reinvent.

Stop Motion Animation (Grades 7-9)
This studio introduces basic principles of stop motion animation through an exploration of different media and storytelling techniques. Using contemporary artists and animators as inspiration, students work with various stop motion styles such as cut-paper, claymation, pixelation, experimental, and object motion. Class time will be spent working in groups and on individual projects.


Afternoon Sessions

Studios run Monday to Friday from 1:00pm to 4:30pm.

Comic Book Art (Grades 7–9) - FULL
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 and style, and find your own voice in the ever-changing world of comic art. Technology needed to participate in this course includes: a phone to take and send pictures of drawings; either a phone, an iPad/tablet, or a computer with a camera to access Zoom sessions; and earbuds.

Painting Fundamentals (Grades 7–9)
This class focuses on observational painting during our shared quarantine experience. Drawing inspiration from virtual museum tours, classical and contemporary paintings, and the surrounding environment, students are encouraged to find their own voice and interests. Students gain technical skills in depicting value, hue, temperature, form, space, and mark making, while observing traditional and non-tradition subjects including, but not limited to toilet paper, still lives, family and pet portraits, memes, and Animal Crossing characters. 

Traditional ideas of observation will be pushed as students work with all five senses. Following demos, group discussion, and virtual peer collaboration, students explore what it means to make a painting today, in an online art class.

Studio Explorations (Grades 7-9)
Through drawing, building, collage, and more, learn to observe and explore the world around you. This class is designed to inspire students to adopt new styles of making and understand more about themselves as artists. Students will be exposed to work by contemporary artists, and classes will consist of live lessons and demos, independent work time, group discussions, one-on-one check-ins, and virtual artist talks.