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Creative Studios

All MassArt Youth Programs will be offered virtually through Spring 2022.


Summer 2022

To be announced Fall 2021


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 through Summer 2021. To participate, students will need access to a computer, laptop, or smartphone with video/camera capabilities, and a reliable internet connection. 

Online studio offerings include:

  • Live presentations from faculty and check-ins each class

  • 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 Zoom and Google Classroom. Zoom will be used for virtual meetings, and Google Classroom will be used to organize assignments and other class content. More information will be provided in your Orientation Packet.

Program Information AND COST

summer 2022 program fee to be announced fall 2021
Summer 2021 Program Fee:
  • Half-Day Program Fee: $660
  • Full-Day Program Fee: $1,320

For Summer 2021, a $100 non-refundable deposit is included in the program fee. Materials and supplies not included in the program fee and are purchased by the participant.

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. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to request a scholarship. To be considered, you will be asked to submit a copy of your most recent tax return (SSNs crossed or blanked out) with your registration form.

Cancellation Policy (Fall 2021)

Students may cancel their registration up to 21 days (three weeks) prior to the start of the program. Notification of cancellation must be received in writing to MassArt Youth Programs requires notification during this time period in order to allow students to enroll from the waiting list. MassArt reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of an insufficient number of registrations. Students will receive a full refund in the event that a course is cancelled for this reason.

Refund Policy (Fall 2021)

Full program fee will be refunded if the request to cancel registration is received in writing to prior to the start of the program. Students who fail to notify MassArt Youth Programs of their registration cancellation prior to the start of the program will not be eligible for a refund.


COURSE Descriptions

SUMMER 2021 SESSION (summer 2022 course offerings to be announced January 2022)

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. 

Remote 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)
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 STUDIOS

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