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Curriculum & Program Structure

Artward Bound student

Academic School Year

Students attend on Wednesday and Fridays after school from 4 to 6pm to build up their art skills during the academic year. Academic support is offered on Mondays with teachers from Boston Public Schools and MassArt students.

Grade 9: Artist Toolbox:
This course offers high school freshmen the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the visual arts and explore a range of disciplines.

Grade 10: Design Concepts
This course prepares students with an understanding of the fundamentals of graphic design in paper and digital media and pushes their thinking to solve complex design problems.

Grade 11: Portfolio
This class supports junior students in creating work for a college portfolio, developing both observational drawing skills and more personal conceptual work.

Grade 12: Citizen Artist
This course is a multifaceted year where students investigate their community and their own ideas as artists and create a body of work, similar in some ways to a college thesis.

Summer Session

A six-week, full-day experience with engaging and relevant academic mornings and art-filled afternoons. Students participate in both Artward Bound and Youth Programs classes, take Math and ELA courses to prepare for the next year of high school, and engage in team building challenges, community day experiences, and field trips. Artward Bound provides breakfast and lunch for every day of the summer. 

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