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Creative Studios

For students entering Grades 7 through 9

MassArt Youth Programs will offer Creative Studios in two formats:
Virtual and On Campus
Students will choose the version when registering.


June 25 - July 8, 2022
No Class on July 4th

Classes held Monday through Friday
8:30AM - 12:00PM and/or 1:00PM - 4:30PM

Creative Studios Registration Period: February 14 - May 30, 2022


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.

Two Formats for Creative Studios will be available in summer 2022:


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.


Summer 2022 Youth Programs will return to offering On-Campus classes. We are excited to be able to engage with students in the studios at MassArt. 

To participate, students will need access to the MassArt campus.
Students will need to follow the guidelines for being on campus at MassArt.
The protocol for students attending on campus classes at MassArt can be found here: COVID Safety Requirements

Program Information AND COST

Summer 2022 Class Fee per Half Day:
  • Virtual Format: $680
  • On Campus Format: $745

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
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. Classes with low enrollment will be cancelled at least two weeks before the start of the program.

Dropping & Refund Policy (2022)
Students will receive a full refund if the class is dropped at least one week prior to the start date of the class. Students who fail to notify MassArt Youth Programs of their registration cancellation in writing, prior to one week before the start of the program, will not be eligible for a refund.

COURSE Descriptions



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

Architecture and Design (Grades 7-9) Virtual Format Only
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. The entire course will be conducted via real time video sharing and other basic means of connectivity.

Drawing Fundamentals (Grades 7-9) Virtual and On Campus Format Available
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) On Campus Format Only
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) Virtual Format Only
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) Virtual Format Only
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.

Studio Explorations (Grades 7-9) On Campus Format Only
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.

Telling Your Story + Artists Books (Grades 7-9) On Campus Format Only
This course will explore artist books as a means to tell your story visually. Students will learn how to make a variety of artist books  including  pop-up constructions, origami books, and tunnel books. They will create personal projects that are driven by original stories, either real or imagined. The students are challenged to make art in two and three-dimensions as they experiment with new techniques and expand their storytelling abilities.