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Summer Intensives

Build Work for a Portfolio


July 8-19, 2019

Full Day Studios: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Morning Sessions: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Afternoon Sessions: 1:30pm - 5:00pm


Summer Intensives offer high school students who are serious about artmaking, a choice of focused studios to help develop technical skills and build studio practice. Studio choices include a range of disciplines in both fine art and design. Students will have an opportunity to develop work for their portfolio.

Attendance is mandatory in each studio. The nature of this program is that of a rigorous art school. Students are expected to complete homework assignments and engage in individual and group critiques.

The program meets weekdays. Students may attend morning or afternoon sessions or attend the full day.

For students attending the full day session, lunch is taken independently.

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Program Information and Cost

2018 Rates:

  • $690 for Half-Day Program
  • $1,380 for Full-Day Program
  • Residential Option (includes meal plan): $1,290

A $100 non-refundable deposit must be sent with the registration form. Registrations are accepted based on available space.

To be considered for a scholarship, please submit a copy of your 2016 or 2017 tax return with your registration form. Scholarships are based on financial need and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Full program cost, less the deposit, will be refunded if the request to drop is received in writing by June 1. MassArt reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of an insufficient number of registrations.

Residential Option

For rising 11th and 12th grade students attending Summer Intensives for the full day, a residential option is available contingent on space. For those who wish to experience summer in the city, MassArt offers accomodations in the comfortable air-conditioned MassArt residence hall. Please see the Summer Intensives Brochure for more information. Move-in for students electing the residential option is July 8, 2018.

Contact • 617.879.7170


The following studios meet for a full day, allowing students to fully immerse in one medium for the duration of the program. | Studios run from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Black and White Photography
Students develop skills in fine arts photography, working in black and white with traditional 35mm film cameras. Students become familiar with darkroom processes and materials and learn the basics of exposure, film speed, aperture, shutter speed and depth of field. Composition and perspective are a focus of this class, as students consider the formal elements of their work and what that communicates to the viewer. Class time is spent on both photo shoots and developing photographs in the darkroom.

This two-week hands-on documentary filmmaking course covers video and sound recording techniques, story development, interviewing and editing. Students develop skills through a series of exercises and a final project. No previous experience with filmmaking is required. Basic familiarity with Macintosh or Windows computers is helpful.

Industrial Design
This course provides an introduction to the practice and rigor of thinking and problem solving like a designer. Students explore a selection of skill based tools for informing, investigating, and communicating design ideas including sketching, model making, prototyping, color exploration, material investigation and more. Projects are informed through a brief survey of design history and a critical look at contemporary design. After study and exploration of skills and processes, students work on a project of their own design.

Morning Studios

Studios run from 9:00am to 12:30pm.

The Figure in Two Dimensions
Students explore traditional and innovative ways to render the human figure in 2D. A variety of mediums and styles are presented. The nude model will be used; parental consent is necessary.

Drawing Fundamentals
Students learn different tools to help develop drawing skills and techniques, and expand their visual vocabulary. This class covers basics of linear and aerial perspective, as well as a number of traditional and less conventional approaches to composition and drawing.

Screen Printing
This studio explores various methods of screen printing. Students gain skills in additive and photo process printing. The history of screen printing and contemporary registrations of the process are discussed in class.

This studio stresses basic drawing techniques using graphite and colored pencils along with water based media. Emphasis is on creating a narrative and developing skills to interpret the story line. Students contextualize their own work by studying and researching the history of illustration.

Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Students practice basic jewelry making and metalsmithing techniques. Students learn the technical skills of sawing, filing, soldering, an¬nealing and forming metal into ornamental and wearable art. Throughout the course, students will learn setting techniques for stones and found objects and are introduced to basic chain mak¬ing. Contemporary artists and practices will be a source for inspiration to encourage students to combine metalsmithing methods with personal voice through 3D problem solving assignments.

Afternoon Studios

Studios run from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.

Fashion Design
Students develop skills in fashion illustration, pattern making, fabric selection, draping and garment construction. The final project is the creation of a piece to be exhibited at the conclusion of the program.

Graphic Design
Designers are creative problem solvers who express their ideas visually. This course intro¬duces basic skills and concepts fundamental to graphic designers, including process, conceptual thinking, making and production. This course is not computer based.

Experimental Animation
Basic principles of computer animation are explored through a variety of techniques. Students create narrative story lines which they render in different forms of animation including hand made flip books, stop motion, Flash and claymation. Students view contemporary pieces to put ideas and work in the context of the greater art world.

Drawing Fundamentals
Students learn new tools to develop their drawing skills and techniques while expanding their visual vocabulary. This class covers basics of linear and aerial perspective, as well as a number of traditional and less conventional approaches to composition and drawing.

Painting from Observation
Students work from the live model as well as the observed environment. Students build their paint¬ing and observational skills through a variety of exercises, ranging from quick gestural studies to longer studies. Some class time is spent looking at old masters as well as contemporary artists for examples and inspiration.

Architecture and Design
Students are exposed to a variety of tools and techniques that architects use to design (models, technical drawing, sketching, site analysis) and learn to use an architectural concept to guide their thinking. Students develop their designs through multiple drafts while reacting to teacher and peer feedback. Students present their work in critiques.

Soft Sculpture
Working with a variety of fiber techniques such as sewing, crochet, tapestry weaving, knitting, coiling, students gain experience working with 3D language such as texture, weight, tension, volume, scale and color. Students work to create 3D problem solving strategies. Students will be exposed to contemporary and historical examples of artist’s working with soft sculpture. Students will construct a maquette and ultimately create their own original soft sculpture pieces.

Letterpress printing is a form of relief printing. Wood or metal letters and images are set into a press. This course is an introduction to the craftsmanship of letterpress printing and manual typesetting. Students learn to compose words in metal and wood type. Using a Vandercook proofing press, students print on special papers to create individual works such as artist books and posters.