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Summer Intensives in Art & Design

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A TWO-WEEK INTENSIVE PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS ENTERING 10-12TH GRADE

Registration for Summer Intensives is now open!


About

Summer Intensives helps students entering grades 10-12 explore their creativity and expand their artistic practice. These two week studio classes are designed for students looking to develop their portfolio, expand their skills, or dive into a new medium or artform. In-person and online offerings are available.


SCHEDULE

July 8 - July 19, 2024

Classes held Monday through Fridays
9:00AM - 5:00PM

  • Full Day Studios: 9am - 5pm

  • Morning Studios: 9am - 12:30pm

  • Afternoon Studios: 1:30pm - 5pm

Summer 2024 Registration Period: February 1 - May 31 (on a space available basis)

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Classes are offered in the format indicated next to their title.


Full Day Studios

Studios run Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Animation Intensive (In-Person) 
This full day studio allows students interested in animation to go beyond the basics. This class will introduce students to animation programs and techniques, with which they will experiment and explore the possibilities of this diverse and contemporary medium. Students will use this new set of tools to develop their storytelling skills. 

Film Photography Intensive (In-Person)
Use a 35mm camera and print photographs in a professional darkroom. Develop a range of visual and technical skills through traditional and experimental approaches to photography. Learn about camera controls, darkroom processes, composition and craft. Students who have their own 35mm film cameras are encouraged to bring them to use throughout the class. If you do not have a 35mm camera, one will be provided.

Woodworking Intensive (In-Person) 
In this introductory class students will have the opportunity to explore wood as a sculptural medium. Utilizing both traditional and contemporary methods of working with wood, participants will produce objects that sit at the intersection of art, craft and design. Students will learn about basic tools and techniques with an emphasis placed on safety. 


Morning Studios

Studios run Monday to Friday from 9am to 12:30pm.

Animation Toolkit (In-Person) 
Students explore the fundamental principles of animation using stop-motion and digital tools. This class will introduce students to the essentials of leading animation programs, with which we will experiment and explore the possibilities of this diverse and contemporary medium.Students will gain a solid foundation in animation, resulting in unique and outstanding pieces for a college portfolio.
 
Architectural Design (In-Person)
This class introduces students to architectural design through hands-on projects, lectures, and collaborative assignments. Students will learn about practical considerations and broad concepts that shape our built environment by designing a series of structures in response to client and site needs. Technical drawing and model-making are among the skills learned and used with an emphasis on creative problem-solving. Students will come away from the class having experienced a collaborative environment, knowledge of the basic principles of design, and creative work suitable for their portfolio.
 
Drawing Fundamentals (In-Person)
Expand your visual vocabulary by learning different tools to develop drawing skills and techniques. This class covers basics of perspective and proportion, as well as a number of less conventional approaches to drawing. In addition to analyzing work by contemporary artists and working independently, students have the opportunity to collaborate through group critiques and discussions.
 
The Figure in Two Dimensions (In-Person)
Students gain an understanding of the human figure using classical and contemporary techniques for understanding proportion, value, contrast, line, texture, and shape. Explore different ways of constructing an image of the figure through both personal expression and abstraction. This class will look at traditional and contemporary works and techniques to help inform one’s work. Materials for this class include pencil, pen, charcoal, or other art materials readily at hand.
 
Felting (In-Person)
Discover the wonders of wool. Over the course of two weeks, students will explore wet felting, felt painting, needle felting and wool blending. This class will cover traditional techniques, as well as experimental and sustainable processes. Students will develop confidence in this unique artform. No experience necessary. 
 
Illustration (Online)
Explore the multi-faceted field of illustration. In this class, students learn about effective tools and techniques for visual communication. Areas of study may include concept art, character design, editorial, and narrative illustration. Students are exposed to the wide range of styles and mediums used by professional illustrators.
 
Jewelry and Metalsmithing (In-Person)
This class provides students with an opportunity to learn important skills in jewelry making and metalsmithing. Students consider how to integrate sustainable practices, such as repairing, repurposing and recycling, into the process of creating  jewelry and metal objects. Contemporary and historic artists will be a source for inspiration to encourage students to combine jewelry and metalsmithing methods with personal voice through 3-D problem solving assignments.
 
Painting from Observation (In-Person) 
Observational painting is the conversation that happens between the artist and the observed. Whether the observed is an object, a place, a person, or even an idea, it becomes the response in visual and personal representation. Working from still life, objects, and the self, students explore foundational concepts such as color, texture, form, space, shape, and line.
 
Printmaking (In-Person)
Learn about the transfer of imagery through the tradition of printmaking. This studio class focuses on the monotype. Experiment with color and composition using a variety of techniques. Students are introduced to sustainable approaches to printmaking, and assist each other in this collaborative art practice

Afternoon Studios

Studios run Monday to Friday from 1:30pm to 5pm.

Mixed Media (In-Person) NEW
This course will use traditional and alternative materials and processes to explore the many ways artists combine media to communicate ideas and images. Concepts, ideas, materials and media will merge to guide the creative process. Looking at contemporary artists will deepen the discourse on mixed media art as students develop their own personal perspectives and styles. Students may work in, drawing, painting, and sculpture in a variety of media.
 
Artist Books (In-Person)
This class will explore artist books as a means to communicate ideas. Students will take inspiration from a variety of book making styles and techniques, including, Pop-Up, Origami, and Tunnel Books. Students will learn to build a narrative sequence and integrate text and image. The goal is to experiment with new techniques and expand their visual storytelling abilities. Students are challenged to make art in two and three dimensions.
 
Character Design (In-Person and Online available)
This class looks at character archetypes that are at the center of some of our favorite and well-known stories, and allows the artist to re-engage with them and the fantastic worlds they live in. Students create projects from concept to model to portfolio. This class explores re-imagined popular heroes and villains, making it an ideal experience for anyone creating children’s books, comics or graphic novels, animated cartoons or video games.
 
Drawing Fundamentals (In-Person)
Expand your visual vocabulary by learning different tools to develop drawing skills and techniques. This class covers basics of perspective and proportion, as well as a number of less conventional approaches to drawing. In addition to analyzing work by contemporary artists and working independently, students have the opportunity to collaborate through group critiques and discussions.
 
Fashion Design (In-Person)
This on campus class will focus on fashion illustration, research and sustainability, and reusing garments to give them a new life. Re-invent a garment you own: explore sewing techniques and basic pattern making to deconstruct, alter, or combine garments into one-of-a-kind fashion pieces.
 
Graphic Design (In-Person)
Designers are creative problem solvers. Students of Graphic Design develop an understanding of the principles of visual vocabulary and learn to be comfortable expressing their ideas visually. This class introduces basic skills and concepts fundamental to graphic designers. Students explore the design process, imagery for the commercial space, lettering design, and techniques for combining these disparate elements. 
 
Illustration (In-Person) 
Explore the multi-faceted field of illustration. In this class, students learn about effective tools and techniques for visual communication. Areas of study may include concept art, character design, editorial, and narrative illustration. Students are exposed to the wide range of styles and mediums used by professional illustrators.

Online FORMAT

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 2024 class fee: 

  • $960 per 1/2 day class

  • $1,920 per full day intensive

  • $870 per virtual class

Payment is due in full by June 3.

Registration 
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
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 provide your annual household income, and the number of individuals that income supports.
 

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
Students will receive a full refund if the class is dropped by June 3. Students who fail to notify MassArt Youth Programs of their registration cancellation in writing to k12@massart.edu prior to this date, will not be eligible for a refund.
Contact: k12@massart.edu