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Registration for Winter Workshops opens on December 1st! Learn more at our virtual info session on December 8th!


Winter Workshops 2023 (On campus and Virtual)

January 14 - 15, 2023
Workshops run both days from 10:00am- 3:30pm.

Winter 2023 Registration Period: December 1, 2022 - January 2, 2023 


For students Grades 9-12, the Portfolio Development program helps students increase both the inventive and expressive portions of their artistic portfolio.
WINTER WORKSHOPS: GRADES 9-12 (On-Campus and Virtual available)
These two day workshops in mid-January offer high school students a unique opportunity to dive deeply into their creative process with the MassArt community of makers. Students explore their artistic ideas in specialized modes of art-making that will expand upon their technical skills. Students attend both days of their chosen workshop. There are on-campus and virtual offerings.


Winter 2023 Workshop Fee: $195

Materials and supplies not included in the program fee and are purchased by the participant. Assistance with supplies is available.

Payment is due in full by January 5, 2023


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 provide family financial information on the registration form (required).

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 canceled for this reason. Classes with low enrollment will be canceled at least two weeks before the start of the program.

Dropping & Refund Policy

Students will receive a full refund if the class is dropped one week prior to the start date of the class. Students who fail to notify MassArt Youth Programs of their registration cancellation prior to one week before the start of the program will not be eligible for a refund.



Participants can only sign up for one workshop.

Winter Worshops: Grades 9-12

Artist Sketchbooks with Erin MacEachern (on campus)
A sketchbook is an artist's most important tool. It is a space for artists to experiment, document, and explore ideas. This two-day workshop will teach you traditional bookbinding techniques to create your own personalized sketchbook! Explore your personal artistic voice by designing your own cover, end pages, and spine, then sewing the pages together with papers of your choice to create your ideal sketchbook.

Fashion Illustration with Julia Harrington (on campus)
Looking for a way to get into Fashion, or advance your clothing illustration skills? In this two day workshop, you will learn the principles of fashion illustration. These include figure proportions, drawing clothing and coloring techniques. You will have the opportunity to explore different drawing materials, fabrics and illustration styles.

Portrait Drawing with Alex Gerasev (on campus)
In this two day workshop, students will explore the technical and conceptual aspects of Portrait Drawing. On day one, students will work from a live figure model. They will be tasked with capturing a likeness while focusing on proportion and technical drawing skills. On day two, students will continue their work with the live model. Using the drawings they produced on day one as a road map, they will experiment with color, conceptual mark making, and narrative imagery to give life and depth to their portraits.

Observational Drawing and Visual Thinking with Andree Leduc (virtual)
In this two day drawing workshop, students will strengthen both observational drawing skills and their personal artistic vision. Composition, line, balance, pattern, space and movement are all elements that will be explored through exercises and personal imagery.

To participate in this virtual workshop, students will need access to a computer, laptop, or smartphone with video/camera capabilities, and a reliable internet connection. 

Virtual studio offerings include, but are not limited to:

  • 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

This studio workshop will use Zoom for its meetings.