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Saturday Studios

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MassArt has made the decision to move all Fall 2020 Youth Programs online. Details regarding virtual format coming soon!



October 24-December 12, 2020

Saturday Studios will be offered virtually in Fall 2020. Stay tuned for more information about registration dates, program schedule and pricing, and course offerings!


Now in its 83rd year, the Saturday Studios program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design has served a dual purpose: offering elementary through high school students an affordable opportunity to engage in the process of art making and supporting the development of MassArt students as art educators.

Courses in a variety of disciplines and media are available by grade level for Grades 3-12, allowing students to explore and strengthen their creativity and creative problem solving. 

Classes are taught by MassArt students majoring in Art Education and supervised by MassArt Art Education faculty. All classes take place on the MassArt campus, a unique and extraordinary urban college setting devoted exclusively to the visual arts.

Family Studios
There is also a no-cost multi-generational family drop-in group each week that provides a variety of activities ranging from gallery and museum tours to guest speakers and art-making sessions. This group provides parents and guardians with a wonderful opportunity to connect with their children on art-related issues.

Courses are open to all interested students, from beginners who have never taken any art classes to the emerging young artist. There are no prerequisites or portfolio reviews. 

Program Information and Cost

Course Cost (Spring 2020)

$175 for an eight-week session, materials and supplies included, $250 for Photography and Computer Animation, which includes a lab fee; Materials and supplies included in all classes.

Payment is due in full before classes begin.

The College seeks to provide opportunities and experience for all students on an equal basis and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability.

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
Full program cost, less the deposit, will be refunded if the request to drop is received in writing to the email one week prior to the start of the program. If the request to cancel is received after this date, you will be responsible for the balance due. MassArt reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of an insufficient number of registrations. You will receive a full refund in the event that a course is cancelled for this reason.


For attendance issues or updates (late arrivals, absences, etc.), please contact


grades 3-5

Art Explorations
Explore ways of making art using a variety of media and materials that may include drawing, painting, printmaking, clay and more.

Grades 6-8

Comic Book Art
Develop and expand a personal style of comic book art using dreams, superheroes and the works of famous artists. Story, character development and drawing techniques are addressed.

Find ways to use color and paint to develop ideas, stories, symbolism, and more, while working from observation and your imagination.

3D Sculpture
Through a series of innovative and engaging exercises, students will work with materials that may include fiber, paper, wire, clay, found objects and more to create three dimensional works.

Grades 9-12

Explore how artists use cloth, paper and other materials to create fiber works. Techniques may include sewing, printing on fabric, beading, papermaking, batik, knitting, weaving and more, to make wearable art and 3D objects from a wide range of soft media.

Contemporary Drawing
Explore traditional and innovative ways of drawing in a variety of media. This studio is for students interested in personal artistic development or strengthening skills for portfolio development.

Develop a range of visual and technical skills by using traditional film approaches to photography. This studio expands on camera operations, darkroom processes, and on composition and craft of photos. Students are requested to bring a film camera to use throughout the course. NOTE: Additional $75 lab fee required.

Learn about animation and all of its possibilities. Develop drawing techniques to tell stories with still and moving images, using a variety of approaches. NOTE: Additional $75 lab fee required.

Use painting as a way to explore complex and essential ideas in art, culture, communication, and history, while working from concepts and observation.

3D Sculpture 
Examine how space, form, movement, scale, color, and texture can be used to create expressive three-dimensional works of art. Find strategies to conceive work, bring it to completion, and examine how contemporary sculptors use their craft to comment on life and culture.

Art Inspired Art - NEW! 
Create art inspired by art work seen during field- trips to the new MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) and MassArt galleries, exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Art (MFA), and the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA).

The Figure (Grades 11–12)
Explore traditional and innovative ways to work from the human figure. Study the figure as a dynamic form through a variety of creative exercises with an emphasis on gestural work. The course may be used to strengthen portfolios for college application. A variety of media and styles are presented. Parental consent is required due to use of nude models.