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A teaching assistant listens as a student talks about a figurative sculpture they made out of paper clay.

Saturday Studios provides art classes for students in grades 3 - 12


Fall 2023
October 14 – December 9, 2023
Class will not be held on November 25
Classes are held weekly on Saturdays
9:30am - 11:45am (Grades 3 - 5)
9:30am - 12:00pm (Grades 6 - 12)
Fall 2023 Registration Period: September 12 – September 30


Now in its 93rd year, the Saturday Studios program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design serves a dual purpose: offering elementary through high school students an opportunity to engage in the process of artmaking, and supporting the development of MassArt students as art educators.

Classes are taught by MassArt students majoring in Art Education who are supervised by MassArt Art Education faculty. Classes 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 open to all interested students, from beginners to the emerging young artist. There are no prerequisites or portfolio reviews. 


grades 3 - 5

Art Explorations (9:30am - 11:45am)
Explore ways of making art using a wide variety of media and materials that may include drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, and more. This class provides ample room for play while also introducing young artists to different and exciting approaches to artmaking.

Grades 6 - 8

Studio Explorations (9:30am - 12:00pm)
Through drawing, sculpture, collage, and more, students learn to observe and explore the world around them. They may 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, one-on-one critiques, and group discussions as students hone their own voices. 

Grades 9 - 12 

Painting (9:30am - 12:00pm)
This class emphasizes color theory, composition, and traditional and contemporary painting techniques. In working from imagination as well as from direct observation, students will refine their abilities as they explore how seeing is just as integral to painting as is applying the brush to canvas. The improvement of technical skill will be complemented by an exploration of historical and contemporary painting. This class is open to all skill levels. 

Ceramics (9:30am - 12:00pm)
Students will create with clay as they learn a variety of hand-building and wheel-working techniques. These techniques may be applied to tableware as well as sculptural works that allow students to question the limits of clay. Contemporary artists that use clay to explore a variety of topics will be studied throughout the class. All skill levels are welcome. 

Digital Photography (9:30am - 12:00pm)
This class covers the practical elements of digital photography, including composition, lighting, exposure, and lenses. Alongside the technical use of a digital camera and editing software, students will explore the power of the photographic image through individual and group projects, contemporary artists, and group critiques. This class is open to all skill levels. 

On-Campus Policies 

Drop-Off & Pick-Up
Included in their orientation packet, parents/guardians will receive additional information about parking, drop-off and pick-up procedures, a campus map, and driving directions.

Students under 12 will be released only to authorized individuals listed on the student's registration form. Parents/guardians must provide a list of authorized individuals on the online registration form for students under the age of 12.

Students 12 years and older are dismissed from the Kennedy Building.

Field Trips
Saturday Studios instructors may bring students to local galleries and museums. Any field trips that are taken will be within walking distance of the MassArt campus. Students will not be using public transportation on these field trips.

Food and Beverage Policy
All beverages brought into studios/art making spaces must have a cap or lid. Students will not be permitted to eat in their classrooms. Food can be eaten in hallways or communal spaces outside of the classroom, including the cafeteria.

Covid-19 Safety
Youth Programs will be following the Covid-19 Safety guidelines set forth by the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Information on our safety policy can be found here: COVID Safety Requirements

Program Information and Cost

Fall 2023 Program Fee: $195

Payment is due in full by September 30, 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). With the Scholarship Acceptance Form, students may choose to have Youth Programs purchase supplies.

Cancellation Policy

MassArt reserves the right to cancel classes in the event of an insufficient number of registrations. Students will receive a full refund in the event that a class 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 October 1st. Students who fail to notify MassArt Youth Programs of their registration cancellation in writing to prior to this date, will not be eligible for a refund.
For questions related to our policies, or registration, please contact

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