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Saturday Studios


Now in its 81st 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.

Spring 2019 Schedule

Saturdays, 9:30am - 12:00pm
March 16 - May 4

Registration for the updated Winter/Spring 2019 classes will open beginning December 11.


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. There is also a no-cost parent/guardian 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.

Program Information and Cost

Course Cost: $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. Registrations sent after this date must include full payment.

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.


Instructions for Registration Form

Contact • 617.879.7170

For attendance issues, please contact • 617.879.7170

Class Descriptions

grades 3-5

Art Explorations
Explore ways of making art using different media and materials. Through drawing, painting, printmaking, clay and more, artwork is tied to a class theme or subject.

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. Working from observation and using your imagination, experiment with mixing colors, composition, making lines and brush work with water-based paint. 

Grades 7-12

Fashion and Fibers (Grades 7-12)
Explore how artists use cloth, paper and other materials. Using techniques that may include sewing, printing on fabric, beading, papermaking, batik, knitting, weaving and more, make wearable art and 3D objects from a wide range of soft media.

Animation (Grades 9-12)
Learn about animation and all of its possibilities. Using a variety of approaches, from storyboards, flipbooks, and comic books to high-tech digital and video, develop drawing techniques to tell stories in still and moving images. Note: Additional $85 lab fee required.

Painting (Grades 9-12)
Use painting as a way to explore complex and essential ideas in art, pop-culture, communication, and history. Work from concepts and observation, using a range of water-based paints to investigate color, composition, texture, line, and form.

Photography (Grades 9–12)
Develop a range of visual and technical skills by using film and digital approaches to photography. This studio expands on camera operations, darkroom and desktop laboratory processes, and on composition and craft of photos in a world filled with images. Students are encouraged to bring any digital camera and film camera that they might have. Note: Additional $85 lab fee required.

3D Sculpture (Grades 7-12)
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 in funny and serious ways. Wire, clay, wood, cardboard, and found objects, in addition to more contemporary media such as light, sound, and digital content are some of the materials and media used. 

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.