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Fall session registration information and course offerings coming soon!


March 19 – May 7, 2022
No class on April 16
Classes are held weekly on Saturdays
9:30am - 11:30am (Grades 3 - 5)
9:30am - 12:00pm (Grades 6 - 12)
Spring 2022 Registration Period: January 21 – February 27


Now in its 91st year, the Saturday Studios program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design serves 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.

Classes are taught by MassArt students majoring in Art Education and supervised by MassArt Art Education faculty. 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. 

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. 


MassArt Youth Programs will be offered virtually through Spring 2022. To participate, students will need access to a computer, laptop, or smartphone with video/camera capabilities, and a reliable internet connection. 

Online studio offerings typically include the following, but will be adapted or modified for each grade range as appropriate:

  • Live demonstrations from teachers and check-ins each class
  • Time for creative art making, both independently and as a class
  • Break out sessions in small groups
  • One-on-one and group critiques with teachers
  • Online resources such as virtual museum tours, TED Talks, external demo videos, visiting artists, and virtual collaborations, among other activities.

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

Spring 2022 Program Fee: $185
Materials and supplies not included in the program fee and are purchased by the participant. (The cost of supplies is approximately $50 - $65)

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 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 (2022)
Students will receive a full refund if the class is dropped at least one week prior to the start date of the class. Students who fail to notify MassArt Youth Programs of their registration cancellation in writing, prior to one week before the start of the program will not be eligible for a refund.

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



grades 3 - 5

Art Explorations (9:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
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 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
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.

Painting (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Find ways to use color and paint to develop ideas, stories, symbolism and more, while working from observation and your imagination.

Mixed Media (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Use a variety of traditional and alternative surfaces, materials, and processes to explore the many ways artists combine 2D media. Students will work with materials that may include drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, bookmaking, and more to create work that pushes the boundaries of the surface and explores the relationship between concept and materials.

Grades 9 - 12

Contemporary Drawing (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Explore innovative and traditional ways of drawing in a variety of media. This studio is for students interested in personal artistic development and strengthening skills for portfolio development.

Painting 9-12 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Use painting as a way to explore complex and essential ideas in art, culture, communication, and history, while working from concepts and observation. 

Sustainable Art (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rethink your approach to artmaking as you intentionally use traditional and non-traditional materials and processes. Students may be working with materials found in nature or their recycle bins as they create and explore the connection between materials and meaning. Examine some of the ways contemporary artists are responding to environmental and societal concerns and how art can inspire and raise awareness.

GRADES 10-12

The Figure (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
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.