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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! Registration for the Spring session of Saturday Studios has closed.


March 18 – May 6, 2023
Classes are held weekly on Saturdays
9:30am - 11:45am (Grades 3 - 5)
9:30am - 12:00pm (Grades 6 - 12)
Spring 2023 Registration Period: January 19 – February 27


Now in its 92nd 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 to the emerging young artist. There are no prerequisites or portfolio reviews. 


Covid-19 and Studio 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. For the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, class sizes will be limited to 12 students.

All beverages brought into studios/art making spaces must have a cap or lid. Students will not be permitted to eat in their classrooms.

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.

Drop-Off & Pick-up Policy
Included in their orientation packet, parents/guardians will receive additional information about parking, drop-off and pick-up procedures, a map of campus, driving directions, and a pick-up authorization form for students under 12 (if applicable).

Students under 12 will be released only to authorized individuals listed on the pick-up authorization form. Parents/guardians must provide a list of authorized individuals on the online registration form.

Students 12 years and older are dismissed directly from their classroom at the end of each class.

Program Information and Cost

Spring 2023 Program Fee: $191
Payment is due in full by March 9, 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 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
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 (9:30am - 11:45am)
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 (9:30am -12:00pm)
Develop and expand a personal style of comic book art. Narrative storytelling, character development and drawing techniques are explored.

Mixed Media (9:30am -12:00pm)
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.

Ceramics (9:30am -12:00pm)
Create with clay and build skills with hand-building and wheel-working techniques. Apply these skills to handcrafted ceramic projects; may include sculptural pieces as well as tableware.

Grades 9 - 12 

Illustration (9:30am -12:00pm)
Engage in visual storytelling through a variety of painting and drawing mediums. Learn what illustrators do and practice illustration techniques while communicating ideas through images.

The Figure (9:30am -12:00pm)
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. Students draw from nude models in this class. Parent/Guardian consent is required to take this class.

Painting (9:30am -12:00pm)
This course emphasizes developing painting skills through the use of color theory, composition, and traditional and contemporary techniques. Find inspiration working from direct observation and imagination.

Sculpture & Fibers (9:30am -12:00pm)
Work with traditional sculptural elements such as wire, wood, and clay to create 3D objects and explore how artists use cloth, paper and other materials to create fiber works and soft sculptures. Combine the two as you build your skills with techniques that may include sculpting, cutting, paper-making, sewing, dying, printing on fabric, weaving and more. 

B&W Photography (9:30am -12:00pm)
Use a 35mm camera and print photographs in a professional darkroom. Develop a range of visual and technical skills through traditional film approaches to photography. Learn about camera controls, darkroom processes, composition and craft. Students who have their own 35mm film cameras are encouraged to bring them to use throughout the course. If you do not have a 35mm camera, one will be provided.