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Summer Intensives in Art & Design


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MassArt has made the decision to move all Summer 2020 Youth Programs online. 

Course availability and FAQs will continue to be updated on an ongoing basis. We appreciate your patience.



July 13-24, 2020

Full Day Studios: 9:00am - 5:00pm (1-hour break from 12:30-1:30pm)
Morning Sessions: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Afternoon Sessions: 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Registration for Summer Intensives 2020 is closed.



Summer Intensives in Art and Design offers high school students serious about fine art and design the opportunity to develop technical skills and build studio practice. Studio choices are available in both fine art and design, and include a number of full-day design and media-focused studios. Students also have an opportunity to develop work for their portfolio. 

The nature of this program is that of a rigorous art school. Students complete homework assignments and engage in individual and group critiques. The program meets Monday through Friday for two weeks. Students have the option to attend a morning or afternoon studio only, attend two different studios during the morning and afternoon, or attend a full-day design and media studio.



MassArt Youth Programs will be offered virtually in Summer 2020. Online studio offerings will include:

  • Live presentations from faculty and daily check-ins

  • Time for creative art making, both independently and in class

  • Break out sessions in small groups

  • One-on-one and group critiques with faculty

  • Online resources such as virtual museum tours, TED Talks, external demo videos, “visiting” artists, virtual collaborations, etc.

Every studio will utilize Google Classroom and Zoom. Zoom will be used for the virtual meetings, and Google Classroom will be where the assignments are posted, and other class content will live. 


Program Information AND COST

  • Half-Day Program Fee: $774 
  • Full-Day Program Fee: $1,528

Prices have been reduced as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A $100 non-refundable deposit must be sent upon enrollment confirmation (emailed 2-3 weeks after submitting a registration form).

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. To request a scholarship for Summer 2020, please email us at by May 30th with the following information: Student first and last name, program, a copy of your most recent tax return (SSNs removed), and a short statement about why you are requesting financial assistance. Due to limited availability, we are unable to accept new scholarship requests after May 30th.

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.



course descriptions


FULL DAY STUDIOS in art and design

The following studios meet for a full day, allowing students to focus in one medium for the duration of the program. Studios run Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, with an hour break from 12:30-1:30pm.

Graphic Design - FULL
Designers are creative problem solvers. They must possess a thorough understanding of the principles of visual vocabulary and learn to be comfortable expressing their ideas visually. This course introduces basic skills and concepts fundamental to graphic designers. Students explore the design process, imagery for the commercial space, lettering design, and techniques for combining these disparate elements. 

Classes will be conducted using live video instruction for lecture and discussion, guided online research, weekly emailed assignment sheets, and one-on-one meetings. This course is not computer-based: coursework will be completed by hand using drawing/drafting skills and shared digitally for critique.

Architectural Design - FULL
This course introduces students to architectural design through hands-on projects, lectures and group activities. Students will learn practical topics such as building shapes and sizes, as well as broad concepts that drive contemporary design. Model-making demonstrations, one-on-one student meetings and lectures that connect student work to notable buildings will be a part of the studio experience. 

Students will receive a supply kit with basic tools and materials for designing and creating a scale model of a building, and will be guided through the design process by faculty. The entire course will be conducted via real time video sharing, texting and other basic means of connectivity.

Digital Photography
Whether you have extensive experience shooting on a digital camera or have never used one, this course is for you! Digital Photography offers a deep dive into understanding how to craft an image, learning to shoot on a digital camera in manual mode, and post-process editing. 

Through virtual presentations, group critique, visiting artists, and independent work, students will develop a range of visual and technical skills using digital approaches to photography.

Film/Video: The Future is Now
As we continue down electronic superhighways, screens have become ever more demanding. It becomes hard to discern what is happening in the real world. This class explores the use of moving images as a language for communicating ideas, meaning, and emotions. Students will learn popular techniques for constructing a story from an idea using basic digital devices to create digital works that can be shared online. 

Through workshops, independent exploration, and collaborative critiques, students will develop a core idea and learn various editing strategies to create a short video. The following resources will be needed to participate in this course: Computer or cellphone with a camera, wifi capabilities, and 2-10 GB of free storage space. A digital camera can be used if one is not available with a computer or phone.

Animation Intensive
Use your imagination and learn to express yourself through animation by telling a story. Students will explore numerous animation techniques, including drawn animation, flip books, paper cutout, clay animation, stop-motion, and more. Students will collaborate in a final group film and will also gain an understanding of film language, editing tools, and sound effects. This class will be conducted entirely online with screen sharing as well as virtual group talks and Q&As

Morning Studios

Studios run Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 12:30pm.

The Figure in Two Dimensions - FULL
Students gain an understanding of the human figure using classical and contemporary techniques for understanding proportion, value, contrast, line, texture, and shape. Explore different ways of constructing an image of the figure to utilize personal expression and abstraction. 

This class will look at traditional and contemporary works and techniques to help inform one’s work. There will be live video demonstrations including guest artists to provide visual techniques as well as linked videos and class discussions. Through daily meetings, one-on-one feedback with instructors, and group critiques, students will experience what it means to be part of a community of artists and how that can shape, inform, and inspire their work. Materials for this class include pencil, pen, charcoal, or other art materials readily at hand.

Drawing Fundamentals
Expand your visual vocabulary by learning different tools to develop drawing skills and techniques. This class covers basics of perspective and proportion, as well as a number of less conventional approaches to drawing. In addition to analyzing work by contemporary artists and working independently, students have the opportunity to collaborate through group critiques and discussions.

Illustration - FULL
This online course includes four focus areas: Narrative, Editorial, Advertising, and Concept Art. For Narrative Illustration, students create a three-panel story arc in the style of a graphic novel or children’s book. For Editorial Illustration, students use conceptual thinking and metaphor in images. For Advertising Illustration, students balance words and images to create an impactful visual message. For Concept Art, students develop characters and imagined landscapes, and learn what makes fantastic images believable. 

This course consists of presentations, small group critiques, and individual feedback during one-on-one sessions with the instructor. Presentations include an overview of what it means to be an illustrator along with the various markets in which illustrators work. Students will also look at the work of professional and student illustrators as examples of the range of media and styles used in visual communication.

Afternoon Studios

Studios run Monday to Friday from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.

Fashion Design - FULL
Learn how to reinvent your wardrobe! This class will focus on fashion illustration, research and sustainability, and reusing garments to give them a new life. Make something to fit yourself: explore hand sewing techniques and basic pattern making to deconstruct, alter, and combine garments into one-of-a-kind fashion pieces.

Animation Toolkit - FULL
Explore principles of computer animation to create narrative story lines using techniques such as handmade flip books, stop motion, and digital programs. This class introduces students to the current animation industry pipeline. Students will experiment with different mediums to gain a solid foundation in 2D animation techniques.

Drawing Fundamentals - FULL
Expand your visual vocabulary by learning different tools to develop drawing skills and techniques. This class covers basics of perspective and proportion, as well as a number of less conventional approaches to drawing. In addition to analyzing work by contemporary artists and working independently, students have the opportunity to collaborate through group critiques and discussions.

Designing Character: Might, Myth & Magic - FULL
This course looks at character archetypes that are at the center of some of our favorite and well-known stories and allows the artist to re-engage with them and the fantastic worlds they live in. Students create projects from concept to model to portfolio, through supportive critique. This class explores re-imagined popular heroes and villains, making it an ideal experience for anyone creating children’s books, comics or graphic novels, animated cartoons or video games. Students will need access to a computer (laptop, ipad, or other large screen device) with reliable wi-fi/internet connection. While students can access the class with a phone, access to a computer is strongly encouraged.

Painting from Observation
Observational painting is the conversation that happens between the artist and the observed. Whether the observed is an object, a place, a person, or even an idea, it becomes the response in visual and personal representation. Working from still life, objects, the self, and the home environment, students explore foundational concepts such as color, texture, form, space, shape, and line. 
Technology brings this course to life through live lectures, pre-recorded art demos, one-on-one discussions, constructive group critiques, and live painting. Not only is this a virtual classroom, it is a community of artists learning to observe.  

Form and Fiber - FULL
This course explores the sculptural possibility of fiber. Using a variety of materials, students learn to fabricate original forms that utilize fiber techniques in traditional and non-traditional ways. Students develop their individual creative practice, experiment with materials, and build skills through demonstrations, individual meetings, and independent work time. Virtual museum visits and visiting artists will introduce students to contemporary fiber artists.