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Summer Intensives in Art & Design

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July 13-24, 2020

Full Day Studios: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Morning Sessions: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Afternoon Sessions: 1:30pm - 5:00pm



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.

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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 can choose 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. For students attending full days, lunch is taken independently. Residential options are also available for students entering 11th & 12th grade.

Program Information

  • Half-Day Program Fee: $860 
  • Full-Day Program Fee: $1,720
  • Residential Option (includes meal plan): $1,480
  • Total Full-Day and Residential Program Fee: $3,200

A $100 non-refundable deposit must be sent upon enrollment confirmation. For students selecting the Residential Option, an additional $200 housing deposit is due upon enrollment confirmation.

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 in your registration form if you would like to request a scholarship. You will be asked to provide family financial information (required). To be considered for a scholarship, please submit a copy of your most recent tax return with your registration form.

Cancellation Policy
Full program cost, less the deposit, will be refunded if the request to drop is received in writing to the email one day prior to the start of the program. If the request to cancel is received on or after the program start 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.

Residential Option
For rising 11th and 12th grade students who wish to experience dorm life, MassArt offers accommodations in one of its comfortable air-conditioned residence halls. Residences feature shared studio space, quiet study areas, and 24-hour security. Students participate in evening and weekend activities with other students living and learning at the college. Resident assistants act as student mentors and supervise studio, evening, and weekend activities. Move-in for students selecting the residential option is July 12, 2020, and move-out is July 24, 2020.

Contact: • 617.879.7170

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.

Graphic Design
Graphic design is the art or profession of visual communication that combines images, words, and ideas to convey information to an audience, Designers are creative problem solvers who express their ideas visually. This course introduces the skill and concepts fundamental to graphic design, including process, conceptual thinking, making and production. This course is not computer based.

Architectural Design - FULL
Students are exposed to a variety of tools and techniques that architects use to design: models, technical drawing, sketching, site analysis. Students develop designs through multiple drafts, teacher and peer feedback, and present their work in critiques.

Industrial Design
This course provides an introduction to the practice and rigor of thinking and problem solving like a designer. Students explore a selection of skill-based tools for informing, investigating, and communicating design ideas, including sketching, model making, prototyping, color exploration, material investigation and more. The course begins with a brief survey of design history and a critical look at contemporary design to inform the skills and processes students will utilize to create a project of their own design.

Black and White Photography
Students learn fine art photography working with traditional analog 35mm film cameras and in the darkroom. Students become familiar with darkroom processes and materials and learn the basics of exposure, film speed, aperture, shutter speed and depth of field. Composition and perspective are a focus of this class, as students consider the formal elements of their work and what that communicates to the viewer. Class time is spent on both photo shoots and developing photographs in the darkroom. Skills learned in this studio provide a fundamental understanding of terminology and processes that translate to digital photography and the digital darkroom.

The Future is Now: Time-Based Media
Learn about the many available forms of time-based communication. Explore past, present and future approaches to film, video, and other time-based media, covering a mix of analog and digital techniques in a contemporary fashion. Use different capture devices for visual and audible representation to communicate ideas.  

Animation Intensive - FULL
This full day studio allows students interested in animation to go beyond the basics and explore applications of techniques to develop narrative structure. Prior experience or knowledge of animation is encouraged.

Morning Studios

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

The Figure in Two Dimensions
Students explore traditional and innovative ways to render the human figure in 2D. A variety of mediums and styles are presented. The nude model will be used; parental consent is necessary.

Drawing Fundamentals
Students learn different tools to help develop drawing skills and techniques and expand their visual vocabulary. This class covers basics of linear and aerial perspective as well as a number of traditional and less conventional approaches to composition and drawing.

Screen Printing
This studio explores various methods of screen printing. Students gain skills in additive and photo process printing. The history of screen printing and contemporary registrations of the process are discussed in class.

This studio stresses basic drawing techniques using graphite and colored pencils along with water-based media. Emphasis is on creating a narrative and developing skills to interpret the story line. Students contextualize their own work by studying and researching the history of illustration.

Afternoon Studios

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

Fashion Design - FULL
Students develop skills in fashion illustration, pattern making, fabric selection, draping and garment construction. The final project is the creation of a piece to be viewed and critiqued by peers and instructors at the conclusion of the program.

Animation Toolkit - FULL
Basic principles of computer animation are explored through a variety of techniques. Students create narrative story lines which they render in different forms of animation including hand made flip books, stop motion, Flash and claymation. Students view contemporary pieces to provide context for their ideas in relation to the media and greater art world.

Drawing Fundamentals
Students learn new tools to develop their drawing skills and techniques while expanding their visual vocabulary. This class covers basics of linear and aerial perspective, as well as a number of traditional and less conventional approaches to composition and drawing.

Designing Character: Might, Myth & Magic - FULL
Enter fantastic worlds and conjure characters based on some of our favorite stories. 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.

Painting from Observation
Students work from the live model as well as the observed environment. Students build their painting and observational skills through a variety of exercises, ranging from quick gestural studies to longer studies. Some class time is spent looking at old masters as well as contemporary artists for examples and inspiration.

Soft Sculpture
Working with a variety of fiber techniques such as sewing, crochet, tapestry weaving, knitting, coiling, students gain experience working with 3D language including texture, weight, tension, volume, scale and color. Students are exposed to contemporary and historical examples of artist’s working with soft sculpture and learn 3D problem solving strategies. Students will construct a maquette and ultimately create their own original soft sculpture pieces.

Before there was digital printing there was letterpress, which is a form of relief printing with wood or metal letters and images set into a press. This course is an introduction to the craftsmanship of letterpress printing and manual typesetting. Students learn to compose words in metal and wood type. Using a Vandercook proofing press, students print on special papers to create individual works such as artists’ books and posters.