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Summer Intensives in Art & Design


All MassArt Youth Programs will be offered virtually through Spring 2022.


Summer 2022

To be announced Fall 2021


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 the program is that of a rigorous art school, with students engaging 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 through Summer 2021. To participate, students will need access to a computer, laptop, or smartphone with video/camera capabilities, and a reliable internet connection. 

Online studio offerings include:

  • Live presentations from faculty and check-ins each class

  • 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 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

summer 2022 program fee to be announced fall 2021
Summer 2021 Program Fee:
  • Half-Day Program Fee: $795 
  • Full-Day Program Fee: $1,590

For Summer 2021, a $100 non-refundable deposit is included in the program fee. Materials and supplies not included in the program fee and are purchased by the participant.

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 submit a copy of your most recent tax return (SSNs crossed or blanked out) with your registration form.
Cancellation Policy (Fall 2021)

Students may cancel their registration up to 21 days (three weeks) prior to the start of the program. Notification of cancellation must be received in writing to MassArt Youth Programs requires notification during this time period in order to allow students to enroll from the waiting list. 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.

Refund Policy (Fall 2021)

Full program fee will be refunded if the request to cancel registration is received in writing to prior to the start of the program. Students who fail to notify MassArt Youth Programs of their registration cancellation prior to the start of the program will not be eligible for a refund.



SUMMER 2021 SESSION (summer 2022 course offerings to be announced january 2022)
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

Designers are creative problem solvers. Students of Graphic Design develop an 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. While this course is taught online, it is not computer-based: coursework will be completed by hand using drawing/drafting skills and shared digitally for critique.

Architectural Design

This course introduces students to architectural design through hands-on projects, lectures and group activities. Students will learn about practical considerations and broad concepts that shape our built environment by designing their own building with the guidance of faculty and professionals in the field of architecture. Technical drawing and model-making are among the skills taught, with an emphasis on process and presentation models. Students will come away from the course having experienced a collaborative environment, knowledge of the basic principles of architectural design and with creative work suitable for their portfolio.

Digital Photography

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. This class is for students with both extensive experience shooting on a digital camera or for students who are using their smartphone. Through virtual presentations, group critique, and independent work, students will develop a range of visual and technical skills using Digital camera or cell phone. 

Operating system must be able to download and run Adobe in order to participate in this course (Chromebooks cannot operate Photoshop).

Film/Video: The Future is Now

As we continue down the electronic superhighway, screens have become ever more demanding. As we balance our attention to what is happening in the real world versus what is being created for humanity, it becomes hard to tell the difference. This class explores the use of moving images as a language for communicating ideas, meaning and emotions. Students will learn popular techniques for how to construct a story from an idea and with the use of 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

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 through both 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.


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.

Painting: Color and Form
This course is an introduction to the use of paint as an expressive medium, with a focus on color and form to create imagery on a two-dimensional surface. Students' ideas of observation will be pushed as their role as artists is challenged. In addition to developing painting skills, students will cultivate a personal voice, sense of expression, and visual art vocabulary.

Students will meet for studio time as a group each class. Color and form will be investigated while classical and contemporary paintings are studied and analyzed. Students receive feedback from each other and the instructor, and are introduced to historical and contemporary painting styles through presentations and exercises. Acrylic paints will be used for this class to accommodate safety and ventilation issues that most participants will experience working virtually.

Afternoon Studios

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

Fashion Design

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

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

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

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.