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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Classes are offered in the format indicated next to their title.

MORNING STUDIOS

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

Animation Toolkit (On Campus Version)
Students explore the fundamental principles of animated movement through the use of stop-motion and digital tools. This course will introduce students to the essentials of leading animation programs, with which we will experiment and explore the possibilities of this diverse and contemporary medium.Students will gain a solid foundation in animation, resulting in unique and outstanding pieces for a college portfolio.

Architecture + Design (On Campus Version Only)
This course introduces students to architectural design through hands-on projects, lectures, and collaborative assignments. Students will learn about practical considerations and broad concepts that shape our built environment by designing a series of structures in response to client and site needs. Technical drawing and model-making are among the skills learned and used with an emphasis on creative problem-solving. Students will come away from the course having experienced a collaborative environment, knowledge of the basic principles of design, and creative work suitable for their portfolio.

Drawing Fundamentals (On Campus Version Only) 

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.

The Figure in Two Dimensions (On Campus Version Only)
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. Materials for this class include pencil, pen, charcoal, or other art materials readily at hand.

Film Photography (On Campus Version only)
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.

Illustration (Virtual Version)
Explore the multi-faceted field of illustration. In this class, students learn about effective tools and techniques for visual communication. Areas of study may include concept art, character design, editorial, and narrative illustration. Students are exposed to the wide range of styles and mediums used by professional illustrators.

Jewelry and Metalsmithing (On Campus Version Only)
This course provides students with an opportunity to learn important skills in jewelry making and metalsmithing. Students consider how to integrate sustainable practices, such as repairing, repurposing and recycling, into the process of creating  jewelry and metal objects. Contemporary and historic artists will be a source for inspiration to encourage students to combine jewelry and metalsmithing methods with personal voice through 3-D problem solving assignments.

Painting from Observation (On Campus Version Only)
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, and the self, students explore foundational concepts such as color, texture, form, space, shape, and line.

Printmaking (On Campus Version Only)
Learn about the transfer of imagery through the tradition of printmaking. This studio class focuses on the monotype. Experiment with color and composition using a variety of techniques. Students are introduced to sustainable approaches to printmaking, and assist each other in this collaborative art practice.

AFTERNOON STUDIOS

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

Animation Toolkit (Virtual Version)
Students explore the fundamental principles of animated movement through the use of digital software. This course will introduce students to the essentials of leading digital animation programs, with which we will experiment and explore the possibilities of this diverse and contemporary medium.Students will gain a solid foundation in animation, resulting in unique and outstanding pieces for a college portfolio.

Artist Books (On Campus Version Only)
This course will explore artist books as a means to communicate ideas. Students will take inspiration from a variety of book making styles and techniques, including, Pop-Up, Origami, and Tunnel Books. Students will learn to build a narrative sequence and integrate text and image. The goal is to experiment with new techniques and expand their visual storytelling abilities. Students are challenged to make art in two and three dimensions.

Designing Character: Might, Myth & Magic (On Campus and Virtual)
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.

Drawing Fundamentals (On Campus Version Only)
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.

Fashion Design (On Campus Version Only)
This on campus class will focus on fashion illustration, research and sustainability, and reusing garments to give them a new life. Re-invent a garment you own: explore sewing techniques and basic pattern making to deconstruct, alter, or combine garments into one-of-a-kind fashion pieces.

Graphic Design (On Campus Version Only)
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. 

Illustration (On Campus Version)
Explore the multi-faceted field of illustration. In this class, students learn about effective tools and techniques for visual communication. Areas of study may include concept art, character design, editorial, and narrative illustration. Students are exposed to the wide range of styles and mediums used by professional illustrators.

PROGRAM INFORMATION AND COST 

Summer 2024 class fee: 

  • $960 for a half day classes
  • $1,960 for a full day class 
  • $870 per online class

Payment is due in full by June 3.

DROPPING & REFUND POLICY

Students will receive a full refund if the class is dropped by June 3. Students who fail to notify MassArt Youth Programs of their registration cancellation in writing to k12@massart.edu prior to this date, will not be eligible for a refund. 

For questions related to our policies, or registration, please contact k12@massart.edu

Contact: k12@massart.edu

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