General Information

• Please register early to avoid disappointment. You may register online at, call 781.383.2787 to register by phone with a credit card or see registration page for mail-in information. A $25 non-refundable registration fee is included in tuition. If a student cancels a registration at least ten days before a course or workshop begins, a refund will be granted. Visiting Artist Workshops require a 30 day cancellation notification.

• Students must provide their own materials for Adult Courses and Workshops unless noted.

• Young adults, 15 years and older, are welcome to enroll in most adult courses with the permission of the instructor.

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SSAC's Spring Session Re-imagined
amid ongoing COVID-19 shutdown

On Tuesday, April 21, Governor Baker extended school closings until the end of the school year. For South Shore Art Center, this means that we cannot hold any of our Spring session art classes onsite. Some classes will be cancelled, some will migrate online, and those we do reconfigure for online learning will be delayed. We will also be adding several new opportunities for online learning and art-making, and we will be sure to share those soon.


South Shore Art Center is making every effort to reach out to individual students registered for Spring classes, but we felt it imperative to communicate these changes to our entire community.

In the event that we cancel a class or that a student does not wish to participate in the revised format, South Shore Art Center will of course issue refunds. That said, our facility is closed until at least May 4, per Governor Baker’s mandate, and we will not be able to issue any class refunds before we reopen.

Like many of you, South Shore Art Center’s finances have been hard hit by the COVID-19 shutdowns. Quite honestly, we are struggling enormously. We will be asking those to whom we owe a refund to consider two options if their finances allow:

             1) Convert the refund into a credit for a future art class.
             2) Convert the refund into a tax-deductible donation to              support our operations and sustain us during this time of              crisis.


NEW! Online Courses for Spring

303 Expressive Pastels—Reconfigured for Online Learning

Laurinda O’Connor


Let’s break away from tradition and have fun painting landscapes! In this session, students will go beyond their photo reference and develop their own style while expressing themselves through their stroke, color choices, and composition. Instruction will be focused on demonstration and weekly exercises to encourage experimentation, along with individual instruction. Previous experience is required. This popular class has been adapted to an online forum – with a 90-minute demonstration and a timed exercise in the morning and a 90-minute group critique in the afternoon. No class on May 25.

5/11–6/29 Mon am & pm 9:30–11:00 & 3:00–4:30

$235M $280NM 7 classes

Non Members

312 Water Color—Adventures in Watercolor and Color Theory

Tara Connaughton


In this class we will explore watercolor hand-in-hand with color theory and color mixing using a simplified color palette, applicable to all mediums. Through demonstration, discussion, guided hands-on exercises, and fun practice projects, you will gain comfort with the fundamentals of watercolor technique and color mixing. We will look at artworks that illustrate various styles of watercolor painting; we will explore other water- soluble mediums such as gouache and watercolor pencils; and we will look at how hese may be combined with watercolor for different effects. This class will follow a methodical approach that is perfect for beginners, and expansive enough to challenge those with some experience with watercolor. Artists looking to sharpen their color mixing skills and explore a new medium will also find this class rewarding. Homework will be assigned to reinforce classroom content and accelerate the learning process. No class May 25.

5/4– 6/15 Monday am 10:30-1:30 6 classes

Members FULL
Non Members FULL

322 Acrylic Painting Open Studio

Lisa Marder

For those with some experience with acrylics, develop your own style and take your paintings to the next level in this open studio class. Each student will work independently on their own painting project within a supportive and fun environment with other creative people. Whether you paint representationally or abstractly, from photos, your imagination, or direct observation, you will receive individual critiques and guidance from the instructor, along with occasional group reviews. Instruction will also be provided so that you are comfortable with color mixing, value and form, composition, mediums and glazes, brushes and painting surfaces, and to help you better express yourself through your painting!

5/13 – 7/1 Wed am 9:30-12:30

$265M $310NM 8 classes

Non Members

374 Photography Live—Documenting Our Time

Stephen Sheffield

Throughout history, artists have documented key moments in time, shedding insight on eras and cultures for generations to follow. This eight-week course will explore current events and inspire students to respond through their weekly assignments. Classes will begin with a brief “slide lecture” or technique demonstration (show and tell), followed by discussion on current events and critique of previous week’s assigned work. This course is designed to spark creativity; it is not based on long projects.

5/13–7/1  Wed am 10:00–11:00  

$125M $170NM  8 classes

Non Members

375 Cut and Paste Collage—Live Weekly

Stephen Sheffield

This class will take you beyond the world of scrapbooks to fine art collage with a purpose. Each class will comprise guided live studio work and free-form discussion on current events, followed by a brief critique of past weeks’ work and assignment. Weekly assignments will be based on historical collage movements.
5/14–7/2   Thu am 10:00–11:00

$125M $170NM 8 classes

Non Members

The I and the Not I, Stephen Sheffield

Learning Lab

Adults & Children grades 5 and up


Develop your artistic skills, talent, and creativity! Our highly skilled artist-teachers will train you in techniques and use of tools and materials, to help unlock your own unique style. Customized instruction for beginners to advanced levels.


1. The cost for private 1 on 1 instruction is $50M $70NM per hour.


2. The cost for group instruction, with a maximum of 4 students, decreases to $35M $45NM per hour.


3. All learning lab sessions must be purchased in blocks of 5 2-hour sessions.
($500M $700NM private instruction. $350M $450 group instruction.)


4. Review the learning opportunities below to tailor your lessons.


5. Have fun!


Two-hour blocks. dates to be mutually determined by student and instructor and must be completed within the term.


Possibilities Include

801 BASIC DRAWING—This is the place to start. Everything stems from drawing.
802 BEGINNING PAINTING—Learn the wonders of color alchemy, slosh around in oil or acrylics. Make a mess or be neat. Compose on the stage of the canvas.
803 Self Portrait—Embrace your ever-changing expressions with charcoal, wire, and monoprints.
804 Life Drawing—Working from a clothed model—with gesture drawings to 30 minute poses—discover new ways to express the ever-moving form of the figure.
805 Pastel Landscape—Amp up the color of the landscape using soft pastels. Learn many techniques while creating beautiful landscape paintings.
806 Printmaking—Express your inner animal through printmaking. We will create multi-colored prints based on the animal in you.
807 SCRAPBOOKING—Collect your travel or memoir experiences and memories.
808 Photoshop (Mac Only)—Beginner or Intermediate, Photoshop CS4
809 Photo Elements (Mac Only) Adobe version 11 or 12
810 PowerPoint for Mac 2008 (docx) or 97–2004 (ppt)
811 Art Explorations for Teens
812 Portfolio Works in Progress
814 Artist Choice—Students will request their own medium and direction.
815 private lessons for students with special needs

Call to schedule sessions—781 383 2787

Studio Art Foundation Program

South Shore Art Center offers a new program for students looking to formalize their art studies. Upon completion of a specially designed curriculum, SSAC will award students a Certificate in Studio Art Foundation. Participants in the program will have ongoing support of Art Center faculty to evaluate work and assist in course selection. Certificate Students will have priority registration and be assisted in creating a portfolio of work from their selected courses for presentation and exhibition. They also will have the opportunity to exhibit at SSAC in Certificate Student shows. Courses must be completed within three years of registration. (One course, taken prior to January 2015 is eligible for inclusion in the Certificate Program.)

Registration fee for this program is $50.
Contact 781-383-2787 for more information.

First Year Focus
Basic Drawing (48 hours minimum)
Color Theory (10 hours minimum)
Intro to Painting (24 hours minimum Oil, Acrylic, or Watercolor)
Elective choice (24 hours)

Second Year Focus
Drawing II (24 hours minimum)
Art History (12 hours)
Painting Elective (24 hours minimum)
Elective choice (24 hours)

Elective Courses
Advanced Drawing (24 hours)
Printmaking (24 hours)
Photography (16 hours)
3D ceramics (24 hours)
Visiting Art Workshops (18 hours minimum)

Studio Art
Foundation Program

Professional Development

Attention Teachers! We are pleased to provide a certificate of completion for any of our adult courses or workshops.