General Information

• Please register early to avoid disappointment. You may register online at www.ssac.org, 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.


SUPPLY LISTS ARE ALL ONLINE (they are not mailed out)
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SSAC's Summer Online and On-Site Courses

 

“South Shore Art Center is committed to complying with CDC guidelines as we reopen to hold small classes on-site during COVID-19.

 

Beginning July 13th, 2020, the following procedures will be required of all individuals entering the art center:

 

• All individuals must be wearing a mask or face covering.

• All individuals will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the front desk.

• All individuals will have a temperature check at the front desk and   will be asked to sign a waver.

Additionally, we will be limiting the on-site class sizes and the total number of people allowed in the art center at one time to allow for social distancing. All studios, galleries and common areas will be cleaned and disinfected on a nightly basis. All frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, faucets etc will be periodically sanitized throughout the day.”


 

NEW! Online Courses for Summer

311 Watercolor ‘Summer Sketchbook”—Online

Tara Connaughton


In this class we’ll learn a variety of watercolor techniques and exercises that will help spark your creativity and encourage practice and exploration of this versatile medium. Through demos, discussion and guided exercises, you will learn ways to sketch your subject quickly to capture shape and form, observe and mix color, and apply watercolor washes to build value, color, and detail. 
This method can be applied to nature journaling, daily sketchbook practice, or making small studies intended to be turned into a more developed artwork. The focus will be on observation and how to approach your painting, color mixing and basic color theory, and gaining comfort with watercolor as a medium. Some experience with watercolor is preferable.


7/21–8/18 Tuesday 9:30–12:30 5 classes
$175M $220NM

311
Members
Non Members

373a Introduction to Adobe Lightroom—Online

Bruno Debas


Adobe Lightroom is one of the most advanced and useful tools photographers at all levels use to edit their photographs. This introduction to Adobe Lightroom will introduce you to this wonderful application. The class will focus on developing a strong management system that will be critical to creating a well managed photo library. It will cover the interface and various modules. However, a strong emphasis will be placed on the “Library” and “Develop” modules. It is required that students have a strong understanding of how to use their computers, how to navigate through their hard drive, how to create folders, and how to find files.


7/14–8/4 Tuesday pm 7:00–8:30 4 classes
$95M $140NM

373a
Members
Non Members

373b Introduction to Adobe Lightroom—Online

Bruno Debas


Adobe Lightroom is one of the most advanced and useful tools photographers at all levels use to edit their photographs. This introduction to Adobe Lightroom will introduce you to this wonderful application. The class will focus on developing a strong management system that will be critical to creating a well managed photo library. It will cover the interface and various modules. However, a strong emphasis will be placed on the “Library” and “Develop” modules. It is required that students have a strong understanding of how to use their computers, how to navigate through their hard drive, how to create folders, and how to find files.


8/10–8/31 Tuesday pm 7:00–8:30 4 classes
$95M $140NM

373b
Members
Non Members


ON–SITE—Courses for Summer

 

302 Summer Expressions with Pastel—On-site

Laurinda O'Connor


Let’s break away from tradition and have fun painting landscapes and floras! In this session, students will go beyond their photo reference and develop their own style while expressing themselves through their stroke, color choices, and value decisions. The course will include demonstrations, suggested exercises, and plenty of individual instruction. Students are encouraged to bring their own photographic references, soft pastels, soft vine and compressed charcoal, kneaded erasers, paper for sketching, and your favorite sanded paper for painting. Previous painting experience is recommended. Class held outside weather permitting OR inside split between two studios for social distancing.


7/14, 7/16, 7/21 & 7/23 Tuesday and Thursday pm 12:30–4:30
$185M $230NM 4 classes

302
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

321 Foundations of Plein-Air Painting—On-site OR Outside

Robert Beaulieu


With the return of Summer, it is time to go outside and paint plein-air (weather-permitting)! This course is focused on the fundamentals of this method of spontaneous on-site landscape painting. Plein-air locations will be selected from the towns of Cohasset, Scituate, and Hingham. Students will learn the uses of one-and two-point perspective to emphasize correct proportion and dimension, and atmospheric perspective through the use of color and light values. During inclement weather, class instruction will be based on individual sketches, photographs, and model forms to facilitate composition concepts. A major goal of this class is the creation of picturesque content through the rich pictorial expression of light and shadow, color, and texture. The use of photography as a sketch medium will also be discussed. Individual critiques and concept development will be an integral part of this experience.


7/13–8/24 Monday pm 1:30–4:30
$230M $275NM 7 classes

321
Members
Non Members

357 Exploring Ceramics—On-site

Judy Rossman


This class will emphasize the development of wheel throwing skills for intermediate to advanced students. In addition, instruction will also include hand- building techniques such as slab and coil construction, and surface decorating techniques such as sgraffito, incising, paper rest, carving, and glaze formation. Advanced students may explore more complicated pieces involving altering and combining clay-forming methods.


7/15–8/26 Wednesday pm 12:30–3:30
$305M $350NM 7 classes

357
Members
Non Members

358 Clay Works—On-site

Judy Rossman


This is an introductory class for beginning students which will explore basic wheel throwing, and hand-building methods such as slab, pinch and coil construction. The content of the class will also include instruction in surface decoration and glazing techniques in conjunction with firing methods. The history of the medium, from traditional to contemporary forms, will be discussed through slide presentations and demonstration to reinforce and advance an understanding of hands on experiences.


7/17 - 8/28 Friday pm 12:30-3:30
$305M $350NM 7 classes

358
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

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.