Children's Courses

General Information

Come & create with us! Our faculty members are experienced and creative art teachers who love to explore the world of art with children and young adults. Students ages 15+ are able to enroll in adult courses.

If you register online by Paypal, please note the student's name and age in the memo field or contact us by
phone, 781-383-2787 or email, info@ssac.org.

Patrice Kelley's class

NEW—Learning Lab

Tuesday or Friday from 3:30–5:30 or Saturday 10–12

 

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. Buy a block of 5 sessions. This is a rolling admission program of two-hour sessions. Reservations required. Blocks of 5 sessions for $350M and $400NM must be used by the end of the term—March 31, 2017.

 

2. Reserve your 5 choices. (Offered below.) 4 students maximum per session. Individual mentoring sessions are available at $50 per hour.

 

3. Have fun!

 

Call to schedule sessions—781 383 2787

801 Observational Collage—Take your still life to a new level. Learn basics of drawing forms in space before changing it up with collage. Learn how shape, patterns, and relationships of objects help you create a new visual dimension.
802 It’s all in Perspective—Lead your viewer into your landscape scenes using aerial, one-and two-point perspective. Start with simple shapes before you take your skills on a journey around your paper.
803 Self Portrait—Embrace your ever-changing expressions with charcoal, wire, and monoprints.
804 Life Drawing—Working from a clothed model—gesture drawings to 30 minute poses, discover new ways to express the ever-changing 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 Photoshop (Mac Only)—Beginner, Photoshop CS4
808 Photoshop (Mac Only)—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
813 All About Industrial Design
814 Artist Choice—Students will request their own medium and direction.

815 Private Lessons for Students with Special Needs. Call to schedule.

101 A Taste of Art

(Ages 4 ½ and under)
Allison Crowe

Lunchtime in the Galleries: hearing a story, looking at art, and creating art with your children 4.5 and under. Beginning at 11:30am in the Bancroft Gallery, children and caregivers will have 15 minutes to hang coats and preview the art exhibition. At 11:45, children will take their places on the carpet to eat their lunch and hear a story related to an art-work in the gallery. Following the story and lunchtime we will have an art project which will always be a ‘make and take’ project for all.

February: 7, 14, 28, March: 7, 14, 21, Tues 11:30–12:30
$90M $120NM, 6 classes

101
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Non Members

FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK

 

166 Fiber Fun

(Grades 4–8)
Alison Gordon


Tired of the same old art materials and anxious to try something really new that will impress your family and friends? Well, this is the class for you! Learn Japanese dying techniques, how snow can change the way dye works on fabric, how to knit without tools, create yarn from
t-shirts, and how to weave with a hula hoop. Wow!


2/21–2/24 Tues–Fri 10:00–12:00
$145M $180NM 4 classes

166
Members
Non Members

FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK

 

167 Intro To Sewing

(Grades 5–8)
Alison Gordon


Learn the basics on how to use a sewing machine (sewing machine provided) as well as read a pattern, cut fabric, and install a zipper. Projects include a tote bag, pencil case, and pillow case. The instructor will contact you regarding fabric purchase for the pillow case, all other supplies are included.


2/21–2/24 Tues–Fri 1:00–3:00
$145M $180NM 4 classes

167
Members
Non Members

106 Story Art/Art and Literature

(Ages 4 ½–6)
Patrice Kelley


Mini artists will have an artistic adventure as we connect literature with art in this enchanting art class for emerging artists. Children’s picture books have provided us with memorable stories and characters and are wonderful inspiration for art lessons. Characters from beloved children’s books such as “Mr. Seahorse” by Eric Carle, “A Color of His Own” by Leo Lionni, and “Tipi” by Paul Goble, come to life through drawing, painting, and sculpture. Children are encouraged to use and explore new materials and art techniques to express imaginative responses to this rich field of literary art.


4/26–6/14 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 8 classes

106
Members
Non Members

117 Fledgling Creations

(Grades K–1)
Patrice Kelley


Mini artists’ imaginations take flight creating original works while learning elements of art such as shape and form, color, and texture. Spring and all the inspiration it brings will be explored with emerging artists. A wide range of materials, along with various types of clay and painting techniques, will be implemented in enchanting Spring-themed art lessons. Students will develop artistic and social skills in a positive and supportive learning environment. No class May 29.


4/24–6/19 Mon pm 4:00–5:00
$195M $230NM 8 classes

117
Members
Non Members
   

123 Art Expressions

(Ages 1–4)
Patrice Kelley


This class is a follow up to one of the Art Center’s favorite course offerings. It is perfect for students who love to think creatively and enjoy a diversity and range of project ideas. Students will learn about what makes visual art expression unique, how artists have used a variety of methods and materials to express ideas and feelings, and how they themselves, can be effective communicators through the use of various media, including painting, drawing, papier-mâché, clay, and fiber. Students will build on skills important for school success such as fine motor skills, language, cognitive skills, and the ability to listen and follow directions in an enchanting environment

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4/27–6/15 Thurs pm 4:00–5:30
$190M $225NM 8 classes

123
Members
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128 Time Traveler

(Grades 1–4)
Marion Carlson


Let’s take a trip back in time and see what artists created in ancient times. Our first stop will be at the pyramids in Egypt, then over to the Parthenon in Greece, a magical flight to Mexico and North America ending with the awesome spectacle of totems from Alaska. Put on your seatbelt, unleash your creative imagination, and be ready to go back in time to learn about the multicultural wonders of the ancient world.


4/25–6/13 Tues pm 4:00–5:30
$190M $225NM 8 classes

128
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Non Members
   

139 Hands In Clay

(Grades 1–4)
Ann Conte


Let your children sink their hands into cool clay and create wonderful, colorful ceramic pieces. Students will be encouraged to experiment and use their imaginations while developing motor skills in activities designed to promote the creative expression of ideas. Finished pieces will be glazed and fired.


4/26–6/14 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$195M $240NM 8 classes

139
Members
Non Members

H140 Multi–Cultural Expeditions
(at the Hingham Community Center)

(Grades 3–6)
Marion Carlson


One of the best ways to understand and appreciate another culture is by creating its arts and crafts. Students will enjoy making artifacts rich in cultural traditions. Sponge painting cut-outs reflecting the Chippewa Indians, Aztec sun symbols, Mexican roosters and beyond. In this exploratory class, students will be exposed to a variety of media and craft materials to create images which may tell a story, describe an object, express a feeling, or simply invent images to explore the rich language of visual arts in a variety of cultures. Students will learn the value of creative constructive play and the manner in which it can be a source for skill development, stimulate the imagination and think outside the box. Children will enjoy the process of making art based on the multi-cultural experience. No class Feb 21.


2/ 7–4/4 Tues pm 4:00–5:30
$190M $225NM 8 classes

H140
Members
Non Members

152 Fun With Felting

(Grades 5–8)
Patrice Kelley


The ancient Sumerian craft known as felting has become increasingly popular in recent years. Felting is the process of creating a form or material using interlocking fibers. Students will explore needle felting and wet felting while learning appropriate language and fiber techniques. Young artists’ designs are crafted through wet agitation and compression that causes fibers to hook together into a single piece of fabric.


4/28–6/16 Fri pm 4:00–5:30
$190M $235NM 8 classes

152
Members
Non Members

154 DigIn—Create With Clay

(Grades 5–8)
Ann Conte


Students will be exposed to a variety of clay projects geared to all types and levels of experience. Hand built coil, slab, the potter’s wheel, and the glazing technique will be explored. Bring your creative ideas and your imagination—and dig in! Finished clay pieces will be glazed and fired.

4/27–6/15 Thurs pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $285NM 8 classes

154
Members
Non Members C

160 Clay Forms

(Grades 9–12)
Ann Conte


This is a class designed for young teens who wish to learn more about clay techniques and how they may be used to create both functional and expressive clay works. Instruction will be individualized and sequential and include demonstrations of coil and slab building, wheel throwing, and glazing applications. Students will work at their own pace and level of investigation while exploring techniques which will further their knowledge and use of clay as a sculptural and craft-based medium of creative expression.
No class May 29.


4/24–6/19 Mon pm 3:30–5:30
$240M $285NM 8 classes

160
Members
Non Members

170 The Comic Narrative

(Grades 9–12)
Jon Dorn


Comics aren’t just cartoon superheroes and villains—they are a language all their own in the world of storytelling, combining words and pictures in a way no other medium can. In this course, we will explore the structure and vocabulary of comics, unlocking their potential to tell stories both simple and complex, as well as funny and serious. Students will learn concepts of storytelling as they pertain to comics; they will explore varied comics styles and techniques like cartooning, digital drawing, and photo comics; they will prepare their comics for publication and learn about the different options for sharing their work. At the end of the course, each student will have a finished comic ready for publication and display.


4/26–6/14 Wed pm 6:00–7:30
$200M $235NM 8 classes

170
Members
Non Members

171 Comic and Sequential Art

(Grades 7–12)

Tak Toyoshima


Comic art (sequential art) has been around since prehistoric times. Today, it is a very sophisticated form of storytelling that involves a wide range of subjects, styles, and themes. Far more diverse than just superhero stories, comics can tell stories of everyday life as well as fantastic adventures exploring social justice or slapstick humor. The only limits are the edges of the paper. Learn basic skills and techniques from a nationally syndicated comic artist in eight action packed classes.


4/29–6/17 Sat am 10:30–12:30
$195NM $ 230NM 8 classes

  171
Members
Non Members

172 Super Animation Basics

(Grades 8–12)
Brian Fitzgerald

The field of animation covers everything from classic cartoons, to digital graphics to experimental short films. In all its iterations, animation was founded on the recreation of motion one frame at a time. This class dives deep into the basic structure of motion and the representation of movement through a number of practical exercises which utilize the fundamentals of animation techniques as an expression of each students’ personal vision. Students will also be observing animation examples each week which represent a wide variety of styles as a frame of reference. Work produced will be based on short experiments, rather than a traditional narrative approach. This class is designed to provide a foundation for new animators but can also provide valuable insight and extended practice for those who have some animation experience.


4/27 –6/15 Thurs pm 3:30–5:00
$155M $190NM 8 classes

  172
Members
Non Members

APRIL VACATION WEEK

 

270 April Vacation Get-Away

(Grades 1–4)
Ann Conte


Enjoy creative art-making featuring projects in printmaking, clay, watercolor and multi-media. Explore the ocean floor using watercolor, clay, sand, and more to discover magical sea creatures and plant life. Or fly away in a hot air balloon, or on the wings of a butterfly using paper mâché, clay and paint. And on dry land discover the rainforest’s exotic flora and fauna using combinations of materials in a collage of the imagination. Come join the fun and be refreshed.
4/18–4/21 Tues–Fri 9:30–12:30
$185M $220NM 4 classes

270
Members
Non Members


ART IN THE MORNING (grades 1–4)

Patrice Kelley

Embark on a creative adventure this summer with the South Shore Art Center’s popular Art in the Mornings. Students will explore, create and investigate art through clay, drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture. There will be both group and individual projects in a fun, supportive and air-conditioned environment. Students will host an “art reception” at the end of the week—all family and friends welcome!
Monday–Friday 9:30–12:30
$235M $265NM

192a 7/10–7/14 Crazy for Clay
Shape, twist, pinch and model with different types of clay, try wheel throwing and hand building with coil and slab. Students will also be introduced to appropriate vocabulary related to methods, materials and techniques used in ceramic media.

192a
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192b 7/17–7/21 Out of This World
Create a menagerie of animals, real, fantastic, ancient, and mythological. Or create your own guardian creature.

192b
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192c 7/24–7/28 Fabulous Fiber
Flip the light fantastic with a tie-dye creation, or weave different fibers into unusual patterns while you explore macramé.

192c
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192d 7/31–8/4 Clay Expressions
Still interested in exploring the world of clay? In this class, students will create a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional clay pieces using different types of clay and techniques to develop sensory skills and imaginative applications of texture and balance as expressive vehicles of art production.

192d
Members
Non Members

 

192e 8/7–8/11 Under the Sea
Flying fish, coral caves, deep sea creatures, are waiting to be discovered by the underwater traveller through the expression of texture, mixed media and frottage.

192e
Members
Non Members

 

192f 8/14–8/18 Crazy for Clay II
Return to those techniques you loved so much and didn’t have time to explore or combine in different ways.

192f
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Scholarship


Lois Weltman Memorial Fund for Children

Scholarships for elementary age school children are available based on need through the generosity of the Lois Weltman Memorial Fund for Children.

Please inquire at SSAC office for more information. In addition, financial aid is available to all SSAC students based on need.

General Information

• Courses need a minimum of 5 students to run. Please help ensure that they run by signing up no later than 7 days prior to the first class.

• Please take $10 off the total tuition if you are registering for more than one class. (Workshops cannot be discounted.)

• In the event of inclement weather, the Art Center follows the Cohasset Public Schools school closings. Should a storm emerge during the day, please call 781-383-2787 x 10 for any class cancellations.