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

Learning Lab

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 within six months.

 

2. Reserve your 5 choices. (See below or make a request.) 4 students maximum per session.

 

3. Sessions may have up to 4 students. If you prefer individual mentoring, the cost increases to $50M $70NM an hour.

 

4. Have fun!

Two-hour blocks. dates to be mutually determined by student and
instructor.

 

Call to schedule sessions—781 383 2787

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-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 SCRAPBOOKING—Beginner, Photoshop CS4
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
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 sessions—781 383 2787

181a BRING YOUR BABY TO SOUTH SHORE
ART CENTER. HOLIDAY FUN!

Alicia Herman


Enjoy a class that combines looking at art and art making with your baby. Finished products can be used to make beautiful and truly handmade holiday cards or gifts. Make beautiful marbleized footprint with non-toxic finger paints. Learn how to write your baby’s name in calligraphy. Delve into the printed words of exceptional illustrated children’s books that enchant all generations. Enjoy our friendly community of babies and caregivers – all while taking in our latest art exhibit. This class is ideal for parents with babies, ages 24 months or younger.  If your baby fusses – don’t worry – you will be in good company.  Class concludes with light refreshments in our beautiful art gallery. Beautiful gifts for family just in time for the Winter Holidays! 

 

12/4 Tues am 10:00–11:00 $25M $30NM 1 class
Prices are per family, up to 2 children;
$10 per additional child

181a
Members
Non Members

181b BRING YOUR BABY TO SOUTH SHORE
ART CENTER. VALENTINE'S SPECIAL

Alicia Herman


Another fun opportunity for art-making explorations with your baby, with special Valentine’s-themed activities. Craft handmade gifts with your newest Valentine!

 

2/5 Tue am 10:00–11:00
$25M $30NM 1 class


Prices are per family, up to 2 children;
$10 per additional child

181b
Members
Non Members

 

Get a friend to sign up and receive a gift of a signed copy of a book by a distinguished children’s author and illustrator.

106 STORY ART—ART AND LITERATURE

(Ages 4 ½–6)
Patrice Kelley


Children’s picture books have provided us with memorable stories and characters and are wonderful inspiration for art lessons. Winter-themed story books will be the inspiration for our creative art discoveries. Young artists will interpret the stories and fables using clay, pastel, and book-making of their own flair. 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.
No class February 19.


1/15–3/26 Tue pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 10 classes

106
Members
Non Members

117 COZY CREATIONS

(Grades K–1)
Patrice Kelley


Warm up this winter season with a unique art discovery for creative and curious minds. Using engaging learning experiences with colors, shapes, and textures, students will learn to use a variety of mediums and art techniques. Young artists will learn appreciation of many visual art forms in clay, paint, and paper. No class Jan 21 and Feb 18.


1/14–3/25 Mon pm 4:00–5:00
$195M $230NM 10 classes

117
Members
Non Members

123 ART EXPRESSIONS

(Grades 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. No class February 21.


1/17–3/28 Thu pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 10 classes

123
Members
Non Members

125 WONDERFUL WINTER BIRDS

(Grades 1 and 2)
Patrice Kelley


Birds of our northeast region will provide young artists the vision to create and discover the shape and form of a variety of backyard birds using clay, plaster, and felt. Students in this session will experience the technique of wet felting with a focus on creativity and invention. Students will utilize their fine motor skills to discover the magical creatures that inhabit the wonderful world of the creative imagination in an environment of constructive play and self expression.
No class February 20.


1/16–3/27 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 10 classes

125
Members
Non Members

129 Creative Color Lab: In The Paint Studio

(Grades 1–4)
Marion Carlson


How can you express your most colorful ideas? With paint, of course! This class is a painting lab designed to illustrate the many ways paint can be used to enhance fanciful ideas into visual imagery. It is also an opportunity to explore sensory imagery through the vehicle of color—How does color sound? How does it feel? Is it bright, dull, dark light? Is it pleasant or unpleasant? When paint is applied to paper, explosive color flows across a white space. Red, orange, yellow playfully bring an emerging flower or a lion hiding behind a tree. Explore how color and a brush can transform an idea into a paradise of your own design. A variety of paint mediums from acrylic to watercolor, and tempera, will be splashed on to the surface of different kinds of paper. Techniques, such as splatter for leaves of a tree, dry brush for the texture of rocks, wet to wet blending for fantasy landscapes and skyscapes will become the basis for a fun time learning experience for children. No class Jan 21 and Feb 18.

 

1/14–3/18 Mon pm 4:00–5:30
$195M $230NM 8 classes

129
Members
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. No class February 20.


1/16–3/27 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 10 classes

139
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

150 Art Expressions—Moving On Up!

(Grades 5–8)
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, enjoy a diversity and range of project ideas, or simply want to improve their skills. 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. No class February 22.


1/18–3/29 Fri pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 10 classes

150
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. No class February 19.


1/15–3/26 Tue pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 10 classes

154
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 six action packed classes. No Class February 23.


1/12–3/16 Sat am 10:30–12:30
$195M $230NM 8 classes

160
Members
Non Members

172 YOUTH FILMMAKING WORKSHOP

(Grades 7–12)
Desmond O’Neill


Stanley Kubrick said: “The best thing for young filmmakers to do is get their hands on a camera and make a film” This workshop will guide teens through the entire process of making a short film. Participants will work collaboratively to learn and carry out each part of the filmmaking process including scripting, shooting and editing a short film. We will discuss how to write a “doable” script, learn how to use the Canon XF100, and learn how to use Final Cut Pro to edit. This workshop is for teens age 12 to 16. No experience is required. All materials are provided. No Class February 19.


1/15–3/12 Tue pm 4:00–5:30
$195M $230NM 8 classes

172
Members
Non Members

HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

201a & 201b Handmade Holiday

(Grades 2–6)
Patrice Kelley


A holiday version of the ever-popular Art Expressions! Junior artists will create a variety of holiday delights building on their pattern and design skills in a joyful and merry environment. Handmade gifts to give or keep will be crafted using tooling foil and various embossing techniques. Like artistic elves, children will “wrap up” their artistic handiwork by creating stamps to make
seasonal cards and wrapping paper.


201a 12/5, 12/12 Wed 4:00–5:30


201b 12/10, 12/17 Mon 4:00–5:30
$50M $85NM

201A
Members
Non Members

FEBRUARY VACATION PROGRAMMING


166 Creation Winter Vacation

February Vacation Workshop (Grades 1–6)
Patrice Kelley


The winter season is inspiration for junior artists to engage in stimulating art and science discoveries. Grow crystals and create 3-D snowflakes! Bring winter animals to life using clay, paint and oil pastel! We will culminate our creation vacation Friday at noon with an art show welcoming our family and friends.


2/19– 2/22 Tue–Fri 9:30–12:30pm
$195M 230NM 4 classes

166
Members
Non Members

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.

• 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.