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Summer Arts 2019

Weeklong, full day sessions for children in Grades K-8
June 24-August 23, 2019

Adult art classes in Framingham

What's the Story?

Children entering or emerging from grades K-5 will be considering "What's the Story?" inspired by weekly themes focused on fun topics from children's literature.

This summer, we will be making art from stories and telling stories about art. Children will enjoy experimenting with a wide variety of materials, creating sculptures, drawings, paintings, and other artwork as they explore the relationship between pictures and words, images and stories.
Each week will bring a new set of ideas to spark imaginations as children are immersed in learning important skills and concepts related to the wonderful world of art.
Students in Grades K-5 will be inspired by clever weekly themes, such as "It's a Mystery" and "Intergalactic," learning about color, value, shape, texture and line- the foundations of art-and will go home with a portfolio of amazing artwork.
Students in Grades 6-8 will enjoy classes designed around specific artistic materials and methods, developing skills and concepts- and will also go home with an impressive portfolio.
We also offer a Summer Arts program for Teens in Grades 9-12; see the Summer Arts for Teens page for more information.

Summer Arts for Grades K-8 At-A-Glance


•   Full-day programs provide six hours of daily art instruction taught by highly qualified, professional artists and art educators.
•   All students will tour Danforth Art Museum Exhibitions each week.
•   Children entering or emerging from grades K-5 will be considering "Whats the Story?"inspired by weekly themes focused of fun topics from children's literature.
•   Children entering or emerging from grades 6-8 enjoy classes designed around artists' materials and methods.
•   Each child goes home with a portfolio of amazing artwork that reflects their developing understanding of the foundations of art and their budding creative voice
•   We hold a Student Exhibition every Friday to celebrate the children's work.
•   Optional Extended Day morning (8-9am) and afternoon (4:30-6 pm) sessions available.
•   Convenient curb-side drop-off and pick-up make summer scheduling a breeze.
•    Summer Arts returns to 14 Vernon Street! Students will once again enjoy our large, bright, air-conditioned studios with daily breaks outside the studios for creative challenges and collaborative play.
•    Selected student work will be exhibited at the Framingham Public Library in Fall 2019.

Daily Schedule for Grades K-8

8 - 9 am                    Extended Morning ($)
8:45 - 9 am               Curbside Drop-Off
9 - 12 pm                  Morning Classes
12 - 12:30 pm           Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 pm        Creative Challenge Period
1:30 - 4:30 pm          Afternoon Classes
4:30 - 4:45 pm          Curbside Pick-up
4:30 - 6 pm               Extended Afternoon ($)
($) indicates optional program with additional fee

Early Bird Discount

Early bird discounts are offered through April 30, 2019 and do not apply to Extended Day sessions.



Through April 30, 2019 After April 30, 2019

Five-day Session

$400

$450

Three-day Session

$240

$270

Multi-Week Discount

Register your child(ren) for more than one week of Summer Arts and you'll pay the listed price for the first week, and receive 10% off each additional week. The Multi-Week discount applies to the regular rate and to the Early Bird rate; discounts are automatically calculated during checkout.

Resources to Print at Home


•   Summer Arts 2019 Quick Guide
•   Summer Arts 2019 Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Arts Weekly Offerings by Grade and Theme

Click on the course title for the full class description, including weekly theme and materials covered, price, and additional information. All class supplies are included.
About Grade Levels: We understand that children vary in their development widely from grade to grade, and offer Summer Arts classes open to a two-grade range so parents/guardians may select which class best aligns with their child's developmental level. Parents/guardians may choose either the grade their child completed in June 2019, or the grade their child will enter in September 2019.

Quick Jump → Gr K-1   Gr 2-3   Gr 4-5   Gr 6-8   Extended Day

GRADES K-1

Includes 2D (drawing, painting, etc) and 3D (sculpture, construction) processes, inspired by the theme "What's the Story?"

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Course Title
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Date Time Price

Session 1: It's a Mystery

Jun 24-Jun 28

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 1: It's a Mystery This week we will look at books about mysteries and detectives. Students will have fun spying on how different artists have illustrated mystery stories and will create their own artwork in a variety of mediums.

Session 2: Back in Time

Jun 1-Jul 3

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$270

Session 2: Back in Time What was it like when the dinosaurs roamed the earth or when America was a very young country? There are some really great books for children exploring history from prehistory to last century. For this short three-day week, we will work in all sorts of fun artistic media and take home work inspired by our trip back in time.

Session 3: Hilarious

Jul 8-Jul 12

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 3: Hilarious There are so many crazy, zany, hilarious books to look at this week as we learn about how illustrators create pictures and authors use words that make us laugh. Students will go home with a portfolio of creative pieces in this hilarious week.

Session 4: Want to Play?

Jul 15-Jul 19

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 4: Want to Play? This week we will look at books about games, sports, the playground and playfield. Using lots of materials like found objects, paint and markers, students will create a portfolio of artwork inspired by the games we play.

Session 5: Scrumptious

Jul 22-Jul 26

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 5: Scrumptious Many stories and famous artworks center around food. This week we will be inspired by different authors who write about yummy treats using fun words like scrumptious and artists who make fun images using layers of pencil and paint, colored papers, photos and more. Students will make their own versions of artwork inspired by these stories and pictures.

Session 6: Critters and Creatures

Jul 29-Aug 2

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 6: Critters and Creatures From Skippyjon Jones to the Hungry Caterpillar, there are so many great stories about bugs and animals! We will have fun learning how many different ways an illustrator can draw and paint bugs, bears and baboons - to name a few. Everyone will go home with their own portfolio of creations inspired by our fellow furry, feathered and tentacled friends.

Session 7: Intergalactic

Aug 5-Aug 9

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 7: Intergalactic To infinity and beyond!! This week we will look at books and stories about outer space, the planets, rocket ships and everything that is out of this world. Students will explore materials like paper mache, watercolors, and charcoal as they create a galaxy of artwork all their own.

Session 8: Magical and Fantastical

Aug 12-Aug 16

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 8: Magical and Fantastical Harry Potter, Magic School Bus, Wizard of Oz... magic is everywhere in books. This week we will create fantastical art inspired by books about Magic. Students will go home with a portfolio full of pictures and sculptures created with the full array of art materials in our studios.

Session 9: Amazing People

Aug 19-Aug 23

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 9: Amazing People People do amazing things all the time- some become famous like Martin Luther King Jr., and some are less well known, like Wangari Maathai, environmental activist from Kenya. Students will be inspired by the accomplishments of these amazing people as well as the amazing images from the books we look at. Everyone will have the chance to create a portfolio of artwork using paint, sculpture materials and lots of imagination.

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Grades 2-3

Includes 2D (drawing, painting, etc) and 3D (sculpture, construction) processes, inspired by the theme "What's the Story?"

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Course Title
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Date Time Price

Session 1: It's a Mystery

Jun 24-Jun 28

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 1: It's a Mystery This week we will look at books about mysteries and detectives. Students will have fun spying on how different artists have illustrated mystery stories and will create their own artwork in a variety of mediums.

Session 2: Back in Time

Jun 1-Jul 3

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$270

Session 2: Back in Time What was it like when the dinosaurs roamed the earth or when America was a very young country? There are some really great books for children exploring history from prehistory to last century. For this short three-day week, we will work in all sorts of fun artistic media and take home work inspired by our trip back in time.

Session 3: Hilarious

Jul 8-Jul 12

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 3: Hilarious There are so many crazy, zany, hilarious books to look at this week as we learn about how illustrators create pictures and authors use words that make us laugh. Students will go home with a portfolio of creative pieces in this hilarious week.

Session 4: Want to Play?

Jul 15-Jul 19

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 4: Want to Play? This week we will look at books about games, sports, the playground and playfield. Using lots of materials like found objects, paint and markers, students will create a portfolio of artwork inspired by the games we play.

Session 5: Scrumptious

Jul 22-Jul 26

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 5: Scrumptious Many stories and famous artworks center around food. This week we will be inspired by different authors who write about yummy treats using fun words like scrumptious and artists who make fun images using layers of pencil and paint, colored papers, photos and more. Students will make their own versions of artwork inspired by these stories and pictures.

Session 6: Critters and Creatures

Jul 29-Aug 2

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 6: Critters and Creatures From Skippyjon Jones to the Hungry Caterpillar, there are so many great stories about bugs and animals! We will have fun learning how many different ways an illustrator can draw and paint bugs, bears and baboons - to name a few. Everyone will go home with their own portfolio of creations inspired by our fellow furry, feathered and tentacled friends.

Session 7: Intergalactic

Aug 5-Aug 9

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 7: Intergalactic To infinity and beyond!! This week we will look at books and stories about outer space, the planets, rocket ships and everything that is out of this world. Students will explore materials like paper mache, watercolors, and charcoal as they create a galaxy of artwork all their own.

Session 8: Magical and Fantastical

Aug 12-Aug 16

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 8: Magical and Fantastical Harry Potter, Magic School Bus, Wizard of Oz... magic is everywhere in books. This week we will create fantastical art inspired by books about Magic. Students will go home with a portfolio full of pictures and sculptures created with the full array of art materials in our studios.

Session 9: Amazing People

Aug 19-Aug 23

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 9: Amazing People People do amazing things all the time- some become famous like Martin Luther King Jr., and some are less well known, like Wangari Maathai, environmental activist from Kenya. Students will be inspired by the accomplishments of these amazing people as well as the amazing images from the books we look at. Everyone will have the chance to create a portfolio of artwork using paint, sculpture materials and lots of imagination.

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Grades 4-5

Includes 2D (drawing, painting, etc) and 3D (sculpture, construction) processes, inspired by the theme "What's the Story?"

Full price is displayed. Discounts are automatically calculated during checkout.

Course Title
(Click title to view full description)
Date Time Price

Session 1: It's a Mystery

Jun 24-Jun 28

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 1: It's a Mystery This week we will look at books about mysteries and detectives. Students will have fun spying on how different artists have illustrated mystery stories and will create their own artwork in a variety of mediums.

Session 2: Back in Time

Jun 1-Jul 3

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$270

Session 2: Back in Time What was it like when the dinosaurs roamed the earth or when America was a very young country? There are some really great books for children exploring history from prehistory to last century. For this short three-day week, we will work in all sorts of fun artistic media and take home work inspired by our trip back in time.

Session 3: Hilarious

Jul 8-Jul 12

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 3: Hilarious There are so many crazy, zany, hilarious books to look at this week as we learn about how illustrators create pictures and authors use words that make us laugh. Students will go home with a portfolio of creative pieces in this hilarious week.

Session 4: Want to Play?

Jul 15-Jul 19

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 4: Want to Play? This week we will look at books about games, sports, the playground and playfield. Using lots of materials like found objects, paint and markers, students will create a portfolio of artwork inspired by the games we play.

Session 5: Scrumptious

Jul 22-Jul 26

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 5: Scrumptious Many stories and famous artworks center around food. This week we will be inspired by different authors who write about yummy treats using fun words like scrumptious and artists who make fun images using layers of pencil and paint, colored papers, photos and more. Students will make their own versions of artwork inspired by these stories and pictures.

Session 6: Critters and Creatures

Jul 29-Aug 2

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 6: Critters and Creatures From Skippyjon Jones to the Hungry Caterpillar, there are so many great stories about bugs and animals! We will have fun learning how many different ways an illustrator can draw and paint bugs, bears and baboons - to name a few. Everyone will go home with their own portfolio of creations inspired by our fellow furry, feathered and tentacled friends.

Session 7: Intergalactic

Aug 5-Aug 9

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 7: Intergalactic To infinity and beyond!! This week we will look at books and stories about outer space, the planets, rocket ships and everything that is out of this world. Students will explore materials like paper mache, watercolors, and charcoal as they create a galaxy of artwork all their own.

Session 8: Magical and Fantastical

Aug 12-Aug 16

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 8: Magical and Fantastical Harry Potter, Magic School Bus, Wizard of Oz... magic is everywhere in books. This week we will create fantastical art inspired by books about Magic. Students will go home with a portfolio full of pictures and sculptures created with the full array of art materials in our studios.

Session 9: Amazing People

Aug 19-Aug 23

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 9: Amazing People People do amazing things all the time- some become famous like Martin Luther King Jr., and some are less well known, like Wangari Maathai, environmental activist from Kenya. Students will be inspired by the accomplishments of these amazing people as well as the amazing images from the books we look at. Everyone will have the chance to create a portfolio of artwork using paint, sculpture materials and lots of imagination.

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Grades 6-8

Focus on a specific media (drawing, painting, etc.)

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Course Title
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Date Time Price

Session 1: Comics, Cartoons & Manga

Jun 24-Jun 28

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 1: Comics, Cartoons & Manga Students entering or emerging from grades 6 to 8 will explore how artwork and storytelling come together in the form of Comics, Cartoons and Manga. Develop a comic strip with your own invented characters; learn about Japanese comics and how to draw in Manga style; learn how to draw a variety of facial expressions, animate objects, imply motion, and use background space in your story. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio. Students at this level will continue to develop personal expression along with refinement of skill with art materials.

Session 2: Sculpture Explored

Jun 1-Jul 3

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$270

Session 2: Sculpture Explored This week, students entering or emerging from grades 6 to 8 explore everything related to 3D artwork; including relief sculpture (can hang on the wall), kinetic (moving) sculpture, environmental sculpture (natural materials displayed outside), and more. Inspired by historical and contemporary examples, students will plan and execute a series of pieces using wood, wire, clay, Papier Mache, natural and found materials, textiles and more. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio. Students at this level will continue to develop personal expression along with refinement of skill with art materials.

Session 3: Prints and Collage

Jul 8-Jul 12

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 3: Prints and Collage This week, students entering or emerging from grades 6 to 8 will explore various printmaking processes, using ink and brayers, linoleum blocks and other tools to create unique images that can be printed over and over. In addition, this class will focus on collage as a process for learning about self-expression, composition, layering and color relationships. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio. Students at this level will continue to develop personal expression along with refinement of skill with art materials

Session 4: Comics, Cartoons & Manga

Jul 15-Jul 19

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 4: Comics, Cartoons & Manga Students entering or emerging from grades 6 to 8 will explore how artwork and storytelling come together in the form of Comics, Cartoons and Manga. Develop a comic strip with your own invented characters; learn about Japanese comics and how to draw in Manga style; learn how to draw a variety of facial expressions, animate objects, imply motion, and use background space in your story. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio. Students at this level will continue to develop personal expression along with refinement of skill with art materials.

Session 5: Drawing & Painting

Jul 22-Jul 26

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 5: Drawing & Painting Students entering or emerging from grades 6 to 8 will explore everything related to painting and drawing including techniques with acrylic and watercolor paint, various drawing pencils and charcoal, and how to combine various materials in one piece. They will look at contemporary examples to inspire exciting artwork of their own. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio. Students at this level will continue to develop personal expression along with refinement of skill with art materials.

Session 6: Sculpture Explored

Jul 29-Aug 2

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 6: Sculpture Explored This week, students entering or emerging from grades 6 to 8 explore everything related to 3D artwork; including relief sculpture (can hang on the wall), kinetic (moving) sculpture, environmental sculpture (natural materials displayed outside), and more. Inspired by historical and contemporary examples, students will plan and execute a series of pieces using wood, wire, clay, Papier Mache, natural and found materials, textiles and more. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio. Students at this level will continue to develop personal expression along with refinement of skill with art materials.

Session 7: Drawing & Painting

Aug 5-Aug 9

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 7: Drawing & Painting Students entering or emerging from grades 6 to 8 will explore everything related to painting and drawing including techniques with acrylic and watercolor paint, various drawing pencils and charcoal, and how to combine various materials in one piece. They will look at contemporary examples to inspire exciting artwork of their own. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio. Students at this level will continue to develop personal expression along with refinement of skill with art materials.

Session 8: Prints and Collage

Aug 12-Aug 16

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 8: Prints and Collage This week, students entering or emerging from grades 6 to 8 will explore various printmaking processes, using ink and brayers, linoleum blocks and other tools to create unique images that can be printed over and over. In addition, this class will focus on collage as a process for learning about self-expression, composition, layering and color relationships. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio. Students at this level will continue to develop personal expression along with refinement of skill with art materials

Session 9: Comics, Cartoons & Manga

Aug 19-Aug 23

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$450

Session 9: Comics, Cartoons & Manga Students entering or emerging from grades 6 to 8 will explore how artwork and storytelling come together in the form of Comics, Cartoons and Manga. Develop a comic strip with your own invented characters; learn about Japanese comics and how to draw in Manga style; learn how to draw a variety of facial expressions, animate objects, imply motion, and use background space in your story. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio. Students at this level will continue to develop personal expression along with refinement of skill with art materials.

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Optional Extended Day Sessions
There is no PM Extended Day on Fridays

Less structured than classes, Extended Day sessions include supervised activities for different ages, including games, stories, art projects and art videos. You must register each child separately.

Course Title Day Date Time Price

AM Extended Day

M-F

Session 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

8:00 am - 9:00 am

$40

PM Extended Day

M-Th

Session 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

$50

AM Extended Day

M,T,W

Session 2: Jul 1-3

8:00 am - 9:00 am

$24

PM Extended Day

M-T

Session 2: Jul 1-2

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

$24

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