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,

Patrice Kelley's class

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.”

101 Young Artists Book Club

(Grades 1–4)

Alicia Herman

A children’s book is a child’s first art gallery. It introduces them to the amazing world of ART! Paintings, drawings, poetry, narrative, and more! The objective of this interdisciplinary class is to build and nurture visual art and literacy skills. Each children’s book includes beautiful illustrations and thoughtful narratives that illuminate the beauty of the world around us. Children will be encouraged to express themselves visually using a variety of materials and techniques in responding to engaging tales like, Ish by Peter Reynolds or learning about basic elements of art and design in the mathematical love story, The Dot and the Line by Norton Jester. Other choices may include the poetic words of writers such as Alice Walker in her story written just for children about a young girl and her experience in nature! And who knows, there may also be time for students to share their experiences with other students online! No Class October 12.

9/14–11/9 Mon pm 3:30–4:30
$125M $170NM 8 classes

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103 Artful Engineering ONLINE

(Grades 3–5)
Alicia Herman

This interdisciplinary class builds skills in art and nurtures mathematical thinking in a FUN way. Students create geometric drawings, and build mixed-media three-dimensional forms. Use the points of a clock and simple addition to create an elaborate pattern or explore shape and reflections with home-made paper kaleidoscopes. Build catapults and make predictions about where a cotton ball will land when launched. Students are encouraged to experiment and be creative. Art projects are designed to be fun, low stress, and visually dazzling. No Class November 3.

9/15–11/10 Tue pm 3:30–4:30
$125M $170NM 8 classes

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104 The Drawing Lab Experience ONLINE

(Grades 7–12)
Alicia Herman

Build drawing and observational skills to enhance your artistic expression in drawing mediums. Take a deeper look into the world around you. Learn how to interpret what you see onto an open page using a visual language based on elements and principles of design Individualized guidance and constructive critique will be available for students to help them take their artwork to the next level. New curricula will be provided every week. Build a portfolio of artwork and experience.  No class November 11.

9/16–11/18 Wed pm 4:00–5:00
$125M $170NM 8 classes

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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 October 12.

9/14–10/26 Monday pm 4:00–5:30

$185M $220NM 6 classes

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150 Clay Work for Kids—Discovering
Oaxacan Art ONLINE

(Grades 3–5)
Carolyn Daly Shedd

This is a clay class which utilizes “air-dry” clay, also known as self-hardening clay. It is a wonderful, safe option for in-home work due to the fact that it is an environmentally friendly, non-toxic and paintable material. It is much cleaner to work with (no clay dust in home!), while still affording students a rewarding artistic experience. All the same hand building techniques are used—pinching, coiling, slab making, etc., and very few tools are needed. Another key advantage is the variety of armatures and structural materials (toothpicks, foil balls, wire, etc.) students can use for their sculptures, since their piece does not need firing. Students will work with the instructor to discuss and create projects based on the history and style of this unique ancient Mexican culture. Parents would purchase supplies from a materials list provided by the instructor.


9/14 –10/5 Mon pm 4:00–5:00
$85M $130NM 4 classes

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173 Animation Experiments

(Grades 5–8)
Desmond O’Neill

Come learn to express yourself through animation. Using various media we will make a series of short animations that will be compiled into a video collage. Students will be exposed to various forms of experimental animation and artistic concepts pertaining to detailing their decision-making process and will write a statement or self critique about their work when it is completed.

9/19 –11/7 Sat pm 12:00 –1:00
$125M $170NM 8 classes

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175 Creative Minecrafting ONLINE

(Grades 4–7)
Desmond O’Neil

Students will work together in the Minecraft world to create an interactive digital art project. They will learn about and explore pixel art, architecture, sculpture, and other types of art in a communal Minecraft world. Students will need a portable device with Minecraft downloaded (laptop, tablet, phone, switch). Work will include taking screenshots and viewing in game videos. The week will conclude with a video presentation of the students work. 

9/19 –11/7 Sat am 10:00–11:00
$125M $170NM 8 classes

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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.


Call to schedule sessions—781 383 2787

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


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.