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,

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 within six months.


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.

100a Rainforest Rhythm

(Ages 4 ½–6)
Ann Conte

Come and explore the exotic flora and fauna of the rainforest with its intricate patterns of shapes and colors, sunny and bright, dark and mysterious. Discover the wide array of creatures, large and small, friendly and scary. We will paint, draw, collage, and sculpt our way through this imaginary journey rich in creative possibilities.

7/11–8/15 Tues pm 1:30–3:00

$140M $180NM 6 classes

Non Members

100b Adventures in Art

(Ages 4 ½–6)
Ann Conte

What is it about the stories that fueled our imaginations as children, that straddled the lines between fantasy and reality, magical places where anything can happen. Children will have the opportunity to reveal their vision expressively in a fun-filled journey of the imagination by utilizing a variety of media and materials to paint, draw, build, and sculpt their creative response to environments near and far; from ocean scenes to butterfly gardens and beyond.

7/31–8/21 Mon pm 1:30–3:30
$95M $135NM 4 classes

Non Members

139 Hands in Clay

(Grades 1–4)
Ann Conte

Have your children sink their hands into cool clay and create wonderful, colorful ceramic pieces. Students will be encouraged to experiment and use their imaginations. Finished pieces will be glazed and fired.

7/12-8/16 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$195M $235NM 6 classes

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 glazing will be explored. Bring your creative ideas and your imagination—and dig in! Finished clay pieces will be glazed and fired.

7/10–8/14 Mon pm 4:00–5:30
$195M $235NM 6 classes

Non Members

173 Animation LAB

(Grades 4–8)
Brian Fitzgerald

All animation and cartoons are based on the same basic rules of recreating motion, either realistically or creatively one frame at a time.This course digs deep into the most basic fundamentals of motion through classic animation training exercises, animating from observation and through hands-on activities in a few “animation physics experiments.” Students will be encouraged to ignore aspects like style and story in favor of focusing strictly on the animation itself. We will also be looking at examples as a frame of reference. This class is designed to provide a foundation for new animators but can also provide valuable insight for people who have some experience with animation.

7/20–8/24 (date change) Thurs pm 3:30–5:00
$130M $170NM 6 classes

Members Call to register
Non Members Call to register

174a Portfolio Intensive

(Grades 10–12)
Laurinda O’Connor

In this intensive course, students will create 3-5 portfolio pieces, which are intended to address standard portfolio requirements. There will be a strong emphasis on observational drawing, design and concept development beyond basic studio assignments. Artwork which combines skill with the ability to express a personal vision with depth and insight will be emphasized as a measure of students’ maturity and level of intensity. Drawings should reflect observational skills, technical facility, and expressive development. Sketchbooks will be useful as a means of documenting the creative process and exploring visual ideas as part of the studio experience. Individual and group critiques will also be integrated into the studio experience along with an understanding and articulation of visual arts language. Students will need to do some work outside of class to complete studio assignments in this time frame. An extension of this class will be presented as 174b if so desired.

Enrollment in each is separate.

7/10–7/13 Mon–Thurs 1:00–4:00
$145M $185NM 4 classes

Non Members

174b Portfolio Intensive

(Grades 10–12)
Laurinda O’Connor

This class is an extension of 174a and is intended to promote the same objectives and outcomes as the latter regarding standard portfolio requirements. There will be a strong emphasis on observational drawing, design and concept development beyond basic studio assignments. Drawings should reflect observational skills, technical facility, and expressive development. Sketchbooks will continue to be useful along with individual and group critiques Students will need to do some work outside of class to complete studio assignments in this time frame.

7/24–7/27 Mon–Thurs 1:00–4:00

$145M $185NM per session 4 classes

Non Members

176 Life Drawing for Teens

Laurinda O’Connor

Take your portfolio to a higher level by drawing from a live model. Working from life creates ever changing challenges and provides inspiration to help you develop your observational skills in new and exciting ways. Each session begins with warm up exercises as we work our way up to a longer sustained pose. We will use charcoal, black and white acrylics, and paper while we explore form, line, and gesture. We will work from nude models and will have individual instruction at the easel and opportunities to complete finished pieces. Model fee is included.

8/1–8/4 Tues–Fri 1:00–4:00
$145M $185NM 4 classes

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 $275NM

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.

Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register


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.

Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

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.

Non Members

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.

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.

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.

Non Members


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.