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 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.

106 Story Art/ Art and Literature

(Ages 4 ½–6)
Patrice Kelley

Classic characters will get a new spin and come alive both two and three dimensionally as our youngest students recreate some old and new characters from classic children’s books. From reading aloud and discussing characters, students will be encouraged to express images from their creative imagination as we draw, paint, and sculpt those fanciful creatures from this world and beyond. This class will be full of discovery and imagination while introducing basic skills and helping children to cultivate an appreciation for the wonders of the creative process and exploring different artistic materials. Weekly reading activities will include: Eric Carle’s “Very Busy Spider”; Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”; Doctor Seuss’s “The Cat and the Hat”; Tomie dePaola’s “Strega Nona”; Arree Chung’s “Ninja!”; Don Freeman’s “Corduroy”; Paul Johnson’s “The Cow Who Wouldn’t Come Down” and, of course, Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.”

9/13-11/1 Wed pm 4:00-5:30
$190M $235NM 8 classes

106
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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. Fall and all the inspiration it brings will be explored with emerging artists. A wide range of materials, including 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 October 9.

9/18–11/13 Mon pm 4:00–5:00
$195M $235NM 8 classes

117
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124 Autumn Arts

Patrice Kelley

This class explores the visual universe of autumn in all its colorful splendor! It is Art Expressions with an autumnal flair. Students will explore the sights, sounds and smells of autumn in a variety of media. This is a class for students who love to think creatively, responding to leaves falling and owls calling. The autumn is a special time in New England and junior artists will find inspiration in the seasonal art lessons to be discovered. Autumn Arts will draw out creativity through clay, printmaking, and fiber arts while learning art vocabulary and techniques that will enrich developing artistic skills.

9/14–11/2 Thurs pm 4:00–5:30
$190M $230NM 8 classes

124
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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. No class October 31.

9/12 –11/7 Tues pm 4:00–5:30
$190M $230NM 8 classes

128
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129 Time Traveling with Artists

(Grades 3–6) NEW
Marion Carlson


Imagine being with Claude Monet in his gardens at Giverny, walking around the city of Gloucester with Stuart Davis, strolling through an oriental bazaar in Morocco with Henri Matisse, and other exciting places which have inspired artists over the years. Artists throughout time have studied and mimicked the masters. This multi-media class will focus on themes and ideas which have defined great works of visual art. Classroom instruction will focus on assisting young artists in developing their drawing, painting, collage and sculptural skills as well as learning about significant ideas and artists from the world of art history.
9/13–11/1 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$190M $230NM 8 classes

129
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139 Hands in Clay

(Grades 1–4)
Ann Conte


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 mache, 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.

9/13-11/15 Wed pm 4:00-5:30
$240M $280NM 10 classes

139
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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 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 mache, 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.

9/15-11/3 Fri pm 3:30-5:00
$190M $230NM 8 classes

150
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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.

9/14–11/16 Thurs pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $280NM 10 classes

154
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160 Clay Forms

(Grades 9–12)
Erin Carney

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 October 31.

9/12–11/7 Tues pm 3:30–5:30
$240M $280NM 8 classes

160
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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.

9/16–11/4 Sat am 10:30–12:30
$195M $235NM 8 classes

171
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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.

• 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.