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

High School Merit Award Opportunity


SOUTH SHORE ART CENTER offers annual pre-college awards, including three for graduating high school seniors attending public or independent schools. Eligible students must be graduating this year and have been accepted by a school of fine arts or an accredited institution of higher learning that includes a fine arts curriculum. Students can use award money towards buying art supplies, college class expenses, or other educational needs at their discretion.

TOM LUCAS/MACIVOR REDDIE AWARD—$700
(sponsored by SSAC)

SUSAN DeMICHELE AWARD—$500
(sponsored by the DeMichele family)

WILL ROBINSON PRIZE—$300

Application Requirements

• Cover letter with your name, address, phone, email,
name of high school currently attending, and name of college to which you have been accepted.
• Personal statement and/or resume (optional).
• Eight (8) examples of your best original work no larger than 18” x 24” including a self-portrait or portrait done from life and a composition drawing or painting
using representational subject matter in any medium.
• Digital images on Flashdrive of 3-D work or pieces larger than 18” x 24” may be included in addition to required pieces. If best original work is not available to submit, include on Flashdrive marked with your name.
• Provide work simply matted but unframed, in a portfolio reasonably secured and clearly labeled with name and application form. Each piece should be clearly identified with your name. Personal statement/resume optional.

Application Submission & Pick-up Dates:

All entries (actual work) for all scholarships must be submitted to
South Shore Art Center (119 Ripley Road | Cohasset, MA 02025) during the following timeframe:

 

Sat. April 28, 10–4 | Sun. April 29, 12–4 | Mon. April 30, 10–9

Tue. May 1, 10–9 | Wed. May 2, 10–9

 

See above left for downloadable information sheet.

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. (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 $50 an hour.

 

4. Have fun!

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 Intermed., 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


Preschool Picnics in the Galleries


Tuesdays 11:30 – 12:30 
Young children delight as they are engaged in looking at art, storybooks, song, and sensory rich art making. Caregivers enjoy being in a beautiful gallery space where they can view exhibits and discover something new and intriguing.  During each class families enjoy a nut-free snack or lunch (brought from home) and picnic on the floor of the gallery under our warm skylight.


Shadow Puppets: Experiment with light and shadows and children create beautiful artworks made out of different transparencies and reflections, and make their own shadow puppet that can preform for the class.  Tri-Session: 2/6, 2/13, 2/27.


Glow Bugs: Meet bioluminescent creatures (real and imaginary) and create your own glowing inspired artworks.  Tri-Session: 3/6, 3/13, 3/27.

Glow Bugs: Create bioluminescent
creatures 3/6, 3/13, 3/27, & 4/3

Call the Art Center to reserve your space!


Preschool Picnics in the Galleries

SSAC members:
$15 per family 

Non-Members: $15 per child + $5 each additional child.  

 


Photo: Liane Metzler

TINY PRINTS—HOLIDAY PREVIEW


Making for Caregivers & Babies
Weekly Classes, Mondays 10:00–11:00

Enjoy a class that combines looking and making art with your baby in our friendly community of babies and caregivers. All caregivers welcome—mothers, fathers, grandparents, nannies, etc. Preview our exhibits and learn about artists. This class is ideal for babies, age 18 months and younger. If your baby fusses—don’t worry—you will be in good company. Classes include light refreshments in our beautiful art gallery.

Quilted Memories—Patrice Kelly
Create a framed piece of fabric art using cut outs of treasured blankets. Get inspiration for designs from our Shapes and Shadows juried exhibit.
Monday, February 12, 10:00–11:00

Photography Demonstration:
Stephen Sheffield & Alicia Herman

View our juried exhibit of black and white photography. Learn techniques from one of our presenting artists in composition and lighting using a digital camera. Place your baby in our staged area to create an artistic print. All levels welcome—no prior photography experience needed.
Monday, April 23, 10:00–11:00


SSAC members or Twin Parents: $25 per family.


Non-Members: $25 per child plus $15 for each additional child.


Call 781-383-2787 or email aherman@ssac.org to reserve space for your family!


Just Posted!

270 APRIL VACATION Get-Away

Ann Conte

Enjoy creative art-making featuring projects in printmaking, clay, watercolor and multi-media. Explore the ocean floor using watercolor, clay, sand, and more to discover magical sea creatures and plant life. Or fly away in a hot air balloon, or on the wings of a butterfly using paper mâché, clay and paint. And on dry land discover the rainforest’s exotic flora and fauna using combinations of materials in a collage of the imagination. Come join the fun and be refreshed.
4/17–4/20 Tuesday to Friday   9:30–12:30         
$185M   $220NM 4 classes


270
Members Registration closed
Non Members Registration closed



106 Story Art/ Art and Literature

(Ages 4 ½–6)
Patrice Kelley

Mini artists will have an artistic adventure as we connect literature with art in this enchanting art class for emerging artists. Children’s picture books have provided us with memorable stories and characters and are wonderful inspiration for art lessons. 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.


4/25–6/13 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$195M $230NM 8 classes

106
Members Registration closed
Non Members Registration closed

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. Spring and all the inspiration it brings will be explored with emerging artists. A wide range of materials, along with 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 May 28.


4/23–6/18 Mon pm 4:00–5:00
$155M $190NM 8 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.


4/26–6/14 Thu pm 4:00–5:30
$195M $230NM 8 classes

123
Members
Non Members

125 Dinosaurs, Dragons and
Art—Oh My!

(Grades 1 & 2)
Patrice Kelley


Dinosaurs and dragons will come to life through a variety of media including clay, paint, plaster, and pastel. The focus is on creativity and invention as young artists learn new skills, dig up dino facts and create fiercely expressive dragons. 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.


4/24–6/12 Tue pm 4:00–5:30
$195M $230NM 8 classes

125
Members
Non Members
   

128 Time Traveler in a Multicultural World

(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.


4/24–6/12 Tue pm 4:00–5:30
$195M $230NM 8 classes

128
Members
Non Members

130 Splish, Splash, and Splatter

(Grades 1–4)
Marion Carlson


This class is a painting lab designed to illustrate the many ways paint can be used to enhance fanciful ideas into visual imagery. But wait! There is more. This class 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? 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.


4/26–6/14 Thu pm 4:00–5:30
$195M $230NM 8 classes

130
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.


4/25–6/13 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$210M $245NM 8 classes

139
Members
Non Members

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.


4/27–6/15 Fri pm 4:00–5:30
$195M $230NM 8 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 May 28.


4/23–6/18 Mon pm 4:00–5:30
$210M $245NM 8 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.


4/28–6/16 Sat am 10:30–12:30
$240M $ 275NM 8 classes

171
Members
Non Members

172 Super Animation Basics

(Grades 4–8)
Brian Fitzgerald


The field of animation covers everything from classic cartoons, to digital graphics, to experimental short films. In all its iterations, animation was founded on the recreation of motion one frame at a time. This class dives deep into the basic structure of motion and the representation of movement through a number of practical exercises which utilize the fundamentals of animation techniques as an expression of each students’ personal vision. Students will also be observing animation examples each week which represent a wide variety of styles as a frame of reference. Work produced will be based on short experiments, rather than a traditional narrative approach. This class is designed to provide a foundation for new animators but can also provide valuable insight and extended practice for those who have some animation experience.


4/26–6/14 Thu pm 3:30–5:00
$195M $230NM 8 classes

172
Members
Non Members

173 Animation Projects

(Grades 4–8)
Brian Fitzgerald


Animation is a broad field, from hand drawn to stop motion to the experimental. Every animator can take the form in any of these directions. As an intermediate level class, animation projects will focus on developing a mix of skill and personal creative voice by offering guidance on larger-scale student designed projects with more specialized technical lessons catered to the interests of specific students.


4/25–6/13 Wed pm 3:30–5:00
$195M $230NM 8 classes

173
Members
Non Members

152a Artful Math

(Grades 6–8)
Alicia Herman


Math is an academic subject that involves visualization, experimentation, and creativity. It draws on skills and talents integrated in visual arts practices. Artful Math classes are fun, stress free, build spatial relationship skills, and help children generate feelings of confidence as they create complex and beautiful art. Form tessellations like MC Escher. Use the intersections of shapes and lines to make cubistic creations. Play with numbers and generate stars and spirals. The possibilities are endless. Kids learn best when they are not hungry. Please give your child something to eat before class or a nut-free snack to have during class.
No class April 17.


4/3–5/15 Tue pm 4:00–5:30
$145M $180NM 6 classes

152a
Members Registration closed
Non Members Registration closed

152b Artful Math

(Grades 9–12)
Alicia Herman


This is an age appropriate adaptation of Artful Math 152a. No class April 17.


4/3–5/15 Tue pm 5:45–7:15
$145M $180NM 6 classes

152b
Members Registration closed
Non Members Registration closed

 

153a Mother’s Day Retreat

Ann Conte


Enjoy a beautiful artful retreat in the ceramic studio with fellow moms. Create a serving dish or small decanter and cups to serve sake or tea (depending on your tastes). Observe a pottery wheel demonstration. Our teacher tailors her instructions to meet the individual needs of students (with or without prior experience) and insure everyone gets the appropriate level of support. Novices welcome to come and try something new. Students with prior experience may practice their skill under the guidance of a master. Need a Babysitter? Sign your children up for a class with Ms. Patrice down the hallway at the same time as your retreat. See the class description below.


5/13 Sun pm 1:00–3:00
$55M $95NM 1 class

153a
Members
Non Members

153b Mother’s Day Recess with Ms. Patrice

(Grades 5–9)
Patrice Kelley


Drop the kids off with Ms. Patrice so mom can get a little time to nurture herself. Children delight in a class that integrates play and the arts. Each child will have created a beautiful personalized gift wrapped and ready to share on this special day. Moms – now that you have the time off, wondering what you should do? Sign up for Ann Conte’s special Mother’s Day retreat in the ceramic studio down the hallway.


5/13 Sun pm 1:00–3:00
$55M $95NM 1 class

153b
Members
Non Members

SUMMER ART PROGRAM

Art in the Morning with Patrice Kelley

(Grades 1–4)


Embark on a creative adventure this summer with the South Shore Art Center’s popular Art Afternoons, reprised as morning sessions. 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
$245M $280NM

192a 7/9–7/13 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.

192a
Members
Non Members

 

192b 7/16–7/20 Out of This World
Create a menagerie of animals, real, fantastic, ancient, and mythological. Or create your own guardian creature.

192b
Members
Non Members

192c 7/23–7/27 Fabulous Fiber
Flip the light fantastic with a tie-dye creation, or weave different fibers into unusual patterns while you explore macramé.

192c
Members
Non Members

 

192d 7/30–8/3 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.

192d
Members
Non Members

 

192e 8/6–8/10 Under the Sea
Flying fish, coral caves, and deep sea creatures are waiting to be discovered by the underwater traveler through the expression of texture, mixed media and frottage.

192e
Members
Non Members

192f 8/13–8/17 Crazy for Clay II
Return to those techniques you loved so much and didn’t have time to explore or combine in different ways.

192e
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.

• 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.