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

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.

I Spy:  Games of I Spy are celebrated during the exhibit Sightlines. Children decorate their own frames and viewfinders and experiment with color and paint.  Tri-Session: 11/7, 11/14, & 11/28

The Gift of Art:  As the holidays approach, children and caregivers enjoy collaborative art projects that when completed are beautiful finished art pieces to give to family and friends for the holidays.  Tri-Session: 12/5, 12/12, & 12/19.

Shape Bonanza: Explore shapes and angles of all sizes, with puzzles and games that enhance children's spatial relationship and emerging math skills.  Tri-Session: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30.

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.

Call the Art Center to reserve your space!

Preschool Picnics in the Galleries

SSAC members:
$45 per family with 2 children to attend all 3 classes in a Tri-Session

Non-Members: $45 per child + $15 each additional child to attend all 3 classes in a Tri-Session 

Photo: Liane Metzler


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. This class is ideal for babies, ages 18 months or younger. If your baby fusses—don’t worry you will be in good company. Classes conclude with light refreshments in our beautiful art gallery.

Learn about printmaking and make a beautiful marbleized footprint with non-toxic finger paints. Finished products can be used to make beautiful and truly handmade holiday cards or gifts.
Monday, December 4, 10:00–11:00

Delve into the printed words of exceptionally illustrated children’s art books that enchant all generations. Exposing children as young as 6 months to books can help promote a life long love of literature and boost future literacy skills. Receive a signed copy of a book by a distinguished children’s author.
Monday, December 11, 10:00–11:00

SSAC members: $25 per family with 2 children / per class
Non-Members: $25 per child + $15 each additional child / per class

Call 781-383-2787 or email to reserve space for your family!

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 the 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 to name a few, 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. No class February 21.

1/10–3/21 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 10 classes

Non Members

117 Winter Wonderland

(Grades K–1)
Patrice Kelley

This winter mini artists will celebrate the season with some pretty crafty art lessons! Everything from the symmetry in snowflakes to discovering winter birds will be explored. Students will learn to appropriately use various paint types of paint, clay, plaster and pastel while building their fine motor skills in an enchanting and positive learning environment. No class January 15 and February 19.

1/8–3/26 Mon pm 4:00–5:00
$195M $230NM 10 classes

Members Filled
Non Members Filled

123 Art Expressions

(Grades 1–4)

Patrice Kelley

Express yourself! This is a class for young artists who love creating and want to have fun exploring a variety of approaches, mediums and techniques. Through imagination and observation, students will explore a visual language based on the expression of pattern, line, texture, scale, color, and form. Media may include plaster, clay, watercolor, acrylic, fiber, pastel and printmaking. This class is designed 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, and how they, themselves, can be effective communicators through the use of visual media. Students will learn 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. No class February 22.

1/11–3/22 Thurs pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 10 classes

Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

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. No class February 21.

1/10–3/7 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$190M $235NM 8 classes

Members Call to register
Non Members Call to register

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 while developing motor skills in activities designed to promote the creative expression of ideas. Finished pieces will be glazed and fired.
No class January15 and February 19.

1/8–3/26 Mon pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 10 classes

Members Filled
Non Members Filled

140 Zoomba Art for Kids

(Grades 3–6)
Marion Carlson

Imagine underwater scenes consisting of fascinating fish with intricate scales made by printing bubble wrap over multi-colored paper, surrounded by patterns of fish of unusual shapes, sizes, textures and colors. This structured class for children is a time for them to bring to life their own ideas and imaginative interpretations inspired by the world around them. The language of visual art is all about line, value, pattern, color, texture, and form. The materials used to apply these elements and different techniques used to express ideas and feelings will be introduced and explored through a variety of mediums.
No class February 20.

1/9–3/6 Tues pm 4:00–5:30
$190M $225NM 8 classes

Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

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 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. No class February 23.

1/12–3/23 Fri pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 10 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. No class February 22.

1/11–3/22 Thurs pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 10 classes

Members Call to register
Non Members Call to register

160 Clay Forms

(Grades 9–12)
Erin Carney

This is a class designed for 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 February 20.

1/9–3/6 Tues pm 3:30–5:30
$240M $275NM 8 classes

Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

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. No class February 17.

1/13–3/10 Sat am 10:30–12:30
$195M $230NM 8 classes

Non Members

176 Teen Drawing Mini Series

(Grades 8–12)
Laurinda O’Connor

In this class, students will focus on observational drawing, design, and concept development with the expectation of going beyond basic studio assignments. Drawing activities will emphasize observational skills, technical facility, and expressive development. The goal is to provide students with the tools and experiences necessary to effectively communicate visual ideas in a meaningful way. Drawing techniques and concepts along with principles of composition will be emphasized. Individual and group critiques will also be integrated into this studio experience

1/13–2/3 Sat am 10:00–12:00
$145M $180NM 4 classes

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 on 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. No class February 22.

1/11–3/22 Thurs pm 3:30–5:00
$190M $225NM 10 classes

Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register


166 Creation Winter Vacation

(Grades 1–6)
Patrice Kelley

The winter season is inspiration for junior artists to engage in stimulating art and science discoveries. Grow crystals and create 3-D snowflakes! Bring winter animals to life using clay, paint and oil pastel! We will culminate our creation vacation Friday at noon with an art show welcoming our family and friends.

2/20–2/23 Tues–Fri 9:30–12:30
$145M 180NM

Non Members

167 Clay is the Way

(Grades 1–4)
Ann Conte

Come join us for a four-day clay get-away where children will learn how to form, build, and manipulate clay in an environment of constructive play and creative activities. Students will learn how this most basic medium of creative expression can be used to produce artworks both functional and playfully inventive. How many ways can you think of to create wondrous works of art in this responsive medium? Join us February vacation week to find out!

2/20–2/23 Tues–Fri pm 1:00–3:00
$145M 180NM

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.