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Studio Arts—College for High School Students

Explore the possibilities of a creative life in the visual arts. Working with instructors who are professional artists as well as educators, you’ll discover your own voice in making art in our new state-of-the-art Studio Arts Building, and learn about the challenges and rewards of a career in the studio arts.

As a Studio Arts student, you will spend each morning developing skills in drawing. You will discover your own personal ways of making connections to the world through drawing, and you will explore how different meanings can be constructed through different approaches to drawing. You will draw from imagination, from objects, and from nature, including clothed models.

In the afternoon, you’ll extend your thinking in drawing into another medium, either oil painting (first session) or printmaking (second session). You will also learn from visiting artists, be introduced to principles of art history, and view original works of art in nearby museums, including the UMass Amherst Museum of Contemporary Art, the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, and MASS MoCA in North Adams.

In the evening, you may wish to return to the Studio Arts Building to continue working on your projects.

At the end of the session, you will participate in producing an exhibition of your group’s work in one of our galleries.

This program has an additional $100 materials and tools fees for each two week session.

Learn more here.