General Information

• Please register early to avoid disappointment. You may register online at, call 781.383.2787 to register by phone with a credit card or see registration page for mail-in information. A $25 non-refundable registration fee is included in tuition. If a student cancels a registration at least ten days before a course or workshop begins, a refund will be granted. Visiting Artist Workshops require a 30 day cancellation notification.

• Students must provide their own materials for Adult Courses and Workshops unless noted.

• Young adults, 15 years and older, are welcome to enroll in most adult courses with the permission of the instructor.

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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 by the end of the term—March 31, 2015.


2. Reserve your 5 choices. (Offered below.) 4 students maximum per session. Individual mentoring sessions are available at $50 per hour.


3. Have fun!


Learning Lab
Non Members


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.

Studio Art Foundation Program

South Shore Art Center offers a new program for students looking to formalize their art studies. Upon completion of a specially designed curriculum, SSAC will award students a Certificate in Studio Art Foundation. Participants in the program will have ongoing support of Art Center faculty to evaluate work and assist in course selection. Certificate Students will have priority registration and be assisted in creating a portfolio of work from their selected courses for presentation and exhibition. They also will have the opportunity to exhibit at SSAC in Certificate Student shows. Courses must be completed within three years of registration. (One course, taken prior to January 2012 is eligible for inclusion in the Certificate Program.)

Registration fee for this program is $50.
Contact 781-383-2787 for more information.

First Year Focus
Basic Drawing (48 hours minimum)
Color Theory (10 hours minimum)
Intro to Painting (24 hours minimum Oil, Acrylic, or Watercolor)
Elective choice (24 hours)

Second Year Focus
Drawing II (24 hours minimum)
Art History (12 hours)
Painting Elective (24 hours minimum)
Elective choice (24 hours)

Elective Courses
Advanced Drawing (24 hours)
Printmaking (24 hours)
Photography (16 hours)
3D ceramics (24 hours)
Visiting Art Workshops (18 hours minimum)

Studio Art
Foundation Program

300 Basic Drawing

Judy Rossman

The ability to draw is not inherited, it is a learned skill. That ability is directly related to one’s observational skills. Being able to see the basic structure of all objects is the first step (similar to reading music). Through a series of exercises, assignments, and homework, students will strengthen their observational and drawing skills. Composition, value studies, line, texture and color will broaden their understanding of the drawing process. This class can accommodate both beginner and intermediate levels in a supportive environment with lots of one-on-one instruction. Continuing students welcome.

7/8–8/12 Fri am 10:30–1:30
$225M $270NM 6 classes


303 Introduction to Painting with Pastels

Laurinda O’Connor

Create beautiful paintings using soft pastels while working from photographs of landscapes. Students will develop their own style while going over the basics, experimenting with color, underpaintings, and various techniques. Laurinda will demonstrate and offer plenty of individual instruction. Perfect for the beginner or intermediate painter. Students are encouraged to bring their own photographic references as well as soft pastels and preferred paper.

6/30–7/28 Thurs pm 6:00–9:00
$185M $230NM 5 classes

Non Members

310 Beginner/Intermediate Watercolor

Mary Callahan

Designed for all levels of the watercolorist, this course will first provide the fundamentals and then explore the many techniques of watercolor. Art works may be based on still life set-ups, photos or from your imagination. Emphasis will be on color and design, with the goal of creating an organized emotional statement.

7/7–8/25 Thurs am 9:00–12:00
$240M $285NM 8 classes

Non Members

Jan McElhinny

327 "Alla Prima" Landscape

Dianne Panarelli Miller

This oil painting class will begin with an informative demonstration to help students see how to begin a painting. The instructor will work with students on an individual basis to help them improve at their own speed. Students will work outside—weather permitting or work from still life set ups. Dianne will blend the discipline of Academic Traditional Methods with the freedom of “Alla Prima” (all in one sitting) to help students learn the fundamentals to create a painting that is structurally sound in color, composition and technique. Whether you are a beginner or advanced artist you will benefit from this class.

7/11–8/15 Mon am 9:30–12:30
$225M $270NM 6 classes

Non Members

328 Paint the Still Life with Dianne

Dianne Panarelli Miller

If you want to improve your drawing and observational skills, this is the class for you! We will draw or paint the still life in a controlled setting using charcoals or oils. Enjoy the camaraderie and feedback from a fun group with informative demonstrations and individual attention. We will share information of the academics and talk about values, composition and technique in a simple, easy language. With a disciplined focus, we will work together to help each student keep their painting moving in the right direction. Both beginners and advanced artists will benefit from this class.

7/12–8/16 Tues am 9:30–12:30
$225M $270NM 6 classes

Non Members

500 Life Drawing and Painting Studio

Uninstructed—Michael McNabb, Coordinator

Develop your skills in drawing from the model in this ongoing class. Please call the Coordinator 781-545-4991 if you plan to attend.

$10 per session model fee payable at class.
Ongoing Monday evening 7:00–10:00

342a Simple Plates—Complex Prints:
Exploring Collograph

Esther Maschio

This beginner/intermediate class will focus on making collagraph plates using a wide variety of materials to build layer and texture on rigid surfaces. The imagery can be anything your imagination wants it to be. Once made, a plate is inked and printed using archival papers and inks and run through a press to transfer the image from plate to paper. This is an indirect process, meaning the print appears as a mirror image from what is on your plate. Making many plates expands the potential for making complex art by overprinting images. Easy plate registration will be demonstrated. The plates can be as simple or as complex as you wish your creativity and curiosity to take you. Join us and make your own colorful world for the rest of the world to see. Class size is limited and includes group instruction along with individual attention. Previous experience is not required. All levels are welcome.

7/11–8/15 Monday 6:00–9:00
$235M $280NM 6 classes

Non Members

342b Advanced/Intermediate Collagraph

Esther Maschio

Students will learn multiple techniques that yield rich complex results. Dry point,carborundum and other plates will combine with chine collé, multiple plate registration, a la poupée inking, acrylic painting, and antiquing, a variety which offers endless possibilities and combinations resulting in a one-of-a-kind print every time. Materials are simple and techniques are easy, and only the finest paper and inks will be used. Come with an open mind. Instructor will contact you before the start of class.

7/11–8/15 Mon 9:00–2:00
$250M $295NM 6 classes

Non Members

350 Introduction to Ceramics

Ann Conte

For the beginning clay student, this course will introduce students to the techniques of coil, pinch, slab, wheel and combinations of these techniques. Functional and non-functional pieces will be created, glazed and fired. Texture, form and surface treatment will be covered as part of the one-on-one instruction, reinforced by demonstrations of technique and process.

7/14–8/25 Thurs pm 1:00–4:00
$245M $290NM 7 classes
(includes materials and firing fee)

Non Members

351 Clay Work

Liz Rodriguez

This is a course for students with a range of abilities from beginner to advanced and includes instruction in wheel throwing and hand building techniques. Beginners will learn how to center clay, make small bowls and cups: advanced students will explore more complicated forms including lidded jars and teapots. Handbuilders will learn pinch, coil, slab techniques and will produce a variety of containers and objects. The class will also learn a variety of surface decorating and glazing techniques such as slips, sgraffito, paper resist, carving, stamping and glazes. Come with ideas or come ready to try something new.

7/12–8/23 Tues pm 6:30–9:30
$245M $290NM 7 classes
(includes materials and firing fee)

Members Call to register
Non Members Call to register

352 Potter's Wheel & More

Jeanne Wiley and Ann Conte

This intermediate/advanced ceramic class will cover wheel techniques as well as slab, coil and handbuilding. Glaze applications will be demonstrated and independent projects are welcomed in this very supportive class. Open to all students with some studio experience.

7/13–8/24 Wed pm 6:30–9:30
$245M $290NM 7 classes
(includes materials and firing fee)

Non Members

354 Clay Decorating Techniques

Ann Conte

Learn new ways to finish your clay pieces with image transfer, mono printing, photo lithography, sgraffito, and more. This class will allow you to expand your glazing repertoire. The first classes will focus on learning new techniques. Students will then be able to put their new knowledge into practice through their clay hand built and wheel thrown work. Prior clay experience is required to take this course.

7/14–8/25 Thurs pm 6:30–9:30
$245M $290NM 7 classes

Non Members

371 Digital Photography—Start to Finish

Tim Waite

Learn how to maximize the digital camera. Students will learn the fundamentals of exposure by taking advantage of the features and functionality specific to their own digital camera. This course will focus on the technical aspects of digital photography, including image file formats, lens selection, the light metering, and developing your own digital workflow. You will build on your abilities week-to-week through various assignments created to reinforce the topics you’ve learned. Students should bring their cameras and manuals to class. Digital SLR cameras required.

7/14–8/18 Thurs pm 7:00–9:00
$190M $235NM 6 classes

Non Members

390 Intro to Sewing

Alison Gordon

Learn the basics on how to use a sewing machine (sewing machine provided) as well as read a pattern, cut fabric, and install a zipper. Projects include a tote bag, zippered box pouch, and zippered pillow cover. Check the supply list for fabric amounts needed.

7/27–8/17 Wed pm 6:00–9:00
$150M $195NM 4 classes

Non Members

Figure Drawing


427 Conquering Color

Nancy Colella

Color gets all the credit. Value does all the work.
Everyone is attracted to color so let’s explore the many ways we can use color for more expressive paintings. This class will cover all aspects of color; values, color mixing, relationships, contrast and much more. Through demos, exercises and critiques, we will learn how to “see” color in new ways and how to incorporate that into our paintings. We will work on Bristol board with acrylics or gouache as well as painting on canvas boards.

8/10–8/11 Wed–Thurs 9:30–3:30
$155M $195NM 2 classes

Non Members

465 Shibori Basics

Alison Gordon

Shibori is the Japanese technique of bound and resist dying, think of it as an elegant (and more complicated) way to tie-dye. Learn different knotting, folding, wrapping, and fabric blocking techniques in demos and as you prepare your fabric. At the end of the day, we will dip everything in an indigo dye bath, unwrap, and check out our final products. Shibori dying is not a precise technique, so students should be open to experimenting, and embrace the unexpected. This class will focus on dyeing provided items, using a prepared dye bath. Students will receive a tote bag, 4 cotton napkins, 2 tea towels, cotton scarf, and silk scarf to dye in class. Time permitting, students may bring up to two other items that are cotton, wool, or silk to dye. $40 materials fee payable to instructor.

8/12 Fri 10:00–4:00
$85M $130NM 1 class

Non Members

468 Small Scale String, Strip and Scrap
Quilt Design

Virginia Holloway

Students will improvise abstract designs with strips and strings directly onto quilt batting using scraps or strips cut from cotton fabric. The result can be finished as wall art or used to create a beautiful functional object. The use of color, pattern and composition in fabric will be the focus of the class.

7/16–7/17 Sat–Sun 10:00–4:00
$155M $200NM 2 classes

Non Members

472 Introduction to Time-Lapse

Bruno Debas

During this workshop attendees will learn how to properly calculate interval, length of time, and clip length to create stunning time-lapse movies. The workshop consists of a lecture about the technical aspects of creating a time-lapse image. The software used to create the time-lapse movie will also be introduced. This will be followed by a photography session in the field during which the group will be guided to create their own time-lapse movie. Certain cameras require an “Intervalometer” in order to shoot time-lapse. It is best purchased ahead of time (between $20.00 and $40.00 on Amazon) and should be purchased to correspond to the student’s camera along with two AAA batteries (usually). Please contact the teacher with any questions.

7/9 & 8/27 Saturday 12:30–4:30
$120M $160NM 2 classes

Non Members

473 Photography in the Field

Bruno Debas

Photography in the Field is a series of workshops designed to help photographers grow as visual artists through the exploration of a various set of photography discipline. Each one of the sessions include a lecture on the subject and a guided photography session. The first workshop covers composition with a lecture on the common visual tools, elements of composition and a discussion on how to use these tools to strengthen your photography. Subsequent workshops in the field will cover the themes of Abstract Photography, Street Photography, and The Environmental Portrait.

7/23–8/13 Sat 12:30–4:30
$240M $280NM 4 classes

Non Members

488 Color Theory Simplified Workshop

Judy Rossman

Through a series of structured sequential exercises, students will understand the basics of color mixing. This understanding will endow the student with skill and confidence in any color media he/she approaches including watercolor, oils, acrylics, oil pastels, colored pencil and gouache. A simple still life will be completed utilizing techniques experienced in previous exercises.

7/10, 7/17 Sun 11:00–4:00
$120M $160NM 2 classes

Non Members


425 Extracting Perceptual Elements

Kim Alemian

Intermediate/advanced. In painting the environment, students will construct works on both new and repur-posed paper and canvas. Students will reflect on and determine how much infor-mation is needed through experimenting with various materials and techniques. Series of studies will be made along side of the larger works. The importance of drawing, proportion and other formal elements will be emphasized. We will refer to master paintings and examples of various processes. Students are encour-aged to bring in 2 or 3 meaningful still life objects or sketches to work with.

6/10–6/12 Fri–Sun 9:30–3:30
$275M $320NM 3 classes

Non Members

460 Large Scale Image Transfer

Allison Crowe

Working with images of your choice you will transfer them to canvases as large as you like. Beginning with a photo, you will learn how to enlarge it very simply on a computer with free software you can download at home. No experience or computers required in class, instructor will demonstrate on her device enlarg-ing students’ photos for them. We will print large-scale in color by ‘tiling’ the image in 8 x11 sheets. The image is then adhered to a stretched canvas and the paper is washed off 24 hours later reveal-ing the image—now imbedded into the canvas. The results will be distressed with some degree of control over how much, the overall effect is painterly and can still be further worked into with acrylics and mixed media. Laptops are optional, if you do bring one, you will learn how to do the digital process on your machine. There will be a materials list provided.

5/13–5/15 Fri–Sun 1:00–4:00
$185M $230NM 3 classes

Non Members

488 Color Theory Simplified Workshop

Judy Rossman

Through a series of structured sequential exercises, students will understand the basics of color mixing. This understand-ing will endow the student with skill and confidence in any color media he/she approaches including watercolor, oils, acrylics, oil pastels, colored pencil and gouache. A simple still life will be com-pleted utilizing techniques experienced in previous exercises.

6/5 and 6/12 Sun 11:00–4:00
$120M $160NM 2 classes
A $5.00 materials fee will be payable to the instructor

Non Members


Color Wheel


525 Imaginative Self-Portraits

Dean Nimmer

This class travels through new possibilities to explore visual interpretations of me, myself and I. Going beyond the stereo-type—“Does this picture look like me?”—we will visualize some of the mysteries of our multi-faceted self. Some projects include: seeing ourselves as creatures and beasts; seeing ourselves as pure colors and shapes and seeing ourselves belonging to another world. Guaranteed to be intriguing, fun and enriching! Basic materials supplied.

6/24–6/25 Fri and Sat 9:30–4:00
$300M $345NM 2 classes

Non Members

504 Creating Abstract Imagery in Pastel

Debora L. Stewart

“Do not copy nature too much. Art is an abstraction.” Paul Gauguin Abstraction is a shift in focus. In realistic work we have a road map based on what we are looking at and it is in front of us. In abstraction we must tear ourselves away from what we see and it becomes another way of expression. It is an internal dialogue with our own personal frame of reference. Instead of portraying the object or figure in front of us it becomes a reaction to that object or figure. Learn to loosen up, tap into your intuition, create abstract compositions, use underpaintings and pastel ground and create abstract realism with flowers and figures. Learning abstract techniques will open your work to new possibilities. This three-day workshop will give you the tools to explore the excitement of abstraction. Thorough handouts are provided for each participant.

7/22–7/24 Fri–Sun 9:30–4:00
$450M $495NM 3 classes

Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

523 The Dynamics of Color and Mixed Media NEW

Suzanne Schireson

Expand your appetite for color and pattern through mixed-media painting! Rather than use a white canvas, students will work on patterned and collaged surfaces built during the workshop. This two-day class teaches students to draw with color in their paintings, creating depth, space and form through an in depth look at color temperature and the interactions of color. Students can work from a still life of objects that have special meaning to them or have the option to paint a self-portrait from a mirror. Color and pattern will be presented as tools to express emotion and create a narrative. Examples of evocative, painterly realism will be explored through a sampling of related visual art works and demonstration.

7/20–7/21 Wed–Thurs 10:00–4:00
$160M $205NM 2 classes

Non Members

524 Art from the Soul for the Soul

Nella Lush

What is Art for you? Does it make you happy, frustrated or does it bring you peace? Art for me is an extension of myself, an extension of my being and all that moves me. —Nella

This workshop is about finding yourself and an approach to your art making. It is about seeking your own voice and finding that which you have within yourself. You will be guided through trusting the process and by giving yourself permission, you will find that magic.We will use cold wax and marble dust. Students may work in any painting medium they wish.

8/13 & 8/20 Sat 10:00–4:00
$325M $370NM 2 classes

Nella was born, raised and educated in Italy. She is the founder of the Experimental Group of Rockport Association and Museum, the President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Women Artists.

Non Members

541 Solarplate, Advanced Solarplate Printmaking and Hybrid Works on Paper:
A Master Class

Dan Welden

This three day “art making” workshop will revolve around the ‘Solarplate Process’ and will require established printmakers to have a good background with both the processing and printing of Solarplates. Dan will demonstrate both relief and intaglio methods, as well as color printing and creating various “Hybrid Works”. Participants will be encouraged to utilize embossment as well as a layering of color. Each person may choose to work on multiple plates and many images, or concentrate on a series of works from a single image. Welden will also demonstrate his unique approach of “reworking” impressions with painterly and graphic techniques. Printmaking experience is mandatory. It is requested that artists applying for this class are ‘self directed’ and interested in developing a ‘series’ of work. This is not an exploratory introductory ‘how to’ class but one with an emphasis on master works.

Solar plates will be available for pre purchase at a 25% discount and must be ordered 2 weeks prior to the session.

8/5–8/7 Fri–Sun 9:30–4:30
$450M $500NM 3 classes

Non Members


540 Encaustic Collograph Printmaking

Dietlind Vander Schaaf


Collagraph printing is a process in which collage materials are built up to create a raised textured surface over a rigid substrate to create a printing plate. Inks or oil are applied to the surface and then printed onto paper. Encaustic collagraph uses encaustic medium (a combination of filtered beeswax and damar resin) in place of collage material. Encaustic me-dium can be manipulated in a number of ways to hold texture. Prints will be made using both relief and intaglio techniques. The properties of encaustic medium allow for both easy manipulation and multiple print runs. All supplies will be provided (Plexiglas plates, encaustic medium, carv-ing tools, ink, pigment sticks, and paper), with an additional $50 supply fee.

5/28–5/29 Sat and Sun 9:30–3:30
$235M $275NM 2 classes

Non Members

541 Encaustic Workshop

Dietlind Vander Schaaf

The two-day Encaustic Weekend Work-shop is designed to introduce students to the medium of encaustic. Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to burn in” and is an art form that dates back to 5th century BC. It is used as a contemporary me-dium because it offers a versatile method of painting using a beeswax-based paint and a heated palette. A hands-on studio course, this workshop will provide partici-pants an overview of history and contemporary use, safety, and supports, while providing demonstrations and opportunity to practice 2D techniques including ap-plication, fusing, color mixing, etching, texturing, as well as working with graph-ite, Xerox transfers, collaging, embedding and incorporating found objects. Students should bring an apron and wear natural fiber clothing (no synthetics such as polar fleece) and wear close-toed shoes. Sup-plies will be provided along with an $85 fee payable to the instructor.

5/21–5/22 Sat and Sun 9:30–4:00
$260M $300NM 2 classes

Members Call to register
Non Members Call to register

545 High Dive: One-day Intensive with Akua Intaglio

Catherine Kernan

A focused exploration of soy-based Akua Intaglio inks, this workshop provides the context, information, and inspiration to create richly layered monotypes and monoprints in series and variations. No toxic fumes and extended workability of the inks make it a liberating experience. With particular attention to mixing and modifying  the inks, Catherine will lead participants through a sequence of printmaking techniques from registration to trace monotype and multi-color monotype/monoprint to viscosity mixing and rolling. This sequence corresponds to detailed written handouts that provide take-away background reference information. A full set of printmaking notes (110 pages+) can be ordered in advance for $25.


Catherine Kernan is a partner of Mixit Print Studio in Somerville, Massachusetts, and director of Maud Morgan Arts, an art center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received her BFA from Cooper Union and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin / Madison. The recipient of numerous grants, Catherine has exhibited widely and her work is in many public, private, and corporate collections. 

5/20 Friday  9:00 – 4:00   1 class
$145M    $185NM

Non Members


Attention Teachers! South Shore Art Center is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education as a provider of Professional Development Points. We are pleased to provide a certificate of completion for any of our adult courses or workshops.