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

Learning Lab

Adults & Children grades 5 and up

 

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. The cost for private 1 on 1 instruction is $50M $70NM per hour.

 

2. The cost for group instruction, with a maximum of 4 students, decreases to $35M $45NM per hour.

 

3. All learning lab sessions must be purchased in blocks of 5 2-hour sessions.
($500M $700NM private instruction. $350M $450 group instruction.)

 

4. Review the learning opportunities below to tailor your lessons.

 

5. Have fun!

 

Two-hour blocks. dates to be mutually determined by student and instructor and must be completed within the term.

 

Call to schedule sessions—781 383 2787

Possibilities Include


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-moving 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—Collect your travel or memoir experiences and memories.
808 Photoshop (Mac Only)—Beginner or 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
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


101 Welcome Baby

(Families with Infants 18 months or Younger)
Alicia Herman and/or Patrice Kelly


Baby Foot Prints, Kaleidoscopic Photography, Children’s Book, Art Shows! Enjoy a 90-minute visit to the Art Center. Take advantage of this one-of-kind opportunity to create artwork with your baby as your muse, alongside one of our artists. Be surrounded by art as you create in our beautiful airconditioned gallery. Feel free to bring a snack for you and your baby. If your baby fusses—don’t worry—you will be in good company!

 

Classes are privately scheduled according to what time works best for your family and teacher availability.


Private 1-on-1 Lessons
$75M $105NM

101 1-on-1
Members
Non Members

 

 

Group Requests: 2 or More Families
$50M $80NM

101 Group
Members
Non Members

 

102 Welcome Baby Fiber Arts

(Families with Infants 18 months or Younger)
Patrice Kelly


Get the unique opportunity to see and touch artworks that include soft wool wall hangings depicting charming nature scenes, felted soaps, and 3D figurines. Create your own one of kind felted art piece. Be surrounded by art as you create in our beautiful airconditioned gallery. Feel free to bring a snack for you and your baby. If your baby fusses—don’t worry—you will be in good company!

 

Classes are privately scheduled according to what time works best for your family and teacher availability.


Private 1-on-1 Lessons
$75M $105NM

102 1-on-1
Members
Non Members

 

 

Group Requests: 2 or More Families
$50M $80NM

102 Group
Members
Non Members

 

106a Story Art /Art and Literature
in July

(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 those written and illustrated by local artist, Jan Brett, and other works such as Tar Beach by well known artist, Faith Ringold, 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.


7/9, 7/16, 7/23 Tue pm 1:30–3:00
$75M $110NM 3 classes

106a
Members
Non Members

106b Story Art /Art and Literature in August

(Ages 4 ½–6)
Patrice Kelley


This class is a second installment of Story Art in July and an artistic adventure for mini-artists as we connect with a different series of inspirational literary works in this enchanting art class for emerging artists.


8/6, 8/13, 8/20 Tues pm 1:30–3:00
$75M $110NM 3 classes

106b
Members
Non Members

117 Fledgling Summer

(Grades K–1)
Patrice Kelley


Soar into summer with creativity and imagination! We will look at a variety of ways to stimulate mini artists’ imaginations as they take flight creating original works while learning elements of art such as line, shape, texture, and color. Summertime and all the inspiration it brings will be explored in enchanting thematic art lessons. A wide range of materials, including clay, paint, and collage will be provided in an engaging and supportive environment. Students will develop artistic and social skills in a positive and supportive learning environment.


7/8–8/12 Mon pm 1:30–3:00
$145M $180NM 6 classes

117
Members
Non Members

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. Finished pieces will be glazed and fired.


7/10–8/14 Wed pm 4:00–5:30 pm
$185M $220NM 6 classes

139
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 glazing will be explored. Bring your creative ideas and your imagination—and dig in! Finished clay pieces will be glazed and fired.


7/8–8/12 Mon pm 4:00–5:30 pm
$185M $220NM 6 classes

154
Members
Non Members

157a Introduction to Printmaking

(Grades 10–12)
Mehmet Kraja


This beginner to intermediate class introduces printmaking methods, like monotype and intaglio processes, including trace drawing, additive, reduction printing, drypoint, and etching printing techniques on plexiglass plates. Monotype, which utilizes the methods and tools of printmakers and painters, is usually considered the bridge between printmaking and painting. Students will explore the multiple possibilities of creating work using monotypes in a more painterly fashion. They will use ink, brushes and other tools to build works with a freedom unique to this medium. Attention will be paid to image development and understanding of the process. Students through exercises will gain confidence and establish a feeling for what can be done with these techniques as a basis for further experimenting on their own. While focused on developing technical printmaking skills, students will also work on further mastering of drawing, painting, and composition skills. Exploration of own personal artistic interest will be encouraged. Students will be introduced to the work of contemporary artists and the history/tradition of printmaking. Class sessions will include demonstrations, exercises, independent and collaborative printing, discussions, and critique.


8/2–8/4 Fri–Sun 9–12
$195M $230NM 4 classes

157a
Members
Non Members

157b Introduction to Printmaking

(Grades 10–12)
Mehmet Kraja

 

Another opportunity to take this workshop.


8/9–8/11 Fri–Sun 9–12
$195M $230NM 4 classes

157b
Members
Non Members

172 Youth Filmmaking Workshop

(Grades 6–11)
Desmond O’Neill


Stanley Kubrick said: “The best thing for young filmmakers to do is get their hands on a camera and make a film” This workshop will guide teens through the entire process of making a short film. Participants will work collaboratively to learn and carry out each part of the filmmaking process including scripting, shooting and editing a short film. We will discuss how to write a “doable” script, learn how to use the Canon XF100, and learn how to use Final Cut Pro to edit. This workshop is for teens age 12 to 16. No experience is required. All materials are provided.


7/9–8/13 Tue pm 4:00–5:30
$145M $180NM 6 classes

172
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

173 Animation Experiments

(Grades 5–8)
Desmond O’Neill


Come learn to express yourself through animation. Using various media we will make a series of short animations that will be compiled into a music video. Students will be exposed to various forms of experimental animation and artistic concepts pertaining to detailing their decision-making process and will write a statement about their work when it is complete.


7/13–8/17 Sat am 10:00–12:00
$195M $230NM 6 classes

173
Members
Non Members

174 Portfolio Intensive

(Grades 10–12)
Laurinda O’Connor

 

In this intensive course, students will create 3–5 portfolio pieces, which are intended to address standard portfolio requirements. There will be a strong emphasis on observational drawing, design and concept development beyond basic studio assignments. Artwork which combines skill with the ability to express a personal vision with depth and insight will be emphasized as a measure of students’ maturity and level of intensity. Drawings should reflect observational skills, technical facility, and expressive development. Sketchbooks will be useful as a means of documenting the creative process and exploring visual ideas as part of the studio experience. Individual and group critiques will also be integrated into the studio experience along with an understanding and articulation of visual arts language. Students will need to do some work outside of class to complete studio assignments in this time frame.


7/30–8/2 Tue–Fri 1:00–4:00
$195M $230NM 4 classes

174
Members
Non Members

176 Life Drawing for Teens

(Grades 10–12)

Laurinda O’Connor


Take your portfolio to a higher level by drawing from a live model. Working from life creates ever changing challenges and provides inspiration to help you develop your observational skills in new and exciting ways. Each session begins with warm up exercises as we work our way up to a longer sustained pose. We will use charcoal, black and white acrylics, and paper while we explore form, line, and gesture. We will work from nude models and will have individual instruction at the easel and opportunities to complete finished pieces. Model fee is included.


7/15–8/5 Mon pm 6:00–9:00
$205M $240NM 4 classes

176
Members
Non Members

177 Summer Studio Art Labs

(Grades 5–12)
Alicia Herman


All levels of experience welcome. Enjoy a 4 or 5-day series of 1-hour to 3-hour classes tailored to fit your child’s specific interests and needs. Request 4–5 classes on a single week when your child is home and available. Or spread classes out over a single month. We aim to accommodate your summer scheduling needs. Focus on explorations in drawing skills. Or request a painting intensive. These classes are taught in a small setting in either a one-on-one format or in a small group with up to 4 students. Youth are introduced to fun and interactive creative approaches to develop their skills using a variety of materials.


$50M $70NM per hour
Classes are privately scheduled according to student and teacher availability.

177
Members
Non Members

ATTENTION

High School Juniors and Seniors

 

If you are anticipating submitting a portfolio of your visual art work as part of your college admissions or as part of your application to art school you might want to take advantage of some of our summer studio offerings which aregeared to portfolio planning. We will be offering the following classes:

 

157 Introduction to Printmaking
157a 9:00–12:00, 8/2–8/4
157b 9:00–12:00, 8/9–8/11

 

174 Portfolio Intensive
1:00–4:00, 7/30–8/2

 

176 Life Drawing for Teens
6:00–9:00, 7/15–8/5

 

329 Exploring Graphic Media
9:30–12:30, 7/13–8/17

 

SUMMER ART PROGRAM

Art in the Morning

(Grades 1–4)
Patrice Kelley

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 7/8–7/12 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 Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

 

192b 7/15–7/19 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 7/22–7/26 Fabulous Fiber
Flip the light fantastic with a tie-dye creation, or weave different fibers into unusual patterns while you explore macramé.

192c
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

 

192d 7/29–8/2 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 Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

 

192e 8/5–8/9 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

Art in the Mornings continued...

 

192f 8/12–8/16 Crazy for Clay II
Return to those techniques you loved so much and didn’t have time to explore or combine in different ways the last time you were crazy for clay.

192f
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.

• 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.