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, Fiber Arts, 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!


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

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

 

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

101 1-on-1
Members
Non Members

102 Baby's Holiday Gift-Making

Alicia Herman


Beautiful gifts for the family just in time for the winter holidays! Enjoy a class that combines looking at art and art making with your baby. Make beautiful marbleize footprint with non-toxic finger paints. Finished products can be used to make beautiful and truly handmade holiday cards or gifts. Delve into the printed words of exceptional illustrated children’s books that enchant all generations. Preview our newest art exhibits. Enjoy our friendly community of babies and caregivers. This class is ideal for parents with babies, ages 24 months or younger. If your baby fuses—don’t worry—you will be in good company. Classes conclude with light refreshments in our beautiful art gallery.


12/12 Tue am 10:00–11:00 1 class
$25M $55NM (priced for one caregiver and 2 children; $10 each additional child)
Get a friend to sign up & receive a free gift.

102 1-on-1
Members
Non Members

103 Preschool Picnics in the Galleries

 

Young children delight in looking at art, storybooks, and art making. Caregivers enjoy being in a beautiful gallery where they can view exhibits and discover something new. Families enjoy a nut-free snack or lunch (brought from home) and picnic on the
gallery floor under our warm skylight.


10/1–11/19 Tue am 11:30–12:30 8 classes
$150M $185NM

103
Members
Non Members

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.


10/2–11/20 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$205M $240NM 8 classes

106
Members
Non Members

117 Fledgling Creations

(Grades K–1)
Patrice Kelley


Mini artists’ imaginations take flight creating original works while learning elements of art such as line, shape and form, color and texture. Fall and all the inspiration it brings will be explored as emerging artists learn about a wide range of materials, various types of clay and different painting techniques. Art lessons will be presented based on themes which will enhance learning and enchant the spirit of young artists with the flavor of seasonal changes. Students will develop artistic and social skills as well as being introduced to the language of the visual arts.in a positive and supportive learning environment. No class October 14 and November 11.


9/30–12/2 Mon pm 4:00–5:00
$150M $185NM 8 classes

117
Members
Non Members

124 Autumn Arts

(Grades 1–4)
Patrice Kelley


This class explores the visual universe of autumn in all its colorful splendor! It is Art Expressions with an autumnal flair. Students will explore the sights, sounds and smells of autumn in a variety of media. This is a class for students who love to think creatively, responding to leaves falling and owls calling. The autumn is a special time in New England and junior artists will find inspiration in the seasonal art lessons to be discovered. Autumn Arts will draw out creativity through clay, printmaking, and fiber arts while learning art vocabulary and techniques that will enrich developing artistic skills. No class Oct 31.


10/3–12/5 Thu pm 4:00–5:30
$205M $240NM 8 classes

124
Members
Non Members

125 Dinosaurs, Dragons and Art—Oh My!

(Grades 1 and 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.


10/1–11/19 Tue pm 4:00–5:30
$205M $240NM 8 classes

125
Members
Non Members

129 Creative Color Lab: In The Paint Studio

(Grades 1–4)
Marion Carlson


How can you express your most colorful ideas? With paint, of course! This class is a painting lab designed to illustrate the many ways paint can be used to enhance fanciful ideas through visual expression. When paint is applied to paper, explosive color flows across a white space. Red, orange, yellow playfully bring out an emerging flower or a lion hiding behind a tree. Explore how color and a brush can transform an idea into a paradise of your own design. 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 painting experience for children. No class October 14 and November 11.


9/16–11/18 Mon pm 4:00–5:30
$205M $240NM 8 classes

129
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.


9/18–11/6 Wed pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 8 classes

139
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-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.


10/4–12/13 Fri pm 3:30–5:00
$240M $275NM 10 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.


9/17–11/5 Tue pm 4:00–5:30
$240M $275NM 8 classes

154
Members
Non Members

160 Mix It Up Media Lab

(Grades 5–8)
Marion Carlson


Open the door and step into a wonderful world of adventure—into a paradise of paint, paper, pastels, and a treasure chest of art materials designed to bring out your individual vision. Come and experience the joys of creative and expressive art making with projects that transform discarded objects into delightful works of artistic assemblages embellished with paint, glue, and magazine cutouts. The result will be unique visual objects which will take self expression to a new level - an exciting world of swooping birds, flying fish, and other fantastic inhabitants of an imaginary world. No Class October 31.


9/19–11/14 Thu pm 4:00–5:30
$205M $240NM 8 classes

160
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. No class October 12.


9/14–11/9 Sat am 10:30–12:30 8 classes
$240NM $275NM

171
Members
Non Members

157 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. No class November 30.


11/2–12/14 Sat am 9:00–12:00
$205M $240NM 6 classes

157
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.


9/17–11/5 Tue pm 4:00–5:30
$205M $240NM 8 classes

172
Members
Non Members

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. No class October 12.


9/14–11/9 Sat am 10:00–12:00
$240M $275NM 8 classes

173
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.