School Year Programs for Teens

Building off the success of our flagship Summer program, starting fall 2020, we have expanded our offerings to include virtual teen arts workshops throughout the school year. We look forward to offering you the opportunity to settle into your creative process and to develop your artistic voice year-round. 

Winter Sessions 2021 

Winter workshops include 12 hours of synchronous instruction, with the option to continue what you’re working on between classes, either independently or in informal meetings with other students. You are welcome to participate in workshops that meet weekly on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Workshops are designed for all levels of experience and are led by professional instructors and working artists who emphasize process over product.

Session Details

Length: Wednesday evenings or Saturday afternoons for six weeks 
Dates: January 13 – February 17 (Wednesdays); January 16 – February 20 (Saturdays) 
Tuition: $300 per workshop

Wednesday Sessions
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET

Saturday Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday Workshops

Comics & Graphic Novels

Instructor: Peter Wallis, visual artist and educator. B.F.A. Maine College of Art; M.F.A. Goddard College

Since the dawn of civilization, visual storytelling has been an important part of our history. From prehistoric cave paintings to complex narratives in cinema and avatars in video games, we have an inherent need to communicate our stories visually and sequentially. 

In this workshop students will explore the nature of storytelling through the careful balance of text and image. 

Students will:

  • Develop a comprehensive set of skills in sequential art as illustrators and storytellers
  • Hone and polish illustration techniques as they find a unique narrative voice in-class projects
  • Explore other illustrators, graphic novels, and comics in-depth and experiment with digital and traditional illustration techniques 

There will be opportunity for students to give and receive feedback in group critiques and conversations.

Download the List of Materials Needed (PDF)


Instructor: Dwayne Wilson, B.A. Art Education, B.F.A. M.F.A. Illustration California State University, B.F.A. North Carolina State University; M.F.A. Art Education, East Carolina State University.

Develop an understanding of traditional and non-traditional approaches to drawing technique, with a distinct focus on process not product and quality over quantity. Draw from careful observation of a still life, from the human figure, and the landscape. 

This workshop will:

  • Introduce students to the application of art as a vehicle for social change
  • Reference artists such as Kara Walker, Shepard Fairey, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jacob Lawrence, and using a variety of mediums (i.e. charcoal, oil pastel, and graphite pencils) 
  • Teach students about the power of art as a tool for change

Group critiques, individual critiques, and evaluation of student work are key components of this class.

Download the List of Materials Needed (PDF)

Handmade Textile Design: Patterns of Place

Instructor: Annie Duncan, B.A. Vassar College, DIS Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Fall 2017, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Summer 2017.

Delve into how to design and print your own textiles from linoleum blocks while considering the culture and evolution of hand-designed textiles and exploring the landscapes, artifacts, textures, and palettes that inform who we are.

This workshop combines drawing, color, pattern, and concept and provides students an opportunity to play with batik-style fabric printing and build patterns from stamps. Students in this workshop will also: 

  • Master basic textile design skills, learning how to make repeat patterns
  • Gain a strong sense of how positive and negative space function in pattern, consider organic vs. geometric form, dimensionality vs. flatness, and the role that scale plays in pattern. 
  • Develop and ultimately print their designs on fabric.

Download the List of Materials Needed (PDF)

Saturday Workshops

Fashion Design

Instructor: Theo Anastasato, Central St. Martins College of Art & Design.

Turn your mood- board ideas into finished pieces as you learn to construct a fashion show ready garment. 

During the workshop, students will:

  • Learn hand sewing skills, how to use a sewing machine, and other techniques to make their own wearable designs
  • Share sketches, pictures, and ideas on a virtual pin-board
  • Receive both one-one support and group support and on-going feedback, preserving a record of their work as it develops

Students will be able to use break-out rooms to pair up in teams and collaborate through Zoom.

Download the List of Materials Needed (PDF)

Painting – Cancelled

Instructor: Genevieve Cohn, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art, Wellesley College. B.A. Ithaca College; M.F.A. Indiana University Bloomington

Expand your knowledge of fundamental technical and theoretical approaches through painting on paper, canvas, or wood panel with acrylic paint. 

In this workshop you will:

  • Review value, color, and composition
  • Learn the basics of color mixing and paint handling
  • Consider a wide variety of forms through exploration of themes and ideas from different art periods up through contemporary works

Download the List of Materials Needed (PDF)

Stop Taking Pretty Pictures

Instructor: Zach Stephens, visual artist and educator; Certificate of Professional Photography, Hallmark Institute of Photograph; M.F.A. Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The general understanding of photography is that one takes rather than makes pictures, and that images with traditional aesthetic beauty are more highly regarded. But photography can (and should) do much more. This class will dig into learning to see differently and to make images as we delve in together to explore the deep history of photography beyond sunsets. 

Materials Needed
We will provide access to Adobe Creative Suite. In addition, you will need:

  • Digital camera or cell phone
  • Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Suite