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July 1 - August 3

Studio Art

Studio Art and Portfolio Preparation - Nurturing the artist within
Ages 13-18, rising 8th-12th graders

Are you an aspiring artist? Have you always wanted to improve your artistic skills? The only prerequisite for enrollment in Cushing’s Studio Art & Portfolio Preparation is a desire to learn. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced studio artist, your vision of yourself as an artist is enhanced by this program. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of color, composition, line, and space as used in pencil drawing, pottery, metal work, photography, watercolor, and oil painting. During this five-week summer program, you learn the techniques that are introduced in class through hands-on practice. Not only do you gain a new appreciation for your improving talents, but you also sharpen your eye for the beauty all around you—both in the studio and outside.

Offered to students with a range of artistic abilities and interests, Studio Art is an intensive academic art program that exposes students to a variety of media. Students meet for four hours every morning, rotating through drawing and painting, silversmithing, pottery, and photography during the five-week program. In the afternoons, you can focus further on areas in the visual arts such as pottery, stained glass, graphic design, and video and filmmaking, or pursue other academic and athletic interests in the two required afternoon activities.

In addition to daily hands-on studio work, students at all levels study each of the art forms in context—the history, the cultural impacts, applications, traditional techniques, and esthetics. In addition, field trips allow for further exploration and application. For instance, you and your classmates might go to a mine, search for gems, learn to facet them, and incorporate them in a piece of jewelry.

Frequent trips to museums in and around Boston also enrich students’ knowledge and appreciation of particular artists and different artistic movements, as do supplemental readings of primary and secondary sources, library research, and art related films.

The course culminates with an art show and a final project that is both visual and written.

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  • Painting & Illustration

    This course provides an introduction to traditional painting techniques and processes (oil, watercolor, tempera and acrylic) for students at all skill levels. Students acquire techniques in paint application and blending, composition and design, and color theory and color mixing and base their painting on a fully realized drawing.
  • Photography

    Whether a beginning or an advanced photographer, you have the opportunity to work on the techniques, in both black and white and color photography and developing, that are most appropriate for your proficiency. You explore a variety of techniques, such as accurate metering in normal and special situations, solarizing, and hand coloring prints. Your teachers introduce you to various methods and provide guidance as you design projects in an aspect of photography that captivates your interest.
  • Pottery

    Roll up your sleeves, don your apron, and be ready to get your hands dirty! Not only will you explore a variety of techniques for working in clay, including hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel, but you will also master basic glazing processes and decorative styles. After choosing a design rendered by another artist or creating one of your own, you are instructed in how to load and fire an electric kiln. (You are also welcome to observe our master potter process your work in the raku kiln.) As you develop your technical proficiency, you will be encouraged to express your creativity through your work. In addition, you have access to films, periodicals, and books to enhance your understanding and appreciation of all aspects of pottery. In just a short time, you develop an “eye” for what makes a successful piece and practice your newly-acquired skill by critiquing your own work and that of your classmates.
  • Silversmithing

    Have you ever thought of crafting something unique out of silver? If so, discover metal as an art medium through silversmithing, or develop skills in three-dimensional design by learning to shape silver, copper and brass. While you will commence this hands-on learning experience with simple, rudimentary designs, you are strongly encouraged to create original pieces. Your teachers will train you in the most up-to-date techniques in shaping, soldering, and fashioning bezels and prongs, and finishing your pieces.
  • Portfolio Preparation

    Advanced art students who intend to pursue art as a major in college create a portfolio of their work for their college application. In this course, with the help of the instructor, you develop a cohesive body of artwork that represents your overall achievement in art.

    Working within the structure of our summer program, as a portfolio student you are given time to develop pieces in any of the media available to you. Instructors assist you with portfolio presentation, including photographing slides of artwork, matting and mounting.

    Note: Three nights per week students spend study hall (8:00 to 10 pm) working in the Art Center. A fee of $325 for textbooks, supplies and transportation for additional class trips is required.

There are three levels of instruction in art:

- If you are a newcomer, you are provided with intensive instruction in basic techniques and guided as you discover your specific interests.

- If you are an intermediate student, you refine your skills through assistance provided by our experienced faculty, who work closely with you as you develop advanced skills and diversify your portfolio.

- Advanced student? Bring a CD of your work and consult with the faculty. Together, you develop an appropriate course of study that targets your specific interests and goals.

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Ashburnham, MA 01430-8000

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Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy is a coed, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in and out of the classroom through outstanding academic, art and athletic offerings. Visit our welcoming community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.