Academic and Enrichment Programs for Ages 11 – 18

Afternoon Performing & Visual Arts Classes

Our Afternoon Performing & Visual Arts Classes provide students with the opportunity to fully engage in the creative process. With lots of exciting and interactive classes to choose from, students at all levels can build new skills and expand their artistic horizons. See the links below for detailed class descriptions. Note: students are required to choose a total of two afternoon classes or activities. Other options are available in academics, as well as in athletics (see links at left margin).

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  • 3-D Printing

    This 3D Printing and Design class enables students to explore engineering’s new frontier. Students practice designing 3D-printable objects on SketchUp Make 2016. By learning the ins and outs of SketchUp, students build up their knowledge of 3D computer-aided design. In this process, students design various objects based on design challenges that successively train them to use increasingly complex tools in SketchUp. Using the Makerbot Replicator, students will print their 3D models and practice the engineering design process: designing, printing, redesigning, reprinting, etc. This class also exposes students to the potential applications and controversies of 3D printing through class discussions and film.
  • Dance Workshop

    This course focuses on the fundamentals of dance technique, emphasizing strength, flexibility, endurance, control and coordination. Beginning and experienced dancers are encouraged to enroll—just let us know what your level is.
  • Graphic Design

    Graphic Design is defined as a visual communication that combines images, words, and ideas to convey information to an audience. In this class, students will gain an introduction to graphic design history while creating real-world projects. In this process, students will learn the basic techniques required to design a custom graphic project of their choosing. Using Adobe Photoshop, they will begin by creating rough sketches that will be critiqued by their peers and revised through the editing process. In this interactive and hands-on class, students will develop both the creative and technological skills of the graphic artist.
  • Music Portfolio

    The Music Portfolio activity offers musicians the opportunity to pursue individual and/or group study, including the development of technique, sight reading, arranging, and composing skills. Students in this class will outline goals for the five-week session and work each day to progress toward these outcomes. This activity is self-directed and is recommended for students of intermediate or advanced levels, currently studying with an instructor. Please note: this class does not include music instruction.
  • Video & Film Production

    In this dynamic and interactive class, students experience all aspects of the movie-making process, including the roles of camera operator, lighting technician, actor, editor, and director. The first movie project is designed to help students become familiar with these roles and to learn the basic functions of the equipment and software. The second, more complex project, develops important skills such as handling cameras, tripods, and Imovie editing software. In this process students learn to develop storytelling sequence, manage time constraints, and work cooperatively on project teams. In the final week of Summer Session, student films are screened and celebrated during our all-school events and assemblies.
  • Theater Workshop

    If you choose this course, you will be involved in all phases of a dramatic production including acting, set building, design, lighting, costumes and makeup.
  • Photography

    This class will introduce students to the basic principles of photography and its use as a form of communication. Students will develop techniques for shooting, learn about aperture, shutter speed, depth of field and motion, and composition. Students do not need a hi-end digital camera—a simple point and shoot camera, or mobile device will work just fine!
  • Painting & Drawing

    No matter how much experience you have with art, you will have a chance to enhance your creative skills through the study of painting and drawing. Learn the use of line, value, color, and composition so that your artistic talents can reach new heights!
  • Jewelry Making

    In this course, you will learn how to transform copper, stones, wire, and beads into wearable works of art. No prior experience with making jewelry is necessary!
  • Pottery

    Develop techniques for hand-building clay pots as well as glazing them. This course is designed for beginning as well as advanced students. Sign up early as this popular course fills quickly.

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.