Academic and Enrichment Programs for Ages 11 – 18
Morning Programs

The Create Program

Age-appropriate, multi-media studio art classes, workshops, and field trips for aspiring artists

For students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade
The Create program introduces aspiring artists to the fundamentals of color, composition, line, and space as used in drawing, painting, pottery, and other media. In this morning art 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.
Students will spend the entire morning fully engaged in the artistic process, rotating through drawing classes, painting classes, pottery classes, and multi-media custom workshops.
There are two levels of instruction in the Create program:

  • If you are a newcomer, you are provided with focused and supportive instruction in basic techniques and guided through each media 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 continue to develop more advanced techniques.
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 aesthetics.

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 and art-related films.

The course culminates with an end-of-summer art show that brings together the unique and creative accomplishments of all Summer Session art students.

Create Classes

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  • Painting & Drawing

    Your instructors will provide an introduction to traditional painting techniques and processes (watercolor, gouache, 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.
  • 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 an electric kiln. (You are also welcome to observe and collaborate with our master potter as they 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 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.
  • Multi-Media Workshops

    Students in the Create program will spend part of their day in multi-media workshops. These student-driven sessions encourage young artists to design projects with a diverse set of  materials, including paper, clay, paint, beads, wood, textiles, or nearly any other medium that fits their artistic vision. With close support and guidance from our studio art faculty, students will expand their creative horizons and discover new and inspiring forms of design and artistic expression.
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Cushing Academy Summer Session

39 School Street
Ashburnham, MA 01430-8000

Tel: 978.827.7700
Fax: 978.827.7087

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.