Artward Bound offers an expansive and vibrant, art-enhanced academic curriculum

Artward Bound offers a variety of artistic experiences and curriculum designed to build artistic, academic and life skills. Student-artists enjoy field trips to local museums, professorial presentations from MassArt and neighboring Boston institution faculty, and access to MassArt's traditional youth programs. For the first two years, program activities take place primarily at MassArt, after which students may participate in other affiliated art programs throughout the city. 

Artward Bound begins with a six-week summer session that blends intensive art and academic courses on MassArt's campus. The summer semester incorporates Artward Bound curriculum with access to MassArt's Creative Vacation, Summer Studios and Summer Intensives programs. 

During the school year, student-artists participate in weekly academic and art classes, participating in activities specifically designed for Artward Bound as well as in MassArt's Saturday Studios program. Other activities include visits to museums and studios, tutoring, and life skills workshops, as well as presentations and panels about academic and professional pursuit of the arts. Past academic year projects have included a number of different disciplines, including industrial design, architecture, illustration and more.


SNEAKER DESIGN: FEET FIRST INTO DRAWING! focused on drawing and designing for the human figure, building towards a footwear design project. In the last phase of the project, students learned basic animation skills to create a promotional animation to market their design. 

FIELD GUIDE TO THE FENS offered an arts integrated approach to botanical and natural science studies exploring the Emerald Necklace in the Fenway neighborhood. Artward Bound student-artists created a Field Guide to the Fens, featuring illustrations and text that educates visitors about the natural and cultural resources of the Boston Fens. Curriculum covered fauna and flora, with a focus on how plants can serve human through urban foraging and natural pigments. Students also led workshops and walking tours of the Fens, with the goal of further connecting people with the natural resources in their community. 

FALL 2013 

DESIGNOVATE! was structured as a foundational architectural design project for Artward Bound participants to learn by doing while exploring the intersection of art, design, sustainability, and spatial change. Working with MassArt graduate students in collaboration with MassArt faculty, Artward Bound students were able to gain an understanding of the tools related to thinking like a designer, and explored sustainable architecture grounded in the current thinking around sustainability. Projects encouraged diverse approaches to problem solving and engaged in critiques at regular intervals in the design process. 

RITUAL/SACRED ARTS explored different approaches to spiritual art expressed in cultural practice, and developed their own personal work inspired by these traditions. Students learned about African masks and art inspired by African masks; Buddhist art and mandalas; and stained glass art. Artward Bound student-artists created works spiritually meaningful to them, guided by insight learned from these traditional art forms.




Professional and Continuing Education
Carolyn Lewenberg
Acting Director, Artward Bound