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 hands on learning in a fun and supportive enviroment with field trips to local museums, presentations from visiting arts and MassArt faculty, and access to MassArt's traditional youth programs.

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 STEM workshops.

Class offerings for Fall 2015 are as follows:

Cohort 1: Independent Study 

This course offers high school senior students the opportunity to develop an independent study proposal in consultation with the instructor geared toward freedom of expression, focused exploration of a concept, material or medium. Regular critiques will allow students to test out ideas and develop a regular studio practice culminating in a body of work.

Cohort 2: Portfolio 1 

This course offers high school junior students an opportunity to develop technical skills and build their studio practice. Artistic practices will include a range of disciplines in both 2d & 3d fine art, design and art history. Students will have an opportunity to develop their artistic voice leading to a body of work in preparation for their college portfolio.

Cohort 3: Artist Toolbox 

This course offers high school freshman the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the visual arts and explore a range of disciplines. It is a fun but rigorous course to help students develop their creative voice while building foundational skills in many artistic practices, including drawing, painting, collage, design, sculpture and more. Artistic practices will also be explored in relation to art historical and contemporary contexts.


Chandra Ortiz
Director, Artward Bound
Professional and Continuing Education
(617) 879-7122