CurriculumArtward Bound offers an expansive and vibrant art-enhanced academic curriculum
Artward Bound's curriculum reflects our program's location; student-artists enjoy field trips to local museums, professorial presentations from MassArt and neighboring Boston institutions 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.
Student-artists in Artward Bound begin 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 Summer Studios and Summer Intensives programs.
During the school year, student-artists participate in weekly academic and art classes-- both Artward Bound conducted and with MassArt's Saturday Studios program-- and other activities including visits to museums and studios, tutoring, and life skills workshops.
Year long, student-artists engage in scientific and mathematical research, read and write fiction and non-fiction and work in multiple mediums and artistic areas.
As an overarching theme for the Artward Bound summer projects, student-artists will create site-specific signage and installation art that raises awareness about Sea Level Rise in Boston. Informed by a presentation from UMass Boston's Chris Watson, field trips to the New England Aquarium and Spectacle Island, student-artist conducted interviews of MassArt faculty, and class discussion, the installation will reflect the student-artist's relevant message.
Coming Soon: Sea Level Rise Suspended Sculpture
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. While researching, student-artists paid special attention towards plants that serve human life by studying urban foraging and natural pigments. After the Field Guides were printed, the student-artists co-lead a workshop that further connected people with the natural resources of the Fens. The workshop engaged participants in hands-on activities and a walking tour of the Fens.
Through mixed-media collage, screen-printing and in literacy, student-artists explored connections between their art pieces, themselves and the world. Designed to introduce students-artists to the skills needed to construct a portfolio of artwork and practice the application of those skills through speaking intelligently to an audience, the summer semester also provided student-artists with the necessary academic skills to confidently and comfortably manage high school level work and academic expectations.
Professional and Continuing Education
Elisabeth A. Dorsey, Ed.M
Director, Artward Bound