Annisquam Arts - Summer Studio for Kids 2018

Summer Art and Photography Program for Kids on Cape Ann, Annisquam Arts, Glouces

Welcome to Annisquam Arts! We're gearing up for our 24th season of art-making in the heart of Cape Ann. From bookmaking to woodworking, we're offering seven inspiring workshops this summer––sign up for one week or all seven! Young artists ages 6–14 are welcome.

Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts has been a summer haven for creativity and fun for over 20 years! All workshops are taught in Dawn's professional home studio on Goose Cove, with access to Gloucester’s many cultural offerings and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots. Excursions, beach days, and group activities give students plenty of time to socialize and be outdoors. Projects are designed to encourage imagination and to support individual creative expression––students have a blast learning a range of artistic techniques with the highest quality materials. Small class sizes and individual instruction serve and nurture all levels of ability. At the end of each week, students go home with an impressive portfolio and a memory bank full of fun experiences to share with their families!

Ages: 6–14
Tuition: $250/week
Location: 63 Bennett Street South, Gloucester, MA

Sample Day*:

9:00 AM Drop off at Annisquam Arts, students gather together to learn about the day's artist/thematic and associated project
9:00 AM Set up in small groups and work on their projects
10:30 AM Snack-time & take a break
10:45 AM Continue working on project, or transition to another project or activity
12:00 PM Lunch-time in or outdoors with supervised play
12:30 PM Wrap up the day's work and hang their work to dry or archive in their developing portfolio
1:00 PM Pick up

*Tuesday or Wednesday is beach day! This is weather dependent. We leave the studio at 11:00 AM and eat lunch at Lighthouse Beach. We are back at the studio by 12:45 PM. Thursday is ice-cream day! We have sweet treats at the studio after lunch.

All classes are taught by professional artist and educator Dawn Southworth in her professional home studio on Goose Cove, with assistance by fellow teacher Haley Stevens and 2-3 additional helpers each week.

Dawn Southworth is a well-known Boston artist recognized for her mixed media works and installations. Dawn teaches art at Glen Urquhart School, in Beverly, MA, and is a former visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Dawn previously owned Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the US Embassy in Morocco, the Boston Public Library, and Fidelity Management and Research.

Haley Stevens is also a member of the Glen Urquhart School faculty as a third grade teacher. Haley has a BFA in Art and Design from Salem State University, where she focused on education and was awarded a Presidential Creativity Award for print making. In 2009, Haley received a Gold Medal from the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. It is her goal to inspire young artists to do their best and find their inner voice.

Due to limited class sizes, early registration is encouraged! Sign up below online at or contact Dawn to request a mail-in brochure at | 978-290-2107. A nonrefundable deposit of $75 due upon registration.

2018 Workshops:
Each week is designed as a separate enriching program. Young artists may sign up for one week or all seven! Classes run Monday–Thursday, 9:00 AM–1:00 PM.

WEEK 1: JUNE 25–28
We’re on the go this week! Sketchbooks in hand, we’ll make daily excursions to some of the area’s most scenic destinations and inspiring galleries and studios. A Gloucester harbor boat shuttle will bring us to explore the Rocky Neck Art Colony, where we’ll follow in the footsteps of legendary Cape Ann artists Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Stuart Davis, and Edward Hopper...and get an ice cream  ϑ Walking shoes, swimsuit, and a towel are encouraged this week!

WEEK 2: JULY 2–6 (NO CLASS 7/4)
From Dutch realist still life paintings to Andy Warhol’s pop art Campbell’s soup cans, food has long been in the picture! This week we’ll take inspiration from the pantry, making handmade books and picture frames from packaging, block prints from cabbages and potatoes, and watercolor resist paintings of fanciful cakes! We’ll look to artists Wayne Thiebaud, Vic Muniz, and Sandy Skoglund for fun and imaginative ideas!

WEEK 3: JULY 9–12
We’ll use a variety of traditional bookbinding techniques to turn a stack of empty pages into sketchbooks, diaries, and dream journals! With beautiful, ornate papers and decorative materials, students will incorporate painting, printing, drawing, and collage to fill their masterpieces. Come with your imagination, and leave with a collection to add to your library shelves!

WEEK 4: JULY 16–19
Do you know how paper is made? Have you ever painted on silk? This week, the studio will turn into a factory of wonders, as we create works of art, clothing, and home decor! We’ll explore Japanese Shibori dyeing, making intricately folded and colorful creations. We’ll take inspiration for Cape Ann’s own Folly Cove Designers, making bold block print patterns. And we’ll hand build unique clay vessels and make wire jewelry to fill them!

WEEK 5: JULY 23–26
Empty out your treasure chest and bring your favorite collections of marbles, costume jewelry, keys, sea glass, shells, and action figures to add to Dawn’s colorful pieces of pottery. We’ll be exploring the French mosaic technique Pique Assiette, which means “stolen from plates.” We’ll embed tiles and vases with pieces of patterned china and personal relics, creating impressive museum-quality pieces to display at home!

Let’s build a house – only kidding! But, how about making some other things made from wood? Do you want to know how to use a hammer, drill, saw, and other tools? In this class we’ll learn the basics of woodworking. By the time the week is up, you will have made one or more wooden objects that you can use in your home, or give as a gift!

This week, we’ll explore the world in 2-D, experimenting with ink, charcoal, oil stick, and pastel. From ancient cave paintings and traditional Chinese calligraphy, to modern-day graffiti and funny cartoons, we’ll learn a variety of exciting techniques! Inspired by Keith Haring, Frank Stella, and the superheroes of Marvel comics, we’ll bring our imaginative doodles to life!

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