MFA Summer Weekly Journeys Through Art for Children

Looking for alternatives to camp? The MFA offers weekly summer art classes for kids. Each morning and afternoon course focuses on a specific theme. Groups of up to 12 children (grouped by age) discover new places and cultures; visit our galleries; draw, paint, sculpt, collage, and print in studio art classrooms. Students may register for a single week or any combination of multiple weeks. Sign your child up for just the morning, just the afternoon session or have them come for both!

Supervised Lunches
Need something for your child to do from 12pm and 1pm between their morning and afternoon classes? If your child is enrolled in an art class, register for our supervised lunches. Studio Art Faculty will eat with and entertain your child during the hour. Children must bring their own lunches.

Supervised Late Pickup
Want your child to stay a little later at the end of the day? Extend your child's day until 4:45 with our supervised late pickup.

Please note that all children 14 and under are required to be accompanied by an adult 18 or older while at the Museum. For a full list of program information and policies, click HERE

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Ages 5 to 7
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Ages 8 to 10
Ages 9 to 11

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Week 1 (June 23-27)                         Week 6 (July 28-August 1)
Week 2 (June 30-July 3)   Week 7 (August 4-8)
Week 3 (July 7-11)   Week 8 (August 11-15)
Week 4 (July 14-18)   Week 9 (August 18-22)
Week 5 (July 21-25)   Week 10 (August 25-29)


Summer 2014 Weekly Themes:

Secrets of the Ancient World

bookmarkClimb aboard and travel back in time to explore Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt and many distant lands. During your discovery, find temples of Athena, examine hieroglyphs and uncover ancient coins. Record your travels in a sketch journal and then in the studio create your own treasure trove of artifacts, mosaics, coins and more.

Art of Africa

bookmarkStudents celebrate Africa as we learn the history, stories, sounds, and rich traditions that cross the entire continent. Projects in our studio classroom can include mask making, animal sculpture, the textile traditions of kente cloth, adire and mudcloth, instrument making, and more!

Expanding Ideas: Contemporary Art

bookmarkQuestion, Explore, Imagine and Make. In the galleries, discover Lynda Bengilis' monumental, cascading sculpture called the Wing. Look carefully at the dazzling tapestry by Nigerian based artist, El Anatsui. Marvel at neon words and vibrant colors of Ellsworth Kelly. In the studio, invent, experiment with materials and create your own modern master piece.

Creatures of the MFA/Museum Menagerie

bookmarkExplore the galleries to find creatures that are representative of specific cultures, such as the Sphinx in Egypt and the Elephant-headed God in India. Back in the classroom, we will apply the ideas and techniques we observed in the museum to create our own creatures of the MFA.

The Art of Europe

bookmarkExplore Europe through works in the galleries: visit a Catalonian Chapel, join a family feast in Holland, and discover the art and culture of Paris.

Drawing, Painting and Printing in 2D

bookmarkDiscover drawings, paintings, and prints in the galleries, then in the studio, sketch, draw, paint and create your first edition of prints.

Art of Asia--Legends and Lore

bookmarkExplore the art of China, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Japan through stories, folklore, and new traditions. Ride a Samarkan horse, discover lions, and watch out for dragns. In the studio, projects include: sumi-e paintings, printmaking, clay making, and more.

Toy Making

bookmarkExplore the galleries to discover toys from around the world, from ancient Egyptian model boats, Roman coins, miniature paintings, and musical instruments. In the studio, create mobile toys, soft toys, noisemakers, game boards, and more.

Stories, Folklore and Myths

bookmarkDiscover stories that reveal mysterious legends and folk and fairy tales. Learn about Ganesha and his consorts, the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet, and Javanese dancers. Then in the studio, create your own storyboards, figurines, costumes, shadow puppets, and more.

Art of the Americas

bookmarkJoin us in the new wing as we travel through America’s past. Discover the seascapes of Winslow Homer, learn trades from Colonial America like silversmithing and stitchery, and be inspired from the American Modern Art galleries. In the studio, make sketching journals, paintings, costumes, and more.

Wonders of the Natural World

bookmarkIn the galleries, sail in the seascapes by Winslow Homer, climb mountains in the Alps and in the Asian Galleries, run through grass fields by the impressionists and discover different cultural lands and nature from around the world. In the studio, paint, build, carve, draw and collage.

Building, Forming and Inventing in 3D

bookmarkLearn about sculpture in the galleries, then in the studio, explore clay techniques, collect found materials for additive sculptures and work in wire to create your own inventions.


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Summer 2014 Teen Classes

Looking for a class for your teen this summer? Check out our Summer Teen Intensives

Sample Schedule

Morning: Art of Asia-Legends and Lore
Visit Art of Asia galleries. Introduction, background and brief discussion of Eastern Dragons vs. Western Dragons and Myths. Spend some time sketching in the galleries in preparation for painting. Head up to the classroom, grab a quick snack and work on your own sumi-e dragon painting on rice paper.

Supervised Lunch

Afternoon: Secrets of the Ancient World
Visit the Ancient Egypt galleries to look at and learn about different types of amulets. Back in the classroom, have a quick snack and make your own collection of amulets out of clay and other materials, inspired by what you’ve seen and learned.

Extended Pickup