We are finalizing program details for the fall. Please check back in mid-October for updated information.

Beyond the Spectrum is a specially designed program for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Classes meet on select Saturdays from 10:30 am–12 pm. Each class lasts an hour and a half and combines gallery exploration with an art-making activity.

$9 per student (includes materials and Museum admission).


Beyond the Spectrum (age 8–12)

Classes offered for 8 to 12-year-olds feature a structured gallery tour led by an experienced instructor, followed by a creative art-making workshop. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Classes meet one Saturday per month.

Beyond the Spectrum Teen Studio (age 13–18)

Classes offered for 13 to 18-year-olds focus on specific art topics and incorporate discussion, critical inquiry, and sketching in the galleries. Students then work independently on a project with guidance from an experienced instructor. Caregivers and parents are welcome, but are not required to attend. Classes meet one Saturday per month.

Class Information

To enroll your child in any of the Beyond the Spectrum classes, please purchase tickets through the event listing below. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are only available online. Tickets for the current week's class will only be available for sale until 1 pm on the Wednesday before the class.

Although members receive free admission, a ticket is required for each child participating in the Beyond the Spectrum program.

One adult is admitted free with each purchased child ticket and also receives a discount on parking in Museum facilities. Additional adults $25.

Please enter through the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance and pick up your ticket(s) at a ticketing kiosk or at the admissions desk. We will meet in the Druker Family Pavilion, Community Room 159. Please meet your instructors in Room 159 by 10:20 am.

A minimum of five children is required in order for the class to run. We regret that at this time we cannot accommodate more than 25 enrolled children per class. Parents will receive an e-mail confirmation or be notified of cancellations and full classes, and will have the opportunity to apply their child's ticket to a future program date if a class is cancelled.

Special arrangements can be made for groups of ten or more children who are unable to visit the Museum on Saturdays at 10:30 am. To learn more, please visit Artful Adventures.

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Artful Healing is supported by the June Nordblom Robinson Fund, Norman and Heewon Cerk, and Peter F. Kiely. With thanks also for the support of the Claudy family.