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Summer Art Programs for High School Students

Tufts Pre-College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts offer two inspiring programs for high school artists to harness their creativity in Studio Art and Graphic Design.

Go further with your artistry with Tufts' Pre-College Summer Art programs for high school students! Our summer art courses are ideal for those looking to refine their capabilities while exploring new outlets, from traditional paper-and-pen art to graphic design. See where your art can take you and your career, with professional support from experts in the field.

Art, Humanities and Other Related Offerings

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InIntensive
Available

SMFA Studio Art

Tufts University
CCourse
Available

Adobe Photoshop: Introduction - CE

GRAC 0056 - CE
Tufts University
CCourse
Not Scheduled

Children's Book Illustration - CE

GRAC 0004 - CE
 
InIntensive
Available

Tufts Summer Accelerator

Tufts University
CCourse
Available

Creative Writing: Fiction - C

ENG 0005 - C

Meet our SMFA Offerings Summer Staff

Studio Art Intensive

Sammy Polinsky, Program Instructor

Sammy Polinsky is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Boston, MA. She received her Master in Fine Arts in 2023 at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and her Bachelor of Arts at Dickinson College. She is a current Post Graduate Teaching Fellow at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts where she teaches 3D Foundations. She was featured in the Boston Globe’s “Six Art School Starts to Watch” and has shown in multiple exhibitions throughout New England. 

Matthew Steinke, Program Instructor

Matt Steinke is a synesthete artist living and working in Rhode Island. His work investigates real-time interactions between visible and invisible spaces. Fostering conversations between the seeable and the sonic, he produces animations, graphic scores, and text-based sound compositions performed by mechatronic sculptures and robotic musical instruments.

Steinke combines readymade objects with technology and traditional sculpture to perform physical movements and live sounds. They function as self-contained systems that immerse spectators in meditations on health, ecology, and consumerism. Prompted by found media and wasted technology, each work conveys an individuated articulation about a possible future.

Grace Giordano, Program Lead

Grace Giordano is an artist based in Boston, MA. She is currently an MFA candidate in Painting at Boston University and previously received her BFA in Art and Design from the University of Michigan. Her work explores the physicality of words and language. 

In addition to her painting practice, Grace has experience in teaching, student services, peer programming, and academic advising for college art students. She is passionate about accessibility, student wellbeing, and building supportive, inclusive communities.

Zoila Andrea Coc-Chang, Program Instructor

Zoila Andrea Coc-Chang is an educator and mixed-media artist whose work interrogates the complexities and intimacies between and within Asia and Americas. Her practice plays with materials as a means of connecting migration and people's relationships with home, food, and their everyday lives. 

Coc-Chang holds an MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Yale School of Art and her BA in Studio Art & Education Studies from Brandeis University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including: Jamestown Arts Center (Jamestown, RI), 193 Gallery (Paris, France), XXIII Bienal de Arte Paiz (Antigua, Guatemala), The Arsenal at Central Park (New York, NY), Jeffrey Deitch (New York, NY), Providence Public Library (Providence, RI), Lycoming College Art Gallery (Williamsport, PA), and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA). Coc-Chang completed an apprenticeship at STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery Singapore (2022) and was an artist fellow at A.I.R Gallery in New York (2022-23). Currently she is a Lecturer in Visual Arts at Brown University. 

Graphic Design Bootcamp

Tara J., Program Lead

Tara (She/her) graduated from Tufts University with a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Art History. She has over six years of experience with graphic design and the Adobe Suite. During her time at Tufts, Tara was the TSR Marketing Manager, designed the Class of 2022 Campus Banner, created illustrations for the Tufts Opera Ensemble, received a dean's grant, won the Art and Art History prize, and won the UAL Study Abroad Award for her 3D illustration of Tufts Campus. Tara was one of the first faculty members for the SMFA Graphic Design Bootcamp program as a Teaching Assistant. This summer, she will be the SMFA Graphic Design Bootcamp’s Program Lead. Tara will be a point of contact for students with questions about programming, access, and any technical needs. Tara will be working with the course instructor to plan sessions and curriculum. Tara will also be organizing schedules,  guest speakers, program events, and program activities.  We're looking forward to seeing you this summer!

Meghan Michaud, Program Instructor

University College

Meghan Reilly Michaud is a Massachusetts based designer and educator. Michaud earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design and an MEd in Secondary Education at Salem State University. She holds Massachusetts and National Board certification in art education. Michaud has been quoted in media such as Scholastic Art, US News and World Report, PBS Learning Media, EdTech, amongst other resources for her teaching and art education advocacy. In addition to teaching at Andover High School, Meghan continues her freelance design practice as Visual Identity Studio creating identity systems and communications for a variety of clients. Michaud is a member of the Board of Governors at the RISD Museum.

Full Semester Courses

Tufts University
CCourse
Available

Children's Book Illustration - CE

GRAC 0004 - CE
Tufts University
CCourse
Available

Pictograms and Symbols CE - CE

GRAC 0065 - CE
Tufts University
CCourse
Available

Portrait Painting and Drawing - CE

PAIC 0066 - CE
Tufts University
CCourse
Available

Text and Image I - CE

GRAC 0002 - CE
Tufts University
CCourse
Available

The Digital Image - CE

GRAC 0050 - CE
Tufts University
CCourse
Available

Adobe Photoshop: Introduction - CE

GRAC 0056 - CE
Tufts University
CCourse
Available

Children's Book Illustration - CE

GRAC 0004 - CE
Tufts University
CCourse
Available

Etching and Intaglio: Intro CE - CE

PRTC 0025 - CE

"I loved the guidance of each assignment, but the ability to have a lot of room for creativity."

SMFA Studio Art Student, 2021

I really enjoyed staying connected with my classmates and instructor through the virtual campus. It was a great opportunity to learn new technology, continue my design studies, and even provided a time of relaxation amidst the uncertainty.

Spring 2020 Graphic Design Student

 

Join Our Pre-College Art Programs for High School Students

Ready to see what you can do with your natural artistic talent? Tufts Pre-College puts your professional development in your own hands while offering the support you need to make your goals a reality.


Transform your art into something impactful. Apply to our Pre-College Summer Art program today to join us this summer, online or in the classroom.

 

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