Annisquam Arts - Summer Studio for Kids 2020 Ignite Your Imagination

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

Welcome to Annisquam Arts! We're gearing up for our 26th season of art-making in the heart of Cape Ann. From sewing to nature art, we're offering seven inspiring workshops this summer––sign up for one week or all seven! Young artists ages 6–14 are welcome.

Welcome to Annisquam Arts! We're gearing up for our 26th season of art-making in the heart of Cape Ann. From textiles 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

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

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

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.

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.

2020 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 22- June 25; 9AM - 1PM


With sketchbooks in hand, we’ll make daily excursions to some of the area’s most iconic spots. Hop aboard a boat shuttle through the Gloucester harbor; explore the galleries and studios of the Rocky Neck Art Colony; and follow the same scenic paths as legendary Cape Ann artists Winslow Homer, Stuart Davis, Nelle Blaine, and Edward Hopper. Walking shoes, swimsuit, and a towel are encouraged this week––as well as an appetite for ice cream☺

Week 2:  June 29 - July 2; 9AM - 1PM


Jungle rhythms and animal prints will guide us through a visual safari. Animals have long been muses to great artists like Henry Rousseau, Deborah Butterfield, Miroco Machiko, and Susan Rothenberg - and now they'll inspire you too! From Aboriginal Dreamings and Oaxacan embossed tin collages to pet portaits and papier-mache animal masks, we'll explore the many way that the animal kingdom captures the human imagination.

Week 3:  July 6 - July 9; 9AM - 1PM


This week, color and whimsy will turn the studio into a magical factory laboratory. We'll experiment with an array of textile-art techniques like Japanese Shibori, tie dyeing, and block-printing inspired by the storied, local Folly Cove Designers. Paint your own ornate silk scarf, sew a stuffed animal, and embroider your own unique patterns with colorful yarn.

Week 4:  July 13 - July 16; 9AM - 1PM


We will clip, cut, collect to compose creative construcitons and assemblages from a variety of materials. Blend methods of drawing, photography, printmaking, and mosaics to create works in the style of Robert Rauschenberg, Lesley Dill, Romare Bearden, and Julian Schnabel. From food packaging and magazines to decorative papers and photographs, we'll mix, match, and manipulate imagery in an array of collaged compositions!

Week 5:  July 20 –July 23; 9AM - 1PM


Want to build a house? Only kidding. But how about making sime other amazing things from wood? Do you want to know how to use a hammer, drill, saw and all sorts of wood tools? This week we'll learn the basics of how things are made and construct your own objects that you can use in your hoe or give as a gift. You will leave the class with an apprecaition of things made with wood and will have enough knowledge to create your owd projects at home.

Week 6:  July 27 – July 30; 9AM - 1PM


This week we'll make eye-popping creations with mixed media, paint, and collage. Like Andy Warhol's famous Cambell's soup can, pop art is a style of art based on simple, colorful, bold images of common items and iconic figures. From product labels and food to animals and words, we'll take inspiration from popular culture and run with it to make comic strips optical illusions, and watercolor paintings in the stle of Roy Lechtenstein, Keith Haring, and Rosalyn Drexler.

Week 7:  August 3 - August 6; 9AM - 1PM


A line is a dot that went for a walk. This week, we’ll be running in all directions with ink, charcoal, and pastels to bring our own imaginative doodles to life. From ancient cave painting to modern day graffiti, we’ll explore how drawing techniques have evolved over time. Practice observational drawing on Cape Ann’s docks in the tradition of Stuart Davis and compose a dynamic comic-book painting in the style of Frank Stella. You’ll find there are endless possibilities for making your mark!

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