Except for a very few classes, Continuing Education classes are being taught remotely. Studio classes have live remote meetings. Basic requirements to take a class are an internet connection, computer, and an internet linked camera (like a cell phone). Most classes will be hosted through Zoom or MassArt Moonami. For specific course requirements, contact the CE office at ce@massart.edu or your instructor. New classes are being added, keep checking!

The Illuminated Journal


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Thursday, Friday, Saturday



This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Live meetings
  • Live critiques

The Journal is a place where visual practices of creating images, shaping letter, arranging words and space all unite in one creative act.  It can be a tool of self knowledge, a tool to handle emotions, to link the past to the future or to make yourself a better human.  Through a series of exercises, participants develop a creative practice of freely, clearly and honestly recording a well-rounded portrait of their own unique world and world view.  Students can use a variety of media (watercolor, collage and drawing) while creating their pages and, finally, the pages are used to construct an artist’s book/journal using simple binding techniques. Each class is designed to last approximately three hours.

Example of an exercise: “Aesthetic Treasure Hunt”– Most aesthetic reactions are vague i.e. we know we like something but we don’t know why.  This exercise is designed to discover what attracts us individually and then take a close look at these features.  Some of these attractions one discovers are a pattern (such as a cottonwood bark), repeated shapes, rhythms, color, texture, arrangement of shapes, or the spaces between the shapes. A watercolor demonstration precedes this exercise, and students are encouraged to play with these treasures with brushes and paint.



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Susan Newbold received a BA in Studio Art from Principia College and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College. Her final project, an artist book, was acquired by The Chicago Institute of Art.  She is also a graduate of the Post Bac program of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, … Read more