Whether you are an art educator seeking to explore a new medium, a high school student looking to improve your portfolio, or just want to grow as an artist, we provide the opportunities and environment to make it happen
The Office of Community Engagement at the Lesley College of Art and Design oversees and coordinates the programs and activities that engage non-degree students. These include courses and programs for high school students, workshops for art educators, studio coop work spaces for artists, exhibitions for local artists, public art projects, and community art and design outreach and special programs.
We offer many options for high school students to explore their interests in art and design, enhance their college admissions portfolios, and earn college credit. Our College Courses for High School Students Program offers studio art and design courses for all levels of high school students in the fall, winter, and summer. Options include courses in our studios in Cambridge, as well as Online Portfolio Preparation Workshops for students who live outside the immediate area or prefer online classes. Scholarships are available for local urban students with significant financial need through the Young Artist Scholarship Program (YAP). The Young Artist Residency (YAR) Program, offered during the summers only, is an intensive 4-week art and design residency program for high school juniors and seniors seeking to build their portfolios, while earning college credit, live with peers in the Lesley dormitory, and gain the art college experience.
We offer continuing education and professional development opportunities for art educators. Our programs include summer Studio Residencies for Teaching Artists, offered both on-campus in Cambridge and off-site in Bar Harbor, Maine, and events for educators hosted throughout the academic year. Graduate credit and Professional Development Points (PDP) are available.
In order to support our AIB/LUCAD alums, the college will pilot a studio coop program in summer 2015 that will allow graduates to use our new studios in the LAC to make art and design. All AIB/LUCAD graduates are eligible to apply.
Applicants will be accepted based on the availability of the specific studio and lab space they apply to use. Each studio and lab has a user capacity that will limit the number of users. Applicants must pass an initial safety and proficiency exam on the use of all equipment at the beginning of the coop program. Accepted program participants will be required to pay a small user fee. Supplies and materials will not be provided and are the responsibility of the participant. There will be limited storage available for participants for their supplies, materials and work. Scheduled classes and events take priority over open studio access, so participants might have to work around scheduled activities. Hours for access will be determined in consultation with the faculty or staff responsible for the studio or lab.
Community projects include exhibitions for local artists, public art projects, collaborative community activities between the college and other institutions or organizations, art and design outreach into schools, and special programs for students or clients.
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Danielle Kelly, Fine Arts Major, Class of 2013 -“When you become engaged in a project, professors and other students become engaged alongside you. That’s the nature of Lesley University. People rally around you.”