Art Educator Summer Institute at Montserrat College of Art

June 29 – July 3, 2020
Brochure for Summer, 2020

Program Overview:

Montserrat College of Art’s Art Educator Summer Institute is a week-long summer program created for art educators teaching grades K through 12, and Community College Art Educators. Our Summer Institute immerses art educators from across the country, and this year due to COVID-19, we have created a new one-year format that will continue our mission to create an experience for educators to develop their own practice and build new skills that they can bring back to their classrooms.

From 9am to 12pm, participants will engage in one workshop of their choosing each day with independent studio time and a group discussion at the end of each day. All workshops are taught by Montserrat’s faculty of professional artists and scholars or hand selected established teaching artists who are friends of the college. In addition to the workshop, we are offering a broad array of optional evening activities. Spend a week building meaningful connections with fellow art educators and pushing the boundaries of your own studio practice! 30 PDP’s will be awarded upon the completion of the program.


The application form for art educators who wish to participate in the Art Educator Summer Institute at Montserrat is found here.  Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full.  If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact


Registration and Deposit:  June 1, 2020
Full payment: June 10, 2020

After June 1, 2020, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as space remains available.

Program Schedule:

Arrival Welcome: Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 4pm
Daily Workshops: 9am-12pm with a 4pm group check-in
Optional Evening Activities: 6pm-8pm
Closing remote reception: Friday, July 3, 2020 at 2pm.

For questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 978.921.4242 x 1153 or email

The workshops held during the program take place from Monday, June 29th to Friday, July 3nd, 2020. Art educators select two “first choice” workshops. Workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

2020 Offerings:

Life in the Slow Lane- FULL

This workshop focuses on unique ways to create innovative, freeform sketchbook/journals based on your experience being quarantined during the pandemic. This type of sketchbook presents a myriad of possibilities for painting, drawing, collaging and writing notes from your own observations and emotional reactions to this incredible time happening around the world. I will offer projects for each day such as describing your dreams and what is your experience of the quietude of day and night? There are no rules about the content of what you write, draw, paint or collage in your sketchbooks, and each person has their own distinctive reflection of the pandemic. The goal is to expand your ideas and creativity influenced by the pandemic and share that experience with each other.
Instructor: Dean Nimmer

Creative Drawing

Expand your drawing skills and experience new mixed media drawing styles and techniques. Hands-on projects include working with alternative tools (squeegees, rollers); materials (acrylic, ink, pastel); and subjects (plant forms, portraits, objects). The studio work of each participant is supported by frequent instructor demonstrations and Powerpoint lectures showing the work of contemporary artists.
Instructor: Stacy Thomas-Vickory

Color Theory for Artists

Color is the music of art, and understanding how to arrange the color notes is necessary to develop images with a cohesive composition. In this workshop we will expand on the basics of color to explore what makes an effective color scheme, how to mix infinite colors from a limited palette, and how to develop your color instincts.

Instructor: Jeffery Marshall

Important Dates and Pricing:

Cost: $150

Deposits: $75

Deposit Date: June 1, 2020*

*New enrollment available after June 1 will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis as space remains available.

Payment Due: June 15, 2020

Additional Costs: Art supplies of your choosing

The 150 cost includes participation in the workshop and evening activities.

Refund Policy: 

Educators wishing to withdraw from the program must contact the Office of Admissions. Prior to June 27, 2020, all tuition and housing will be refunded. No refunds are available after June 28, 2020.

Program Cancellation Policy:

The College reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason, in which case a full refund of tuition and fees will be issued. Montserrat is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Montserrat College of Art is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all applicants, employees and students without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, active military service, genetic information, or any other category protected under applicable law.

The Human Resources Office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Montserrat College of Art non-discrimination policies. Inquiries concerning the application of non-discrimination policies may also be referred to:

Regional Director, Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02109