Art Educator Summer Institute at Montserrat College of Art

June 27 – July 2, 2021
(Currently Full and Unable to Take Additional Participants)
Brochure for Summer, 2021

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 by creating an experience for educators to develop their own practice and build new skills that they can bring back to their classrooms.

From 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm, participants will engage in workshops 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


As of May 1, 2021, the 2021 Summer Institute is full. 

Program Schedule:

Arrival Welcome: Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 4pm
Daily Workshops: 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm
Optional Evening Activities: 6pm-8pm
Closing remote reception: Friday, July 2, 2021 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 28th to Friday, July 2nd, 2021. Art educators select two “first choice” workshops. Workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 


2021 Offerings:

Life Drawing

Study the human form, with an emphasis on an interpretive and expressive approach to the figure. Through involvement with gesture, structure, proportion, anatomy, the effects of light in relation to form and composition, you will explore both formal and expressive issues working from the figure.
Instructor: Tim Harney

Working in the Landscape

Explore a broad range of landscape and cityscape painting and drawing, including elements of color, structure, viewpoint, and paint handling common to both contemporary and historical landscape studies. Both outdoor and studio methods will be introduced, with special emphasis on personal interpretation. The North Shore of Massachusetts has welcomed landscape artists such as Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer.
Instructor: TBD

Printmaking Workshop

This weeklong workshop will focus on printmaking that can be adapted to most art rooms with a printing press. Using Lexan plates we will explore water soluble oil based inks for a range of monoprint and drypoint techniques. To incorporate digital work we will experiment with photo based polyester plates. Throughout the week we will focus on greener solutions to printmaking processes that have been traditionally solvent based. Have your own projects to work on, the print studio will be available for independent projects throughout the program.
Instructor: TBD

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

Journey from Realism to Abstraction

Have you ever pondered the question, What is “realistic” and what is “abstract”? This class will explore the ways to see nature beyond it’s outward appearances where many abstract ideas can be found. This class will also employ different techniques to unlock your artistic eye and develop more intuitive, emotional and dramatic abstract compositions. Dean Nimmer will work with you individually to achieve your personal ambitions for painting and drawing abstractly.
Instructor: Dean Nimmer

Books, Zines and Prints

Explore the book form and get an introduction to letterpress printing through the power of mini comics and zines. Zines are simple, low tech, small edition sized books meant to be shared, spread around town or mailed out. We’ll explore a myriad of bookbinding structures and techniques for communicating your idea or just exploring 3D and temporal nature of books. Some of the structures covered will be one-sheet folded books, accordions, pamphlets, flexagons and super simple albums. We’ll also investigate a number of mark and text making processes such as letterpress printing, stencils, rubber stamp, photocopy transfer and more. By the end of the class you’ll have a nice pile of books to bring home and inspire future projects.
Instructor: Sarah Smith

Important Dates and Pricing:

Cost: $500

Deposits: $75

Deposit Date: April 1, 2021*

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

Payment Due: May 1, 2021

Additional Costs: Art supplies of your choosing

The $500 cost includes participation in the workshop, housing, and evening activities.

Refund Policy: 

Educators wishing to withdraw from the program must contact the Office of Admissions. Prior to June 28, 2021, all tuition and housing will be refunded. No refunds are available after June 28, 2021.

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