Art Educator Summer Institute at Montserrat College of Art

June 28 – July 3, 2020
Beverly, MA / Metro Boston
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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 in our state-of-the-art studio spaces to focus on developing their own practice and build new skills that they can bring back to their classrooms. Art educators will spend the week living on Montserrat’s seaside campus, which is located in the vibrant downtown Arts District of Beverly, MA. Participants will have access to an open studio space throughout the duration of the program.

From 9am to 4pm, participants will engage in two workshops (of their choosing) each day. All workshops are taught by Montserrat’s faculty of professional artists and scholars. A broad array of optional evening activities range from excursions to local museums and galleries, to local outings with members of the Montserrat community to experience all that our city has to offer. Come spend a week building meaningful connections with fellow art educators and pushing the boundaries of your own studio practice!


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:  April 1, 2020
Full payment: May 1, 2020
After April 1, 2020, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as space remains available.

Program Schedule:

Arrival & Move-In: Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 2pm
Arrival Dinner:  Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 6pm
Daily Workshops: 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Optional Evening Activities: 5pm-8pm
Departure: Friday, July 3, 2020 by 12pm.

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 Thursday, July 2nd, 2020. Art educators select two “first choice” workshops, and two alternate choices (should space no longer be available in a first choice workshop). Workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  In 2019 we offered the following workshops, our 2020 schedule will be posted soon!

2019 Offerings:

The Journey from Realism to Abstraction

Have you ever pondered the question, What is “realistic” and what is “abstract”?   This class will explore 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

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

Landscape Drawing

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.
Instructor: Jeffrey Marshall


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.
Instructor: Stacy Thomas-Vickory

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: Barbara Moody

Digital Photo

Explore the tools, materials and aesthetics of photographic imaging, including the principles of photography, camera vision, representation and picture interpretation. Examine historical and contemporary image-making while engaging analog, digital still and time-based visual imaging options.
Instructor: Gabrielle Keller


Cost: $500
Deposit: $200 
Deposit Date: May 1, 2020
Payment Due: May 15, 2020
Single Room Option: Additional $150
Additional Costs: Any required art supplies and meals (some meals will be provided)

The $500 cost includes participation in up to two workshops and double occupancy in residential housing. Community meals covered by the program cost include a welcome group dinner, daily continental breakfasts, and a closing reception. An art excursion exclusive to the North Shore of Massachusetts is also included in the program cost.

There are a very limited number of single rooms which are available for an $150 on a first-come, first-served basis. Some courses may require a materials fee which is not included in the cost and can range from $10 to $40 per course.


Apartment-style accommodations create a true artist-in-residence experience at Montserrat. Each apartment has a full kitchen (where participants can prepare meals during the program); single, double, and triple bedrooms; bathrooms and common living spaces. From the classroom to your living room, you will be exposed to creative conversation, exploration and creation. All college housing is conveniently located within walking distance of Montserrat’s academic and studio facilities.

Montserrat is located in a safe, suburban location one block from downtown Beverly, Massachusetts. The College has 24-hour on-campus security and residential staff.


A continental breakfast is provided on campus every morning from Monday to Thursday. There is also a welcome dinner scheduled on Sunday, June 28th and a closing reception scheduled for Thursday night. Downtown Beverly has a dynamic range of options and we suggest that you take the opportunity to enjoy some of them. The residence halls also have full kitchens which include a refrigerator, oven, microwave, sink, and food preparation areas.

Parking and Transportation:

Even though it is not necessary to have a vehicle available during the program, a limited number of parking spaces are available for participants during the Summer Institute in college-owned parking lots. Street parking is available on various nearby public streets for no cost, but Montserrat College of Art can not be responsible for your vehicles while parked in these locations. Our campus is conveniently located within easy walking distance of the Beverly Depot for those traveling to campus by train. All participants are responsible for their own transportation costs to and from the program.

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