Annisquam Arts - Summer Studio for Kids

Summer Art and Photography Program for Kids on Cape Ann, Annisquam Arts, Gloucester MA

Ignite your imagination this summer at Annisquam Arts

Seven-week-long workshops reveal the diverse traditions of art around the world. This Cape Ann summer studio is the perfect setting for your child to express and explore their creativity.

Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts tips off its 30th season by offering a variety of workshops for young artists. Conducted at Dawn’s open and professional home studio on Goose Cove, we have easy access to Gloucester’s cultural center and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots. The entire program runs for seven weeks, June 24 - August 8, 2024, with new courses each week.

Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops run Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm for ages 6-14. We’ll have a blast engaging with a wide range of materials and artistic techniques in a multi-sensory studio environment. Small class sizes and individual instruction allow for all levels of ability to be nurtured. All classes are led by Dawn.

Dawn Southworth is a well-known Boston artist recognized for her mixed media works and installations. Dawn teaches art at Glen Urquhart School, in Beverly, MA, and is a former visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Dawn previously owned Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the US Embassy in Morocco, the Boston Public Library, and Fidelity Management and Research. More information about Dawn and her work can be found at

Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops run Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm for ages 6-14.

Testimonial: My daughter Maggie (Age 8), had an amazing week at Annisquam Art Camp.  She completed numerous projects and brought them home with pride.  I really couldn’t believe the quality and uniqueness of each project.  The theme of the week was sewing and some of the projects were a pillow, bag, and teddy bear.  The owner, Dawn, is so creative and good with the kids.  My daughter enjoyed everything from the art to the beach excursion to the dairy free ice cream. When I picked her up she would say, “You’re here already!”  My daughter has done many art camps, ranging from small town art studios to big city art museums and this has been both of our favorites.

Summer Studio Workshops

Sun and Sand: Travel with Sketchbooks in Hand
Monday, June 24 to Thursday, June 27; 9 AM - 1 PM

With sketchbooks in hand, we’ll make daily excursions to some of the area’s most iconic spots. Hop aboard a boat shuttle in Gloucester harbor; explore the galleries and studios of the Rocky Neck Art Colony; and follow the same scenic paths as legendary Cape Ann artists Winslow Homer, Nelle Blaine, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, and Marsden Hartley. Walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat are encouraged this week––as well as an appetite for ice cream!
* There is an additional $20.00 museum and boat shuttle fee for this week per student

Bookmaking Blastoff *NO CLASS on Thursday, July 4
Monday, July 1 to Friday, July 5; 9 AM - 1 PM

*New book designs this year
Do you keep a diary? Do you record your dreams? Do you write notes to your friends and family? Do you sketch and doodle or write stories? This week, students will construct their very own ornate books from cover to cover! Students will learn the art of traditional binding while experimenting to add their unique touches. We’ll use our imaginations to incorporate painting, printing, drawing, and collage techniques to make our books pop with personality.
Journey to Japan
Monday, July 8 to Thursday, July 11; 9 AM - 1 PM

Take inspiration this week from the time-honored traditions of Japanese art. We’ll explore textile design, bookmaking, and ink painting; try our hand at manga comics; and create our own big waves inspired by Hokusai’s iconic painting. Students will bring a piece of Japan home in hand-dyed Shibori silk, hand-bound journals, and Sumi-e ink paintings.

Sew Much Fun
Monday, July 15 to Thursday, July 18; 9 AM - 1 PM

This week, color and whimsy will turn the studio into a magical factory laboratory. We’ll experiment with an array of textile art techniques and be inspired by the local Folly Cove Designers, the quilters of Gee’s Bend, and whimsical fabric paintings by Faith Ringgold. Paint your own dazzling ornate silk scarf, sew a cuddly stuffed animal, and embroider your unique patterns with colorful yarn. Learn basic sewing and textile techniques, and have SEW much fun!

Woodwork Wonders
Monday, July 22 to Thursday, July 25; 9 AM - 1 PM

*New projects for returning students
Want to build a house? Only kidding. But how about making some other amazing things from wood? Do you want to know how to use a hammer, drill, saw, and all sorts of wood tools? This week we’ll learn the basics of how things are made and construct our own objects that you can use in your home or give as a gift! You will leave the class with an appreciation of things made with wood and will have enough knowledge to create your own projects at home!
* There is an additional $20.00 fee for materials this week per student

Crazy Cool Collage
Monday, July 29 to Thursday, August 1; 9 AM - 1 PM

We will clip, cut, collect, compose, and collage creative constructions and assemblages made from a variety of materials. Student creations will include wall-sized drawings, sculptures with wood and found objects, as well as a combination of printmaking, photography, and magazine collage. We will look at the mixed mediums of Robert Rauschenberg, the cutting-edge pieces by the Twentieth Century’s greatest master of collage, Kurt Schwitters, and the crazy upside-down world of Julian Schnabel as we make and manipulate an artful array of free associations.
Amazing Animals
Monday, August 5 to Thursday, August 8; 9 AM - 1 PM

Tribal rhythms and patterns inspire students as we embark on a safari to interpret the customs and artistic traditions linking the Animal Kingdom to the human experience around the Earth. Projects will range from Aboriginal Dreamings to Oaxaca embossed tin collage, and rendering colorful animal portraits in pastels. Our guides Henri Rousseau, Deborah Butterfield, Bettye Saar, and Susan Rothenberg will lead our students in freeing the creative impulse captured within them.

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