SMFA City Studio

A Partnership Program for High School Students.

Boston Public Schools (BPS) + the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA)


City Studio is a studio-based art program that gives BPS students the opportunity to make art while exploring contemporary art and historical art movements. Visits to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, National Center for Afro-American Artists and the galleries on the South End will complement studio courses in Photography, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Installation and Video. Portfolio building, technical instruction, mentoring, and installation skills will also be developed throughout the year.

An important part of this program is student mentorship. BPS students will meet regularly with both undergraduate and graduate SMFA students to engage in a range of relationship-building activities related to their artistic development. The BPS Citywide Arts Festival will give students the opportunity to share their work with the community through exhibitions at SMFA, Northeastern University, Emerson College and the Superintendent's Gallery at Boston City Hall.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive one credit towards high school graduation. In addition, five students will be awarded full scholarship to SMFA's Pre-College Summer Studio, a four-week art program for high school juniors and seniors.

2014–2015 City Studio: The Search for Identity

Location: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
230 The Fenway Boston, MA 02115

Schedule: October 2014 through May 2015
Tuesdays & Thursdays (4–5:30 pm)

Instructor: Marlon Forrester, BPS Artist/Educator
BFA 2008 (SMFA), MFA 2010 (Yale University)

SMFA Graduate Teaching Assistant Fellow: Helina Metaferia

Syllabus: Download 2014-15 City Studio Syllabus

For information contact BPS Office of Visual & Performing Arts at citystudio@bpsarts.org or 617-635-9278.