Art Reach

Art Reach is a free multidisciplinary afternoon immersion program that provides substantive arts and humanities education for youth aged 13 years and up, in partnership with the Provincetown, Nauset and Monomoy School Systems, and Provincetown Community Television.

Art Reach combines a project-based, youth-centered curriculum with classroom instruction in a variety of disciplines. The two-semester program runs October through mid-May and meets four afternoons per week—Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday—culminating with an exhibition in PAAM’s galleries. Youth may register for one or both semesters.

Art Reach combines structure and freedom. Planned activities such as lectures on art, films, group activities, music, graphic novels, video production, gallery talks, figure drawing or painting, and creative collaborations are coupled with time to identify and realize individualized projects. AR students have written original music; learned dry point etching, monoprint and silk screen printing; written and illustrated graphic novels and comics; worked on fiction and poetry; interpreted works of art from PAAM’s museum collection; created large and small figurative sculpture; created tattoo designs, video, photography and content for the Art Reach Website. Student work is featured and celebrated in PAAM’s galleries during the program year.

Art Reach is supported in part by Ted Jones and Peter Petas; the Aeroflex Foundation: the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; an anonymous donor; the Bilezikian Family Foundation; the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, which partners with the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts to administer the program; and in partnership with the Provincetown, Nauset, and Monomoy School Districts, Nauset Youth Alliance and Provincetown Community Television.


Minecraft / Kerbal Space Program with Tracey Anderson

Semester 1: Minecraft

Semester 1 Minecraft Tuesdays in Art Reach are focused on building skills within the game. For beginners / intermediate all the way to experienced game players, we work individually and as a team on projects within the game world. Several Master Minecrafters serve as Mentors within this class and have an encyclopedic knowledge of the game, so no problem remains unsolved for long! This is a fun, social way to play Minecraft and is ideal for kids who already love the game or who want to get into it for the first time.

Semester 2: Kerbal Space Program

In the second semester we will be working with Kerbal Edu, a teaching resource designed to help students with creative problem-solving and innovation. A perfect fit for physics and math curriculum at any level,  this program is suitable for all ages; engineer creative solutions through experimentation with the Kerbals in Kerbal Space Program! KSP was developed by Squad in collaboration with NASA, and is a game involving building a space-worthy craft capable of flying its crew to explore outer space. At your disposal is a collection of parts which must be assembled to create a functional ship. Each part has its own function and will affect the way the ship flies (or doesn’t). So strap yourself in, and get ready to try some rocket science at PAAM!


Game Design with Tracey Anderson

This year Art Reach offers the chance to work on a variety of Game Development projects that focus on the creation of Empathy Games, Game Art, Game Coding or Game Strategy including Trading Card Games and D&D. We already use GameMaker 8, RPGMasker VXAce, Construct 2 and will be introducing PICO-8 this year as well as other relevant software.Wednesday and Saturday sessions provide concentrated time to develop individual and group projects.Time is also set aside each day for gameplay and discussion as a group.

kaleigh painting art reach

Painting and Drawing with Vicky Tomayko

Explore a variety of studio practices essential to the creative person. Experiment with art media and materials and learn some of the basic visual and expressive elements involved in the hands-on creation of original art works. Learn to draw from life, how to create convincing perspective, how to give volume to forms, and how to construct a painting. Create with all the techniques and styles presented or concentrate on a personal project. Look at art and artists. Draw and paint with a variety of media including, charcoal, pen and ink, acrylic, watercolor, and use an airbrush for spray techniques. Perfect for someone working on a portfolio or someone wanting to make things for personal growth. All levels welcome- no special skills required.