Art Reach

About 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.

About the Programs


Wednesdays and Saturdays, 3:30-6:30pm

Using the various tools of digital technology, create graphic stories, mini-comics and zines, and/or short animated films. We’ll look at the techniques, methods and mechanics of other artists to help support our projects, from start to finish. Whatever your focus may be, whether it is drawing, writing, music, or cartooning, you will determine which creative practices work best for you, and learn methods to improve your skills and cultivate your art. We’ll also explore Skip’s process and production of his own short animated film, to be completed in Spring 2018.


Wednesdays and Saturdays, 3:30-6:30pm

Participants will have the chance to learn how to work with digital and print graphics or develop existing graphics projects; create a website and/or digital art for the web or social media; or art for projects that may be used for posters, prints, or stickers.


Thursdays and Saturdays, 3:30-6:30pm

Sessions will focus on a variety of media and approaches, including drawing from the model, silk-screen printing, lithography, and dry-point etching, sketching from observation, landscape painting, and sculpture. Individual attention and freedom allow for beginners to work alongside advanced students interested in portfolio development. If you love making art and you want to work in a professional studio environment these sessions are for you.

PAAM’s youth programs are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; the Bilezikian Family Foundation; the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod; Ted Jones and Peter Petas; the Aeroflex Foundation; an anonymous donor; Shirl Roccapriore and Oils by the Sea Gallery; Stop & Shop Provincetown, in memory of John Michael Gray; and Keith Hayes and Teresa Townsend. PAAM collaborates with the Provincetown, Nauset, and Monomoy School Districts, Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, Cape Cod Regional Technical School, Fine Arts Work Center, and Cape Cod Community College to provide accessible, creative education programs of the highest caliber.

IMAGE: Skip Wrightson, Mr. Meteor Comic Sea Creature Story, detail