START, in partnership with the Fine Arts Work Center, is now entering its third year! Designed to provide new, exciting, and concentrated media classes, START students work with Fellows from the Fine Arts Work Center during Saturday afternoon sessions over a 6-week period. Students may apply to any class of the program; no prior art experience is required. Students may also choose to participate in one or two semesters. All START programming is offered free-of-charge, with transportation, materials, and snacks provided thanks to a generous donor.


Each START session is determined by the expertise of the FAWC Fellow teaching artists. These gifted artists and writers bring a wealth of talent and experience to the Cape, hailing from across the US and abroad, and provide young artists a chance to dig deep into a particular medium, developing both their skill set and their portfolio. Previous sessions have included classes in sculpture, mixed-media, creative writing, cinematography, digital animation, and drawing. START is currently available to students ages 13-19, with specific class content being announced early fall, 2019.



Creating with Found Objects with Johannes Barfield

Do you like to explore? Have you ever created art out of things you found on the beach? In this course, participants will investigate their surroundings and use found materials and objects to create new original works. Participants will learn how to make purposeful decisions with found materials that can align with their ideas and will produce a wide range of projects such as collage, sculptures, sound, and video. Come see what you can create with us!

Re-inventing the Myth, the Fairy Tale, the Pop Culture Icon with Joy Priest

How do Myths, Fairy Tales, and Pop Culture tells stories about who we are and who we think we should be? This workshop will give young writers a chance to reinvent the narrative, update the fairy tale, or turn the pop culture icon on its head in order to make a comment about relevant social and personal issues. We will read some apochryphal poems together and talk about some poets who have used this form before we leap into our own poems. There will also be opportunity to explore the ways myths, fairy tales, and pop culture are entangled with visual art, and how we might engage this art in our own writing. Come be an artist and writer with us!


AGES 13-19 | SATURDAYS | 3:30-6:30PM | FEBRUARY 1-MARCH 14, 2020

Creating an Imaginary Self through Sculpture with Akiko Jackson

Let’s think of the self-portrait in an extraordinary way! In this course, artists will become familiar with body casting their hands, feet, fingers, and/or toes. With these physical extremities, we will create an imaginative self and/or alter-ego and/or creature. Fabric, paper, and found natural objects will be used for the bulk of the main body, adding plaster-cast extremities (hand, foot, finger, toe) last. Who will your imaginary self be?!

Monsters and the Monstrous with Nora Corrigan

Zombies, aliens, vampires, and cold-blooded killers—they all make for thrilling figures, but they can also be useful tools for accessing and representing aspects of our lives which, if taken head on, allude us. Together, we will analyze how and why writers and artists have created their monstrosities. You will then use these techniques to create your own monsters, and through these creations, investigate your worlds and experiences. You might choose to craft a graphic novel, or a purely visual narrative, or a novella, or short stories, or flash fiction—whatever suits your interests and talents! By the end of the class you will have a body of work to share with one another and horrify your friends.



All students interested in any START class must complete an initial application. This can be done online, by downloading the application form and scanning/emailing it to, or mailing it to PAAM, ATTN: Tessa Bry Taylor, 460 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657.


Once your application is received, you will be contacted by Tessa to complete your registration or confirm your spot on the waitlist.

Remember! Attendance at START is very important. Limited space is available and students are expected to participate to the fullest extent possible. If you anticipate being unable to commit fully to the program, or are concerned about anticipated absences, please notate them in the appropriate space on the application form. Any questions? Contact Tessa at, 508.487.1750 x13.