Launch into something new this year or dig deeper into what you love. PAAM is pleased to announce a new program, in partnership with the Fine Arts Work Center.

Teens work with Fellows in a variety of media, including creative writing, sculpture, drawing/painting, cinematography and digital animation. These gifted artists and writers bring a wealth of talent and experience to the Cape, hailing from across the US and abroad.

Materials, snacks and bus transport from Harwich to Provincetown and back provided free-of-charge, thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor. The eight week workshops are offered Tuesday afternoons October 24-December 12, 2017 and January 9-March 13, 2018, 4-6pm (not including holiday breaks). Stay tuned for our winter offerings!



October 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5,12; 4-6pm

Using found and gathered objects, this class will explore a conceptual and creative approach to sculpture. Basing projects off of personal histories and your own interests, we will together build meaningful 3D objects. This class will cover techniques including wirework, sewing, papier maché, installation and more. All levels of experience welcome!

Julia Gartrell is a sculptor and educator from Durham, North Carolina. Julia received her MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in art from Kalamazoo College. She has participated in residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, The Power Plant Gallery at Duke University, and Ifitry Artist’s Residency in Morocco. Julia has exhibited at Flux Factory, the Casablanca Biennale, Gelman Gallery, and other spaces throughout the North, Midwest and Southeast. She has taught at RISD, John Tyler Community College, and Virginia Commonwealth University.


October 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5,12; 4-6pm

Have you ever wanted to write something, but had a hard time finding inspiration? Have you ever looked at a painting or a sculpture and struggled to put into words how it made you feel? Ekphrastic writing is poetry or fiction sparked by other kinds of art, like dance, music, sculpture, paintings, and photography. In this workshop we will look at everything from art in the Provincetown Art Association Museum, to contemporary dance performances, to graffiti and street art, and use it to inspire our writing. We will try out writing a few different kinds of poetry, some flash fiction, and make sure we leave time each workshop for free writing and games as well. You will be given the opportunity to bring your own favorite pieces of art and music into the class to share and to write about, be introduced to ekphrastic writing from people around the world, and be part of a supportive and exciting creative writing workshop. No experience necessary!

H.R. Webster is a poet and teacher from New Hampshire. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and she’s a poetry fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have been in journals like Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, and Ninth Letter. She has a cat named Sandwich and a goat named Bernie, and she eats breakfast for dinner almost every night.


October 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5,12; 4-6pm

Cameras and camcorders are now everywhere! Do you ever wonder how to get images to look the way that you see them? Do you dream of sharing stories with a camera? In this workshop we will explore the world around us through the lens in order to share stories, feelings, or ideas. We will explore basic camera techniques and rules of composition and learn how to apply those to different cameras. We will explore and shoot on different cameras. You will be given the opportunity to create your own photo series or video to share with the class. No experience necessary.

Lydia’s wildlife photography has been published with National Geographic. Her cinematography has premiered at Sundance. A traveling filmmaker, Lydia’s contributions have taken her across the United States, beyond oceans into South Africa, Ecuador and Qatar. A connection with the animal kingdom and globally oppressive social-economic paradigms have led Lydia to become both educator and activist. She infuses insights into identity politics concerning generational poverty, race, gender and sexual orientation into her work. Current focus is on Lydia’s feature documentary entitled, ‘Rediscovering the Scientist’. A directorial debut, Lydia’s investigation will shed light on underrepresented truths regarding the history of science and those to who have contributed to it.


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.