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 over the course of two semesters.

Winter Workshops


SATURDAYS: February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 2018  3:30-6:30pm

Workshop sessions will focus on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to clothed human models, still lifes,(this actually the correct spelling although spellcheck doesn’t think so!). and landscapes. We’ll focus on developing/exploring our individual creative practice. In addition to individual exercises, we will also collaborate in group projects, both of which will help to further our understanding of various ways of making art. Students interested in pursuing art making in an open environment will find these sessions engaging and constructive. No experience necessary!

Herman Aguirre received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where he has taught at the college and the pre-college level. Herman also served in SAIC’s Studio Lab, assisting students in the creation and exploration of materials, including encaustic, oil and acrylic paints, and mixed and dry media. He is a recipient of the Lenore Annenberg Fellowship Scholarship; and his work has been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art; the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL; and the Portrait Society Gallery (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). This is first time living outside of Chicago as a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center!


SATURDAYS: February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 2018 10am-1:30pm

Explore the core principles of animation while experimenting with a variety of mediums including hand-drawn, stop-motion, and digital animation. Projects are designed to complement individual techniques and interests, while learning the foundations of storyboarding, character design and construction, and collaboration. Open to all skill and experience levels!

Jacob Rivkin is an animator and educator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jacob received his MFA in sculpture and animation from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in studio art from Vassar College. Jacob’s animations have screened at the Animation Block Party, the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, and the National Museum of Australia. Jacob is also a member of the OOF Animation Collective and an animator for the Distillations podcast. He has taught studio art courses at the University of Pennsylvania, the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University, and Franklin & Marshall College. He is currently a visual arts fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center.


SATURDAYS: February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 2018 3:30-6:30pm

We all have different experiences and perspectives, and writing is a powerful way to share them with others. You may never have considered yourself a writer, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t one! Whether it’s through a poem, a personal essay, or a short story, in this course you’ll have the opportunity to explore your creative writing skills. There will be prompts and exercises to stoke your imagination, and time to write about ideas new and old. We’ll look at pieces by published authors for guidance and inspiration, and build a supportive workshop space where we can have honest conversations about how to grow as writers. Nobody can to tell your story better than you, and this course will help you develop the voice and tools to tell it well!

Gabriel Louis is a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. He grew up in Washington, D.C., where he recently taught creative writing at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. He was the writer-in-residence at Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, where he worked as the Reentry and Writing Coach with incarcerated writers and those returning from prison. He has taught in New York City, St. Louis, Missouri, Greensboro, Alabama, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.



TUESDAYS: 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.


SATURDAYS: November 11, 18; December 2, 9, 16; 3:30-6:30pm

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.


TUESDAYS: 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 Horizon Foundation; the Aeroflex Foundation; an anonymous donor; 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, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Cape Cod Community College to provide accessible, creative education programs of the highest caliber.