Summer Art, updated 6/30/21

Summer Information

Art classes for ages 8 to16, go through the last week of August. Options are Monday through Friday or maybe just through Thursdays since some go away on the weekends. The time options are 10 to noon or 9:30 to noon. The afternoon is 12:30 to 2:30.

Karen will teach the morning classes.  

Ashley will teach the afternoon classes, with the exception of the week of July 12th.

Afternoon class with Ashley We would prefer middle school and high school students. Sometimes younger students who are in sports camps in the morning are very tired in the afternoon.  They may enjoy the studio more in the mornings.  

About Ashley

Ashley Zhou started at the studio when she was eight.  She was an assistant teacher for years in high school.  The last year she taught her own classes. Students LOVE her!  She would like to introduce her knowledge of Procreate and Photoshop and other digital programs that she uses in her senior year at BU, (in addition to the usually media that we offer).

I do not have Paypal buttons this year. I will send a PayPal invoice. The fee is $22 and hour with a discount after many weeks. 

Send an email if you have questions, and dates your artist is interested in attending.  I have all the supplies.  I no longer have snacks.  I have tap water. If the students want a snack or drink, please send them with it.


My YouTube station has been around for a while and there are some drawing tutorials if you are interested. As usual, make sure you 'like' and 'subcribe' to my station if you think it is worthy.


Karen Jerome Skillins


I hope all are doing well, surviving and taking deep breaths.  

Take care!!!!!!!!!


Studio descriptive

A video from YouTube station: Karen Jerome Skillins

'I encourage students to draw and paint from reference material that interests them while offering guidance toward improved drawing skills and color theory.'

Age requirements:
School vacation classes, ages 8 to 17
After school classes, ages 9 to 17
Adult classes in the mornings.

This brochure is an example of one teaching method that is used with new students. 
I call it ‘training wheels’ for the new artists. It seems to work well for most. But if it is not the way the some students learn, we have other strategies!

A class usually includes a ten minute model sketch (the model being one of the students in the class). During the rest of the class, students work on their own projects at their own speed using media that may include watercolors, pencil, colored pencils, pastels, oil pastels, pen and ink and/or acrylics. Karen and the studio helpers work with all students. Drafting tables are separated to promote better focus and health. A large photo reference file is available with animals, landscapes, people, cartoons and more. Students are also encouraged to look through art books and still life objects for inspiration.

As of the summer of 2021 Ashley can teach projects on the iPad. Programs such as Procreate.  So that is one more options for creative learning if anyone is interested. 

Karen Jerome Skillins, has been in her Needham, Massachusetts studio since 1990. She is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, winner of major art awards and an exhibitor in national and international exhibitions. Teaching is also a passion and the studio has been a place for creative minds to expand for over fifteen  years.

Fall 2021

No fall classes.