In the Classroom and the Studio

VASI Classes

All students participate in the following classes throughout the 4 weeks of the program:

Drawing is a critical skill for any type of artist.  Whether your goal is to become a painter, teacher or video artist, it’s crucial to develop the ability to draw from observation.  Drawing is a key component to the VASI curriculum and students  spend a minimum of 12 hours a week in drawing class, including drawing from live models.

Sculpture allows students to create in three dimensions. These skills are valuable to all kinds of artists including architects, animators, and product designers. Students use materials such as clay, cardboard, wire and found materials.

Painting class allows students to delve into the world of color using oil paint.  Students will learn techniques that have been used by artists for centuries.

Printmaking provides an exciting opportunity to experiment, bringing together elements of drawing, painting and design.

Graphic Design is all around us.  From consumer products to magazines to websites and iPhones, designers create the world we live in.  Students learn about the basic principles of design.

Art Conversations provides a forum to share and discuss ideas around contemporary art, art history and careers in the arts. Students will explore artists and career paths of personal interest.

Special Workshops are chosen every year to give students a chance to work with new art mediums.  Past workshops include photography, glassblowing, animation, ceramics and community-based arts projects.

Sample schedule, Monday through Thursday

7–9 a.m.: Breakfast
9:30–12:30: Class
12:30–2 p.m.: Lunch and studio time
2–5: Class
5–7: Dinner and Free Time
7–10: Studio time or evening activities
11 p.m.: Curfew

The weekends are full of exiting events including special workshops, museum trips, and excursions throughout the Boston area.

In the Studio

At VASI, all students are assigned their own studio in the School of Visual Arts’ undergraduate painting studios.  The studio is theirs to do with as they choose during the VASI program, and is where they can work on class projects, assignments, and projects of their own choosing.  Having their own studio, and the rigorous curriculum VASI offers, gives students a taste of an intensive art school experience.

Final Exhibition

After spending the summer creating amazing artwork, it’s only natural to want to show it off.  At the end of the program, all VASI students participate in installing an exhibition of their work in Boston University’s Gallery 5.  This exhibition is open to the BU community and the general public, and friends and family of the VASI students are invited to a reception in the Gallery at the end of the program.


Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and events, including those scheduled on weekends, unless they have a medical reason. Attendance is taken at every event. Unexcused absences or frequent lateness indicate lack of commitment to the program. Students who miss a substantial number of classes or scheduled events will not receive college credit, and may be asked to leave the program. Permission to miss classes must be obtained in advance from the program director.