Outside the Classroom

Summer in Boston

At VASI, students are expected to work hard and take their classes very seriously, but they always get to have fun as well.

Boston in the summertime is an amazing place, and VASI students get to experience all the city’s “greatest hits.”  Evening and weekend activities change each summer, but some past favorites include:

  • Getting acquainted with the city, and the Charles River, aboard a Boston Duck Tour
  • Checking out sculptural inspirations (and getting in some beach time) at the New England Sand Sculpting Festival
  • Sampling cannoli and gelato in the North End, and watching street performers at Faneuil Hall
  • Exploring the Civil War-era fort at the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
  • Attending summer concerts and street festivals throughout the city
  • Going to the 4th of July fireworks and Boston Pops concert on the Esplanade
  • Attending Shakespeare in the Park on Boston Common
  • Visiting open studio events and gallery openings to learn more about Boston’s vibrant arts community
  • And of course, visiting Boston’s incredible museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art

All activities are included in the VASI tuition, as is travel on the T, Boston’s public transit system.

Students have a variety of activities to keep themselves busy on campus as well, including working in their studios, open drawing sessions, and movie nights. Students age 16 and older also have the option to purchase a Summer Guest Pass to Boston University’s state of the art Fitness and Recreation Center.