JUNE 2020

We are planning our July and August programs in keeping with changing Covid safety protocols. SEE JULY AND AUGUST HERE.

This page lists all of our June offerings, for kids, teens and adults. We are offering a limited number of classes until we can fully open. All on site classes require guardians to read and sign our Covid Protocols. Read more from our Board of Directors here.

Outdoor Pop Ups

Ages 5+ (8 student Limit)

Thursday June 25
10: 30-11:30 FULL

NEW SECTION 12:00-1:00
(Rain Date 6/26)

Cost: $20 (10% member discount available) 

Thursday now has TWO SECTIONS of Watercolor spray fun!
  • This is an outside only program. We will meet in the grassy circle in front of the circular driveway next to our building. 
  • Each child should have a mask, but will be permitted to take it down if they are settled a minimum of 6 feet apart from their neighbor. Please make sure your child’s mask can hang around their neck. 
  • Expect mess! Don’t wear your favorite clothes, as we may also offer chalk art and our chalks are bright, bold and messy.   
stop motion animation

Onsite Filmmakers Collaborative Stop Motion Animation

Ages 10-14
June 22-26
9:00 AM – 12:00 pm
Cost: $225 plus fees (registration managed by FC Academy, limit 10)

FYACS is thrilled to welcome Filmmakers Collaborative Academy to the Big Yellow House.  FC Academy is presented by the creators of the BOSTON INTERNATIONAL KIDS FILM FESTIVAL and is thrilled to be bringing Stop-Motion Animation to Melrose! Our class teaches the principles of animation; students will produce a short film using objects brought to class from home (suggestions will be given prior to the first day of the program). *This course requires a touch screen device with access to the free app Stop Motion Studio (available for iPods, iPhones, iPads, Androids, etc). If you have any questions please feel free to contact Laura Azevedo at laura@filmmakerscollab.org

Clay with your FOOD

Grades K-6 ( 6 student limit, 8 with siblings)

June 9-11 OR June 16-18
1:00-3:30 PM 
$215  (10% member discount available)

*20% sibling discount (limited to 2 families due to spacing needs)

A three day clay extravaganza, and FOOD is the theme!

We have a creative clay experience with TWO functional projects.
First make a clay sculpture of your favorite food with a “secret compartment” inside to hide treasures. 
Second, make a functional bowl for ice cream, cereal, soup…did we mention ice cream?
Artists will glaze all pieces on the third day. Pieces will be fired at the end of the second session and pieces will be picked up the week of June 22nd.

Onsite Open Studio

Ages 12-18 ( 6 student limit)

June 9, 11, 16, 18

6:00-7:30 PM 
$165  (10% member discount available)

Due to Covid protocols, instructor will communicate with artist via email before class begins to have supplies ready. This is a small, independent group for self-directed artists wanting to improve drawing, painting, sculpture or design skills. Each artist’s interests and abilities are assessed, and personal instruction in specific media is offered. We work one to one with artists to help them develop a personal style, challenge creative skills, take risks and try new materials. Acceptance, encouragement and constructive collaboration is encouraged among artists.

ZOOM into
Creative Arts

Grades K-5 
Creature Feature: June 9-11
Map It Out: June 16-18

4:00-5:00 PM 
$70  (10% member discount available)
each additional sibling $25

Sign up for one, or both!

Creature Feature: Time to go on a fantasy safari with Chiara! Day one we will walk through the process of making Chimera Animals — mixed up creatures that are designed in your imagination. Day two, we’ll imagine, and create and paint their native habitats, then put it all together on day three with collage. Class is limited to 15 households.

Map it Out: This week, we’ll draw, paint, and collage maps of our own imaginary lands! We’ll start by taking on the challenge of drawing and planning our worlds with a top-down view – including making a key and a compass rose. Then, we’ll paint in details and color to bring our new lands to life. We’ll bring it all together with collage details and a cover!


Online Creative Writing for Adults

Ages 16+
June 14th

10:00-11:00 am
Cost: $10

Kick your quarantine blues and play with words! At this virtual writing workshop, you’ll do fun prompts, get tips on craft, and have the option to share your work with the group. An internet connection and computer with a camera are required to participate. 

Sara Reish Desmond’s work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Los Angeles Review, Water~Stone Review, and Front Porch. A longtime English Teacher, she teaches writing workshops for FYACS. She is nearing completion on a novel set in rural Pennsylvania.